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FHL Gazette: The trade mirror part Tdizzy, and Ktown

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2017-12-31 08:09:24

TDIZZY'S DEVILS

Who remains on your team from the inaugural draft? Why are these players still around?

Patrick Kane and Mike Smith.
Kane has been my No.1 guy since I took over the franchise and will look for him to remain a formidable player alongside Connor McDavid.
Mike Smith is something that is most desirable in this league, a good starting goalie. I’ve stuck through with him through all his low times in Arizona and hope that a change of scenery to Calgary gets him back to a productive goaltender

Where is your franchise at trade wise - what assets are you looking to move and what assets would you like to add in the near future?
Sitting in the last playoff spot (or on the outside looking in), I would be willing to move a defenseman to help bolster my weak forward units. Forward depth has been an issue again this year.

What trade(s) of yours are you most happy about?
Martin Jones. Although at the time, it didn’t look desirable when I traded a good Ben Scrivens for him. But it’s worked out well since 8)

What trade(s) of yours do you regret (the most)?'
Wow where do I even begin? Probably the ones that stand out the most are the trades that sent out John Tavares and Filip Forsberg.

What have you noticed when negoitating within the FHL? Are there GMs that your franchise has better relations with than others? Please elaborate!
I notice most GMs like “talented young prospects” and would rather have that as opposed to “high salaried established players”. Guess this is a young mans game after all....
My trades are rare like Nathan Walker... Racki is a close friend so we may swing a minor deal now and then to help each other out ;D

Describe your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to trading or negotiating trades - in your own opinion, of course.
My weakness is my lineup. Not enough of the aforementioned “talented young prospects” to move out. Also dealing from a position of weakness (ie. My players are underperforming or making too much money) hinders attempts by me to establish any sort of trade talk.
Strengths? Well I do try to have a concerted effort to make sure the other GM gets fair value...and I do try to sell the trade as best as possible!

Is there anything you would like to share with the fellowship of the FHL?
I wish everyone well the rest of the season! I know trades are hard to do.. but it’s exciting when it happens! See you in the playoffs! Go Oilers

 

KTOWN'S HEATWAVE

Who remains on your team from the inaugural draft? Why are these players still around?
Tyler Seguin
Steven Stamkos
Tyson Barrie
Luke Schenn

Seguin and Stamkos are exactly what I expected. Elite players, and nobody has offered even close to fair value when making trade offers.

My favorite to date is still when a guy offered to trade me Taylor Hall for Seguin, Kane and Ladi Smid... Um... no...

Second favorite was an offer of picks and 3rd liners when Stamkos was injured. You know, to help me out... yeah...

I drafted Barrie after watching him in Kelowna, and I figured if he could get past his size, he'd be a good defenceman. I'll admit, I didn't expect him to be as good as he is, but I'm happy about it.

Schenn is just cheap.

Where is your franchise at trade wise - what assets are you looking to move and what assets would you like to add in the near future?
I'm sure to nobody's chagrin, the Heatwave have fallen from the ranks of Championship threat. There are holes, and weaknesses, but we'll see if next year's format change helps.
In that regard, just about everybody is up for grabs, save for some key pieces. I'd be willing to move a lot of guys depending on the value back.

What trade(s) of yours are you most happy about?
I think in the first season, I made a clear decision to win first. There were a lot of good trades that made that happen. Getting Niemi, Jimmy Howard, and Dustin Brown were big pieces of that. I'd say I'm happiest about those.

What trade(s) of yours do you regret (the most)?'
I regret not paying attention to when Kane was coming back from injury, and losing him to waivers.

In a weird way, I almost regret taking Giroux off Chucker for a pick. He was desperate to move him, and thought I'd have better luck in trades. It was a genuine fleecing, but I wasn't the one to make the offer. Looking back, I probably owe Chucker a drink or 18 if I ever meet him in person.

What have you noticed when negoitating within the FHL? Are there GMs that your franchise has better relations with than others? Please elaborate!
Whoo boy. I'm just as guilty, but there are some crazy valuations of players going on. I know there are guys on my squad I have a sentimental attachment to that makes me overvalue them, but I've had some doozy conversations with some guys about trades. Cap hits make .5ppg players worth more than 1+ppg players, and that just doesn't make for good trades.

Some guys are great to deal with, and I've had great negotiations with them. Some work, some don't, but I've enjoyed the conversations. I'd say that I've enjoyed working with the Arcadians, Bombers, Lakers, Mustangs and Rhinos the most.

Describe your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to trading or negotiating trades - in your own opinion, of course.
I used to be way better. I had my spreadsheets, and I had key values on just about any player. It was pretty easy to negotiate when I had more than an inkling on what a player could be worth. Now, I've had less time to pay attention to my sheets, and I think I've made some boneheaded moves.

I think for the most part, I have a decent set of assets so I try to make fair offers and work from there. In some cases - like the recent Arcadians transaction - I'll end up going through multiple different players and combinations to get something I think will work.
Ultimately, my weakness may be that if I get a stupidly insulting offer, I won't even bother negotiating. Maybe some guys are waiting for a counter, but at that point, it's not worth my limited time.

Is there anything you would like to share with the fellowship of the FHL?
Those of you I've traded with, I've enjoyed. Those of you I haven't, either we never had the chance, or just didn't see eye-to-eye. Either way, I've had fun with this league, and I'm looking forward to many more fun seasons. If nothing else, this league makes me pay attention to more than just a limited Oilers corner of the league. 



FHL Gazette: Trade mirror part Steve-o, and Chucker

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2017-12-23 19:41:29

STEVE-O'S RAIDERS

Who remains on your team from the inaugural draft? Why are these players still around?
Forwards
Bobby Ryan
Antoine Vermette
Ryan Spooner
Jason Pominville
Zack Smith
Mark Stone

Defensemen
Ryan Ellis
Jason Garrison

Goalies
Jake Allen

I think I did well picking up some prospects in the first draft; and Ryan, Pominville and Vermette have continued to be useful.

Garrison I'm just waiting to drop after his initial great start to his career.

Where is your franchise at trade wise - what assets are you looking to move and what assets would you like to add in the near future?
I'm looking to move cap hit for prospects mainly.

What trade(s) of yours are you most happy about?
The Letang/Malkin/Bernier for Rask/Dubinsky/Morin trade with the Militia.

Worked out for both teams I think.

What trade(s) of yours do you regret (the most)?'
For the most part, I'm happy with all my trades. They all seem to be fair.

What have you noticed when negoitating within the FHL? Are there GMs that your franchise has better relations with than others? Please elaborate!
Everyone (and I'm guilty too) seems to rate their own players higher than other teams, which makes things difficult.

Describe your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to trading or negotiating trades - in your own opinion, of course.
I think I overrate my players generally, and my love of Hemsky knows no bounds so he's off limits to everyone until retirement.

Otherwise, a current strength of mine is being able to flip goalies into other future goalies quite well (Miller became Lack, who became someone else etc etc, Rask became my top forward and D). Drafting Allen and waiting on him to arrive for 4 years helps with that too.

Is there anything you would like to share with the fellowship of the FHL?
Have a good holiday.

 

 

CHUCKER'S STINGERS

 

Who remains on your team from the inaugural draft? Why are these players still around?
Nobody. The last few years have seen me doing a rebuild that seems to be gaining some traction, however there were some players that I traded whom I shouldn't have.

Where is your franchise at trade wise - what assets are you looking to move and what assets would you like to add in the near future?
I'm in a holding pattern right now. Pretty close to make a run but any "bold trades" that I may have wanted to do this year have been dashed due to having 8 guys on IR the last few weeks. I want to see how the rest of the season plays out with this roster, especially since I have some advantages with ELC contracts and drafted players for next year's version of the FHL. Once the expansion is done I'll be looking to add some goal scoring and possibly a goaltender, but I suspect the goaltending I have will fill that void.

What trade(s) of yours are you most happy about?
Yakupov and Eriksson for Niskanen and Green. I went back and forth on this one with Quinstone for a week or so at the time. I didn't really want to do it but I knew I was getting good D men back, turns out it was a robbery for us.

One other was early on when I traded Justin Faulk for Brayden Schenn. I honestly regretted it for a few months but the production and salary have both been in my favour ever since.

Getting Kadri for DSP and Gryba turned out to be a real steal as well. This was a bit of a risk though as Kadri was in his "brat" days and not really playing to his potential and DSP still looked like he could be a dominant power forward. Again, at the time I felt it was risky for both sides.


What trade(s) of yours do you regret (the most)?'
Easily my worst trade was Crawford for Giroux. I needed scoring in a big way and really should have made no move at the time. I would have been better off doing nothing.

After years of suffering from 40-60 game seasons from Evander Kane I had enough. Regretfully I traded him just as he was about to become a full season player. Another move I just should have waited on for sure.

I don't regret trading Alex Ovechkin. The reason was he has a very high cap hit and at the time I trade him it meant I couldn't do things in other areas of my roster. Remember how big that contract was as a percentage of the cap when we started. It's not like the contracts and cap now. It was very hard to work around for me at the time. Glad to see him doing well though. I always liked him.


What have you noticed when negoitating within the FHL? Are there GMs that your franchise has better relations with than others? Please elaborate!
It seems to depend. It's usually the top 10ish teams that are hardest to deal with because they don't want another rival to pass them. That's just normal. Then the next year something happens and they fall in the standings and are easy to deal with. I've had no real issues to be honest.

Describe your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to trading or negotiating trades - in your own opinion, of course.
I don't get bent out of shape if I have to "lose" a trade to improve my club. I also know that you can pick up players every year who come in as free agents or are late bloomers coming up from the AHL so it's always been a fall back to me to compensate if need be.

Is there anything you would like to share with the fellowship of the FHL?

Have a good Christmas everyone. What I think will be interesting to watch is how the trading goes the rest of the season. At this point you are what you are, for the most part, as a team. The expansion rules might see some big contracts and names moved around. I also think the 2nd rounder will now have the value it should. In the past it was considered a joke because they were players you'd have to keep for 4 years or so before they made the NHL. That's changed now so it will be interesting to watch.



FHL Gazette: Trade mirror part Quinstone, and Buckminster

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2017-12-22 16:18:01

QUINSTONE'S GLADIATORS
Who remains on your team from the inaugural draft? Why are these players still around?
I wasnt a part of the original draft so I thought I would look and see if I had any players left from when I took the team over. I then realized I traded them all away so the answer would be nobody.


Where is your franchise at trade wise - what assets are you looking to move and what assets would you like to add in the near future?
Mainly I would like to move James Reimer, im beginning to have a logjam at the back end and hes not a piece for me going forward. However as you can tell from the above question, everyone is something I would move for the right price.


What trade(s) of yours are you most happy about?
If you look at Racki's post he sums it up pretty well for a trade I was happy about. Not sure what I did after that for those players though, ive made so many trades they all mesh together.

What trade(s) of yours do you regret (the most)?'
Im sure there is a few, i might regret one with Racki fairly quickly for giving him Ekblad for Drake Caggiulla but there is still time for that one to work out.

What have you noticed when negoitating within the FHL? Are there GMs that your franchise has better relations with than others? Please elaborate!
Everyone has a price, emotional attachment can get in the way of moving pieces which can make it quite tough to find a deal that works for both involved. The salary cap and everyone needing to trim salary the last few years has really put a premium on value contracts vs higher paid players.

I like to thing the Mustangs I have a good relationship with, weve made a number of large deals in the past since it seems we like to go a bit overboard.


Describe your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to trading or negotiating trades - in your own opinion, of course.
I have a price im willing to pay or recieve for each player, once it is met im content with the trade. Otherwise I wont move from my position. This can be both a strength and a weakness since if I see a need im a little more willing to overpay and solve an issue but I also hope it works out that I dont get ripped off to badly.

Is there anything you would like to share with the fellowship of the FHL?

Open for business as usual. Wouldnt mind some higher end picks and am just looking for a "fair" deal. 😉

 

 

BUCKMINSTER'S SPARTANS

Who remains on your team from the inaugural draft? Why are these players still around?
I wasn't a part of the inaugural draft, but since I took over as GM in 2013 I sent away every player I inherited. Schneider is back in a recent trade, but no one else.

Where is your franchise at trade wise - what assets are you looking to move and what assets would you like to add in the near future?
I'm trying to improve right now, but not at the expense of the future. Probably just small trades to get back into the playoff picture.

What trade(s) of yours are you most happy about?
Not sure, probably one of the ones I made with the old Ice Dogs, or one of the more minor ones I made.

What trade(s) of yours do you regret (the most)?'
All the trades I made for a goalie, and the time I traded Dubnyk. That was probably my worst trade. It was Bolland, Josi, Orlov, Dubnyk and a 1st for Backlund, Chara, Klein, Enroth and a 2nd. Backlund was a good pickup, but the rest of that trade hurt.

What have you noticed when negoitating within the FHL? Are there GMs that your franchise has better relations with than others? Please elaborate!
I agree with everything Racki said, but I don't seem to learn. I will discuss trade with anyone, anytime.

Describe your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to trading or negotiating trades - in your own opinion, of course.
Based on my record, it appears more weaknesses than strengths...

Is there anything you would like to share with the fellowship of the FHL?
Welcome to MaxB. And while looking at my past trade record was a bit depressing I'm still ready to talk trade with anyone.



FHL Gazette: The trade mirror part Racki, Metal&Oil

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2017-12-20 16:46:46

RACKI'S BOMBERS

Who remains on your team from the inaugural draft? Why are these players still around?
Wow, I think the only player still here that's never been moved is Max Pacioretty. We got back Sam Gagner, but I can't say that he's still here because he's any good.


Where is your franchise at trade wise - what assets are you looking to move and what assets would you like to add in the near future?
It looks like we've got one of the better bluelines in the FHL.. until realizing we tend to dress 7D.. so that skews things a bit. But it's not a weakness. We still need F depth. Goaltending is holding its own, purely thanks to Crawford. We could use better goaltending and forwards, and that means some D could be available.


What trade(s) of yours are you most happy about?
The one I'm most happy about is acquiring Mark Scheifele. This has been the one I always bragged about, even though it cost me David Backes. The full deal on 2012-07-13 was Bomber send Backes and Gagner for Marleau, Scheifele, and Rhinos 2013 1st round pick (which I later traded). It eventually became Andrei Burakovsky. I had a raging one for Scheifele.. at the time, and I thought Backes would drop off a bit quicker than he did.. but I knew it was going to be a tough few years with that one. I definitely am very happy with that one, but the Rhinos had a good short term gain on that too. The trade addressed our individual needs.

A close second to that deal is probably with the Lakers... 2015-12-30, Bombers send Matt Read, Brent Seabrook and Lars Eller for Jaromir Jagr, Cam Atkinson and Ivan Provorov.


What trade(s) of yours do you regret (the most)?
That's tough, but maybe my worst regret was Kuznetsov and Rinne for Giroux and Jack Campbell. Campbell is a complete dud. Far be it for a touted goalie to actually work out. As for Giroux, that was a big win, short term. I had to give up Rinne due to not being able to afford him, but that was a massive loss. And long term.. Kuznetsov is a tough player to lose. I did the deal before he was really any good, but I felt like he'd do quite well.. not this well though. I thought it was a gamble, and long term, I gambled wrong.

Actually, I potentially found a worse trade. Since I had two good trades, I'll have two bad trades though: On 2013-02-13, Bombers trade Patrick Marleau, Adam Henrique, and Brandon Manning to the Gladiators for Steve Ott (shoot me), Viktor Stalberg (f-you, Quinstone), Teddy Purcell (screw your Jedi mind tricks...), and Laurent Brossoit (you're an a-hole!).

Hahha, yeah, actually that one was a lot worse. Two pretty good players, at the time, for GARBAGE. Kuznetsov hurts longer term though.. but it kinda addressed need. Giroux was fantastic for me, and I shed a lot of salary and spent it a little wiser at the time, I believe. Goaltending was an issue for a bit though.


What have you noticed when negoitating within the FHL? Are there GMs that your franchise has better relations with than others? Please elaborate!
Yes, there is one team I've had easier time dealing with. I don't really want to pick on them, and I don't want to lose them as a viable trading partner either! I think I've done quite well in those trades (and no, not the Rhinos).


Describe your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to trading or negotiating trades - in your own opinion, of course.
Hmm.. I think I'd have an easier time with weaknesses here. I think I've improved in that area though. It takes a lot more for me to bail on unproven players that aren't at potential, but I have a good feeling about. Kuznetsov might be the only youngster I


Is there anything you would like to share with the fellowship of the FHL?
Like I said on the forum.. never trade with Quinstone. He will fleece you, but he's gentle about it.. "oh I think you did well in the trade... I hate having to give up my bench player for your best player..". Never trade with Norwegian "I hate doing this, but you need defense, so I'll trade you my guy for this awesome player... I mean, this addresses both of our needs.. especially yours.. but I'm a nice Norwegian, and that's what we do" Oiler. Never trade with Chucker, Mr. "I'll give you 18 2nd rounders plus my broken defenseman for your up and coming super-prospect. Other than that, everyone else is fine. Well, except Steve-O.. unless you currently own Hemsky... what he won't do for Hemsky... but he currently controls the Hemsky. 

 

METAL&OIL'S RHINOS

 

Who remains on your team from the inaugural draft? Why are these players still around?
Jonathan Quick is the lone survivor from the Inaugural draft and he is still on the team because he is simply irreplaceable.

Where is your franchise at trade wise - what assets are you looking to move and what assets would you like to add in the near future?
I actually like the direction my team is going. Right now the plan is to be patient with my team so I am not currently seeking out any trades.

What trade(s) of yours are you most happy about?
Trading Andrew Shaw for Ryan Suter & Tommy Wingles is working out well so far.

What trade(s) of yours do you regret (the most)?'
By far the worst trade I ever made was sending Ben Bishop. Brenden Morrow & Alex Steen to the Mustangs in exchange for Nick Palmer, Peter Regin Kurtis Foster, Martin Marincin and a 1st round pick. WTF was I thinking????

What have you noticed when negoitating within the FHL? Are there GMs that your franchise has better relations with than others? Please elaborate!
I definitively have better relations with certain GMs but I don't hold previous bad experiences with other GMs against them and am open to dealing any other GM in the FHL at any time

Describe your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to trading or negotiating trades - in your own opinion, of course. It's become increasing difficult to come up with potential trade scenarios that benefit both teams.


Is there anything you would like to share with the fellowship of the FHL?

Welcome to League Puffins/MaxB!



FHL 2017-18 Pre-season survey: Militia (late as hell)

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2017-11-06 15:27:06

MILITA (JFRIZZIO)

Better late than never...

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?
Finished 3rd in the overall standings. Lost out to the Megasus, in the second round. I have too many high priced players, I'm not cashing in on the bang for your buck players. And I've struggled to keep six full time defensemen in the lineup up all season.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
When I should have wrote this, not much has changed. Drafted a couple players I'm high on. However since I have moved out some salary, but it's a work in progress.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
If you ain't first, you're last!

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Niederreiter - Toews - Tarasenko
Jenner - Johansen - Voracek
Tatar - Wennberg - Johanssen
Nash - Dubinsky - Palmieri
Fabbri Little

Ristolainen - Karlsson
Carlo - Gostisbehere
Sergachev- Zadorov
Claesson

Rask
Hutton

Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses. 
Probably Chicago Blackhawks. I've had a few good runs. Some of my players are getting rewarded with large contracts, and I'm being forced to move some of them. Like Chicago I have star power up front and key defence on the backend, but I don't have great defensive depth. Chicago has solid but not outstanding goaltending.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Not too many players I don't think. My team is full of established players, and I know what most of them are capable of. The one exception is Sergachev. I know I'm doing this late, but he's been a pleasant surprise so far. Hope he keeps it up!

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?
2012 - Radek Faska, Scott Laughton.... Flipped Faksa for Niederreiter years ago. Scott Laughton still licking around. Not so bad.
2013 - Nikita Zadorov, Valentin Zykov, William Carrier.... Zadorov and Zykov still around, although only Zadorov has been mediocre. Definitely missed on some gems in this one.
2014 - Sonny Milano, Vladislav Kamenev, Marcus Pettersson.... Milano and Kamenev still around. Milano finally getting full time NHL minutes. Kamenev sounds like he'll be a decent middle six player.
2015 - Travis Konecny, Oliver Kylington, Rasmus Andersson.... All still around. Happy with Konecny so far. Andersson sounds promising.
2016 - Mikhail Sergachev, Riley Tufte, Sam Steel.... Sergachev is my only ever top 10 pic, and it appears to be a good one so far. Sam Steel looking to be a.. steel. Why, did I do that!? This should be my best draft.
2017 - Erik Brannstrom, Jake Ottinger.... Scouts are high on Brannstrom and goalies are voodoo. So who knows.

Overall, I think my drafts, have been okay, but not very great. Looking back, there were definitely some gems that I, and many others have passed over.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
In no particular order, the Vikings, Arcadians, Heatwave, Thunder, Chiefs

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Good luck to you all! Looking forward to seeing some new teams compete for the top prize!



FHL 2017-18 Pre-season survey: Heatwave, Serpents

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2017-10-08 07:47:47

HEATWAVE (KTOWN)

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?
The Heatwave finished an uncharacteristic 8th place, though only a sparse 22 points out of the top 5. Major injury to Stamkos, and a lack of depth scoring made it difficult to compete with some of the other top teams. Some underwhelming performances from typically reliable players also proved damaging to the team’s results.


What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Some underachievers are out, some young talent is in, and between the two the team should show some better results. The addition of Claude Giroux – who is likely to rebound this season after a very lacklustre campaign – should add some heavy firepower to an already fantastic top 6 forward group. The defence remains relatively unchanged, so we’ll hope to see rebound seasons from guys like Barrie and Fowler. With Ryan Suter gone (and simply unaffordable) the star power is pretty lacking on the blueline.


What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
A return to a top 5 finish is expected, and given decent performances, the Heatwave are hoping to once again challenge for the title. Time will tell, as some of the standard top teams remain fairly strong.


Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Giroux – Stamkos – Seguin
JVR – Ladd – Hoffman
Pearson – Backlund – Vrbata

Barrie – Fowler
Phaneuf – Miller
Beaulieu – Schenn

Talbot - Lack

Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses.
Depth and uneven scoring power will be an issue – the lineup is pretty top heavy - as well as the potential to have a rather porous defence would liken the Heatwave to any number of middle of the road teams. Having a guy like Talbot in net could be a difference maker, and I could see a team like the Heatwave actually making 2nd or 3rd round of the NHL playoffs.


Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
With so much underachievement last season, just about any player making more than $2million is due to surprise me.
That said, I’m counting on Giroux to return to form, Stamkos to stay healthy, and Seguin to continue solid production. I’m hoping for a decent season for Chychrun when he returns from injury, and am somewhat enthusiastic to see if there are any diamonds in the Foo, McCleod, and prospect group.

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?
Chychrun had a good season last year for a rookie defenceman, and Beaulieu is reliable enough. Pearson has become a good young player – and though he was not a Heatwave draft pick, we heavily advised the Lakers on his potential.
Other draft choices like Scheifele, Klefbom and Barrie have all done very well now, and are starting to bear fruit, though only Barrie is still with the team. Having had late round picks for the team’s history, it’s been a little tougher to make homeruns, but there have been enough NHLers out of the Heatwave drafting system to at least give the scouting staff a passing grade.


Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
The Arcadians, Militia and the Vikings all separated themselves from the rest of the field last season with solid all around performances, and I don’t think there are going to be too many surprises if they stay in the top 5. Outside of that, 4th to 8th was separated by less than 40 points, so any of those teams (Heatwave included) could vault into the final two spots. For the sake of picking, I’ll call the Heatwave and the Chiefs.

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Good luck to all, and may we see some more storylines like the Arcadians rise from dung heap to top of the pile.

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SERPENTS (MG10)

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?
The Serpents finished 17th, 6th from the bottom.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
No major changes were made, a minor deal here and there. I continue to be patient with my homegrown talent, hoping for some breakthroughs this season.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Making the playoffs would signify a successful season, after missing the playoff cut two years in a row.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Jakob Silfverberg - Nicklas Backstrom - Kyle Okposo
Andre Burakovsky - Tomas Plekanec - Phillip Danault
Mikkel Boedker - Pierre-Luc Dubois - Michael Frolik
Joonas Donskoi - Dmitri Jaskin - Jakub Vrana

Duncan Keith - Morgan Rielly
Ryan McDonagh - Darnell Nurse
Nick Leddy - Gabriel Carlsson

Carey Price
Scott Darling

Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses. 
St. Louis Blues. Stingy, but talented defense group; interesting mix of team originals and new blood; doesn't make a lot of major changes.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Jakub Vrana is expected to be one of the top rookies this season. That would be nice. It will be interesting to see how Phillip Danault does in his first full season with us.

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?
My drafting has been average since 2012. My first ever entry draft pick is a top 4 defenseman on my team, but most of my draft picks were of the long, slow development variety.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
In no particular order:

Arcadians
Heatwave
Spartans
Thunder
Vikings

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
I'm looking to be in win now mode this year as my goaltending tandem will be going up to $14 million next year. So, depending on how the early season goes, I may look to deal one of my top defensemen to acquire more scoring potential. Good luck to everyone and enjoy the season.