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FHL Gazette: Pre-deadline survey: Heatwave, Bombers, and Lakers.

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2016-01-30 08:09:45 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2016-01-30 08:10:25)

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season? 
I’m actually happy with the team overall. Though we’re outside the top 5 thus far, our offense and defense ranks among the top in the league. In fact, I believe there are only 2 teams above us in the standings that have a greater combined total for Offense + Defense. With Eddie Lack taking over for an injured Cam Ward, and Cam Talbot getting more starts with the Oil, there appear to be better days ahead for the Heatwave as we close out the season.

What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?
Unfortunately, goaltending has held the Heatwave back this year. With uncertainty about Jimmy Howard’s starting status in Detroit, and Antti Niemi moving to a “share the crease” situation in Dallas, it was evident prior to the commencement of the season that the net presence would be a concern.

Cam Talbot was a question mark, and certainly a gamble. His struggles to find his way behind the Oilers’ swiss cheese defense hurt, and Anders Nilsson’s run of games didn’t help. However, Talbot seems to have taken back the starting position, so we’ll hope for more out of him.

Trading Niemi was a huge gamble, but the acquisition of Mike Hoffman made the points difference a wash. Adding Eddie Lack, and the subsequent injury to Cam Ward should help consolidate a better performance in net post All-Star Break.
The demotion of Jimmy Howard has also opened up cap room that allowed me to put Derek Stepan back in the lineup to help an already decent offense.

Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?
I’m simply hoping for a continuation of production from offense and defense, as well as a much needed boost to goalie numbers. Outside of that, the Heatwave still aim for a Top 5 spot and a great playoff run.

Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to? 
At this point, I’m pretty comfortable with the lineup heading into the playoffs. Some fringe players like Chiasson, Hodgson, Richards, Umberger and Bouwmeester could be moved, but otherwise I’m planning on jettisoning a lot of guys once Free Agency hits. Other than Jimmy Howard – who I fully expect to be starting somewhere other than Detroit next season – there isn’t much to pick up.

- What would be the starting price for these players?
With nothing of real value, I’m open to offers. As for Howard, I haven’t really made my mind up, as I would like to see what the offseason holds for him.

What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future?
I think I’ll be looking at more youth, and depth to complement the roster in 2017. Otherwise, I think there are some good pieces already on the team. Crazy raises for certain players may change that, but right now I’m in “wait and see” mode.

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?

I thought the Devils were having a great start to the season, and were really making inroads into the top 10 this year. Unfortunately, big name injuries have stifled that, but I expect them to make back some ground with guys returning.

Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion? 
Despite getting rid of some big $$, Nor-Bot’s Vikings still boast a balanced, productive lineup. I think the Militia have an outside shot, but ultimately I don’t think JFrizz’ offense can take the reins from the Viking’s Balance.

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?
That’s up in the air. Anything can happen. I’d like to think that if goaltending can solidify, the Heatwave could make noise again.

Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?
I’m just curious what came of that GMs meeting where we all discussed the “Tonya Harding-ing” of Nor-Bot? I thought we had come to a consensus, but the fershlugginer Nord is still killing us…
Racki, as his fellow commissioner, I’m pretty sure we agreed it was your job to do…

 

 

 

 

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season? 
About where I expected to be.

What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?
I made some pretty big changes that allowed me to stay under cap without big money sitting on the shelf. That said, I lost a few games getting that way. I expected I'd fit under the cap a lot easier (my most expensive guy was only $6M, which seems like I'm doing this right!). Also, I think I could have been a lot better had my blueline performed better. This was completely unexpected. I thought my blueline was going to be league leading. It turns out it's league leading in shittyness. On the plus side though, a risky move of Hoffman has helped me be a league leader (2nd overall) in goaltending.

Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?
Hopefully I can fix this blueline issue and make waves in the playoffs.

Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to? 
Wouldn't you like to know? But check my trade block.

- What would be the starting price for these players?
Hmm.. I just looked. Pretty grim trade block! The only one on there I consider to be a good young player that will get better is Kulikov. I am not giving him away. I'd like a cheaper player in return, that's my only beef with him. I think he'll eventually take off though.

What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future?
Defense.. big time.

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?
The Stingers sucking so bad, as well as the Rhinos maybe. On the other side, somewhat surprised by the rise of the Devils (i kinda figured they'd pick it up though) and really surprised that Trogdor is starting to get his shit together with the Burninators. Neglect seems to be working in his favor.

Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion? 
Vikings should stay on top.

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?
Bombers, Duh.. have I never not answered with this?

Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?
Send me your cheap, high performing defensemen! And stop pillaging my young super talents from me (Kuznetsov, Hoffman, Backes - at the time, etc)!

On a selfish note, to help save me from work, please submit your rosters weekly so I don't have to do this for you (this manual, even though it's just clicking submit.. but I have to open several rosters and submit each of them, week to week.. and well, I'm too lazy for that).

On a nicer note, I hope everyone is having fun with the pool!

 

 

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season? 
Horrible, Terrible, Injury plagued... or simply put Oileresque

What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?
Injuries to Eberle, Datsyuk, Johnson and poor seasons from a multitude of players. And shoddy goaltending.

Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?
Find a starting goaltender.

Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to? 
- What would be the starting price for these players?
Everyone is on the block. Not looking to dump for sake of dumping but to make a couple of hockey deals.
What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future?
Goaltending.

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?
Gladiators for good reasons. My team for bad ones.

Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion? 
Vikings

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?
Racki in an upset!

Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?
Good luck to all in the home stretch!


FHL Gazette: Pre-deadline survey: Arcadians, Mustangs, and Raiders,

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2016-01-29 08:59:33 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2016-01-29 09:00:00)

 

 

We start off with GM mcsorley, whose brevity reflects his feelings for the season.

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season?
Poor as f**k.

What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?
Shitty Bob's groin, Schwartz ancle and general bad seasons for the rest....

Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?
Maybe clinch the last playoff spot. (win the draft lottery)

Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to?
- What would be the starting price for these players?
Everybody is up for grabs, but you have to pay the price.. (Don't throw shit my way, I want reply)

What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future?
Everything

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?
No comment

Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion?
Vikings (hope everybody that gets a new deal gets 10m$ a year)

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?
Vikings

 

 

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season? 
My team has performed a little better than expected given the fairly significant salary dumping that occurred.

What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?
Obviously Panarin has been incredible. So much of the success of this team can be linked to a new young nucleus. Panarin, Toffoli, Teravainen, RNH, Henrique, Bjugstad, Klefbom and Larsson. Most haven't hit their prime yet. My hope is that develop into core for this team for a long time.

Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?
I've made some major changes to this team, I'm fairly happy to sit back and watch at this time. I know some moves need to be made, but I also have two first round picks to make this year as well.

Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to? 
Pavelec and Helm could be had for the right price. Anything really could move outside of the young core. I'll listen, but I doubt I make any major moves unless it's truly a fair hockey trade.

What would be the starting price for these players?
I always covet picks and prospects.

What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future?
Goaltending needs to be tweaked, and I need defensive depth.

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?
No real surprises, the top ten seems to stay the same for the most part year after year.

Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion? 
Hard not to say the damn Vikes considering they have a 30 point lead right now.

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?
I only really care about who wins it all, the playoffs have always seemed strange to me. Vikes seem to be an obvious answer though.

Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?
Obviously my thanks to Racki and Nor for their hard work and dedication to the league. I'd love to see some rule changes to stop the hording of players, but obviously that's not easy to do. For instance if a player is not activated over the span of the season, perhaps that player should become waiver eligible? just a thought.

 

What do you think about your team's performance so far this season? 
Not ideal. I traded for Malkin/Letang/Krecji, taking on mucho salary while gambling that my goaltenders would become starters, and while Jake Allen did become the starter my defense let me down, plus injuries have killed me lately (I need the Oilers PR team to come in and convince the tier 1 fans it's all good).

What are the most important reasons behind your team's performance?
Poor support from the bottom 6 and defense.

Only reason goaltending is okay is drunk steve felt it was a good idea to pick up Condon once I heard Price got hurt. Drunk Steve is smart.

Do you have any concrete ambitions for the remainder of the season?
Make the playoffs, make some noise then.

Which of your players would you be willing to listen to offers to? 
- What would be the starting price for these players?
In this past off-season, I had to learn to not get attached to any player, so most anyone is available. I can't take on any salary though and I'm maxed on the roster size, so my lower salary players are unavailable unless returning an equally good player for cheap.

I'd trade my high salary players for multiple lower salary players, however due to my roster size, you'd have to take some garbage back too.

Honestly, probably any of my expiring contracts so long as I can keep dressing a roster is all I'll be able to do.

What areas of your team are you looking to address in the future?
A fair number of expiring contracts so that roster room will be nice, however still have lots of contract $$$. Hoping to shore up D and bottom 6 with affordable players.

Which teams have surprised you the most so far this season?
Didn't expect Militia to be so high, and didn't expect Lakers to be so low, otherwise all seems about right.

Who do you think will win the Norack Cup as regular season champion? 
Vikings

Who do you think will win the FHL playoffs?
Ever the optimist, Raiders

Do you have any other messages for the fellowship of the FHL?
If anyone knows the contact info for actual GM's, I need a bunch of players on better contracts.

Also, hope everyone is looking forward to no change in the cap!



FHL Playoff cutoff date (and playoff schedule)

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2016-01-28 02:49:37 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2016-01-28 02:49:54)

Playoff cutoff 2015-16 is Sunday March 6th.

Though still over a month away, it's time to inform the league that the playoff cutoff date this season is after all NHL action on Sunday March 6th. At that point, playoff matchups will be decided according to our traditional system of 1v16, 2v15, and so forth. The first three rounds up until the final will be played on a weekly basis, whereas the final itself will be decided based on the last full week of action plus whatever shortened week that follows - which this season is a six day week that ends on Saturday April 9th.

Good luck to everyone in both their regular season and playoff ambitions. 



FHL Gazette: Pre-christmas roundup!

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-12-13 04:45:46

December 13th 2015: The fifth FHL season is well underway and the (now) twenty-two teams are finding out what their preparations coming into the season were worth. Having sacrificed an appropriately large steed to Odin, the residents of Valhalla have made sure the Vikings still hold firm at the top of the league. It has come at a cost, however, as the Vikings bled established NHL talent during the early days of the season - out went the likes of Hossa, Marchand, Perron, Kunitz, and Vlasic. Elite blueliners Roman Josi and Kevin Shattenkirk were added, but the Vikings' salary problems force them to rely more on cheaper secondary scoring. The ever-so-strong Bulldogs and Chiefs have built on a solid foundation from previous years and are in hot pursuit. Zackman is enjoying fine goaltending from his Nordic tandem of Rinne and Nilsson, while gr8one has gotten much out of his strong defensive corps so far. After a slow start to the campaign, the Militia has come on strongly in recent weeks. The Heatwave have a reputation of always being competitive was shown by the many votes from GMs when naming a favorite to win the league this season. Nonetheless, Ktown's outfit has not gotten more traction than last season this far. Though it might work out in the long run, the gamble to move his previously outstanding goaltender Antti Niemi has put the Heatwave some way off the elusive top spot. The addition of Senator Mike Hoffman certainly provides points, and should Cam Talbot regain the number one spot with the Oilers, however, the Heatwave might make a bid for the title again.

Some way off the top, but still securely within the top ten are the Mustangs, Gladiators, Bombers, Rhinos, and Rattleheads. While the Mustangs and Gladiators do not have the edge they did two seasons ago, they are still comfortably top table. Dawgtoy has made some alterations to his roster in preparation for the future and surrendered top performer (and now well paid) Alex Steen for Peter Holland and Oscar Klefbom. Moreover, he moved Dan Boyle and ageless forward Jaromir Jagr for draft picks and utility center Brian Boyle. Both moves show how the cap restrictions are dispersing talent, though one may conclude that both Dan Boyle and Jagr have seen their best years. What really made a mark on the FHL was the summer trade of Crosby and Giordano to the Dragons for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Adam Larsson, a 1st, and pieces. That the Mustangs are top six after losing such key players is a good sign. Having stacked up with a few core future assets should enable the wild horses to stay competitive in the coming years. The Gladiators' Quinstone was a veritable bazaar of transactions when coming into the league, but has since found an equilibrium and has made only one significant move since last season: Alex Killorn and Frans Nielsen were moved for former Viking Chris Kunitz and Jake Muzzin. The Gladiators sit 7th with a well balanced roster that perhaps just lacks a few good, cheap pickups to be true contenders yet again. Bombers' GM Racki stated he was tricked by Ktown into taking on Lauri Korpikoski in the deal that also sent netminder Antti Niemi his way for on-fire forward Mike Hoffman and Alex Stalock. Though they lack elite-tier players, the Bombers are well rounded and could become a threat during the playoffs. The Rhinos finished fifth last season, but have fallen outside of the top five so far - and though the (perhaps temporary) drop itself is concerning, the fact that Metal&Oil has pawned off all draft picks but the 2017 1st may in fact be more problematic in the long run. Should they not compete now, the Rhinos are entirely reliant upon making apt trades and signings to progress. Combined with the fact that key producers Sedin and Sedin are not youngsters any more the poachers seem to be creeping up on the Rhinos. Crott's Rattleheads are in the same range they finished last season (now 10th, then 8th). Crott is a patient team builder and the Rattleheads are a diverse bunch. A few talented, yet perhaps unheralded, youngsters; some quality veterans, a crop of tweeners on their second contracts; and a good but not great goaltender with poor backup support. It seems Crott gets the most out of his squad, but lacks the required edge to get into the top five at this point. 

In the mid-table range we find the resurgent Thunder. Samson's team have improved from the poor 17th place finish of last season and currently lie just outside the top ten. Part of the reason for this improvement come down to activity in the trade market. The Thunder have not been idle and the acquistion of players like Hossa, Perron, Vlasic, JMF Johnson, and Dominic Moore is a testament to that. The loss of Tyler Myers' and Roman Josi's points aside, Samson has added a lot of firepower without giving up much current production. It is possible Eriksson-Ek, McCarron, and the draft picks lost may turn out well, but the Thunder should now be reckoned with to not only make the playoffs, but perhaps advance into later rounds, especially if Samson can add another regular netminder to play alongside Devan Dubnyk. The Burninators are an enigma of the FHL. Their GM, Trogdor, shines in his absence from surveys, comments, and often also in trade discussion. His link to the hoi aristoi is by personal friendship with the Edmonton based governors, which plays into the narrative that Trogdor is Keyser Soze, Bruce Wayne, and pre-storyline Don Rosa Scrooge McDuck. An unknown with a bigger story. The Burninators are a one-goaltender team with some strong players in each skating position, but without sufficient depth to truly contend. Now that Logan Couture is out again, Trogdor might fall further, but count on him to say nothing at all to the fans. At least he is up from a dismal 19th spot in 2014-15, Third-last placed and thus lottery winner of the McJesus draft, the Devils, had a strong start to the year but have since fallen off, partly due to the crucifiction of the Messiah by the foul Flyers. Tdizzy avowed that he was not content with bottom finishes and has kept his promise so far. Additions Boychuk and McDavid have made a difference, while netminder Mike Smith has somewhat redeemed a horrible season in 2014-15. Patrik Kane is earning his 10.5M salary with a stellar showing so far. Still, Tdizzy will not likely finish top ten, but has a chance of making the playoffs for the second time in franchise history. Another mid-table squad is the Megasus, who were quiet in the summer trade market and currently sit 14th in the standings. Unsurprisingly, this is also were choudu's team finished last season. An interesting team at forward with players like Tavares, Duclair, Saad, Larkin, Hanzal, and Lehtera, the roster is let down by the absence of consistent goaltending. Should choudu add a solid netminder or two, this team could venture into the top five in a year or two, but will for the time being fight for a playoff spot. The newly hired Arcandians GM McSorley moved salary in a trade that saw him acquire Jeff Skinner (whose recent hot streak has boosted his side's chances of a playoff spot) and Marc Staal, while giving up David Kreijci and Alexander Edler to the Raiders. The same Raiders went out and moved, among others, Tuukka Rask, Brandon Dubinsky, and a 1st for last season's runner up Militia's Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, and present failure Jonathan Bernier. This is what Craig MacTavish dreamt about when he prophesized about "bold moves". For the Raiders it has yet to pay off as Steve-o treads water around the playoff cutoff. Perhaps Bernier's AHL resurgence will change the Raiders' destiny? 

One of the surprising disappointments of the season so far has been the Tigers. Nowhere near the top five spot where many, myself included, thought they would be. With top end talent like Benn, Lundqvist, and Doughty Savel's team ought to find themselves higher up. The failure of the previously productive depth players has been a key reason, while regression from players like Foligno and Tlusty have hurt the Tigers' chances. They will likely find a way into the playoffs, but need to address key issues to become as competitive as they were in the first few seasons of the FHL. Below them are another up and down side, the Serpents. MG10 has seen his team heat up and cool down all too often during the first FHL seasons. Led by stars like Price, Bäckström, and Keith they have consistently finished mid-table, but have at times found themselves near the top of the table. The Spartans boast some of the most exciting young talent in the FHL, but still cannot find a way out of the bottom. Drouin, Marner, D. Strome, Ekblad, Jones, and Reinhart are all top class prospects, but only a select few have contributed in any significant manner to the propulsion of the Spartans. Buckminster seems content to remain Tambellini patient though. It would not be unthinkable, however, that the Spartans will be found at the top of the leauge in a year or two, but in the meanwhile they remain mired in the sewers of the FHL. As the Tirpitz to the Spartans' Bismarck, the Dragons also look great until they sink to the bottom. Kellgore's team also have firepower that is the envy of many, Bennett and Eichel being the biggest guns on board. Lack of sufficient goaltending and depth is the problem yet again. Chucker's Stingers are a curious case of history repeated as they have found their way back to the bottom as they were in season 1. Having followed that up with a few good seasons, Chucker's wheeling and dealing has not worked out as intended. The dangers of losing goaltending has been exemplified. Although Corey Crawford is not an elite netminder, his departure has surely contributed to the downfall of the Stingers who are left with up and comers Andersen and Ullmark who alone cannot carry the team. At the absolute bottom lie the Lakers, a team with three consecutive twelvth place finishes behind them. Haboiler has been betrayed primarily by his forwards who are producing at an abysmal rate. Injuries and inconsistent play from key player like Eberle, Johnson, and Datsyuk have done nothing to alleviate the downfall. Hutchinson's struggles have further mired the Lakers in trouble from which they seem hard pressed to solve. There is still a chance to make up for lost ground, the foundation is there, but a quick turnaround is needed! 

For reference, the table looked as follows:



FHL Gazette: Pre-season Survey: Devils

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-10-18 13:11:40

 

TDIZZY of the DEVILS

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there? 3rd last. Well 2nd last if you consider the last place team folded.... Main reasons? Bad goaltending, poor defence and ineffective forwards.

- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals? 
Poorly. I was 3rd last.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season? 
Now have 2 starting goalies. That's huge. Strengthened the forward and defense a tad.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign? Considering my finish the last couple of years, I'd welcome a top 15 finish.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Kane/McDavid/Spezza
Cogliano/Koivu/Jokinen
MacKenzie/Domi/Garbutt
Chimera/Santorelli/Glendening

Boychuk/Hamonic
Martinez/Georges
Greene/Grossmann

Jones/Smith


Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Kane and Spezza. McDavid is still a kid. Can't expect him to carry anything yet.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?Garbutt. Had a good season with Dallas so going to Chicago can only make him better overall. Also Martin Jones. If San Jose is going anywhere it will be with him in between the pipes

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)average forwards and Kane may be available for a package of them

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
High end talent at the forward position. Good quality defense. Weaknesses? Depth.


Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
The usual suspects. You know who you are.

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
Safe bet for me would be the Heatwave

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
Myself included and maybe the Thunder.

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Good luck everyone!


FHL Gazette: Pre-season Survey: Vikings

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2015-10-12 12:39:01 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2015-11-04 01:52:00)

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there? The Vikings were victorious, chiefly because of superior forwards and goalies. The defense was certainly up to par, but no more. Glory onto Odin.

- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals? I'd ask the Heatwave, but they were so far behind I couldn't be bothered to stop waiting to hear what Ktown had to say. The Tigers made a jump up the table from their dismal 2013-14 campaign, but they remain undetectably off the radar of threats to the Vikings.


What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
We added Timo Meier (thankfully!) and Brock Boeser at the draft, while also acquiring Joonas Donskoi, and Andreas Athanasiou to the more immediate prospect pool via free agency. The Vikings remain relatively unchanged, though raises have been given to players like Holtby and Gallagher. *Edit: The Vikings also moved out much beloved 2-way winger Bradley Marchand (and pieces) for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. Also, a major move motivated by the cap sent out long-time Vikings like Marian Hossa, David Perron, and oft scratched Marc-Edouard Vlasic for Roman Josi and future pieces. It represents a clear loss in fhl points, but allowed for the inclusion of benched Vikings and perhaps a better overall output in the long run. In any case, sitting on unused players is not what wins championships. Though some offense has been sacrificed, the Vikings' goaltending and defense look better than it ever has. Whether it is enough will likely be up to injuries, since we have less depth than before due to the ever-increasing payroll of young players that perform well.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?First place in the regular season. First place in the playoffs. Nothing less. It is also likely to be the last season where the Vikings can expect to be truly competitive with the current roster, as a number of key members are up for significant raises during the summer of 2016 - including, but not limited to, Erik Johnson, Sami Vatanen, David Savard, Jiri Sekac, Dmitrij Jaskin, Zemgus Girgenssons, and possibly Kevin Hayes.


Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Zach Parise - Patrice Bergeron - Blake Wheeler
Nikolaj Ehlers - Matt Duchene - Brendan Gallagher
Dimitrij Jaskin - Kevin Hayes - Beau Bennett
Matt Martin - Zemgus Girgenssons - Jean-Gabriel Pageau

Victor Hedman - Erik Johnson
Roman Josi - Kevin Shattenkirk 
Sami Vatanen - David Savard

Braden Holtby
Cory Schneider

Which players do you expect to carry your team?
The Vikings, lacking the absolute top end stars of the league, must compete by committee - but failed campaigns from player such as Parise, Hossa, Wheeler, Hedman, Johnson, and the goalies will obviously hurt. To win, we simply require the players to play at their career averages or better.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
I think it's time for Jaskin to break through with a 20 goal season, so too with Sekac (hopefully). If Ehlers gets some PP time with Wheeler and Ladd, he could break 40 points in the NHL, which would be nice. Donskoi is a dark horse to break 15+15, but we'll see how much time he gets with the Sharks top end guys. Talented player at least.

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?) The Vikings need to plan for the future, and have an abundance of guaranteed FHL producers on decent salaries. The opportunity is there to move some "good maybes" and get a "good certainty" in return.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
The Vikings are built to compete with good depth at forward, solid top four in defense, and a couple of elite netminders. The most concerning weakness is the amount of salary which will accumulate as these players grow into their second and third deals. The prospect pool on defense is shallow and thus needs to be adressed.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
The Vikings, as well as the Bulldogs, Gladiators, Chiefs, and Mustangs. In that order. Just outside will be teams like the Heatwave, Tigers, Militia, and Bombers.

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
I figure the Vikings are favorites, but I wouldn't put it past the Bulldogs, or Gladiators to take the title depending on injuries and overperformances by young players. I don't really think it is likely that the Vikings will take both the regular season- and playoff title in the end.

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
Without significant additions in net, the Lakers and Dragons are likely in for tough seasons, but with proactive GM'ing they could still find their way into the playoffs come that time of the season.

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?Thank you for your continued dedication to our league.

Also, finish your surveys, knuckle draggers! Love, your Viking overlord.