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FHL Gazette: Pre-season Survey: Gladiators and Serpents

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-10-04 00:36:27

QUINSTONE of the GLADIATORS

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
I think I finished in 11or 12th but made a late run and finished 4th in the playoffs.

- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
Not quite sure who my rivals are at this point so good I guess? Haha

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
I haven't changed anything about my team since the end of the season which is likely a good thing as injuries were a reason for a bad first half of the year last season.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
I would say be in the top 5 in the season and be a threat to win the cup!

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Gaudreau- Zibanejad- Perry
Eriksson- Nielsen- Killorn
Yakupov- Lowry- Vanek
Miller- Colborne- Lazar

Pieteangelo- Seidenberg
Gelinas- Gudas
Nesterov- Borowiecki

Varlamov
Luongo

Which players do you expect to carry your team?
My goaltending tandem, Perry and pietrangelo.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
I think JT Miller and Tom Wilson are due to start breaking out offensively. But I mainly just see more incremental improvements in my younger players this year.

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
I would like to potentially improve my defense further. I would likely part with a veteran over a younger player.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
My biggest strength would be goaltending provided they both stay healthy, last year this was an issue. As far as weaknesses go I would definately say it's my defence. Hopefully some younger players can make big strides this year.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Gladiators, heatwave, Vikings, militia and Bulldogs

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
Probably Heatwave but it's always close at the top and a bad week in playoffs can screw it all up.

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
Spartans and Thunder. Not sure why everyone is choosing the Dragons here, any team that adds Eichel, Crosby and Giordano should see massive improvements. I expect them to be around the middle pack.

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?

 

 

MG10 of the SERPENTS

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
The Serpents placed 13th in 2014-2015, mostly because of lack of forward scoring depth. The goaltending and defense kept us afloat, without which we would have finished out of the playoff picture.

- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
I like to think we have a rivalry with the Heatwave due to our back-to-back first round bouts, but we got slayed both times. So in relation to them, we were a lot worse.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
As usual, not much has changed with the Serpents. We hope some of our recent draft picks and minor-league signings will end up being sleepers.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
The goal last season was to finish in the top-10 and win a playoff round. We failed to accomplish those objectives. The goals for this season remain the same - A top-10 standing and win a playoff round.


Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Mikkel Boedker - Nicklas Backstrom - Marian Gaborik
Jakob Silfverberg - Tomas Plekanec - Kyle Okposo
Andre Burakovsky - Brandon Sutter - Michael Frolik
Patrick Berglund - Jacob Josefson - Nick Shore

Duncan Keith - Ryan McDonagh
Nick Leddy - Kris Russell
Morgan Rielly - Carl Gunnarsson

Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Similarly to last year, I expect Carey Price to shoulder most of the load this season. Provided he plays a healthy season, Nick Backstrom should have another strong season. I am also hoping for one more great goal-scoring season from Marian Gaborik. A return to his natural position (RW!) should help in that regard. I'm expecting more from Mikkel Boedker and Jakob Silfverberg.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
The departure and Jarret Stoll and Mike Richards from the LA Kings leaves a great opportunity another to step in and prove his worth, and Calder Cup champion Nick Shore could be that player.

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
Tomas Plekanec is about to start his final season of his current 5-year, $5 million contract with the Canadiens and I am unwilling to bring him back for more than $5 million next season. So, I might be looking to move him soon.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths are defense and goaltending; weakness is offensive scoring depth.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
I expect the top 5 to be some assortment of Vikings, Chiefs, Heatwave, Bombers, and Tigers.

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
I think the Chiefs win the Cup this year.

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
Devils, Burninators, Arcadians, Thunder and Stingers.

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Best of luck everyone.


FHL Gazette: A look-back before the road ahead

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-10-03 15:00:50 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2015-10-04 07:02:45)

 


Before last season, every GM was asked to submit a survey - as is in progress currently - in which one question was: "Who do you think the top 5 in the 2014-15 season will be"? Here is a quick reminder and summary of how that went...

To beat my own drum, the top five were: The Vikings, Militia, Bulldogs, Chiefs, and Rhinos. Rounding off the top ten were the Heatwave, Bombers, Rattleheads, Tigers, and Mustangs. 

 

Ktown (Heatwave) answered: "The Heatwave. I won’t speculate further". Close, but yet so far away. Ktown either underestimated the rest or overestimated his own crew. 0/5.

Quinstone (Gladiators) answered: "Tough one. In no particular order: Gladiators, Vikings, Heatwave, Chiefs, Megasus." Thus, Quinstone managed a sub-par 2/5. 

Chucker (Stingers) answered: (He is nearly as verbose as me) "Out top five teams to beat (other than ourselves) are The Vikings. Champions are champions. The Heatwave as they look to rebound and capture another NoRack cup. The Mustangs look poised to have another stellar season. The Bulldogs have always been in the mix. We expect this year to be no different. We also like the work that the Gladiators did and look for them to be competitive once again at the top end of the league." Chucker nailed the Vikings and included another perennially solid outfit, the Bulldogs. The previous year's top fliers, the Gladiators and Mustangs, were nowhere in the top 5. Verdict: 2/5. 

Rhbdken (Lugers, as they were) answered: "Gladiators, Heatwave, Rhinos, Bombers and Vikings" The former FHL manager got 2/5 and had two other top 10 teams in the mix. Only the Gladiators fell completely off the map in 2014-15. 

Metal&Oil (Rhinos) answered: "Vikings, Glades, Rhinos, Heatwave, Bombers". Another one betrayed by the allure of the previous season's success, picking the Gladiators. End result: 2/5, but two more in the top 10. 

Samson (Thunder) answered: "The usual". Such lack of precision is never rewarded. Nostrudamus' style neboulous statement. 0/5. 

Jfrizzio (Militia) answered: "Vikings, Heatwave, Gladiators, Bulldogs, Rebels" Another 2/5, but he did call "Vikings repeat" for the winner, which turned out great for everyone...

Racki (Bombers - appropriately) answered: "This would be easier if it was "top seven". Vikings, Bombers, Bulldogs, Gladiators, Mustangs. It'll be a dogfight with the Heatwave and Bulldogs close by too." So our founding father called 2/5, while cunningly predicting six different teams to make his "top seven" list. Five of his six made the top ten though.

Gr8one (Bulldogs) answered: "Viqueens, Gladianus', Poontangs, Milshitia, and the mighty Bulldogs!(not necessarily in that order) Honourable mentions to the Bummers and the Freakwave." Another one who overestimated what the Mustangs and Gladiators did the year before, yet understood the looming potential of the Milshitia. 3/5 for the Bool daggs. Negative one thousand points for guessing himself as the winner and not following up. 

Dawgtoy (Mustangs) answered: "I'd say the Glads, Vikes, Dogs, Heat and Rhinos fight it out for the top 5." Another 3/5 crystal ball - and (wisely?) did not have himself in there. 

Steve-o (Raiders) answered: "Heatwave, Vikings, Raiders, Rhinos and Rebels". A bit of optimism had Steve-o name his own team as belonging to the top five - and "ideally" named his own team winner of it all. Fell a bit short. Here too, 2/5. 

Norwegianoiler (Vikings) answered: "The Heatwave refuse to cool off and is likely to be top three at the very least. The Tigers, Mustangs, and Bombers have started well enough, but depending on injuries I see teams like the Rhinos, Militia, and Bulldogs pushing into the top five. These teams have different challenges as I see it. A few lack enough depth to make the final push, whereas others simply lack cap space to ice all their top players. Personally, I'd like to see the Militia take the next step, but they might need to disperse some wealth to maximise their output." (See, this is why Chucker is only runner up in the verbosity category). Can hardly judge this blurb, but named the Milita as being a serious contender. Tigers, Mustangs, Bombers all top 10, but not in the top five. Rhinos, Bulldogs, Milita in the top 5. Heatwave didn't. Don't understand why the Vikings weren't mentioned, but 3/5 it is. (Bonus for calling the Vikings to beat the Heatwave in the playoffs)

Choudu (Megasus) answered: "Bombers, Heatwave, Vikings, Rhinos, Megasus" Not terrible, but naming yourself is likely not going to win prediction points. 2/5. 

Saevel (Tigers) answered: "The usual suspects, Vikings, Mustangs and Heatwave, will probably be there. I'll add myself, since that's my goal, after all. For the last spot, I'm gonna say Bulldogs." A modestly successful prediction, yet as short as most, 2/5. 

MG10 (Serpents) answered: "Top 5 will go Mustangs, Vikings, Heatwave, Militia, Tigers." Got the Militia right as many did not, but stands in line with the rest who figured the Heatwave were safer in the top five than they turned out to be. Mustangs fell further than most expected. 2/5. 

Crott (Rattleheads) answered: "Vikings, Heatwave, Mustangs, Serpents, Bombers" One of few who saw the potential in the Serpents. They were up there for a while, but couldn't sustain a top five position. That means Crott ends with 1/5, though he got the most important one. /endrileup

Negative one bazillion fhl points to the gutter scum who failed to report in with their surveys. A thousand plagues on all your houses. 

 



FHL Gazette: Pre-season Survey: Heatwave and Lakers

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-10-03 00:14:47

KTOWN of the HEATWAVE

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
The Heatwave posted their worst ever finish in the FHL, finishing outside of the Top 5, landing in 6th.

The only thing that saved our season was a great run through the playoffs, ultimately falling one missed practice short of the championship…

- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
Regular season, as MO is going to rub in from here to eternity, the Heatwave finished 1 spot behind the Rhinos… Ugh. We also finished hell and gone back of the Vikings. However, come the playoffs, I’m not exactly sure what happened to the Rhinos. I believe the Heatwave left them crying by the exit ramp.

The Vikings proved to be the toughest test of the playoffs, and though the Heatwave availed themselves well (given their horrific play during the regular season) the Norse warriors were able to secure victory by a narrow margin.

There are a few other teams that are making their way into “Rival” territory, but we won’t dignify their jealous musings yet… 

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
There have been a few changes, but trading within the FHL has become increasingly difficult as each GM has different needs, goals, and valuation of players. However, Paul Martin should add some help on D, and though the Bombers managed to scrape all the dregs off the bottom of the barrel this summer, the Heatwave have a few players showing well on PTOs that should contribute to the offensive game.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Finishing outside the top 5 was not acceptable last year, and won’t be this year. A top 5 finish, and a strong playoffs again are goals.

Complete success would be to retake the title.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Seguin-Stamkos-VanRiemsdyk
Stafford-Stepan-Wingels
Abdelkader-Richards-Bouma

Barrie-Fowler
Suter-Phaneuf
Martin-Schenn

Talbot-Niemi

Which players do you expect to carry your team?
I expect Stamkos to have a better year, Seguin to (hopefully) be more committed, and Stepan go out and earn his big new contract.

I’d like to see Fowler return to form, but I think Barrie will continue to light it up from the blueline.

I’m curious to see if Talbot can shoulder the starting goalie role.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Fleischmann’s PTO seems to be going well in Montreal, and Ferland was an interesting pickup. I think either of these guys could contribute well. I’m also looking for strong seasons from my 3rd and 4th line guys.

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
The emergence of Talbot as a starting goalie could make one of Howard or Niemi obsolete in the Heatwave roster. Either (or both) could be had. Of course, understanding that potential starting goalies are valuable assets in the league, there is likely a premium to be paid.

There is a glut of high-priced talent on the roster, and there’s a chance that they could be moved, but again, proven star players won’t be getting traded for magic beans.

I don’t anticipate anybody making a reasonable one-to-one offer, but I’m open to packages.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
There’s a little more balance than the last couple of years, and emergence of some of the younger players as legitimate NHLers has been a good thing. I think the biggest issue is having the team near the cap, which makes it more challenging to ice a great roster.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Vikings, Militia, Heatwave, Chiefs, Rhinos

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
I’ll let you know after the Heatwave do…

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
The ones that finished there last season, and did the least to improve over the off-season.

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Let’s have a fun, smack-talking, Chucker-mocking, good time this year!

 

 

HABOILER of the LAKERS

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there? 
Lakers finished mid pack again last year. Lack of goaltending is holding this team back.

- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
Lakers aren't good enough to have main rivals yet. That needs to change!

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Tried to reduce bigger contracts and some dead weight.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
I would like to make the playoffs again and hope for the best.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.

 CAM ATKINSON  - PAVEL DATSYUK  - JORDAN EBERLE
 - ERIC STAAL  - TYLER JOHNSON  - MIKE FISHER
 - CHRIS HIGGINS - ANTON LANDER  - CARL HAGELIN
 - SAM GAGNER  - BRIAN BOYLE  - DANIEL WINNIK

 - BRENT BURNS  - DANNY DEKEYSER
 - DENNIS WIDEMAN  - ERIK GUDBRANSON
 - RYAN STANTON Johnathon Diamby

 - MICHAEL HUTCHINSON
 - DUSTIN TOKARSKI


Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Eberle & Datsyuk.... oh yeah they are both on IR....

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Anton Lander

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
Need defenceman and a goalie

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
offense is ok... D and G are weak.... much like our Oilers

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Vikings, Heatwave, Mustangs, Bombers and Bulldogs

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
Heatwave

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
Lakers

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Need to make some trades for D and G... Most of all have fun!


FHL Gazette: Pre-season Survey: Raiders and Megasus

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-10-02 00:38:10

STEVE-O of the RAIDERS

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
15th, and injuries took a toll on me, specifically as I have no flexibility with the cap.

- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
Better than Trogdor, Bombers got lucky though.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Massive changes, picked up Malkin, Krejci, and Letang, while giving up Skinner and Rask.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
I'm hoping I picked up enough offence to make a good push this year. I want finals in the playoffs, and a win in the regular season.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Ryan - Malkin - Krejci
Stone - Spooner - Hemsky
Smith - Smith - Smith
Pominville - Vermette - Williams

Letang - Garrison
Hamhuis - Ellis
Edler - Ericsson

Allen
Lack

Which players do you expect to carry your team?
New players Malkin and Letang, as well as Ryan.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Allen and Lack, with trading Rask I need them to step up and steal the number 1 spots on their teams.

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
My trade block is up to date, but the big ticket player I have on my block is Pominville. I need to free up some cap room, so just looking for affordable roster players. He'll be a great get for someone, but the coaches here said they can't fit him into the lineup based on the cap and as the GM I told him I'll find him a place he can play.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
Top end talent is good, then big gap.

Biggest weakness is the players have played themselves to good paydays, but it's hard to keep the team together at their prices.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Me! and Vikings, Heatwave, Rhinos, Bulldogs

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
Raiders

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
Bombers

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Good season boys

 

CHOUDU of the MEGASUS

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
Last year I ended up 14th, a drop from the previous year. This is partly due to me not paying as much attention as I could have during the final 2 months of the season. This year, I'll be focused on only one hockey pool.

- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
I haven't built up any real individual rivalries yet, although I have been in some races the past two years with the Tigers, Bombers, and Raiders. I'd consider my biggest rivals to be the top 5 teams in the league, watch yo backs suckas.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
D was a sore spot for me last year so I've looked to pick up some prospects that should get some good playing time this year.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Top 5

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Tavares - Saad - Staal
Sharp - Macarthur - Baily
Tanguay - Hanzal - Ennis
Lehtera - Bozak - Duclair

Sekara - Maatta
Medvedev - Reinhart
Petrovic - Stone

Elliot - Ward

Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Tavares, Saad, Sekera, Maatta

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Duclair may surprise some folks if he plays with Domi. Sekera and Reinhart's season's depends on how well the Oil do this year and Larkin/Carr/Grandlund/Horvat could put up good numbers if they get good time in the big leagues.

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
I'm hunting for some D and a Goalie. I have a plethora of high scoring fwds available to bargain with. That said, everyone is available if the price is right.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
Strenths: FWDs, Depth
Weakness: GM

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
You may be expecting certain teams here, but i'm going for some that some may consider longshots:
Megasus, Bulldogs, Rattleheads, Rhinos, Bombers

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
WTF kind of questions is this, Megasus of course!

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
I don't wish this on anybody.

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
It's on bitches.


FHL Gazette: Pre-season Survey: Thunder and Mustangs

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-09-30 23:14:53

SAMSON of the THUNDER

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
17th, My forwards just couldn't get it done.

- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
The Spartans were behind me once again:D

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Not much

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Playoffs. That is all.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Hall/Zetterberg/Hertl
Barkov/Filppula/Burrows
Connolly/Rakell/Draisaitl
Bickell/Gionta/Komarov

Petry/Josi
Trouba/Myers
Dumba/Orpik

Dubnyk
Lehner

Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Hall, Zetterberg & Josi

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
I'm hoping Lehner has a breakout season in buffalo. Connolly too

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
No. Everyone is available for the right price. Of course some have a much higher price.


What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
Defense has always been a strength, forward depth the biggest weakness

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
the usual

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
Probably the Vikings, but I hope it's a surprise team no one expects

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
Spartans & Dragons

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Good Luck, Just not too much

 

DAWGTOY of the MUSTANGS

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
Finished 10th, which is likely lower than I wanted to finish, but given that I was stuck in cap hell, it wasn't a surprise either.
- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
I suppose my greatest rival is suppose to be the Bombers, though this was likely more a rivalry with the man who previously ran the team.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
I'd say moving Gio and Sid should be considered significant, and you likely lose that trade every time. I had to move salary, and I still need to move more ...hint hint.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
This won't be a success. The team is in a state of flux, getting younger and cheaper is the goal at this time. Two picks next season in the first round as well.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Ladd-Nuge-Toffoli
Jagr-Njugstad-Steen
Stewart-Anisimov-Hendricks
Sheahan-Terravainen-Panarin

PK-Larsson
Demers-Braun
Gilbert-Engelland

Bishop-Pavelec
 
Which players do you expect to carry your team?
I really don't expect anyone to carry the team. This team has some nice pieces that need to mature and develop
 
Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Panarin, Terravainen

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
I need to move Steen or Jagr to save money. Prospect or picks likely in return.
 
What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
Cap is our biggest weekness, Goaltending was a strength.
 
Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Same old, same old.
 
- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
Militia
 
Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
Not sure I'm really in a position to critique others with my team in a state of flux.
 
Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?I'm an Oiler fan who can't wait for the puck to drop. As for the FHL ... see you in the trade news boys.


FHL Gazette: Pre-season Survey: Stingers and Bombers

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-09-29 23:09:29

CHUCKER of the STINGERS

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
It was a bit of a reset year for the Stingers. We had some injuries to our normal key contributors and confusion in goal didn't help. Lots of the Stingers players are prospects or soon to be full time NHLers. The idea is to be patient and keep these guys around to see how they do for a few years should they continue to progress and develop as they should.
 
- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
Poorly. Last year was a disappointment despite the knowledge it was a partial rebuild. Lack of second tier guys to replace the few guys who we have who are elite was a key issue we hope will start solving itself this year with UFA signings and organic growth. Visually, we seem better. ;) (NorOil's edit: Hah, *snort*)
 
What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
We dumped a proven NHLer in Bourque because he's being held back to fourth line duty in Nashville and no signs point to him gaining any ground. We also signed some KHL departed players in the hopes they will pan out. We've had success on Euro singnings before so we feel Plotnikov and Petrov will be fine.
 
What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
I'd like to be in the top ten but that might not be realistic as our goal situation is still rather murky and this is another development year with many second year guys and rookies. We've hoping to see who has a future here this season.
 
Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Moulsen-Giroux-Kane
Maroon-Schenn-Kulemin
Eaves-Eakin-Everberg E3 line
Plotnikov-Spaling-Nestrasil

extras: Jurco, Petrov, Karlsson, DSP

D

Niskanen-Green
Spurgeeon-Tennyson
Wisniewski-Franson
Gryba

Goal:
Andersen
Ramo
Ortio


Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Kane, Griroux, Andersen and our D. Everyone else is looking to improve to become core guys. Lots of room for improvement with these young ones.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Karlsson is my hope. He's in Columbus now and hopefully will be a full timer. Kane should have a bounce back year and we're expecting big things from Eten in NYR. If Ritchie makes it....watch out.
 
Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
I'm always open to reasonable trades. I have a lot of great contracts so that is key in how I wanted to set myself up for this season so it could be youth for experience. It just depends on how reasonable other managers are, as always.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
D is the best area for the Stingers. No question marks at all there and we have lots of cap so we're not really concerned with paying guys who will be reliable. Goal could be a strength if the Ramo/Ortio situation sorts itself out but it may necessitate playing the waiver eligible Ortio for a while should Ramo not get traded or given the starting job for the Flames. Hiller is a thorn in our side but in an ideal world, Ramo gets traded and Ortio takes over for the Flames next season.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
The usual suspects. Militia, Vikings, Heatwave, Rhinos, Chiefs/Bulldogs. Lots of great teams in that 3-9 range.
 
- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
I think it will once again be very hard to overcome the Vikings but I think the Chiefs have done well and could leap forward. They would be a good champ.
 
Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
It could very well be the Stingers but it sure wouldn't be intentional. It's still hard to think the Dragons or Acadians will be much better nor the Spartans or Burninators either. They may all be lottery teams but then againg their youth may just start clicking. Last year I wouldn't have thought the Devils would do so poorly so it's hard to tell. A few injuries to your big guns and it's all over.

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
As always, have fun and be active. We have a good group now and one less team so the competition should be closer and some teams picked up some terrific talent through the draft the last three years that will really start shining. Please be active and don't be unreasonable with your trade requests. I'm really looking forward to McDavid and Eichel this season as well as Hanifin, to name just a few. See you all on the ice!!!

 

 

 

RACKI of the BOMBERS

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
7th overall. I finished here because 6 teams finished ahead of me, and 16 behind me. But also because my defense and goaltending were both a let down for most of the year. I did some work to repair these areas, especially the blue line.. but it was a bit too late.

- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
I'm not sure I have a rival.. I guess most of the teams ahead of me.. and Steve-O.. and Chodu... and T-dizzy, Trogdor, and, well.. pretty much the whole league. Really though, I'd say I give the most razzing to the Bulldogs, Heatwave and Stingers. The Bulldogs and Heatwave both finished ahead of me, as usual.. although not too far ahead in the case of the Heatwave. The Stingers took it up the backside pretty hard this year, however.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Sniped some free agents (Matt Cullen and Jarret Stoll). Moved Krug out for Bjorkstrand (bit of a risk there, but my D depth right now is quite solid and could be pared down even further. On the note of the blueline, I was quite happy to add Kulikov to the mix, from the Lugers dispersal draft, as well as a guy people have somehow dodged all year - Zbynek Michalek - via free agency.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Aiming for the top 5. I aim for the Noracki Cup ever year though.. but it's pretty tough to best the best in this league.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Pacioretty Carter Hudler
Nichushkin Scheifele Hoffman
Soderberg Ribeiro Read
Clutterbuck Stoll Cullen

Beauchemin Seabrook
Ehrhoff Michalek
Despres Severson

Crawford
Stalock

Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Max Pac as always (you all can stop with the trade offers). Seabrook, Crawford, Carter, Hudler, Scheifele and Soderberg.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Soderberg may go super nova in Colorado with all the talent there. I also am thinking Scheifele will have a break out year. I don't see anyone else surprising... the ones that I think will have good years are guys who have been good all along or are pretty household names for prospects.

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
The Bombers blue line is rather deep. Goaltending is not. I'll need another starter here, and if they're on a good contract, I could be willing to move some decent pieces.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths: Forward and defense..
Weakness: Goaltending.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Vikings, Bulldogs, Heatwave, Militia and.... Bombers! Got to have our team in there, or I won't sell any tickets this year.

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
Unless it's the Bombers, which I don't quite see just yet, then I have no answer.. you all don't need your egos inflated any more than they already are!

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
The usual suspects... Dragons and Spartans. I mean that as no insult.. it's just hard as hell to work your way out of the bottom. I only give the Devils benefit of the doubt here because they nabbed McDavid and Boychuk, I guess.

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Stop tanking, you twats at the bottom. That, and I hope everyone has a good, fun year. I think we've weeded out the dead weight and have a great crew of GMs here.