No GM in league history has dominated the 12+ point nights the way GM Tyson
continues to pad his stats. The GM tied a career high with 13 points
Tuesday, the first 12+ point night this season. For Tyson it was number 6
all time. placing him alone in the NHLP record books. "He has done it more
times than GM's Jr and Andrew put together" stated Muddy Capone, "That is just
shy of a combined 50 years of GM'ing." The St Louis Blues surely needed
the points, moving from 4th to first and now 15 points clear of 5th place in the
Pacific Division. Gaudreau had a six point night with Giordano, Thornton
and Vrana adding two more each. The lucky 13th was added by Josi with
Simmonds and Bozak playing but not pointing on the night. The Blues
Franchise, winnings of two NHLP Championships now also have two 12+ point
nights. GM Tyson is hoping the Blues can be the first team ever to win a
third team Cup while the GM goes for his 4th Cup in just his 10th NHLP season.
Thursday's Game Could Change Islanders Deadline?
The NHLP Yearbook has always received a lot of reports out of New York.
Howie Feltersnatch who took the reigns for Phil Updegrave two seasons ago likes
reporting in. "Things are very slow moving" said Feltersnatch, "GM Ryan is
leaving things to see how Thursday Pittsburgh and Columbus game goes before
making further decisions." The Islanders 349 points gives them an easy 30
or more to play with, although it isn't likely the GM cuts things too closely.
If Pittsburgh wins Thursday, are things actually set on the Island? "What
more can we do" asked Feltersnatch of a team with three Pens, two Sharks, a Pred
and Flame. This team is already built for first round scoring and
distance. The only issue, abeit a big issue, is can this team risk the
Penguins missing the NHL playoffs and not even having a shot at winning anything
at all? Most GM's laugh at that thought, still thinking the Pegnuins could
go right to the Cup. But it is a possibility. The Pens next two
games are against Columbus and GM's will only know the results of that first
game on Thursday. A Pens win will go a long way in giving Ryan confidence
this team is set. A Pens loss might mean the GM moves on Malkin, Gentzel
and Hornqvist. Those three combinded for 24 first round points in last
years playoffs. Either way, keeping or moving them, might be seen as a risky
decision. How this all plays out will help determine the NHLP standings come
Flames Burning Bright With Marner
GM Jr again pulled off a 30 point deal, sending Huberdeau and Tkachuk to
Hamilton (Tyson) for Marner and McAvoy. It was the second 25+ deal in two
days as GM's unload their dead weight ahead of the NHLP Trading Deadline on
Saturday. "Although when you look around the rosters, there are not many
non playoff players" said Muddy Capone, "But the ones you notice are
high-scoring players that are almost now impossible to move unless you are just
looking to make a six man team." A glance at the Minors list puts actual
playoff players in the Minors in the low 40 point range. As always the
first several of those deals at the meeting will be for a select few to
participate in, as often the first couple deals on the Board are for 10+ points,
something not all teams can afford. There are a ton of teams with points
to give and actually fewer this year who need points on the lower teams.
This might make the Minors even more of a bidding war when going after the 35+
point playoff players available.
Stars Flickering Out?
GM Jr isn't the type of GM to panic, but there is mounting pressure in Dallas.
"The Stars are way to powerful of a team to miss the playoffs" says Team
Reporter Richard "Big Dick" Smoker. Smoker says there is a good chance
GM's Ryan and Jr hook up on a huge deal. Smoker has direct connections to
Boston, with his Wife, Tess Steckle-Smoker being the Team Reporter for the
Bruins. Where their is smoke, there's fire. Smoker feels GM Jr has
been in constant contact with the Bruins GM. The biggest issue here is
with the two teams in the same Division, would the Bruins be willing to drop
enough points in the lap of the Dallas Stars to make both GM's happy. Of
course the rest of the Division is watching what these two do in the typical
game of cat and mouse being played leading into the NHLP Deadline Saturday.
The Stars are in a good position to race, but can the GM truly afford to miss
out with such a loaded roster? Moving up usually means getting weaker, but
missing means zero chance. There is pressure in Dallas whether or not the
GM ever lets on their is.
Indianapolis to Blow Load?
With Howie Cummings, Justin Heras, teaming up to co-report out of Indianapolis
we are sure to get a handful. Both agree that the Icemen GM Matt will be
all-in Saturday. The team is full-on going for it and willing to part with
any player in setting a playoff team. The Icemen will move up to 20 points
and are willing to race for a playoff spot, but points won't come cheaply.
"GM Matt is looking for a solid piece" says Cummings, "A sure thing, someone
they can run with in the playoffs." Matt has proven he isn't scared to
make a move or race for a playoff spot so it is easy to understand the
co-reporters whacked this one on the head. (Update: Load Blown:
GM Matt unloaded 13 points and Monahan, adding his third and fourth Bruins with
Bergeron and DeBrusk in a trade with the Rangers (Charlie) who also got Ellis.)
Point Added With Matthews
With the Pittsburgh Penguins not exactly looking like the Cup winners of their
past, it was just a matter of time before Crosby was dealt out of Halifax
(Shawn). Since 2011/12 Crosby has only been traded twice in the NHLP, now
three times. "Only being traded twice in eight seasons coming into this
season, you know he is a guy GM's hang onto" stated Muddy Capone going over the
last 1300 NHLP Transactions. The Destroyers really could do no wrong with
the trade return of Point, one of the most valuable assets in the league.
"You get Point, you keep him" said GM Scott who was shocked, as many GM's were,
to see Pointed traded twice in 24 hours. It is clear he won't be leaving
Halifax, where he will have a shot at winning GM Shawn his first ever
Championship. The GM was ecstatic to be heading in with Point and
Matthews, a realistic shot to go all the way. For Memphis (Jr) it came
down to holding onto Skinner in the hopes he was traded and Voracek, arguably
too long. With Crosby there is always hope he can win you a first round,
but odds are the Machine just won't be repeating as NHLP Champions, although
they are a long way from setting their final team. The season started all
about Halifax and as we head towards the NHLP Trading Deadline, the Destroyers
will continue to be a team we feel can win it all in 2019.
Point Moves to Memphis in Shocker
MARCH 1ST!!! GM Jr has made more March deals over the past three seasons
than any other GM. "I think this was official the night before, but he
just waited" laughed Muddy Capone. It is well know there are many
strategies to win it all. GM's like Andrew and Scott try every night to
move players during the Waivers, with mixed results along the way. Some
GM's like GM's Ryan and Marcel like to stock pile their points. Jr mostly
lets things play out now and plays hard near the end, however with this season,
he is mostly looking for points and not trading many as recent years past.
Like clockwork, March first came around and Jr is involved in one of the years
biggest deals. He acquired Point, arguably the second most valuable player
in the entire league, along with Killorn and key low number Schultz. "He
played a big part in the deal for his low will allow me to move players with the
Waiver" said a giddy Jr. Why would he not be excited? He currently
the top two players, Point and Kucherov, off an NHL team on pace for 130 points,
one shy of the all time best team in NHL history. As for GM Chad, he
thinks he did well adding top D-men Rielly, Karlsson and Pietrangelo. "I
believe come playoffs you need a couple top defensemen on your roster" said Chad
who recently won with a team that featured Burns, Yandle and Fowler. Both
GM's will be active this week. Jr has told GM's to stay by their phones
and Chad is already offering up pieces of his newly acquired treasure chess of
Minors Freeze Monday Morning
Just how close to the end are we? The NHLP has two more hockey nights,
Saturday and Sunday, that count in the standings prior to the NHLP freeze of the
Minors. With a full week to go before the Trading Deadline, and games next
Saturday not really in play, only 31 NHL games are on the schedule from Monday
to Saturday. The standings are not going to change one much all teams
player about three more games before the GM's meet for the last time of the
season. Very few GM's like walking into the deadline under the gun, either
needing points or having points, as often things get haywire for everyone.
Many GM's are making their plans public, but few deals have been made just yet.
Quebec Looking for Points
Joe King, longtime Team Reporter of the Quebec Nordiques
(Matt) says the team is still looking for a deal to gain some points. King
says GM Matt believes the team is just too tight there and an asset will move out. All 7
of the teams players are currently in the NHL playoffs. It is believe the
Nords will first try to move Parise or Williams before one of the surer playoff
players depart. The Nords are 7 points up on 5th place in the Atlantic.
MacKinnon Being Shopped
GM Ryan will let things go down to the wire says Team Reporter Tess Steckle-Smoker.
The Boston Bruins are setting the pace with 338 points in the South Division,
about 35 points to play with. The Bruins GM feels confident that someone
big can be brought in once teams exhaust all other options. Ryan usually
isn't one to cut things to closely so the GM willing to take on the risk of
carrying MacKinnon won't be getting "30 points" Steckle-Smoker said. The
Bruins can not chance MacKinnon missing the playoffs. The team has four
Nashville players and can win everything if they can get in and get out of round
one. MacKinnon's scoring would help round one, but is the GM willing to
risk having a first place team that is easy pickings with only 6 first round
Portland to be Active
The Portland Winter Hawk (Scott) Team Reporter Sharon Weed says GM Scott is
getting closer to accepting the fact that the team will have to be a six-player
playoff team at best. The Winter Hawk are sitting 30 points out of 4th and
points are drying up. "The team has assets" says Weed, "But all point
offers have been for non playoff players" up to this point. The GM is
holding out to hope playoff for playoff deals can be made, but is willing to go
all out on a six man team otherwise.
Teams Watching Florida Closely
The Florida Panthers (Marcel) are 36 points up on 5th in the NHLP's North
Division but the team is facing a penalty-out situation. Team Report R.
Slicker says GM Marcel is feeling the pressure of having three Habs and two Blue
Jackets, with one of those teams potentially missing the playoffs. If
changes are not made, the team would be out unless both make the playoffs,
likely leaving Carolina or Pittsburgh miss. Slicker says to expect the
Panthers to be shopping either Habs or a Jacket as the GM puts his faith in
either - or, but not both teams. The situation the Panthers are in
resemble many NHLP teams who will have to make internal decisions, which if
wrong, will cost those teams any chance of participation in the NHLP playoffs
which are set to start in 6 weeks.
The NHLP Stacking Rule
Stacking Rule: As a general rule, all trades are passed as long as
there is no sign of foul play, stacking, cheating, or blatant stupidity. All
trades must be fair trades, for all involved. Although we all want the Cup, the
bottom line is fair play. Nobody wants an asterisk beside his name in the
record books. This is probably the most important rule in the book. Nothing
can ruin the pool faster than underhanded deals. GMs are encouraged to
demonstrate good judgment and common sense in the area of trading.
GM Scott: In our very first year, this actually became a part of the NHLP
Rule Book. Basically, the "Stacking Rule". We had a foundation of
rules 30 years ago for my vision of the NHLP. One rule was you could not
trade with one of your other two teams. Out of the gates Brad traded with
Kim who in a few days later traded that player back to one of Brad's other
teams. It was clear to me what was going on. It was likely the first
circumvention of the rules. After Brad and Kim were told they couldn't do
that, not maybe according to the current rules, but according to the intent of
the current rules, within days Brad and Kim were removed from the league, kicked
out. This is our first season and we already kicked out two GM's.
The message was clear. Follow the rules or you won't be in the league.
So we implemented the Stacking Rule and another very tough rule to prevent this
from ever occurring again. Many current GM played under this archaic rule
for many, many years. The new rule stated; Once a player played for one of
your teams, that player could never play for one of your other teams.
Think about that. If I drafted Gilmour in Philadelphia, he could never
play for Edmonton or San Fran. If Philly traded Gilmour to Calgary,
Edmonton and San Fran could trade with Calgary, but Gilmour was never part of
those negotiations. This was a rule in the league for a long, long time.
We think it might be funny now, but that was the Stacking Rule. It
prevented not anything shady, but stopped most of it in it's tracks.
We have since changed that rule. But we did create a Board of Governors
(BOG) who currently consists of Scott, Jr, Andrew and Shawn. In a real
time league, real time decisions must be made. So although everyone in the
league can jump in and flag something at any time, even deals involving these
BOG members, it is the responsibility of the BOG to in real time make snap
decisions. Every trade is analyzed, even if you don't see that process
taking place. Every trade must get a check mark for foul play, stacking,
cheating or yes, blatant stupidity. The BOG speaks often by texting and
emails and this year in their own Chat Room. This keeps the league moving
without getting BOGged down. That's right.
Personally I have seen the damage stacking creates. A shady, or
even unfair deal do to the stupidity part of the rule ruins an entire season.
No one will participate in a league where others are allowed to follow their own
rules. I vowed to never let that happen, as a commitment to the league I
love. It had to start with me if I was going to be critical of others.
So I committed myself to the league first mentality. So when something
appears shady, my blood instantly boils. I see red and don't sometimes see
clearly. I do apologize to both Matt and Shawn for maybe seeing more red
than clarity. Matt has ensured me that he simply said the wrong thing.
Agreed Upon. That wasn't the case. Which is awesome. I accept
that. I have moved on and put it in the past already. However, if I
ever see something I think isn't right, I am going to speak up. Others,
need to do the same. They need to scrutinize my every move as I do theirs.
I would like to think, although some voices are heard more often, everyone knows
they have a voice. The next part of the Stacking Rules, that continues
after the first paragraph above states:
Stacking Rule continued: It must be noted that in the
event of a veto, the onus falls upon the trading GMs to explain why the deal
makes sense to them, and not upon the vetoing GM to explain why it does not.
A vote of veto by a GM can mean that he would like the deal explained a little
before he passes it. If you have a problem with a deal, you must let the
League administrators (Jr and Scott) know about it; either call, text, email, or
Chat Room. A league wide email is fastest and encouraged (likely Chat Room now).
Your silence would indicate your approval of the deal.
Scott: So don't be silent and let things fester. Also, for the
good of the league, put the league first. It makes winning even feel
better knowing that you beat the best by being the best, and not anything shady
along the way.
GM Scott lost it again. "It isn't the first time we have seen this and it
likely isn't the last" said Muddy Capone. Scott could not control his
bitterness and likely let it get the best of him after a deal between GM's Shawn
and Matt. It all began after an elaborate well thought out deal was made
between Halifax and Quebec, three players moving each way and the Waiver to the
Nordiques. As part of this deal, two players were to be moved back to the
Destroyers after the Waiver pick up.
Parise, Gardiner and Pearson plus Waiver to
Lebanc, Johnsson and Muzzin
Quebec Adds Schwartz and Pietrangello and gets back Johnsson and Muzzin.
It is creative and well thought out. It isn't crafted in a minute and time
and effort clearly went into making this deal.
15 Minutes Later
After that deal was made, GM Scott then made a 21 point offer to GM Matt for
Tuch. Scott was told by Matt that he could not trade Tuch to Scott for a
previously "Agreed Upon" deal with Shawn involved Tuch and that Matt was
just waiting for Shawn to approve the deal.
Scott says "So after they agreed upon this elaborate Waiver, they then went to
work on another deal. Independent of the Waiver moving. And in this
15 minutes it was agreed upon. But yet Matt had to Wait for Shawn to
approve it, but yet it was agreed upon. It sounded very shady. After
calling them out, and asking them what this deal was and if it is agreed upon to
just announce it, they didn't. Why can't they just announce it? Yet
both guys are in the chat room talking during all this time I am asking them to
announce it. Maybe cause it didn't take place during this 15 minute window
after the Waiver was moved?"
Matt says that he misspoke. That the deal wasn't agreed upon, but rather
just offered to Shawn in this time frame. That he should not have used the
phrase agreed upon.
Scott says, "I have chatted with guys for years. It is easy to say I made
an offer involving Tuch, in the 50 ways you can say that, but none of them are
the words Agreed Upon. Agreed Upon and made an offer are as opposite
sayings as there are. So there is no way that maybe when negotiating for
the Waiver it was insinuated, or implied, that we could also do the Skinner for
Tuch deal as well afterward. We just have to wait to announce it.
Maybe neither of them announced it right then, or when asked the chat room, or
even now as they knew the can of worms was just gonna be openned "
GM Scott isn't buying what GM's Matt and Shawn are selling. Still no deal
has been announced and Scott feels there won't be one today either. For
that matter, with such a stink made about it, the agreed upon Skinner for Tuch
deal may in fact now never be made. Why not just make it official if it
was negotiated in that 15 minute window? So what now, it is agree upon to
wait to announce it now on a different day? Agreed upon that now we will just
drop that all together? In the mean time, GM Scott felt his 21 point offer
for Tuch, leaving Quebec plus 21 points and with 7 playoff players, has been
tarnished now because of all what transpired. "I hate the fact I can't make
this deal now" for it looks like they were pressured into dropping what they had
planned or agreed upon, or Matt feels the pressure of having to do this now"
says Scott. "I hate the entire thing. This was a massive deal for us. Would
have changed what we could do, likely giving us seven instead of six playoff
players. Would have given Quebec plus 21 points and a full 7 playoff players
instead of half that amount and Skinner." So what is agreed upon? What was
offered? When? What was all talked about and agreed upon in those 15 minutes,
may not fully ever be known. As of now, silence. Nothing has been made
official. Only that the GM's had been working on that deal for weeks. Matt
still has the Waiver and will be making his pick by noon
Hometown Hero Moved?
There is a report that Crosby has been dealt out of Halifax. The unnamed
source has told the NHLP Yearbook that it is believed GM Shawn has an offer he
will be accepting that would see the Destroyers moving Crosby. "We believe
if he moved, today would be the day" said Muddy Capone. What is Halifax
getting in return and who is getting Crosby? Capone said it likely isn't a
last place club but rather a team who needs a big change. It is believed Point
or Scheifele are possibly a name coming back the other way. We don't know
it is GM Chad on the other end, but indications are it likely is. Stay
tune for more details as they become official.
Rangers Add Toews
"I am invested in him now" said GM Charlie after the New York Rangers dropped
four players and added Toews. "I like Chicago's chances" Charlie added.
The GM passed on adding Toews twice, instead going for surer playoff players
such as Johnsson, Brodie and DeBrusk. Charlie said he didn't want to go
all in on Chicago even though the opportunity for potentially a huge first round
scoring team existed. The Rangers remain in the playoff race in the
Atlantic, in fourth but just three up on last.
Rangers Going all Blackhawks
GM Charlie has made it known Toews will be a Ranger, either once or twice after
using the Waiver. "I will have seven playoff players" the GM noted this
morning. Who goes and who stays is yet to be determined, although the GM
has plenty of offers, including almost 20 he said for Bergeron if "I want to go
that route" Charlie stated. The Rangers have made all players available so
a few deals could be made pre-waiver.
Knights Change Out 10 Players
In a 193 point drop after adding 10 points in a trade, GM Ryan dropped five
players in Green Bay. Up were Teravainen and Williams of the very hot
Carolina Hurricanes, while Danault, Brodie and Jones rounded up the five up.
Alaska (Marcel) was able to unload Draisaitl in the process for Tkachuk, leaving
the Attack well in first in the West. In the Pacific Division, the top 5
teams are all within 7 points of first while Portland (Scott) is waiving the
white flag. Teams up top will struggle for 7 man playoff teams with
players such as Huberdeau, Stone, Horvat, Horvat and now Teravainen and
Williams. Trades, like Stone, will be a huge part of the next eight days
before GM's really have to bare down. Not all teams will make seven, and
even some who can, can't, for they won't get a playoff position otherwise.
The Minors were not loaded by any stretch, but GM Ryan did his part, clearing
even more scraps off the scarely filled dinner table.
Green Bay - Using Waiver
GM Ryan says everyone is in play today. The GM is planning on dropping or
moving Voracek and the injured Koivu who is now only a minus 3 if dropped. In a
creative deal GM's Ryan and Scott swapped out their injured players, helping
both GM's due to the players contracts. Ryan goes to a minus 3 from a 4 and
Scott goes from a 13 game to a 12 game injury pickup.
Panthers Add Third Hab
GM Marcel had offers and options, but choose to use the Minors. "I really
didn't like the thought of carrying Sergachev" said Marcel, "Much of what I
received was worse then I could do in the Minors." Adding Danault and
Eberle now gives the Panthers three Habs, something Marcel said he can change
later with points and playoff players. The Panthers are well in first in
the NHLP North Division with the Trading Deadline in three weeks from Saturday.
Rookie Driver Wins Best Crash Pool
Shawn won the Daytona 500 Best Crash Pool in a very close finish with two-time
Champion Scott. Matt had led the race until the final 10 laps when the "Big
One" happened, claiming 22 cars in one accident and knocking out both
Shawn and Scott's cars while Capones car took enough damage to help him finish
third in the race. The final standings were Shawn, Scott, Capone, Matt and
Jr. While Jr (#34) was in the action all day, including amazingly having
accidents entering pit row all around him 360 degrees, Jr didn't even suffer
smoke damage. "When you watch all the accidents, watch for the #34 (yellow car)
seemingly driving right through the chaos, indluding the very first few
accidents, but Jr never hits anyone" said Muddy Capone. As for the big
crash with 10 laps to go Scott's (#41) is high along the wall and is dead center
of all the sparks, but the accident was more a squeeze out, leaving minimum
damage. Capone (#6) was hit hard from behind Shawn (#36) in the decisive
blow that left Shawn the winner. All three cars were very closely damaged,
but in the voting Shawn ended up as the unanimous first pick for the win.
Here were all the days crashes with the Big One starting about 4:40.
Rookie Owner - "Loves to drive sideways" - GM Scott
GM Scott said he has seen enough of GM Shawn's new driver to know "He
loves to drive sideways." There seems to be little doubt Shawn
will have some damage at the end of the day, but the question is just how much?
Lining up in the 33rd pole position, just below GM Jr's car, Shawn will get a
taste of the excitement of the Dayton 500 Best Crash Pool. His car, #36,
driven by Matt Tifft will have it's hands full. No car in the history of
the Pool has ever ran a clean race, further increasing the odds Shawn won't be
the first. Being so far back in the pack, the first big accident will be
difficult to get through as cars are usually everywhere. Scott said he
wishes Shawn the very best and cleanest race possible, then added, "I bet he
knows the name Suarez by the end of the race...or as he is watching it from the
pits half way through."
Matt Excited About Daytona 500 Chances
Parker Kligerman was doing TV last year and thought he
would never have a chance to race in the Daytona 500 every again.
I couldn't find a sponsor" Klierman said.
"He was the perfect driver" said GM Matt who scooped up the #96 as his new ride
in the Daytona 500 Best Crash Pool. Matt said he spent the last year
preparing for this event. "It is a lot of work, finding the perfect
driver" Matt said, "I
take this very serious and I believe Parker is the man."
Kligerman has returned, at only 22, from a brain injury to now race in the
Daytona 500. The field Sunday is minus Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr,
Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Michael Waltrip, and Danica Patrick, all retired in
the past four years. It is the new faces that should make this years race
one of the most exciting ever.
We don't know GM Jr's inspiration, but we can now only guess why he is going
with Michael McDowell in Sunday's Dayton 500 Best Crash Pool. Jr is well
known for his team "Crash Johnson" that started back in the 90's and has only
grown into one of the most feared owners in the sport today. "What makes it
worse is he is behind us" said GM Scott, "I already have a very uneasy feeling
about the damage he is going to cause us all on Sunday." The field may not be
set as rumors of another GM entering the field by Sunday are circulating. "I
think everyone would love to see Andrew in this race" said Muddy Capone, "But
there is a reason to lay a good pit maneuver on almost every GM." Race time is
2 PM on Sunday and entrants are open until 2 PM.
Scott Goes Red - Money on Suarez for Three Peat
In the history of sport we continue to see amazing accomplishments each and
every year. What is possible never ceases to amaze those who bare witness
to the unthinkable. Although no feat may touch GM Joel's Super Bowl
prowess, many say a third straight Daytona 500 Best Crash Pool win by Scott
might rank as the rarest all time feat in the history of NHLP sports related
pools. "I wouldn't say that" says a blushing Scott, "But between the NHLP
Cups and Daytona wins, the mantle is running out of room." Scott was quick
to point out, there was room for what many already feel might be destiny on
Sunday. Getting away from the orange car in 2019, quickly scooped up by
Muddy Capone, Scott and Suarez have teamed up this time in the red and black
#41, going for an unprecedented third straight win. Capone's drive, Danica
Patrick has retired leaving Muddy taking control of the #6 Oscar Mayer car of
Ryan Newman. Last years record field also included GM Matt driving with
Kyle Larson while GM Jr driver was Ty Dillion, both drivers in the race again
this year, but unconfirmed entrants at this time. The rumors swirl Matt
has been doing a lot of research and changing drivers this season. The
field has grown each year of the race and someday it could pass a field of 5,
maybe even this year. Deadline is 2 PM Sunday.
Here is the 2019 starting lineup.
GM Tyson said he may regret adding Aho, but he was the best risk for Cleveland
with the Waiver. With Colorado player's Landeskog and Barrie having fallen
to four points out on their NHL team, Tyson decided that Aho, just one point
back on his Carolina team, had a better shot of NHL playoffs. The Canes
are hot, 7-2-1 over the past 10, just a point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Tyson also added a Pen, Bjugstad and a Hab in Gallagher. The Fury are 12
up on fourth and have a Trading Deadline out with Bjugstad's low number if he
feels Carolina isn't going to make it. "With an early NHLP Trading
Deadline, all teams are going to be a tough decision, do you keep a guy or what
team do you bank on" said Muddy Capone. All NHLP teams face the same
dilemma. GM's who have set themselves up in positions to not have to bank
on fringe players have done outstanding jobs to this point. The NHLP has 8
Waivers, three after the NHL Trading Deadline remaining, and less then a month
now before their own Deadline. Most NHL teams will play about 12 to 15
games prior to the NHLP Trading Deadline with about that many left to play
after. All NHL teams have between 23 to 27 games remaining, as all have
reached game 55 with a high of game 59 played. "Time is going to fly by
now as you have just four weeks from this Saturday to set your teams" added
Capone, "It is game on and many teams are likely feeling the pressure at this
NHLP Sets Date for Trading Deadline
With a host yet to be determined, the NHLP has announced the best possible date
for the Trading Deadline will be
Saturday, March 9th, with almost one month left in the NHLP season.
"This will reek havoc" said Muddy Capone about the early meeting for the second
straight NHLP season. Most NHL teams will still play about 14 games left,
meaning anything can happen and with the tight standings, some shocking
penalty-outs may occur. The league is looking at options for hosting, most
GM Matt's decision at this point but the GM has already been searching for a
host, so it should be a local event. GM Charlie is the lone no.
Charlie won't be happy about missing, but also maybe himself unavailable for the
five of the nine possible dates. As for Charlie's teams they are loaded
with playoff players, maybe two players are out and on the Rangers team who has
a Waiver before the meeting. Under league Rules, Section 11 (a) - Trading
Deadline GM Charlie will have 50 added to his entry fee as well as the option of
having another team operate his teams, including using the Minors. If the
GM opts for this option he forfeits either his first Waiver or 15 spots in the
first round of his last picking team, both hits the GM will likely not think
worth it in this case.
ST Louis Blues - Matt
2018/19 Cup Holder Champions
The St Louis Blues finished 8-3 on the season, winning their last 6 games on the
way to the Cup Holder Championship for 2018/19. It was an incredible
season for Matt who ended with 8 teams. While many teams never even got to
play, the Blues on four different occasions were the found themselves as the
opponent playing for the Cup and the last time this occurred, strung together
victories over Anaheim, Columbus, Florida, Tampa Bay and back to back versus
Nashville. All the wins were while the Blues where the road team except
one home game versus Nashville. "I love this pool" said Matt, "I really
got into it this season." Matt took the Blues over from Shawn December
29th, not playing again with St Louis until this streak started on January 23rd.
Matt wins the 380 points. Congrats to Matt on being the 2018/19 Cup Holder
Blues Feat Seldom Accomplished
In the over 100 year history of the National Hockey League, only six teams have
ever been dead last in the entire NHL standings after 20 games and came back and
made the playoffs. The last time this was accomplished was in 1996/97 by
Ottawa. The St Louis Blues were last overall on January 2nd and now have came
all the way back into a playoff spot. Ironically enough Chicago was last last
overall between January 17th and 19th and Philadelphia Jan 9th, 12th and 13th.
The Blackhawks and Flyers haven't came back into a playoff spot, not by a long
shot, but they have had runs that haven't gone unnoticed after being dead last
in the league with Chicago 7 straight wins and Philly 9-0-1 in their last 10.
The Blues however are in as of today and have a 6 game winning streak. A quick
look at Player Tracking shows 211 players of the 252 on NHLP rosters are on
playoff teams and only 41 players in the league are non-playoff players as the
standings sit today. Of course some of the 41 non-playoff players are expected
to be traded, becoming playoff players in the next two weeks. The NHL Trading
Deadline is just 14 days away, after which time things become much clearer for
the NHLP GM's. The Deadline meeting dates are on the Schedules page with the
first date less then one month away.
GM Marcel's Alaska Attack have more points than any other NHLP team. He
said he will use those points Saturday, moving out a package of at least
Draisaitl and the Waiver. "I have points to give, but I want something in
return for the Waiver and Draisaitl" said Marcel, "Time is running out, take the
points while there is still time to work the minors." Half the NHLP GM's
say there is a lot of season left, while the other half say it is already too
late for many to make 7 man playoff teams. Draisaitl has 66 points, a
misfit on an otherwise loaded team of playoff players. "Edmonton is still
right there and can still make it in" said Marcel. With the Attack up
about 30, we fully expect a big move that can set the Attack up for a long
Nordiques Happy After Moves
GM Matt brought the Quebec Nordiques back again, this time ending right in the
middle of a battle in the Atlantic Division amongst five teams. Ending
with non playoff player Eichel, Matt feels he might now have a six man playoff
team. "I think Buffalo can catch Columbus, a team in turmoil" said the GM.
GM Andrew has been calling this season the year of the 6-man playoff teams,
thinking many GM's will be trapped with high scoring non-playoff players.
"Bottom line is those teams never win in the end" said Muddy Capone, "So the
more teams trapped this year, if it is higher then normal, the better for those
seven player teams who will have easier first rounds." Many GM's are in
tough spots, mostly due to putting themselves in those positions. It isn't
easy to battle for a playoff team and get seven players, but it is what the
winning teams work hard to do. The NHLP Divisions are tight and the NHL
Standings, maybe tighter. In the NHL Western Conference, 8 teams are all
within 6 points of the final Wild Card spot and of those, 7 are within 3 spots.
St Louis, Colorado, Arizona, Edmonton, Chicago and Anaheim are all out of the
playoffs, but all are within 3 points of being in. Guessing right can be
the difference between winning and losing come round one, having a strong 7 or a
weak 6. The reason why NHLP 6 man teams are so weak is the player that is
missing come the playoffs was the teams leading scoring player, otherwise the
team would swap him out and have a full 7 players. After Las Vegas (Jr)
completes their Thursday Waiver, only ten Waivers and the Deadline are left for
teams to set their playoff teams.
Quebec Trades Waiver, Adds Kane
GM Matt said the Coin Flip at the Super Bowl didn't go Quebec's way, making it
easy to move out the 5th last Waiver next year to get the Waiver Tuesday.
After the Nordiques added the Waiver they auctioned off some players, adding
Kane and almost 20 points in a deal with Seattle (Shawn). "Kane was
scoring too many points for us" said Shawn, "We had to move him before he became
untradeable." The Nords are now back in the race, just 11 points out of
second in the lowly Atlantic Division. Second place in the Atlantic has
231 points, good enough for last place in every other Division and would be 24,
30, 31, 37, and 32 points out of fourth in all other Divisions. "Points
follow points" said Muddy Capone, "And that is most evident in the Atlantic
Division this season." Matt said he isn't done and expects another deal
before the Waiver.
Blues on Verge of Cup Holder Championship
Who would have though the St Louis Blues (Matt) would be sitting in the Finals,
just two wins away from taking the Cup Holder Pool Championship and the 380
points that come with it. That is the case this weekend. To win it
all for Matt by Sunday, the Blues must win back to back games versus Nashville
(Scottie). However, many combinations of things can happen depending on
the results of each game:
Game #1 - Saturday
Blues (Matt) Wins - Matt would go to 1-0 in the Finals. A win then on
Sunday would win Matt the 380. By winning this game, the Blues would have
7 wins on the season, assuring half the pot if no team wins it all outright.
By winning this game, Matt would also then own the Nashville team from Scottie,
who must win the first game or will lose the Preds and become an Expansion
owner. So if Matt wins Saturday, not only can the Blues win it all Sunday,
Matt would then be playing himself on Sunday, then in possession of the Preds
Blues Lose - Matt would go to 0-1 in the Finals. Losing Sunday would mean
he would no longer own the Blues, as the team would then be Scottie's team if
the Preds win back to back wins. If the Blues lose Saturday, Sunday
becomes a do or die game. Matt can lose Saturday and win Sunday and the
Blues would be one game away from the Cup (either New Jersey - if Jr takes them
by Saturday as his expansion pick) or Arizona after that.
We will see what Sunday's game means after we see how it goes Saturday, but Matt
is close to 380 points.
GM Joel is the Tom Brady of the NHLP. With Four Super Bowl wins in the
past 6 seasons the GM annually has his NHLP entry fee covered by early February.
With 22 points in the low scoring game Joel again was able to win it all.
The Everybody ticket tied him, but with the rules as they are, the Everybody
ticket had to win outright to matter. The 220 points were a nice days work
for the king of the NHLP Super Bowl pool.
Tails It Is
GM Chad may have lost all hope in Colorado, but his Toronto Maple Leafs were one
of the days big winners. The Leafs will have the first Waiver next season.
The Super Bowl coin flip came up Tails, meaning the 36th drafting Leafs will
have the all important first Waiver of 2019-20, the NHLP's 30th season.
"My Worst Day Ever"
GM Chad is in the dumps. So is his team in Colorado. The GM made a
late stab at the Waiver, with 30 minutes to go getting 10 points for Pavelski
and Morrissey, adding Waiver Dumps Aho and Rakell. Then the Avs unloaded
another Shark, Hertl for 8 more points for Landeskog. After the dump the
team who had Scheifele, Pavelski, Connor, Hertl and Pirri, is now left with the
two Jets, Horvat, Horvat, Schenn and Schenn. "I just totally dismantled a
Cup winning team" the GM said, "It might be the worst day in my NHLP career."
Pavelski and Hertl were huge players to unload, but it is the risk Chad took
that may bury the Avalanche. "Jr said Schenn was getting traded" Chad said
was his logic behind the deal. The guy trading the Waiver told him someone
in the NHL, with a year left on his team friendly contract, on a team now only
three points out of a playoff spot with two games at hand, is getting traded.
Could happen. Gretzky got traded. If it doesn't happen, Chad will
need either St Louis or Vancouver in the playoffs, teams battling one another.
As replacing all four players points later in the MInors might end up meaning
Scheifele and Connor miss the NHLP playoffs altogether, or are the last ditch
attempt traded out of Colorado just to salvage a playoff team. "Crazy
things happen with the Waiver" said Muddy Capone, "We see GM Andrew right there
to cash in." The Avalanche had a CTR, something Chad isn't a believer in,
of almost 2000, and after this move, that is clearly no longer the case while
the Stars who were the worse rated team in their Conference continue to build a
Championship type of team in Texas.
Super Sunday Deals - Dallas Gets Stronger
GM Jr loves what he has done in Dallas. The rest of the NHLP GM's had
better take notice, for the Stars are good. Dallas moved the Waiver to
Colorado (Chad) for Pavelski and Morrissey, giving Aho and Rakell. Dallas
now has Forsberg, Turris, Lindholm, Couture and Pavelski, a nice Western built
team that has a chance to go the distance. The Avs immediately unloaded
Hertl for Landeskog. GM Chad moved into the mix in the Pacific Division,
changing the 20 points every team had to now just GM Shawn having 15 to move and
Kane. "No one was coming down" said Chad, "We had to make a move."
The Avs will be facing a fine of 15 spots in the third round as Chad admitted it
is unlikely he will have the Waiver ready by noon.
Super Bowl - Coin Flip
Today the NHLP Waivers for next season are tied into the coin flip at the Super
Bowl. This new rule was passed and this is the first coin flip that
matters. If Heads comes up, next years Waivers are from 1 to 36, meaning
GM's Shawn, Scott and Tyson will be 1-2-3 to start the Waiver season. If a
Tail comes up the Waiver order will be 36 to 1, meaning GM's Chad, Scott and
Andrew will be 1-2-3. "I think GM's will like knowing the Waiver order
prior to the NHLP Draft as well as for late season trades" said Muddy Capone of
the new rule. The NHLP also has their annual Super Bowl pool, one in which
has traditionally been ruled by GM Joel with Shawn destroying the field last
season. The winner has their NHLP season paid for so it is a nice bonus
for any GM. Updates will not be on the site but will be in the Chat room.
So check in to see how you are doing with each score. Good Luck and enjoy
the day everyone!!!
Jr's Chance to Own CHP
Jr's Florida team is 0-1 on the season but is just back to back wins away from
leading in the Cup Holder Pool. Matt has dominated, owning 6 teams
including Pittsburgh who is sitting 0-1 in the Finals, just two wins away from
winning the entire pool outright. Currently Matt's other team, St Louis is
the current Cup Holder, now playing in the Semi-Finals, just four wins from
taking it all. The issue for Matt is his next game is critical. St
Louis will play Florida on Tuesday. The Blues win, Matt keeps rolling
along, even sending Jr to the Expansion list. However, if Florida wins,
Jr's next game after that is Pittsburgh. If that plays out, the Pens could
win and go 1-1, being one win away from ending the Cup Holder Pool with a win
against Tampa Bay (Joel). However, if Florida beat Pittsburgh, Jr would
own Pittsburgh and be sitting with half the prize pool. Tuesday is a huge
CHP night and things can go any which way depending on the outcome of that huge
Two people are awarded points for each
score during the game starting with Score #1 and if 13 = 1st again
Scoring:Must have the
correct team.Safety or Field Goal = 8 Points.Scores of 6,7,8 = 6, 7 or 8 Points
4th Quarter & OT= Double the Points.All Scores in the 4th Quarter are Doubled.So a
Field Goal is 16 Points, TD's 12, 14 or 16
Entry is 20 (x 11 Tickets = 220 Prize)One winner who has the most total points at the end of the game
If a 13th score occurs 13th score = 1st
and so on again
If the "Everyone" ticket wins, there is no
winner and everyone keeps their money - BUT IT MUST WIN OUTRIGHT, if you
tie it, you win!
Arvidsson Newest Leaf - Star Pull Trigger
GM Jr warned the NHLP GM's yesterday that a deal was close. "The Deal
gives us a high scoring playoff guy, the points we need and we keep our best
player and the Waiver" Jr said, "That is pretty hard to turn down." The
standings in both the Divisions in the Central Conference changed drastically,
as Toronto feel from second to last and Dallas jumps from last to third.
Jr said the Stars can now build around Forsberg, Couture and Lindholm with other
playoff players and distance players, and the Waiver still yet to be used to
improve. The GM admitted he turned down more points as many GM's wanted
both Arvidsson and Forsberg, something clearly Dallas didn't have to part with
at all. For GM Chad in Toronto the move drops him about 10 points back of
fourth but the GM likes his distance players. "There are teams with work
to do in front" said Chad, "We just have less to do now." The NHL is now
on its All-Star weekend break with NHL teams on breaks after ward. There
are only 10 NHL games over the next eight days.
Stars Strong Enough For Third Cup Run
The CTR may not show it yet, but the Dallas Stars (Jr) are strong enough to win
a Championship this season. GM Jr knows it. You look at the roster
and see Forsberg, Arvidsson, Turris and Couture, and you know it too. Jr
is going after his fourth Championship, and winning in Dallas this season, Jr
would become the first GM ever to win back to back with different teams, as well
as, Dallas would be the first team ever in the race to three Cups. The
February 2nd Waiver is a big day in this process, so unless the Stars come out
of this with another Waiver this season, it is unlikely it is just traded,
unless there is a big amount of players and points coming in. If that
occurs, it likely means breaking up the listed
four. GM Jr, as we know him now, is very methodical. He isn't the GM
he once was. "No NHLP GM has turned like Jr has" said Muddy Capone, "There
was no GM, none, who could keep pace with the number of moves GM Jr use to
make." Half of the NHLP GM's are saying, "What, Jr?" It is true.
Those around pre-2000 know what Capone is talking about. Jr just traded
everyone on his roster. He would trade Mario Lemieux, trade for him back,
and trade him again. We don't see the "Crosby's" even ever dealt once in
five years anymore, but back then this really did happen. GM Scott and Jr
would be making Transactions with each other almost weekly. What is ironic
about this all now is the Dallas Stars last Cup in 2009 was all part of an
iconic deal between the two GM's about this time of the season with 30 games to
play. It was hours of chatting that led up to the deal. At the time
the deal was made, both GM's knew how big it was. Jr was talking about how
it could win him the Cup and Scott about how it could cost him the Cup. It
happened just that way, but it wasn't a landslide either. Both teams would
go on and face each other in the Finals, where Jr won 10-6 in a series that was
truly a nail biter. After Game 4 of the Finals, Dallas and Philly were
tied with 4 points each and Edmonton (Scott) had 2, but without Datsyuk playing
a single game to that point. In the deal, Philly
gave up Frazen and Cleary who combined for 5 points in the Finals. If
Philadelphia added those points to Zetterberg's total, that would have been 11
for Philadelphia, so the deal did cost the Flyer the Cup as it turned out.
The 2009 Championship had 24 points between the four teams, more than any
other Finals in NHLP history. So here we are again. A decade later
with Dallas another strong team about to make a huge move. In 2009 Jr fell
out of the playoffs with the deal, giving the points, but this time will be
trying move the team up the 20 points he is out, or a portion of it. The
tables won't be reversed, as GM Scott doesn't have those points to give, but
there is a new story here, a deal with another GM that just might impact if GM
Jr can win it all again in Dallas. We believe the Stars have a chance to
do it all again and Jr is already gearing up for the February 2nd date and his
next big Press Release.
The Trade - Press Releases
Dallas Press Release
"Big deal between two veteran Champions"
"How could we not pull trigger on this one? We gave up
alot of points, as usual, but feel that we got a lot stronger in the process.
We now have a pretty good squad filled with players from the exact teams we
wanted to acquire. Today is a great day for us. As an organization,
you must strive to win it all, to put yourself in a position to bring home the
Cup. If you are not trying to accomplish that: why are you here? You
are just filling a chair. We are aware that we have put ourselves a few
points out of the playoffs, but with 30 games to go, and considering the
high-scoring squad like the one we built last night, the good fans of the great
state of Texas can rest assured that this is only temporary. Go down the
list of names on our roster; nothing short of an act of God will keep this team
down. It has been quite a few years since my esteemed colleague and I have
crossed swords. Just like old times though...once we got into it, there
was no stopping us. We definitely helped him improve his squad, and there
is no question he helped improved ours. Rarely does a deal work both ways,
but great minds think alike, and creativity and hard work do pay off.
Anybody else up for a Cup run?"
Philadelphia Flyer Press Release
This is really tough. We did what we had to do to
improve our team. Giving up Franzen, breaking up Franzen and Zetterberg
may be a deal that simply costs us the Cup. It is just that big of deal.
We gave another team in the East 3 Red Wings and we are banking on the Red Wings
ourselves. We think we are a better team, in a better position. It
has been years, literally, since we have hooked up with GM Jr on such a huge
deal. This was at least 12 hours in the works. We think we gave, we
thinkwe received. If this deal wins us the Cup on a final of
Detroit with either New Jersey, Washington or Boston, it will be deserved.
If we give Dallas their second Cup because of this deal, with either Detroit or
New Jersey going to the finals, at least we know we didn`t sit back and let it
happen, we were a part of it happening, just without it working in our favour
GM Jr capped off an amazing NHLP season Friday with his 2nd NHLP Championship in
his 14th NHLP season. "What a great feeling" Jr said last night about 30
minutes after it was all over, "A little bit of luck and a lot of hard work
building that team. I'm jacked that it paid off." GM Jr is one of
the hardest working GM's but of the 39 transactions he made this year, only 5
were to his Dallas Champions. Lidstrom was drafted in the second round,
the only player who was drafted on the winning team. In transaction #129
Jr picked up Parise and Rolston from for Kovalchuk and Victor Kozlov before
adding the final two pieces to the winning puzzle, from Scott and Andrew.
The big deal was #182, with Scott in Philly, on the team that Jr beat out in the
finals by 4 points to win. Dallas gave 17 points, Brad Richards and Chris
Kunitz to Philly for Jr's Conn Smythe winner Franzen and Cleary. Finally
with the trading deadline in extra time Andrew gives Jr Kronwall for Blake,
solidifying the 4 Red Wings. At this point all Detroit had to do was
likely get there and although a scary second round where it took a Cleary goal
with 3 minutes to go in game 7 to beat out Anaheim, disposing of Columbus and
Chicago weren't near as tough. All 6 of Jr's players are first time NHLP
Andrew (Hartford) - With Chicago through he has Havlat and Campbell to play Jr's Dallas team of four
Red Wings. If the Red Wings win tonight, Andrew will need Boston to also
win, giving him a 4 man semi-finals adding Ryder and Chara. Andrews four
has out-scored Jr's 19-17 in this round, so it will be a battle. If Anaheim
can win, Andrew is through to the finals and will have to have Chicago
knocking out Anaheim. A Final of Boston-Chicago gives Andrew the best NHLP
team in the finals and the only four man team left. If Boston and Detroit
lose, Andrew can still win on a finals with Pittsburgh - without Carolina
(assuming Ryan wins with his four Canes). Andrew likely cannot win a finals
Andrew (Chicago) - Must have Detroit win tonight or he is out. If Detroit
Lidstrom and Holmstrom can win the Championship, firstly by beating out
Datsyuk and Gonchar. that battle would have been 7-6 so far this round in
favour of Scott's Oil. All he would then need is Pittsburgh in the finals
with Detroit and have his Hartford team knock out Jr's Dallas team leaving
him with the only possible NHLP team to have two players in the finals.
Jr (Dallas) - Must have Detroit win tonight. He can win if he can get there
and Detroit in the finals. Even so he will face a tough 4 players in
Carolina if Ryan wins tonight and Detroit matches up with Carolina. He'd
also face a tough finals if GM Scott gets there with his Wing and 3 Bruins.
If the Bruins win tonight, getting there will be tough against Andrew's four
players. Likely the best case is to face Pittsburgh in the finals if he can
Joel (Las Vegas) - Must have Detroit win tonight and likely a Boston lose,
but somehow still win the series against Ryan tonight. He'd then need
Detroit in the finals, so
Jr's Dallas team to lose to Andrew's Chicago team and Carolina or Pittsburgh
in the finals where he could win as an underdog with Franzen playing as many
as two players.
Ryan (Atlanta) - Must have Carolina win tonight and win his series. Would
then need them in the finals where he could beat anyone left. A
Carolina-Chicago finals would give him 5 players. Even a Pittsburgh-Chicago
finals, with Andrew's Hartford team losing in the semi finals to Jr's Dallas team would give Ryan the only Chicago
player. If Scott's Oil losses to Andrew's Chicago team, Ryan would have the
only player left in Ladd with the Pittsburgh-Chicago finals and these other
Ryan (Boston) - Must have Boston and Detroit lose. Win the tie-breaker next
round against Scott for he has no players. Have Andrew's Chicago team and
Jr's Dallas team win next round and lose all
their Detroit players, making three teams in the finals with no players.
Now a Chicago-Pittsburgh finals where Ryan's Atlanta team gets no points
from Ladd. Ryan would have the first tie-breaking pick if this all
Scott (San Fran) - If Boston loses, will need Las
Vegas (Joel) to win tonight over Ryan. Scott would then need Whitney to
Franzen if Detroit is there. So if Boston loses, he could have Detroit
winning tonight and losing next round and that would create the opportunity
where Scott would need Carolina going to the finals playing Chicago and
Scott would have the only player left on any team. Also if Boston losses
and Anaheim wins, a Carolina and Anaheim final could give him the only
player left as long as Scott's other team in Edmonton goes out. If Boston
wins tonight Scott will need the Bruins in the finals here against Jr's
Dallas team, but Chicago in the finals. This team would still be an
Underdog against Scott's Philadelphia team.
Scott (Edmonton) - A Detroit loss puts him in the finals. If Anaheim played
Pittsburgh this team would have the only players, Getzlaf and Gonchar on either team. If Detroit wins
Scott will have to battle to make the finals, his Datsyuk and Gonchar versus
Andrew's Chicago team of Lidstrom and Holmstrom. Winning this and having
Pittsburgh in the finals versus Andrew's Hartford team with Detroit in the
finals would give Scott Datsyuk-Gonchar versus only Zetterberg on Scott's
Scott (Philadelphia) - Needs Boston and maybe Detroit. That finals would
give him a shot with Zetterberg, Savard,
Kobasew and Lucic. If both teams lose Scott is in a pick'em series with GM
Ryan's Boston team. If Detroit losses Scott would need Anaheim in the NHL
finals to be able to beat Andrew's Hartford team. If Boston loses and
Detroit wins, Scott would be screwed big time by Jr's Dallas team and could
only win a finals of three teams having no players, so Chicago and
Pittsburgh with Andrew's Chicago team beating Scott's Oil and Ryan's Atlanta
team left with Ladd - who'd have to get no points. Riiiiiiiiight!
Offers Not Enough
GM Ryan said the offers were plentiful, but just not attractive enough for the
Boston Bruins to make a big move during the Waiver. "The Division is also
so tight and so many teams on the edge, it might be too early to call" the GM
stated. Simmonds was in high demand, but his low number might help move
Teravainen if the Canes don't get in. The GM admitted that even his big
gun MacKinnon is anything but assured a playoff spot. Ryan isn't alone.
Many GM's are dealing with these same issues. The February 25th NHL
Treading Deadline will help sort out what happens later in the NHLP season.
Then we have the first week of March, notorious for big moves ahead of the NHLP
Trading Deadline. Those date options are in the site on the Schedule page.
Does MacKinnon Go?
Championship teams make Championship winning decisions. GM Ryan has a
decision to make, this Saturday with the Waiver, or later in the season.
The team is in first by over 20 points. MacKinnon is hanging on to a
playoff spot, but can he keep it? His first round scoring would be heaven
sent, but if he was kept late while Colorado was in a race, and missed, a
realistic opportunity with Johansen, Josi and Oshie would likely be gone.
Most legitimate teams going for it, don't take that kind of risk. Four and
fifth place teams yes. First place teams, usually not. At the
moment, one could say there is no rush. The Avs could turn it on.
Then again, they could fall out and the return could be much, much less.
With the Waiver, offers that would not be there otherwise often come along.
We fully expect there will be offers, but does GM Ryan make a move or stay with
what he has? Big Waiver day on Saturday in Boston.
"Shitty Situation, Shitty Division"
GM Scott admitted he was frustrated. Injuries in Philadelphia as well as
banking on Buffalo to make the NHL playoffs put Philadelphia almost 40 out.
"I look at the situation we put ourselves in, and then this shitty Division full
of weak six man teams that only want to race, it was time to be one of the pack"
said the Flyer GM. Scott said he puts himself in all out win or lose
situations. "When it goes good, you got yourself the chance we look for
and when it goes bad, you react to what you have, and your surroundings" Scott
said. The Flyer will still need Duchene traded, but said the team can try
and align themselves with another team in the Division forced to carry six
players into the playoffs, or get lucky. "Vancouver has as good a shot as
Buffalo at this point, if that ever went our way, we would have a scary scoring
first round team, and if not, we react as we always do and will and make the
best we can make later" Scott says. The Flyer added the Waiver in a deal
for Wilson and Stastny then traded Marchessault and McAvoy. Almost every
team has major work to do in the Division the GM noted. The Flyer 232
points would be first place with 40 points to work with in the Conferences other
Division where the GM said the teams choose to be stronger and slowed down.
If healthy the Flyer will be able to gain some points used later for trading or
going again to the Minors. For now Philly is no longer close to 40 out of
4th, but they are close to having a team in the playoffs, even if it resembles
what the GM says, "Another garbage team" in what he calls a "Garbage Division".
What's in a Flip?
The NHLP Board of Governors has agreed on a rule change that takes place mid
season, in February. Starting with this years Super Bowl, the coin flip to
start the game will now have NHLP implications. That coin flip is now the
NHLP's official Waiver direction coin flip. "This has been talked about
for a while and we love the excitement this adds to the Super Bowl" said BOG
member, GM Shawn. For Shawn he will be invested, as if it is a Head, he
will have the first Waiver next season with Seattle having the first overall
draft position. If it is a Tail, the Toronto Maple Leafs (Chad) will have
the first Waiver of the 2019/20 season holding down the 36th overall draft
position. The Waiver order was never known until the Draft Day in the past, but
this will allow for GM's to draft accordingly, even trading Waivers based on the
known direction, aiding in Transactions. Super Bowl LIII (53) is Sunday,
February 3rd, in Atlanta, with kickoff at 6:30 PM and Maroon 5 the headline
37 Transactions - 8 Trades at Winter Meeting
The NHLP Winter Meeting had it's usual great spread, heavy eaters, controversy
and of course, a big trade. GM Joel hosted the 29th Winter Meeting in NHLP
history going all out on the buffet. GM's Andrew and Marcel hooked up on
the trade of the day when Andrew sent Panarin and Reinhart from Los Angeles to
Florida for Karlsson (Vegas) and Carlson. In total the league saw 37
Transactions, a high in the last six seasons. The use of the Minors, at 29
Transactions was one higher then in 13/14, so it was a busy day with essentially
all GM's in attendance. The controversy? It is rumored there is an
investigation into GM Marcel's conduct and the BOG may take action, even taking
a high first round pick from Marcel, but more on that later. All-in-all it was
a great day. The NHLP Transactions and Player Tracking are officially updated,
however, each GM should take a could to make sure they have 21 (or 28) players
lists. Please advise of any errors.
Saturday Night Shocker
In what looked like an easy game, Matt got stunned in the CHP pool by lowly Los
Angeles (Tam-Tam). Matt's Pens were coming off six straight wins, playing
their first game in the CHP Finals. The Penguins were just two wins away
from winning everything outright. The good news for Matt is he has 5 teams
he collected on his run and is still sitting with half the Pot due to his 6
wins. The bad news is his Pens must win two straight if they play again
for the Cup, or he will lose the team with their next loss and who beats them
would not only own the team, but own what he thinks might be his half the pot.
The odds Pittsburgh gets another game for the Cup are slim, which could work in
Matt's favor now. With Heather taking Carolina as her Expansion team, 24
different teams are now in the CHP. That means roughly about a 4% chance
any team gets a game for the Cup. The next game is Tuesday when Tam-Tam
will try and advance to round two with the Kings (1-0) by beating Minnesota
Chicago Adds Letang in Massive Move
GM Joel landed a huge Waiver, but he paid the price to acquire it.
Vancouver (Joel) traded Letang and a huge package of picks, including almost 30
spots in the 3rd round to Chicago (Andrew) for the rights to the Waiver and
Reinhart. "I really like the player and package we received" said GM
Andrew who worked the league like only he can. The Blackhawks had 6 other
GM's in the battle for the Waiver but it was Joel who stepped up and got it
done. The GM announced Reinhart, Domi and Tatar are available. The
Canucks would have 117 for four players, very doable, to the Minors if the GM in
fact drops that package. The St Louis Blues (Tyson) will have the Winter
Meeting Waiver, which is always one of the Waivers that gets used before the
meeting after Vancouver makes their drop Friday.
Early Lunch Devastates Film Crew
The Producer of the 24/7 film crew capturing everything with the Miami Surf
(Charlie) for the upcoming documentary was devastated. "We took an early
lunch for the first time this season, leaving at 11 AM" the Producer said, "We
missed the deal that might win GM Charlie his first Cup." Miami
struck with their first deal this season, acquiring Carlson and Soderberg in a
deal with GM Joel in Carolina. The Hurricanes added two Golden Knights,
Tuch and Pacioretty in the early morning deal. "We still have no usable
footage for the season" said the Producer, "But the Surf might very well be the
best team in the NHLP after this deal, so there is hope." The Surf have
vaulted up the standings, adding ten more points. "We appear on our way to
three playoff teams" said GM Charlie, "We like to be aggressive at the right
time, making wise, smart decisions." Charlie now has the same three
players in Miami who helped GM Jr win the Cup last season in Memphis.
Ovechkin, Carlson and Oshie are all Surf. Charlie said he doesn't "wait
around", hesitating like many of his peers when he sees a deal he likes.
"I put it out there in the Chat Room and just like that, we made the deal" said
Charlie, "I was serious." Charlie went on to say a lot of guys like
wasting your time and "Just want to kick the tires" said the GM who leads the
NHLP this year (2019) in Transactions. Miami has the best Washington
Capitals team in the NHLP and Charlie seems hungry to make more deals. "I
am looking at doing something in New York now, so expect something done there
soon" the GM added.
Larkin, Carter & Brassard
GM Charlie is working it hard, trying to find a home for the Waiver or Larkin,
Carter and Brassard, all players destine to be dropped if a deal can't be worked
out. The Coyotes are trying to build around the high scoring trio of
Barzal, Seguin and Burns. "It is a combination no GM will want to face in
round one" said Muddy Capone. Of course a couple players might be fringe,
but GM Charlie said they will have outs if needed. The Yotes also have 14
points to work with if "Someone steps up with an offer we can't refuse" the GM
Just like clockwork the Pittsburgh Penguins lose the throw away game to Chicago
that would have cost them their Cup had Chicago been owned by anyone. Last
season Chicago was owned by Jr, who is the next opponent of Matt's, tonight with
Florida. Jr is only one of three owners, including Tammy and Marcel, who
also owned a team last year and have never been the Cup Holder. Tonight
everyone should be cheering on Jr's Panthers to stop this streak Matt has been
on. If Matt wins again, he will be only three wins away from ending the
Cup Holder Pool mid-season, taking it all by himself. A win tonight puts
him in sole posession of half the Cup Holder Pot, worth 380 points, by having
the most season wins so far. If no team wins 2 games in each of the four
rounds, winning the full 380, their is then a split pot, 190 for the team with
the most wins and 190 for the Cup Holder to end the season. Matt believes
it is over, his confidence is shinning through. Pittsburgh better come out
to play tonight or that Cup dream and all the points that come with it, might be
lost for good.
22 Preds Now in NHLP
It might only last a few hours but there are now 22 Nashville Predators in the
NHLP. "It is getting near a record, if it isn't already one" said Muddy
Capone about a stat the NHLP does not currently keep. The 22 number will
be short lived. GM's Joel (Today) and Shawn on Tuesday have injury picks
for Tolvanen and both are expected to use the opportunity ahead of the Winter
Meeting in a weeks time. The next highest Pred still in the Minors is
Bonino with 17. GM Andrew likes what his Kings did with the Waiver,
unloading Barkov, Kreider and Neal and adding Lee and Ekholm twice. "I
have thirty some points to work with and can now move playoff players for
playoff players" said the Kings decision maker. Andrew has made 25
Transactions on the season and there is no end in sight. "I think I need to
hire an assistant" said Andrew today. The NHLP was quick to point out to
the Kings that NHLP Secretary Bonnie Anne Clyde was not an option for the GM and
tampering would be a severe Draft picks penalty like the GM has never seen.
As for the Kings, with Stamkos and Subban plus 36 points, there is little doubt
the GM might be getting an addition, more likely a 7th Cup than a secretary.
GM Chad Uses Ingenuity Moving Waiver
The Waiver moved from Halifax (Shawn) to Pittsburgh (Chad) to Los Angeles
(Andrew) for a total of 7 picks from all rounds. In a seldom seen and a
tad bizarre move, GM Chad posted his Waiver in the new NHLP chat room only to
have it mocked by other GM's. "GM's were laughing at such a weak Waiver GM
Chad was proposing to make" said Muddy Capone, "So he pulled it off the table
and traded the Waiver." What we witnessed will likely become common place
for other GM's Capone believes. "Certain GMs can do this to see how they
are doing, the leagues reaction. If it is good reaction, keep the Waiver
as is, if bad, alter it." The NHLP is evolving and innovative GM's like
Chad are paving the way for the future of the league with their ingenuity and
outside the box thinking. "We see a GM do something so clever" Capone
states, "That soon every other GM is following their lead and it just becomes
the new standard of the future." What's next? Posting fake trades in
the Chat Room for GM's reactions before making the real offer? If there is
a way to get the upper hand, we are certain a GM like Chad will find a way to
incorporate it into their repertoire.
Halifax Could Use the Waiver
Although GM Shawn has been shopping the Waiver, it is believe the GM will
instead use today's first Waiver of 2019. "The fact GM Shawn hasn't made a
deal yet, tells us maybe he is considering using it" said Muddy Capone.
The Destroyers do have 45 points to move to the Minors and are 32 points up on
5th, so they can do anything. If Matthews, Crosby and Subban aren't
moving, one might think only Krejci and Gardiner have any real tradable value,
but what can the GM bring in for two players and 56 that will increase the teams
chancing and improve them moving forward? Halifax as it sits appears destine to
be a two player team, with Matthews and Crosby very difficult to give up on.
There are only four Waivers remaining before the Minors get picked clean at the
NHLP Winter Meeting, so if Shawn decides to move today's Waiver, the return
could be favorable
Scott received a one word text from Matt - "Next". The CHP current Cup
Holders went to 4-0, into the Semi-Finals. Matt's Pens are now four wins
away from winning outright. "The Pens seem unstoppable" said Muddy Capone,
"But they are still only half way to the Cup." Next up will be Florida, Jr
who is 0-2 all time, losing in the Championship game last season in his last
game. Pittsburgh is now in the Semi-Finals with San Jose (Henry).
Tuesday's game is big for Matt can get to five wins and it is very possible, no
other team may achieve that the rest of the season. If Matt loses, it is
very possibly he never gets another crack at the Cup for it is extremely
difficult to get any game, especially with only half the season to go.
With the win against Winnipeg, Matt now has claimed his fourth team. He
will keep them all moving forward until one of his own teams knocks another out,
making the losing team an Expansion team for anyone to pick up. As for the
reigning Cup Holder Champion, Scott had to go with a new team and he choose
Edmonton. "It seemed fitting" said Scott. Well, if Florida wins
Scott and Jr will play a rematch of last years finals, only both with different
teams. If Pittsburgh wins they play Heather in what will be a game to
advance to the Cup Holder Finals.
Coyotes Quietly Grab 14 Points
Looking like a team almost dead in the water a month back, the Phoenix Coyotes
(Charlie) have slowly climbed the West Division standings and now have a 15
point lead over fifth. "This should allow us to build around Burns" said
GM Charlie. The team has a little bit of everything. "There is some
horse-shit and some good players" said Muddy Capone. The Yotes will be
active in the second half, likely making a healthy drop at the Winter Meeting.
This is the second NHLP team with Burns, the first being the San Fran Titan
(Scott) who picked up Burns in a very unusual way. GM's Scott and Andrew
were at it for a week about trading Backstrom for Burns. "I knew we would
lose the deal by at least 15 points" said GM Scott, "But I love that Burns
outshoots him two to one. I told Andrew if Burns ties Backstrom at any
point this season in points, we'd automatically have a deal" the GM stated.
The first Burns game after that statement, Burns had a four point night, making
it 44-44 and an official deal. "I was pretty sure once he (Burns) had two
in the first 10 minutes, it was going to happen" said Andrew who was very happy
with Backstrom who does have four games at hand. In the NHLP you just never
know why or how deals are going to go down, but the first one of 2018 was
Champions Face Elimination
The first ever Cup Holder Pool (CHP) was won by Scott in Winnipeg who stands to
lose his beloved Jets tonight versus the current Cup Holder and unstoppable
force in Pittsburgh, Matt. "I already own Pittsburgh, Washington and St
Louis, and now I can own Winnipeg" said Matt who has won three straight games,
claiming two additional teams along the way. A win tonight will put
Pittsburgh in the Semi-Finals and only four wins away from winning the Cup and
ending the CHP for the season. If the Pens win tonight, they can then win
everything by beating Florida (Jr), Anaheim (Heather), Los Angeles (Tam-Tam) and
San Jose (Henry). "It seems it can be done" said Muddy Capone. If
Winnpeg wins tonight, Andrew in Colorado will play his first ever game for the
Cup, also having a chance to take over Winnipeg, who must win two in a row or
lose the team. In other CHP news Shawn took Columbus as his Expansion team
leaving only nine remaining options on the Expansion list. Once they are
all gone, there will be a game for the Cup every team game, as there would be no
throw-away, meaningless games, on anyone's schedule.
Matt Moves to Three Teams
Matt now owns Pittsburgh, Washington and St Louis in the CHP. Pittsburgh
advanced to the second round where they will play the newest expansion team
Minnesota (Brendan). Brendan took the chance that Pittsburgh would win the
game and if they did, he would be the next in line with his new team for a
rematch of the pair who played recently when Matt won and took Washington from
Brendan. Shawn will now have to pick a new Expansion team, and no Seattle
isn't an option yet. "It won't be long now before all 31 NHL teams are
owned by someone" said Muddy Capone. It is ultra tough to get a game for
the Cup with the first half the NHL season seeing just 17 total games. For
Matt he is 2-0 in Pittsburgh and 0-0 in Round two of the playoffs. He is
back to back wins away from joining Henry in round three. Of course if
Pittsburgh loses next game, it is very possibly they won't play again for the
Cup this season. If the Pens win they play Winnipeg (Scott), where Matt
would be able to take over his fourth team with a win, while if Brendan wins
with Minnesota, that will pit him against Charlie's Leafs. Shawn may try
and change some of this up with his Expansion team pick, but of course no
Expansion team can be the very next game played for the Cup.
Transaction #103 Completed
Although the GM's loaded up the trade with a ton of potential draft picks
exchanging hands, in the end Edmonton (Scott) only gave
up a 2020/21 3rd Round Pick #80 for #88 to Cleveland (Tyson) in the Arvidsson
and Barrie deal. The Transaction and Draft pages have been updated as well
as any future Transaction this deal affected. There are a number of other
conditional picks potentially traded in other deals, but most involve if Stone
gets traded by Ottawa this season or not. Those will be updated by the NHL
Blackhawks Best of the Best
There are six NHLP teams all over 1800 in the CTR, a great rating for any time
of the season. GM Chad has two of the six teams but it is GM Andrew in
Chicago who has the best team in the NHLP at the halfway mark of the season.
The rankings per division are shown at the bottom of the home page while the
actual writing for each team is on the CTR page. "We went easy on
everyone" said Muddy Capone, "We didn't want to ruin anyone's Christmas."
The Cup Threat Rating or CTR is the leagues power ranking. It is based on
the NHL standings, taking each players performance and then ranking it with
weights based on the strength of the team that player plays for. Obviously
Tampa Players are ranked higher then Los Angeles players based on the NHL
standings. A big part of the CTR is the NHLP standings. Teams with
points to give, are believed to have more potential and can give their low rated
players for higher rated players by moving points. For teams low in the
standings, points out of fourth, works against them for they have to trade
assets and get weaker just to make the playoffs. There is a slim margin
between most teams, but clearly teams near the top of the CTR are much better
than those near the bottom. That part is fact. Of the six worst
teams in the league both GM's Charlie and Scott have two of those teams.
GM Joel may have been a little frustrated last week with all the talk
about how poor the Sabres season looked. Buffalo was 34 points back and
the GM knew things had to change with the Waiver or who knows how the season
would unfold after that. Joel did an incredible job, moving in and up two
points on 4th in the South Division and with assets including Marchand and
Hayes. Hayes is with the Rangers now, but has been rumored to almost
certainly be traded this season, being a coveted and affordable UFA.
Buffalo also has easily enough scoring to stay competitive heading into the New
Year. The NHLP does not have a Waiver during the next 77 NHL games, with
Halifax (Shawn) already talking about moving the first Waiver of 2019 on January
5th. We expect a lull in the action but NHLP GM's have been incredibly
busy this season.
NHLP Record Transactions Before January 1st
As a league the NHLP record was 54 transactions (we believe) made from season
start December 31st. The previous five NHLP seasons prior to this one had
totals of 54-53-43-46-40. So far (and we have a week to go) the NHLP has
already made 79 Transactions over this same time span, definitely an all time
NHLP record. "It is noticeable" said Muddy Capone, "We knew this was a
record season and many GM's have said as much, without even knowing the true
tally of the numbers." It is a lot of moves, literally double what the
NHLP made in this time frame 6 seasons ago. There are a lot of bold and
aggressive GM's and no one is shy from going after what they believe. Six
of the eleven NHLP GM's have made double-digits in trades with Matt, Scott and
Andrew over 20+ each. GM's Charlie, Ryan and Jr have made 1-2-3
respectively, all GM's not normally active in the first half of the NHLP
seasons. The NHLP hasn't reached the halfway mark of the Waivers with
still 19 to go, and have two meetings as well as the NHL Trading Deadline, all
things that trigger more moves. The season has a lot of miles left to go,
with the first half full of long term injuries to many key players. That
can and will be the case in the new year as well as potential NHL and NHLP
blockbuster trades still to come. If the second half is like the first,
this will be a great 2018/19 NHLP season as we look for our 29th season winner.
GM Andrew's Career High Night
When you have a career night after 23 years of your craft, it truly shows just
how remarkable the night was. One of only three GM's having four NHLP
teams this season it wasn't expected one of those three would have a Big GM
Night (4 Teams). With the record of 34, set in December of 2006 by GM
Scott on a night of 14-8-6-6, it was a record not expected to be in play this
season. GM's entering the season only carried three teams each, until GM
Vinnie stepped aside. With four teams GM Andrew had a 32 point night last
night, his career best on a 10-8-8-6. This is the best ever Four Team, 7
Players night. When GM Scott did the feat in 2006 he had a Four Team, 6
Players per team. For Scott the record was 1.42 Points Per Player on the
night while Andrew's new record will sit at 1.14 Points Per Player. With
14 games on the NHL schedule, there was potential for someone to have a Big
Night, but still no team this season has had a 12+ point night. As hard as
these records are to occur, there is clearly room for much better. Between
Andrew's 28 players three of them had 3 point nights, eight had 2 point nights,
seven had a 1 point night and ten never had a point at all, while three where
injured on the night and didn't play. Congrats to GM Andrew for one for
Buffalo from 34 to 9 Out
After a busy day that saw several trades and a Quebec (Matt) Waiver, GM Joel
started off Friday with two more trades already putting his Sabres squarely back
in from 34 down. The Sabres traded Ellis and Jones for Hayes and Nyquist
and are now only 9 out. Marchand who was thought to surely have to move to
get back into it, is now likely the teams building block moving forward.
With the Quebec Waiver GM Matt added Nugent-Hopkins in a five player pickup.
Edmonton (Scott) got involved, adding Johanssen and Ellis, giving 24 points to
New Orleans (Shawn) yesterday for Skinner and Hall. "It is times like this
we can barely keep up" said Muddy Capone about all the recent activity.
The day was one for the ages, as even GM Charlie made his first transaction of
the year and a little quicker than usual. Still nothing in Miami for the
film crew, and without a Waiver this season there is no telling when the Surf
will be making their first Transaction of the season. Matt today made his
league leading 27th move. We know one thing, we haven't seen the last of
the Sabres this weekend.
Cincinnati's Remarkable Turnaround
It happens. Teams that are so far out turn their NHLP seasons around.
Case in point, Cincinnati. Just two weeks ago the Rage were 37 points out
of 4th. The team acquired a Waiver and made some big moves, moving out
Backstrom and bringing in Stone among others. The Rage vaulted all the way
into first place and pulling away until they traded Reinhart who came in the
Stone deal and brought in Ehlers. The team is no 12 up in the NHLP's North
Division with Stone, Ehlers and Stastny as well as some wicked scorers
Pettersson, Larkin and Nyquist. The team had five players with 30 or more
points prior to getting Ehlers. If Stone gets traded to a playoff team,
the Rage will be tough to play against. The GM has 15 points from his
bottom two players for outs when needed to get replacements for his non playoff
players. How good Cincinnati will be remains up in the air. Not lost
is the team did give up their next years Waiver to try and savage this season,
but at least that appears to have happened. Now Buffalo (Joel) will try
and do the same thing with this Saturday's Waiver, having fallen 34 points out
of 4th in the South Division. To come back GM Joel would need something
big in a trade for Marchand, who could easily be 10 first round points in a
longer seven game series, something very possible. Portland (Scott) tried
coming back from 39 out and wasn't able to do it yet, whereas Cincinnati went
right to first. Can the Sabres pull off another miracle? Bids for his
players are currently being accepted.
Buffalo (Joel) made it clear that an auction was going on this week for players
such as Jones and Ellis. We believe Marchand will surely be traded as
well, but the question is when? The Sabres are 34 points out with three
out of playoff players. Buffalo has a Waiver on Saturday and will make a 6
for 6 or dump the entire team. One area which may hurt the team is their
lowest player has ten points, meaning a two for two with Marchand is 44 points
in an even deal. So if the GM takes back two high scoring non-playoff
players, what number is the number that gets that deal done? Is it 50, 55,
60? A 60 for 44 point deal, very possible for the Bruins playoff king,
still leaves the Sabres 18 point out. If Joel can stay close enough now,
Marchand always has value. However, the team is so close to falling 40+
points back there is potential, without quick action on Saturday, the team could
be burned later where no deal can work and truly makes sense. "Any GM in
the league can totally savage any season with a Waiver" said Muddy Capone, "We
have seen it twice just this season." The Sabres have a ton of options.
Getting playoff players and retrading back in or grabbing a huge amount of
points Saturday, both viable and can work. It takes hard work and a lot of
it to salvage a season sometimes. Joel easily has what it takes. The
big question is does Marchand go now or later? So far the talk has been
very quiet as GM's hope to "silently" win big and any GM to walk away with
Marchand will be...well, "licking" their chops.
Washington Falls - Brendan Now Expansion Listed
In a big CHP game last night Matt is now the newest Cup Holder in Pittsburgh, at
the same time also claiming Washington from Brendan. "It was tough to see
Brendan lose the team he had eight career wins with" said Muddy Capone.
Matt could really go on quite a roll now. With back to back wins Matt
would also claim St Louis (Shawn) and Winnipeg (Scott), depending on who Brendan
claims as a replacement new team from the Expanasion list. The next game
for the Cup is Saturday, December 29th. (Note: Remember to refresh
some NHLP pages from time to time if you don't think you are seeing the updated
Canes Out of Hibernation
GM Joel said he had been quiet so far this year, but that all changed in the
past 48 hours. Carolina acquired a Waiver with a very aggressive move and
then added 20 plus points in a big move with Los Angeles (Andrew), trading
Panarin. When it was said and done the Canes swapped out Panarin, E. Kane,
Zibanajad and Galchenyuk for four new players, Nugent-Hopkins, Barzal, Soderberg
and Ristolainen. GM Andrew won a huge bidding war for Panarin.
"Columbus is a playoff team, so if he stays or gets traded, I don't think I lose
either way" the GM said of the deal with Joel. If the Canes got better is
open for debate but one things we know for certain is the Bear is awake and we
will likely see Joel very busy in Buffalo as well with a Waiver and some
auctions this weekend.
Available, Seasons Biggest UFA?
In an early morning shocking move, the self-proclaimed bear said he has awoke.
GM's Joel and Chad were apparently in a bidding war for the Hamilton (Tyson)
Waiver, a war won by a very hungry bear. Joel now has the Waiver in
Carolina in a move that he says puts Panarin on the market today. Panarin
is one of the top potential UFA as we move towards the NHL Trading Deadline.
Typing his name into Google brings up all kinds of potential trade locations.
With Columbus in a playoff spot, will the team move out their top scorer, or eat
the walk-for-nothing dish the Islanders were served for losing Tavares for zippo.
If Panarin is traded, and many believe he will be, he will be a blockbuster in
the NHL, with the Blue Jackets receiving a huge package for certain. He
would instantly be first line and first line power play on many playoff teams.
Joel paid a huge price for this Waiver, giving two six round picks, a future
Waiver and Kane for Bjugstad who is a minus four with tonight's Waiver.
That move essentially is a 14 point move, so Joel just can't do something small
in Carolina. "This is the move people in Barrie Island did not want to see
at all" said Muddy Capone, "Here you have the Canes giving futures to go for it
this season, in a shocking attempt to win at all costs this season." Some
may very well argue trading Kane, an asset in San Jose, and Panarin, if that
happens, is very much the opposite for GM Joel. Those who know him best
know his heart is in Barrie Island, the teams knew home next year in the first
NHLP relocation ever, as long as Carolina isn't Cup Champions this season.
The team is actually good. All eyes will be on what Carolina does to "get
better". With Panarin officially on the NHLP block, the word of the day
may very well be "Bearbuster".
Hamilton Weighing Options
GM Tyson admitted he has had a couple offers and is weighing all his options in
Hamilton. The GM wants to swap out Waivers and move out Bjugstad, who
could play tonight to sway someone's decision. Bjugstad is a minus 4 if
dropped with Tuesday's Waiver. A quick look at Player Tracking this
morning shows 69 of the leagues 252 players are sitting on NHL non-playoff
teams. Many GM's have used the Minors to load up on potential playoff
players while other GM's want to see what teams are playoff teams first.
"Most surely things change, but realistically what is going to change" wondered
Muddy Capone, "Are two teams from the East and West likely going to move in to
out and vise-versa and are those the teams you want to be waiting on anyhow?"
Every year we see the different strategies within the league, with GM's Andrew,
Scott, Matt and Shawn going hard for early Waivers and players. Then we
see other GM's, who aren't in the next group, but banking their points and
saving for their late season flurry of activity. "Portland made as many
Transactions in one single day this season then GM's Charlie, Jr and Ryan have
combined all season (four) amongst their ten teams" said Capone. Both Jr
and Ryan have a team well in first, with Calgary being 32 points up on 5th.
At some point these GM's will be active. "It isn't uncommon what we see
this time of year right up until the Winter Meeting" Capone stated, "We see
certain teams, like GM's Scott's and Andrew's do nothing at all right now
while waiting for teams to catch up, and once all teams have playoff players
again, we see the heavy moves of late February and early March."
There are seven more Waivers until the Winter Meeting and only three before the
Christmas Break. That is room for seven more teams to "catch up".
The league is without a Waiver this season from December 23rd until January 5th,
a period where there are 77 NHL games without an NHLP Waiver.
Seattle - Florida Trade for Drouin
With Drouin already in the Minors the stage was set to move him out in a
creative move to Florida (Marcel) whereas Seattle (Shawn) added him again in a
three for three Waiver. The Storm ended up with Drouin and Little from the
Minors while the Panthers ended up with Drouin and Kase in the end. The
deal hinged on Kase's health. "It is great to see GM's thinking outside
the box" said Muddy Capone. In other NHLP news GM Joel said everyone must
go in Buffalo. The Sabres have a Waiver on Saturday, after Hamilton
(Tyson's) on Tuesday and Halifax (Shawn) on Thursday. Joel said the
auction is now started and will end Thursday for Ellis and Jones and Marchand
more than likely as well. "He is a key Bruin every playoffs" said Capone.
It should be a busy week in the NHLP.
Winter Meeting Date Called
Saturday, January 12th at 11 AM looks like a full 11 GM's. The NHLP's 29th
Winter Meeting is hosted by GM Joel. "I am looking forward to hosting
again" said the GM.
Alaska Making Big Move?
The NHLP keeps hearing rumors flying around and Alaska seems to be front and
center. Does this mean that the Attack and Seattle Storm (Shawn) have
something brewing. "We believe the target is Kessel" said Muddy
Capone, "We have zero Intel saying such, any specific names or teams, but we
have the feeling GM Marcel and GM Shawn are about to make a serious deal." Stay
Something Big in Seattle?
The Seattle Storm (Shawn) have been really quiet about the Saturday Waiver.
"Usually when a GM is this quiet, they are trying to work out a deal they don't
want anyone else in on just yet" said Muddy Capone about the teams silence and
what it could mean. The NHLP Yearbook has reached out to the Storm Front
Office on several occasions now with no response, creating suspicion minds (Fine
Young Cannibals version) from those in the know. With this
being back to back Waivers, the GM may have realized there is nothing as
attractive in the Minors than what is already in the NHLP wine cellar. "We
know there has been a lot of talk amongst the GM's and names like Burns have
been popping up in several reports" said Capone. It is rumored GM Charlie
is shopping a package of Burns and Kadri, players that don't exist in the NHLP
Minors. Sometimes while GM's are standing around shaking in their boots,
waiting for a fair fight, other more ruthless GM's, the ones who don't like
asking twice, are acquiring the available gold...you
know, when it is sitting there for the taking.
Playoff Players Added in Halifax
GM Shawn wasn't worried about anything more than adding the three best playoff
player he could from the Minors. The fact that they were Parise, Gardiner
and Myers says a few things to several NHLP GM's, or maybe it says nothing at
all. "Many NHLP teams play with fools gold" said Muddy Capone, "Usually
something the CTR sorts out for us." Shawn appears to have 5 to 6 playoff
players in Halifax, a good number for this time of season. Where so many
teams fail is when your higher scoring top three players are anything but
playoff players, for now you will never get that kind of scoring from the Minors
in playoff replacements, as this Waiver shows us. For those teams their
true colors shine through when they attempt to build a full playoff team and
their teams scoring takes a massive hit with the replacements. Many times
they decide now to keep a high scoring non playoff player, because they are
forced into it because they let the Minors run dry and don't have the points to
make a real move within the league. For teams out of the NHLP playoffs, a
Waiver like Halifax should send a clear message their assets have value.
They still have to trade them, or slowly fall into that zone of helplessness,
where even the most aggressive GM'ing cannot save a team in the second half of
the season. Shawn added small pieces, playoff players, on a team that
doesn't need scoring. A team out of the playoffs won't have that luxury.
This will make a bigger trade more attractive for Halifax when a team out of it
is getting tradable assets and not all non playoff players in return for their
Elite stars. Shawn is up again with the next NHLP Waiver in Seattle, a
team already sitting with a mice potential playoff mix of their own.
Shoulder, Ribs, Hand, Groin and Ankle
No it isn't the lyrics to a kids song. It is the NY Rangers (Charlie) team
injury report. Things can get worse for the two healthy players, Getzlaf
and Letang, have both seen more than their average share of time on the disabled
list. The good news for the Rangers is GM Charlie is only 10 points out of 4th
place in a Division (Atlantic) where the 4th place team would be 15 out of
fourth (or more) in any other NHLP Division. The Rangers are the 5th lowest
scoring team in the NHLP when they are healthy, all 7 guys playing to their
maximum, so things truly are bleak at the moment. The team will undoubtedly
fall much further out until they get healthy. The Rangers will look at some
point after that to move out playoff top-gun Bergeron and hope it is enough in
return to bounce all the way from the cellar and into something that at least
can contend for a playoff spot, but we aren't holding our breath that will
happen. That would only add us to Chucks list: Hypoxia.
Kings in Elimination Game
It is a word the Cup Holder Pool (CHP) will be saying a lot this season,
"Elimination". For Chad he is in a must win tonight, like so many have
been before him, and never to lose that critical game. With a win Chad's
Kings, yes the Kings, move into the second round of the CHP. If Buffalo
(Tam-Tam) wins, she will then own two teams after playing just her first game
ever. A Tam-Tam win also puts her up against Edward in Arizona for
in-house bragging rights. If Chad wins he will be the 5th team to make the
second round with Henry (San Jose) sitting in the third round at 0-1.
Chad's Kings would then give Pittsburgh (Matt) their first game of the season.
Suter and Coyle to be Moved
GM Shawn decided instead of waiting for one of his three Waivers to arrive, he
would go out and make something happen quicker in Halifax. The Destoyers
had some high draft picks this season and three Waivers, but nearing the halfway
mark of the NHL season, it is debatable whether the team is very strong.
The team still has three Waivers and seemingly an immovable piece in Matthews.
There is no doubt Matthews is a great building block, but if Crosby and Subban
also are to stay the season, Halifax have about 73 from four players to build
the rest of the Championship team. That isn't enough points likely to
bring in another huge superstar and the Penguins haven't exactly been showing
they are a real threat to run deep this year, so is Halifax truly even a threat
this season? So far, it depends who you ask. "What we do know is the
pressure is on to build a winner" said Muddy Capone, "With this opportunity, and
to then fail, Halifax would be a real disappointment." Things are close,
very close. Just not sure a Waiver alone can put them over the top, just
Matt's Hot Month Just Cooled?
No GM is scoring like GM Matt this month. Cincinnati and Indianapolis are
both 1-2 in scoring for the first 10 days of December. Quebec (Matt) did a
Waiver swap with Halifax (Shawn), and threw in a third round pick for the
Saturday Waiver. The Nords GM then preceded to drop Couturier, B. Tkachuk,
Gostisbehere and JVR, adding high scoring non playoff player Hoffman, Zucker and
Boston lowly point producers Heinen and Donato. "We have learned not to
question what this guy does" said Muddy Capone, "Every guy he picks starts to
light it up, but we can't help but think the team went backward this time."
As for Halifax the team still has three more Waivers this season and continues
to stock pile picks for the next three Drafts, unlike anything the NHLP has ever
seen. The franchise is slowly becoming the model NHLP Franchise, just
lacking a Cup. This could easily be the season all that changes and no
doubt Halifax will be strong in all coming seasons drafts.
Just Who Owns Pick #48?
Oh the stories. When Muddy starts talking about the Capones. When
Buster start talking about the Cherry's. When Bonnie starts talking about
the Clydes (and Grandpa Bugsy). And lets not forget the Stu Piddassoe
stories. Let's just say in all the excitement of running the NHLP,
sometimes, somehow, yes, clerical errors actually occur at the NHLP Head Office.
"We have all the checks and balances in place" said Muddy Capone, "But every now
and again, one slips through the cracks." The nightmares for the Head
Office when a mistake is made can be critical to how the entire league
functions. The league must get things right. For the most part, they
do. The Head Office themselves found one of their own errors. Maybe
just in time. In the 2020/21 season, the valued pick #48. On the
Draft Picks Master
page Cincinnati (Matt) just conditionally traded it in the Backstrom deal days
ago, to San Fran (Scott). Edmonton (Scott) claims they own that pick,
acquired from Chicago (Andrew). Both Cincinnati and Edmonton are shown to both have pick
#48. This is where the checks and balances come in. If we
look at the actual draft page
for the 2020/21 season, we see Cincinnati did in fact start out with
that pick, but they are now shown as drafting 71st and Edmonton 48th and Chicago
64th (which all happens to be in fact correct). By knowing the original
order, we can easily now start back tracking the actual Transaction numbers.
Back in Transaction #29
we can see Chicago acquired that pick from Cincinnati, giving Chicago #48 and
Cincinnati #71. A column on the Transactions page that might mean little
to most NHLP GM's, but is critical to the NHLP Office, is the last column on the
far right. If it says "Yes", the picks from that particular Transaction
have been updated on the Draft Picks Master and Draft Pages. If it says
"No", that means it hasn't been done (updated) yet, usually because of future
conditional events that haven't played out just yet. At the end of the
season, all "No's" are double checked and updated, to a Yes. So in
Transaction #29, Chicago has #48 and Cincinnati #71. So how did Edmonton
come to get #48 for #64? We can see that happened in
So Edmonton does in fact own pick #48, Chicago #64 and Cincinnati #71 in the
second round of the 2020/21 Draft. This being the case, Cincinnati cannot
attach the 2020/21 2nd Rounder #48 to the recent Transaction #138 (at no fault
of GM Matt's), which was thought to be 17 conditional spots in the second round.
Just so happens the next season, Cincinnati can move up San Fran 14 conditional
spots in the same round as a replacement. The two teams will work that out
and we will update all the mess we created by our mistake in the first place.
We can't guarantee that in the future, a 'good ole story' won't come along, while
in the middle of an update, that will throw things again into another 'discombobulation',
which apparently isn't even a word, but man do we have a great story to share
about that (once we publish this article first).
Will Kings be the First?
It is a Cup Holder Pool night. Ryan, already in Round #2 with Vegas will
look to go 1-0 in the round, at the same time being the first to actually take
over another team. We have saw almost every game of late, the team, in
this case Chad in Los Angeles, face losing their team, but somehow winning the
critical elimination game. So Ryan can be the first to own two teams, as
Chad's Kings are 0-1 in Round #1, with a second loss being the knock-out blow.
The winner holds the Cup, with Chad going up against Tam-Tam in Buffalo or
having to pick a new Expansion team with a loss. If Vegas wins they will
play Marcel's Montreal team, after Vegas plays meaningless games versus Dallas,
NY Islanders, New Jersey, NY Rangers, Columbus, and the NY Islanders again, all
games before the Montreal game. Chad of course could pick one of those
teams as his Expansion team if he losses, but under the CHP Rules, an Expansion
team cannot be the next game for the Cup. Big Game. Big Tilt.
Big Match. In the CHP, THERE ALL BIG!
Cincinnati 42 Point Gain in 48 Hours
GM Matt saw the Rage were 37 out of 4th in the North Division and turn
everything around with a 42 point gain in 48 hours. Cincinnati went from
last to third and later today can move to second and only be two points out of
first if the GM accepts an offer for Stastny from San Fran (Scott), an
additional nine point gain. Matt made six moves in total, even though one
was rescinded. The GM ended with a 5 player drop adding Larkin, Pettersson,
Nyguist, Johnsson and Stastny, gaining 11 points in the dump. Cincinnati
is the second team in two weeks who went from out over 30 to revitalizing their
seasons. Acquiring this Waiver did come with a price as the Rage no longer
has a Waiver next season. A glace at the NHLP standings now shows Buffalo
(Joel) as the team furthest out of 4th, at 31 back. The Sabres have a
Waiver in two weeks. In another NHLP note, GM Marcel who has the Waiver in
Alaska on the 11th is said to be looking for a nice package of picks, and he
will trade the Waiver. Marcel has to noon on the 11th to either take (or
trade) the Waiver or just give it to Philadelphia (Scott) as per an earlier
Sleepless in Los Angeles?
GM Ryan made it perfectly clear he wasn't the one asleep at the wheel as he
confirmed he was offered two Waivers from Cincinnati for the Waiver and
Kovalchuk, but the GM turned that deal down for zero future Waivers, instead of
two, for Hischier instead. Where the sleeping seems to have occurred is
between Cincinnati and Los Angeles. After Chicago (Andrew) moved the
Waiver to Matt in Cincinnati the GM's traded Reinhart and B. Tkachuk for Barzal
and Kreider (from the Kings), three more points that GM Matt could use in his
Waiver. GM Andrew later was none to pleased with the NHLP Head Office
after he was informed that, although that deal could stand, the Rage cannot drop
those players and Matt is allowed the option to rescind that deal if he desired.
Matt said it was late and he failed to remember the rule when he made the deal
the night before. Andrew did only own the Waiver for about 5 minutes, but
Waiver rule 6m of the NHLP Rule Book is quite clear. That rule states that
"If GM 1 (IE - Matt in Cincinnati) picks up a Waiver from GM 2 (IE - Andrew in
Chicago) GM 1 (Matt in Cincinnati) cannot drop any player with that Waiver that
he picked up in the last four days from any of GM 2's (Andrew) other teams.
If you (being Matt) owned the Waiver for the previous four days you may drop any
players from any teams of GM 2's (Andrew)." According to Muddy Capone this
rule has been enforced numerous times, "maybe a dozen" when teams were told they
could not do a deal because of this rule. This rule prevents a GM from
saying, "I will give you the Waiver if you drop this guy from my other team."
GM's all know this rule and it is commonly used. "Every time I pick up a
Waiver, I don't even bother looking at that GM's other two teams" said GM Scott,
"I already know they are off limits, always have been since the Waivers
started." Although Chicago only had the Waiver for mere minutes, they
still had acquired the Waiver and when they traded it, Andrew put his other
teams in a position to no longer deal with Cincinnati. Andrew feels maybe
we should look at the rule closer as so not to limit potential deals. "We
are always looking to better the league in every way" Capone said, "But today,
that is the rule and it was only enforced as written." As a courtesy GM
Matt was granted to 3 PM to get his Waiver into the league as officepools and
the site had to be changed. Matt did not use any of that time and got his
Waiver in before Noon.
Islanders to Chicago to Cincinnati
The Waiver moved very quickly last night. After GM Ryan moved the Waiver
to Chicago (Andrew) in a one for one trade involving Kovalchuk and the Waiver
for Hischier, Chicago then turned that deal, into two Waivers from Cincinnati
(Matt), one in January and the Rage Waiver in 2019/20. "Someone was asleep
behind the wheel somewhere" said Muddy Capone, "A two for one Waiver deal may be
the most power futures deal we see in the NHLP, and the Islanders seemingly
failed the opportunity Chicago received." The NHLP is witnessing what
additional Waivers can do for a Franchise, something that seemingly has Halifax
now set up for years to come. After the Waiver ended up in Cincinnati,
Matt and Andrew in Los Angeles traded Reinhart and B. Tkachuk for Barzal and
Kreider. The Rage have been very aggressive in their quick jump from 37
out of a playoff spot. All indications are they will be in a playoff spot
if they want, as they have a standing 9 more points if they pick Stastny from
the Minors. "Things can turn quickly" said Capone, "But you just can't sit
there and let that happen, it won't. You have to make it happen." GM Ryan's
trade was his first of the season while GM Scott leads the league with 24
San Fran Pays 27 - Acquires Backstrom
GM Matt refused to pay the San Fran Titan (Scott) asking price, but in the end
settled the Conditional Picks in the deal his way. San Fran stepped up to
acquire Backstrom from the Rage for Stone, Reinhart and Zucker. The Titan
also receive Schwartz and Weber in the 27 point deal. The Rage had fallen
to 37 out and at some point knew they would have to trade their biggest asset if
they wanted to compete. The teams had been talking for weeks, but those
potential deals all involved Rantanen and the Titan couldn't find the right
return. "Once they came off Rantanen, I knew we could now make a deal"
said GM Scott. What held the teams up was simple compensation. If
Stone gets traded, Scott argued he is worth as much as Backstrom, and the Titan
paid 27 to get him. If Stone does not get traded, the Titan agreed they
win the deal. The Titan wanted the Rage 6th overall pick next year,
something Matt would have no part of. "I respect him for standing strong"
said Scott, "But I think when you give 27 points and one of the top UFA's, plus
arguably two other playoff players for, you deserve to be compensated if what
you are selling actually turns out to be true" Scott said. So if Stone
isn't traded, the Titan give the Rage a third round draft pick but if Stone is
traded, the Rage will give picks to San Fran. Both GM's were happy with
the picks, still including a potential first rounder, but only 25th overall and
not the 6th overall the Titan tried to squeeze out of the deal. It is a
hug number to trade before Christmas but GM Scott isn't the type to bank his
points for the final trading day of the season.
Blockbuster Reportedly Hinges on Conditional Picks
The first report the NHLP Yearbook received was that a "30 point offer for one
player" potential deal was set to go down. "The only single NHLP player
worth 30 points is likely Nylander" said Muddy Capone, so a Stone for Nylander
straight up. However the Yearbook has since learned Schwartz was also
involved. "It wasn't 30 for a one for one, but the 30 was offered for one
player, in a three for three" Capone said. The deal is rumored to all
hinge on conditional draft picks with the two GM's trying to figure out
compensation for conditions added to the deal. If Schwartz is invovled in
the deal, it must either be for Nylander in Hartford (Andrew) or Backstrom from
Cincinnati (Matt). With Andrew clearly having no idea by his postings in
the Chat Room, it must be Matt. No further details are known. The
deal is on the table until 7 PM. EST. Stay tune.
Islanders - "Quiet so Far"
Last report as of noon today there was one offer for either Kovalchuk who is a
14 minus 5 (worth 9 in a drop) or for the Waiver. "I have one offer" said
GM Ryan, although not specific as to if that was for the Waiver or Kovalchuk.
Eight Transactions in 48 Hours
NHLP teams just don't get much busier than Portland (Scott) over a 48 period.
In total the Winter Hawk made 8 Transactions in the past two days, 12 total
Transactions since acquiring the team just one week ago. Starting 39
points back and with assets including Rielly, Miller, Palat and a Waiver, the
team has now turned that into being just 8 points back with what the team
declares are assets in Duchene, Giordano, Marchessault, and Hayes. "If you
believe as we do that Vegas is a playoff team and that Duchene and Hayes will be
traded, then you believe as we do in we have four assets" the GM said, "We will
see how close we come." The GM says he is now where he wants to be, adding
in total four draft picks for the team as well. "Last year was the worst
ever NHL Trading Deadline for us, we can only hope this year is one of the best
ever" said Scott in his attempt to predict the future for the betterment of his
teams. Like, or not, what Portland did, the team is now within ten points
of a playoff spot and if nothing else, a threat to contend for a playoff spot
once again in the Pacific Division.
Portland Leaves Little Left Before Waiver
Some call it house cleaning. In Portland's (Scott) case, it might be
called moving out. The GM made trades that involved 10 players on Monday,
setting up for a Waiver on Tuesday that will included a six for six. "We
will keep Duchene and with three players on the roster under ten, maybe Kane's
scoring" said interim GM Scott. New Orleans (Shawn) stepped up with a
creative offer for Atkinson and Tolvanen, who is not yet in Portland. The
Winter Hawk will end up with van Riemsdyk back after the Waiver, and about 10
points out of the deal. The extra seven points to the Minors this deal
allows changes what Portland can do, swaying them from keeping Tolvanen which
the GM said was his initial plan. Quebec (Matt) got in on the act as well,
trading Kane and Fabbri, who is a zero in the drop, for Couturier, Tkachuck and
a pick. "I thought long and hard about that deal" said GM Matt, "But I do
think the new two will outscore Kane in the end." All four players are
essentially NHLP deadbeats, although Ottawa is two points out while Chicago
seven with only six furlongs to go. Originally Portland was to gain 32
spots in the 5th round as a draft pick reward. GM Scott honoured the deal with a
lesser, and later pick, after he realized Portland already had the better pick.
"You screw up, you suck up" said Scott, what Portland did instead of nixing the
deal because of an internal gaff. There seems nothing left to trade. Portland
was able to go from 39 to 14 back, a 25 point gain. The GM admitted he could
easily do a point gain tonight for the 14, but far to many assets remain in the
Minors. "It may or may not seem like a great leap now" said Scott, "But after
this pick, our scoring goes through the room compared to what it is now and we
have plenty of assets and will be roughly 15 out, an amount that seems like we
are in it, instead of a week ago when we were feeling kind of hopeless."
Vegas Tries to Advance in High-Stakes Game
After getting his first ever Cup Holder Pool (CHP) win, Ryan will try and keep
his Golden Knights, and leading them into Round Two at the same time. As
with almost every CHP game after month one, one team usually faces either moving
on or losing the rights to their team. For Vegas (1-1) that is what is on
the line Tuesday in their game against Washington (0-0, Brendan) playing their
first game of the season. There were five games for the Cup in both
October and November and it is hard to get a game at all, about a 5% chance.
Once you have that Cup, you can't afford to lose it for you may not see another
chance for it all season. If Vegas wins, they advance to round two and
play Los Angeles (0-1, Chad), becoming the fourth team to make it that far this
season. A Washington win means Brendan will be the first ever to own two
teams, claiming Vegas by way of giving them their second lose of the same round.
Washington will be the new Cup Holder, then playing Arizona (0-0, Edward) while
Vegas will stay in round one, their record starting over at 0-0 in the round.
If Vegas losses Ryan will have to rejoin with an expansion team with his options
found on the CHP page. (Note: The NHLP Yearbook selected to talk of
this pleasant story instead of focusing on the Injury Pick made yesterday,
hoping to quietly let that pick slide without bringing attention to the shameful
Hamilton Hitmen, ironically enough the Hitmen. GM Tyson may be asked by
the league to take sensitivity courses by the BOG, who has called an emergency
meeting for Monday afternnoon. "He left Weber and Tolvanen in the Minors
for Tuesday's Waiver, I am good with this" said a BOG member who asked not to be
Vancouver Adds Young Stud
With all the NHL injuries, Tolvanen gets his chance in Nashville. GM Joel
pounced on his attractive zero points in his Waiver drop, adding the potential
future superstar. Also added were two Habs, Domi and Tatar and often
suspended, but in high demand otherwise, Wilson from the Capitals. "This
gives us much needed scoring" Joel stated. Ya think? The Canucks new
Office Pools PPG is a whopping 1.03 with all seven at 0.81 or higher.
Although 24 out of first place in the NHLP's West Division the team is only now
7 points out of a playoff spot in what appears to be a tough and tight Division,
all season long, with by far the highest scoring last place team in the six NHLP
Whalers Add Pieces, Portland Adds Points
"I am not sure the confidence I have about this one" said GM Andrew. Now,
if the GM was saying it prior to the deal, don't read much into the statement,
or in-fact, pay no attention at all. However, when you say it after the
deal is completed, maybe there is some true doubt how he feels about the deal.
GM Scott was all teeth in Portland after trading Tarasenko and Miller to
Hartford for Duchene and B. Tkachuk. Two days ago the Winter Hawk were 39
points back of 4th without a Waiver in sight. Since, the GM has moved out
Tarasenko, Rielly, Miller, Palat and replacing them with Duchene, Atkinson,
Couturier, B. Tkachuk and the Tuesday Waiver, moving up 25 points to now within
14 of a playoff spot. Andrew added his sixth Bolt player among his teams.
For Hartford they have a Saturday deadline, just hours way now. Nylander
either is signed or traded by 5 PM, or he sits the season. Andrew will
make a late Injury Pick between 5 and 6 PM on Saturday if need be, prior to the
Waiver depending on how it plays out. The pressure is on for Hartford,
giving another 10 points in this deal and without Nylander, the confidence will
be taking a hit. For Portland the GM said Duchene was finally the turning
point. "We can actually start to rebuild a playoff team now" the GM said
of his new leading scorer, "Where he ends up playing after the NHL Trading
Deadline will define our season." It is the GM's belief that the Ottawa
Senators will not sign both Duchene and Stone to what amounts to long term deals
upwards of $7 to $8 million anually each. Scott believes Duchene will get
traded and Stone will sign. The GM has acquired Duchene twice and Stone
once in case he has it backwards. Portland now does not need a point gain
with the Waiver Tuesday. "Just 14 out we can start to build something now,
get some scoring and playoff players, as long as the fallen has stopped, I am
good with what I will have" the GM said.
The Master at Work
GM Andrew was at his best on Friday, cashing in on two deals. With
Vancouver (Joel) looking for a few points more for his players heading
to the Minors with Saturday's Waiver, the Master himself stepped up and
got a yet another steal of a deal. "I guess I am a Seagull" the GM
said about his Waiver day pickings. Oh yes my friend, you are a
very special kind of Seagull and the most aggressive and smartest at
what you do. Hartford traded Jarnkrok, the guy with a career high
35 points in 70 games to the Canucks for Schwartz who had 58 points in
61 games last season. Andrew gave a 10 point player for a player
worth 7 to the Minors. Done deal. At no other point this
season is this deal done. On Waiver days they happen all the time,
because they make sense on Waiver days only. Trades that don't
make sense are done because for that one day they make total
sense. Jarnkrok to the Minors is a more valuable player than
Schwartz on Saturday in a Waiver dump, he has three more points in a
dump. Fact. Is this why Andrew wins more Cups? "Sure it is"
said Muddy Capone, "Each and every Waiver he doesn't have to set his
final team, but if he gets one player a smidgen better, soon he has
switched out his roster for 7 better players." This is how it
works and Andrew, among others, are good at doing it. Today it was
Schwartz for Jarnkrok, next time it will be another player for Schwartz,
then that new player for a piece that on the final roster of a GM Andrew
team we always say, "How did he get all those guys on one team."
Well like the GM says all the time, "Teams don't build themselves."
If you magically think you are just suddenly gonna have the top team, oh
sure, everything does happen from time to time, but it is the Master
himself who is showing us how it is really done day in and day out,
Waiver after Waiver, Cup Championship after Cup Championship.
The Seagull and the Picnic Table
If you go to the park you can watch the NHLP play out by watching the Seagulls.
The center of attention is the most popular picnic table. Usually at the
picnic table is some fat guy eating fast food, like McDonald's fries. In
the NHLP's case, that picnic table is where the guy with the Waiver is sitting,
even if there can be several GM's at the table at any one time. His fries
are his players. Some he is keeping, some he is throwing to the Seagulls
around the table and some will just accidentally fall to the ground, eaten
quickly by the scavengers in attendance. When observing this feeding
frenzy you will notice a bunch of different Seagulls. Basically each team
in the NHLP is a different Seagull. There is always that one Seagull.
You know him, and you also hear him.
(Don't hate him - it is just the junk food making him aggressive)
He is the Seagull closest to the picnic table. He is stretching and
flapping his wings. Sometimes this gets him ignored as the guy at the
table wants to spread his fries around, maybe to a team not in his division or
he just has had enough of the squawking. Usually though, this Seagull is
getting fry after fry. Literally tossed right into his flapping beak.
He will get right up on the table at times, almost just stealing the fries at
times. Walking around the picnic table, not quite as aggressive, are a
bunch of other Seagulls. These guys are picking up the scraps.
Fighting with each other. Filling their belly's a fry at a time.
Often a fry will land between two of them and the more quicker of the two will
scoop in first and feast. Sadly there is often that wounded Gull.
Poor guy, limping around from a previous lost battle. He isn't quick
enough and never gets any scraps at all, but he is out there trying. Not
ironically at all, he is the one that we later see, dead on the road. Road
kill of the road kill. He was just so weak he couldn't move quick enough
and gets flattened, run over and is never seen again. Now not all the
Gulls are eating. Looking around there are some floaters over in the
water, just riding the Waves and enjoying the beautiful weather. Just
happy to even be at the beach, watching the boys play off in the distance.
These Gulls may have already eaten or they don't want to fight for their food
and hopefully something just falls into their lap near the end of the day.
They eat what is left after all the others have full bellies. Often when
you look up, you will see Gulls perched on top of each hydro pool in the area.
Sometimes they are just sitting there observing while other times they are
squawking up a storm. Either way, these Gulls are going to get to feed at
some point. From their perched peak, they can often see things from a
birds eye view so to speak. Instead of fighting for the fries, they are
literally waiting to pounce when someone throws an entire burger away.
Then they feast. The Seagull and the picnic table is the GM and the
Waiver. Which Seagull is your team? Which Seagull is you?
Canucks Wishy-Washy on Plans
The Yearbook didn't get much from GM Joel, other than a 'for-certain' the Waiver
will be used on Saturday in Vancouver. GM Joel said he is "Not sure" what
is his doing and players moving out are "Probably most of them." The GM
understands Schwartz and Buchnevich are both minus 2 points in a drop, making
them easy bait for the Waiver Night Vultures. "it is what a seagull does" said
Muddy Capone, "It walks around the picnic table picking up fallen table scraps."
Waiver night is a great opportunity to grab a player which might otherwise not
move. Schwartz, for example, almost had a point a game last season, and
sitting with just 7 to the Minors. An even point deal (9 for 9) is
actually two more points for the Canucks, but the GM said he has a "Better offer
than that" before of course adding, "But I don't know what I am doing with him
yet." With the Canucks 8 points out of 4th, it is possible Kuzntsov moves
Saturday. With 32 points in 24 playoff games last season all eyes will be
focused on the cleaning of the deer guts on Saturday.
Three More Than Last Year
GM Scott has been in charge of the Portland Winter Hawk franchise for less then
24 hours and he has already made three more transactions than GM Vinnie made
with the team this and last season combined. "It is a difficult thing to
do" said Muddy Capone, "Going an entire season without a Transaction of any
type, even the Waiver." Portland did not have a Waiver last season for the
GM lost it at the end of the prior season for failing to attending the Trading
Deadline and had to relinquish 15 spots in the first round or the GM's first
Waiver of the season, which he did, belonging to Portland. Portland's last
official Transaction was #786 in the 2016/17 season, the season before last.
That move, trading the Waiver. Assuming the role of this seasons GM, Scott
didn't waste time moving the Winter Hawk out of their dreadful position of 39
points out of 4th place. "It is a huge amount to overcome" said Scott,
"And my challenge will be to do it without moving a draft pick, at least of
importance, or one I didn't acquire elsewhere first." Swapping players and
Waivers, Portland now picks Tuesday instead of January 15th. Weber as
added and traded in an Injury pick, for Leddy from Cincinnati (Matt), right
after Rielly and Palat were dealt to Atlantic City Andrew) for Atkinson and
Couturier. This was Andrews first move as the Gamblers GM, the teams
second move this season. Scott said trading Rielly and Palat was easy,
moving the team from 39 to 24 out with a Waiver after GM Joel's in Vancouver.
"I saw the other offers I was getting and the players were worse, wanting Miller
as well, and the points were the same, but without a Waiver in five days" Scott
said. The GM took heat from several GM's for being so quick to act, but
admitted, "I looked individually at every other team in the league, so while
they are saying what they could have done, I already knew what they wouldn't
have done." What he won't be doing is sitting around and watching
Portland rot away this season.
Team Values Shock in Auction
The NHLP had a first ever mid-season auction, for the sole rights of operating
the three vacant franchises left behind by GM Vinnie's decision to step away
from the NHLP. Revenues were expected to be in the 200 million range, but
topped out at 375. GM Jr paid 180, Andrew 170 and Scott 25 for the rights
to Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Portland respectively. Each franchise has
their own NHLP legacy. Las Vegas, as apparent by their craftily designed
NHLP logo won cups in '95 and '98 under GM Leo (you won enough Cups Norman).
Jr rolled the dice for a chance at Kucherov, outbidding Andrew and taking
control of the North's 5th place team. Andrew took a gamble of his own,
landing the first place Atlantic City Gamblers, well in first place in the East
Division. The bidding was not fierce for Portland, the NHLP 2007 Champions
under GM Chad. With the Winter Hawks well back in the standings, GM Scott
took the challenge upon himself right the ship.
The GM was active quickly, saying although he does not have approval by the NHLP
Board of Governors, for the remainder of the season the team will go by the
'Winter Hawk' he announced. "We are all one, the players, fans,
management" the new GM said, "We are the Winter Hawk now. I told the fans
we will worry about what it looks like on the Champions page come June" the GM
said, then announcing the teams first official transaction under the interim GM
will be dropping Donato on Thursday as he has missed the last 12 games.
With a Waiver on Tuesday GM Andrew was already talking about a big trade and
moving out the Waiver after Vancouver (Joel) goes Saturday. A fan was
quick to point out that the Las Vegas dice, which represent '95 & '98, years the
team won the Cup already point to a '3rd Cup' in '19, something GM Jr is going
to work towards as he tries to be the first ever GM to win back to back years on
GM Vinnie Leaves NHLP
After 13 long NHLP seasons, GM Vinnie has decided to call it a career. The
GM who made the Cup Finals three of his first four years was never able to win
it all in his 13 year stint (we apologize for the previous typo), starting in
2002-03 to now with a three year hiatus mixed in. Vinnie's first season he
went to the Cup with Tampa Bay in what to this day was one of the closest NHLP
finals ever, not decided until game 7 when GM Scott won what was his second
Championship at the time. "Vinnie just feels it is time he moved away from
the league, feeling other obligations have taken away the time needed to put
into the league and build winning teams" said Muddy Capone. Vinnie is sad
to leave and stated as much. "I respect the other guys too much to just
leave them hanging" Vinnie said, "But I know it is time now to step away from
the pool." Effective immediately Vinnie's teams will be taken control of
by three different GM's who are not in the same division already. "This
will be done by the latest tomorrow" said Capone, "Atlantic City has a Waiver
December 4th so a replacement will be in place likely tonight." The BOG
has agreed this is the route they want to take while the league searches for a
permanent replacement GM. News has travelled through the league quickly as
GM Vinnie has received well wishes from many GM's in the past few hours.
As far as replacements go, former Atlantic City Gamblers GM Glen who started the
NHLP's first ever season in charge of Calgary, Chicago and the NY Islanders,
before running Hartford in year two, until GM Andrew took over Chicago and
Hartford in 1996, is a great replacement option. GM Vinnie said he might
be stepping away from operations of his franchises, but don't count him out of
the poker games. "When available I will be at those games" the former NHLP
GM said. No doubt the GM's look forward to seeing Vinnie at the tables and
to continue to take his money in the years to come.
Lindholm Joins Monahan
GM Chad added players of what he thinks are the top NHL teams with his Waiver in
Toronto. Firstly, after moving out Barrie and Zucker for Aho and Perron,
those players were dropped along with Stepan and Sergachev adding Lindholm,
Rakell, Palat and Fiala. "They are little pieces, but valuable ones from
the Minors" said Chad. The Leafs look strong with Monahan and Lindholm of
the Flames, two Bolts, a Jet and a Pred. All teams GM's will be looking to
acquire players from if they continue their strong play. Toronto is still 11
points up on 5th in the North Division.
Waiver Swap & Trade
GM Shawn grabbed yet another Waiver for his Tuesday Waiver, this time moving out
Stepan for Coyle. Halifax gave the Waiver to the first place team in the
North Division, Toronto (Chad) who is advertising
Barrie, Zucker, Stepan and Sergachev are all available. Halifax still have
three Waivers this season, two in December and one in January. They have
yet to use one on their own, acquiring a third and sixth round pick and two more
Waivers as well as Coyle. For GM Chad he has Connor, Monahan and Gourde
and 12 points to build with, a good start this year in Toronto.
Flyer Add Duchene and Injured Players
The Philadelphia Flyer (Scott) dropped Tatar 18, Keller 13, Doughty 12, Toffoli
12 and Hamilton 7 (62) and added Duchene 29, Marchessault 19, Wilson 8, McAvoy 6
and Stastny 0 (62). "I didn't like the feel and we were well in last
place" said GM Scott, "Now we have some scoring, some playoff players, some
potential UFA, high and low number protection and potentially another Waiver, so
I am happy." The GM made four moves in total, one to get the Waiver, two
moving players, and the Waiver. "When you are in last place, your option
is to sit and continue to do nothing, or get aggressive, grab a Waiver, try and
right the ship and maybe now build a winner" said Scott, "It isn't panicing, it
is reacting to what you truly have, and in the Flyer case, it is better now."
The GM said he resisted the temptation to jump on any one players big night to
play for many bigger games instead of one. Although two of the players
picked up are not playing the Flyer GM feels he will have a full team by
Christmas and the current scoring will be good enough to stay in the hunt in the
NAILED IT - Matthews and Subban Now Destroyers
"You work with what you got" said Muddy Capone. The NHLP Yearbook knew
nothing more than GM Shawn made a "Monster deal". The Yearbook didn't even
know it was Shawn's team in Halifax, but we know now it truly is a monster in
every way. The Destroyers sent Draisaitl, Domi, 24 points and a first
rounder, #14 for 29 to Indianapolis (Matt) for Matthews and Subban, two current
injured players. The huge deal shocked many NHLP GM's. GM Jr stated
that "You have to shop those guys" while GM Scott echoed that sediment.
Both GM's felt GM Matt could have gotten more. "How he also didn't get a
Waiver shocks me" said Scott. It may be argued many ways on who won the
deal. Halifax did pay 24 points and 15 spots in the first. If
Matthews has a relapse with his gimpy shoulders, Matt might look like a genius.
Matt did state that "Matthews can't stay healthy" and that factored into him
pulling the trigger. Some GM's apparently were in on Matthew's as Matt
stated GM Andrew tried very hard to get this same deal, "But was offering
nothing good". Now the Matthew's risk belongs to Halifax who still have
three Waivers and Crosby to build around, although the Pens don't look anything
like a team bound for the playoffs, as the one-third season mark approaches this
week. GM Shawn stated "If I can get Crosby and Matthews in first round, we
could be scary, but the often injured Matthews is a risk" the GM said, adding
"This might be the year to risk it all." The Halifax GM went on to say he
is not sure about using the Waiver and both Waivers are in play. Both
Halifax and Indianapolis are now in third place in the divisions. Props to
the Yearbook for hitting a grand slam on this deal. "Knowing Shawn had the
Waiver, we assumed Halifax was making the deal" stated Capone. "Knowing
the deal went down at 3:30 AM, led us to believe it might be GM's Vinnie or Matt
involved" Capone dissected, "But not hearing anything from Matt didn't give us
all the confidence it was in-fact one of his teams." Capone went on, "Next
we had to decide what players and points from the fourth through sixth place
teams could make a monster deal, the lone wording we had to go on, leading us to
Matthews and Subban, one or both." This is a very huge deal. Those
players can still be involved in the biggest deals later this season if Halifax
falters, which seems so very unlikely. The GM now has Saturday to make a
Waiver pick, further strengthening, what appears an unstoppable force. The
only thing that can stop an unstoppable force is an unmovable object. That
is now the object of every other GM in the NHLP. Build something unmovable
to match up with something unstoppable in Halifax.
Matthews Gone in Blockbuster?
Muddy Capone said the details are very sketchy at this time, "I haven't
even had my morning coffee yet." The league office started
receiving word from several sources that a blockbuster deal had been
made Capone said, "At 3:30 AM." The NHLP Yearbook is not releasing
official details, "We don't know them" said a source early this morning,
"But we do know it is big." Sources inside the NHLP believe
Halifax (Shawn) has moved out several high scoring players and a Waiver.
Conflicting reports say Draisaitl and Domi could be leaving the
Destroyers and one report has Matthews and Subban coming back the other
way. This would mean Indianapolis (Matt) is involved, however
sources don't believe this is true as there has been no early morning
reports from Indianapolis, something a Yearbook official said would be
"Unusual, considering a trade this big." Capone said "Spectulation
is our job and the Yearbook started its very foundation, building a
media empire, on little more than speculation at best." Who else
could be involed in such a massive deal, with one source using the term
"Monster trade" to describe this deal. Sources say Portland (Vinnie)
should be involved at some point, but it would be very difficult to get
a "Blockbuster" out of Portland as the players just don't warrant a
massive deal. Is Matthews then the player involved in this deal?
We believe Matthews is traded. Saturday the rest of the NHLP will
have the official answer.
Hertl and Kapanen Newest Avs
GM Chad knew all along who he wanted and he got them both. "I love what we
have done in a simple Waiver, our playoff team got much stronger" said GM Chad.
The GM was excited Kapanen was available in the minors once saying "I can't
believe my fortune." Hertl has a point a game and Kase was added to make
the numbers work. The Avs drafted so well that they have to drop playoff
players like Killorn and Wennberg just to improve. Keller who the GM said
he thought would have much more points at this point was the third player going
down. Colorado now has three Sharks, two Jets to go along with Kapanen.
"This is a team with the valued Scheifele" said Muddy Capone, "We are sure the
CTR will love them when the rankings come out."
Huge Point Gain Again
For the third time this week GM's used the Waiver to make huge gains of
over a dozen points each pick. GM Andrew added 14 points in
Chicago, adding Reinhart, McDonagh, McDonagh and Hischier. The
Blackhawks are loaded with playoff players including three Tampa Bay
Lightning players to go along with Tavares. "You can never have
enough playoff players" said Andrew who admitted there comes a point
when the Minors don't have players off top teams, as he feels the Bolts
are, at which time you have to pay heavy within to get these players.
"Grab them while you can for free from the Minors and trade them for
points if needed" said the GM about his strategy. His methods do
work, he has won more Cups than any other GM. Now in first place
in the Division the GM can begin work to build something stronger still,
not uncommon at all for any team Andrew is at the helm of. The GM
works each Waiver, spending more time than all others, just waiting to
pounce on a steal of a deal that often only come available during the
Waivers. As usual many GM's fear early movement, while the GM's
like Andrew are stockpiling assets that end with dream teams come the
seasons end. On Friday, GM Chad who has a dream team of his own
started has another Waiver, the fourth in the past 6 days.
Canes and Rangers Lose Bergeron
A month is a long time for any player to be out, but missing your top point
producer hurts ever worse. GM's Joel and Charlie in Carolina and in New
York both lose Bergeron for four weeks. The Rangers are already in last
place, so this injury will be a little more daunting for the Big Apple squad.
Charlie's Rangers have had injuries to almost every player in the lineup, but
none this long until now. On Monday GM Tyson in Hamilton also lost
Trocheck for an extended period of time.
Calgary Adds Tkachuk, Gains 13
GM Jr made his Waiver pick in Calgary, adding 13 points on the night
including the highly touted Tkachuk. The NHL Flames are flying and
with a four point night the NHLP Flames could not resist. GM Jr
was forced into using the Waiver after a Waiver night injury to Trocheck,
who certainly appears to be out several months. Also added were
Kapanen, Hyman and Lammikko, who also had a four point night.
Chicago (Andrew) has the Wednesday Waiver and Colorado (Chad) and
Halifax (Shawn) also have picks on Friday and Saturday.
Hartford Makes Three Deals and Six for Six
It was a busy time for GM Andrew this weekend. Hartford made a six player
drop after three trades. The Whalers gained 14 points in the pick, adding
Duchene, Atkinson, Dubois, Dumba, B. Tkachuk and Jarnkrok who had his last ever
career hat trick on Saturday. "I hope Columbus is for real" said Andrew
who did quite well considering the team was struggling this season, still
without a single point from the first round pick, while other GM's have at least
20 from that spot. The NHLP sees it's only Monday Waiver of the year next
with Calgary (Jr) picking and then andrew has another Waiver this week.
Cleveland Trades Arvidsson
In a deal full on condtions (see chart lower on page), Cleveland (Tyson) has
traded Arvidsson to Edmonton (Scott) for Barrie. The teams placed
conditions upon dates of Arvidsson's return as well as his point totals compared
to Barrie at taht time. "I think we both feel we covered ourselves" said
GM Tyson who was put in a bad spot with the injury. For Edmonton they
added a piece they felt they could carry while Arvidsson is out, maybe missing
from 20 to 30 more games. The GM's ensured that if he came back early, or
late, or if Barrie tanks or gets hot, conditional picks would help compensate
whatever happens. In another trade this morning Hartford (Andrew) added
Palmieri from Indianapolis (Matt) for Monahan.
Arvidsson Conditionally Traded?
A report has been circulated this morning saying Arvidsson has unofficially been
traded. "We are still having the lawyers look at all the details of the
deal" said a GM involved in the deal, but asking to not be named until the deal
is official. Muddy Capone said he hasn't seen a deal with this many
conditions since the early 90's. "No trade can ever match the 16 player,
eight GM deal" Capone said, "But there is a lot of moving parts to this deal.
We have to understand the full deal and look into the details further before we
can announce what actually is happening." GM's must announce the deal with
accuracy and the league must ensure everything that has been provided lines up.
Arvidsson is gone from 6 to 8 weeks for both Cleveland (Tyson) and Dallas (Jr),
GM's who both love the art of the deal. Stay tune for official word on
this complicated deal.
GM's Chad and Andrew Involve Four Teams
GM's Chad and Andrew made two separate deals on Saturday, hours after GM
Matt dropped the injured McAvoy for van Riemsdyk in an Injury Pick.
On his Waiver team in Hartford Andrew added Marchasseault in a trade
with Chad's Pittsburgh team for E. Staal. After that the GM's were
at it again with Andrew adding Barrie in L.A. for Barkov of Chad's in
Toronto. With Hartford 12 back of 4th as of Sunday morning it is
believed the GM will make a 6 for 6, point gain, keeping only Nylander.
If there were offers for Nylander, the GM isn't saying. Nylander
now has 14 days to sign, be traded or sit the season, each of which seems as
likely at this point as unlikely. The Hartford Waiver on Saturday will kick off
a stretch of 5 Waivers in 8 days as the Waivers, and trading, should start
ramping up within the league as the teams pass the quarter mark on the season.
Thornton Joins the Icemen
For GM Matt he got some relief from his long list of injuries, with more on
Saturday if the GM decides to go that route. With an injury pick on
Friday, Indianapolis dropped Shultz and added the Sharks Thornton. On
Saturday McAvoy is available for pick up prior to the Whaler Waiver which
apparently might be moved by GM Andrew.
Whalers Moving Waiver?
GM Andrew might just have a new plan. Rumors are circulating that the GM
is shopping the Waiver, if he can unload his bottom two players sources say.
"Demand for the Waiver could be high" said Muddy Capone, but what does Andrew
feel is worthy of moving the Waiver for Matha and Perreault. That is what
it comes down to. If Hartford gets an attractive enough offer for those
two players, the GM with the Waiver can now drop those two players for any
replacements. It is an interesting possibility after just acquiring the
Waiver. We do expect some trades today.
1A - Return Dates - December
1B - January 1st to January 15th
5th #158 - 173
1C - After January 15th*
2nd #51 - 67
7th #230 - 236
2A - Barrie only ahead 17 or less upon
3rd #80 - 88
2B - Barrie ahead 22 or more upon return
4th #126 - 133
6th #198 - 205
3A - Colorado not a Playoff Team upon
4th #110 - 123
*Only if Barrie has 18 or more points and Colorado a playoff team.
If not only 1B applies
Blues Advance to Round Two - Look to Now Own Sharks
With the possibility of losing his Cup Holder Pool team, Shawn won and advanced
two round two of the playoffs. His Blues get right back at it in a remach
of a game just 8 nights ago. Shawn had to win that game, or Henry would
have owned the Blues. Ironically the tables are now turned and Shawn can
not only take over the lead in the pool, but also have two teams in the second
round, claiming Henry's Sharks with a win Saturday. If Shawn keeps winning
after that, he can also own Chad's Kings just next game as well, moving to three
teams and leading the pool. With a win tonight Henry would keep his
Sharks, as well as be alive and well, being the first team to advance to the
Semi-Finals of the playoffs. If the Sharks win tonight, Henry can be as
few as four wins away from winning the entire pool outright. "This should
really be called the Cut-Throat Pool" said Muddy Capone, "Henry can go to the
Semi-Finals or not even own his Sharks anymore, becoming the first member to
have to pick an expansion team. That is what is on the line tonight."
Arvidsson Smarts in South
Arvidsson is gone for up to 8 weeks, hurting two NHLP teams in the same
division. South Division foes in Dallas (Jr) and Cleveland (Tyson) will be
affected by this long term injury, from 20 to 27 games to either the end of
December or to mid January. Arvidsson will have a great value in a trade
later, maybe easily overcoming anything he losses the GM's, but it will likely
be for a non-playoff type player in return. If you have to trade him, that
is a part of your playoff team, so the injury does hurt. For Jr he has
three Preds and likely won't ever part with Arvidsson, on the current best
Nashville built team in the league, but being a same division rival, Tyson will
likely swap Arvidsson out when the offer is right. The Fury are 8 points
out of a playoff spot, so might be forced into making a move at some point.
In another longer-term NHLP injury, Green Bay (Ryan) lost Klingberg for up to 5
weeks. Klingberg is now expected to return days before Santa arrives.
Green Bay is 20 points clear of 5th place in the Pacific, quite easily
outscoring the trio behind.
Late Night Deal Gets it Done
There is almost always a difference of opinion in the NHLP amongst GM's.
GM Andrew said he "Paid a lot" to acquire the Saturday Waiver in St Louis
(Tyson). GM Scott stood stunned, saying "I just cannot believe he got it
for nothing at all, when I would have paid so, so much more." GM Tyson
didn't wait around to hear what that official offer was, moving the Waiver well
in advance of Saturday. The GM got a January Waiver, likely on the day of
the Winter Meeting, one of the least desirable, and four picks. The picks
amount to a total of 9 spots in the second round and 32 more in the fifth.
Hartford who drafted Nylander in the first round obviously has fallen well down
the NHLP standings. A major shakeup might come Saturday in what will be
roster swap out with only Nylander surviving the dump, if still in Hartford at
the time of the dump. The Whale are 15 out of 4th and were in a bad shape
with Nylander. "The roster stinks worse than a two week old beached Whale"
said Muddy Capone, "But trust us, there is always something smellier elsewhere
on the beach." With the average first round NHLP pick likely around 15
points at the moment, and Nylander having what amounts to two weeks remaining to
either sign, get moved from Toronto and sign, or sit the entire season, GM
Andrew decided now would be a good time to add assets to the team. If
Nylander signs in Toronto, getting 20 points in a deal for him will not be hard
at all and that might be low end. But that doesn't help Hartford build a
winner, if only gets them back into the game.
That is why this Waiver will get the scoring needed to make it possible to even
save Nylander if desired. If Nylander, and this would be shocking, does
not sign, a replacement player with 5 or less is his total worth. Toronto
will trade him if he doesn't sign, they must, but is that to a non playoff or
playoff team? Is another GM ready to step up prior to the Waiver pick and
take Nylander off Andrew's hands in what could be a steal of a move? The
points Hartford gets could be a huge difference in the end product of the team,
so that might be very attractive for the GM if the points his way are worth
abandoning the baby Whale. It will be fun to watch what Andrew does.
He already turned Kerfoot into Stone (then Ehlers) this season while everyone
else was preparing to watch their Sunday picks perform. While most GM's
are calling it a nightie-nite at 10 PM, the undisputed king of the NHLP, is
going to work building Championships and looking for Cup 7.
They Don't Carb Load Anymore
It has been 24 years since the St Louis Blues (Tyson) ruled the NHLP.
"They were feared" said Muddy Capone about the organization ruled by mastermind
GM Norman. Yearbook after Yearbook it was all about the Blues and GM
Norman back in the day. Half the players in the NHL weren't even born
then, or at least still not potty trained. The Blues were dominating when
OJ Simpson was charged with Murder, Kurt Cobain was still weeding in the
Greenhouse, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie said Wedding Vows, Forrest was
Forrest Gump, Friends was starting a Sitcom legend and Yahoo and Amazon were
launched. GM Tyson, while winning three NHLP Championships, has yet to
figure anything out for the Blues. Tyson has yet to give the Blues his
stamp. The team hasn't been relevant for what has now turned into decades.
OJ is now out of jail, Kurt's death still a mystery, Jackson dead, Forrest a
legend, Friends the best of all time and Amazon only the biggest company in the
entire world. This seasons Blues appear no better off then all Tyson's
other Blues run teams. The 5th place team has some good chips to build
around. The Blues are led by fitness guru Gaudreau with Hertl, Josi and
Ehlers all desirable kids. The GM didn't give Capone much when the
Yearbook inquired about the plans for the Waiver Saturday. It was the
typical no plan response. Every team is open to anything, will move it,
has all players available for the right price and will use it if they don't get
the right response. That is Tyson's plan. Only when pressed for more
did we get one writable tidbit. It is hunting season. Oh yes, and a
sooner Waiver would be more attractive then one in the second half of the
season, and the more games on the night, the more attractive. Not much to
work with. Kind of like the Blues themselves. The team is just there
and we seldom notice them. On Saturday, although we don't know it yet,
something will happen that 24 years from now we might still be talking about,
but it likely won't involve the St Louis Blues. Things have changed a lot
since 1994. "Ya, they don't card load anymore either" said Muddy Capone,
meatballs back in the day were to die for."
Halifax Strong Week
In the past three seasons only four teams now have hit 30+ points in a week.
Two seasons ago San Fran (Scott) did it while last season only the Rangers
(Charlie) and Nordiques (Matt) had Big Team Weeks of 30 or more points.
The first Big Night of any kind this season belongs to GM Shawn in Halifax.
Starting this season the Big Team Night is only officially recognized with a 12+
point night, and not ten as was the case in other years. It was ten NHLP
seasons ago Halifax had the biggest team week of all time, hitting 37 points in
the week. The Destroyers, already with three Waivers this season, hit 31
this past week to extend their Atlantic Division lead to 9 points over second,
18 over fifth, while moving 28 up on the big fat Whale in last. A team
with Crosby, who wasn't much of a factor in the week with only 3, was led by
Domi with 8 points. Couturier and Krejci had 6 each while Gostibehere had
4, Draisaitl 3 and Hamilton the 31st point. Halifax is only 12 points out
of first place overall in the NHLP. The team has the last two Waivers of
November and a third in December. It is very likely the team could use a
Waiver while the Minors are plentiful, but surely the GM will have no use for
three this season. Early on, prior to the Draft, Halifax was thought to
have the best shot at building the best NHLP team. That has not changed.
If anything, the way the team is scoring, they should be able to make a huge
deal with one of their Waivers when the right time comes, which could be very
soon. GM Shawn has never won an NHLP Cup, but certainly Halifax will be in
the mix all season long.
Blues in Elimination Game, Again
Ryan has never won a Cup Holder game for the Cup, going 0-3 last season.
On Friday night Ryan's new team, Vegas, can not only take hold of the Cup in the
Cup Holder Pool, but also take over Shawn's St Louis Blues team as well.
Shawn just took the Cup from Henry's Sharks and a win Friday by Shawn means
another matchup against San Jose, where this time the tables will be turned.
It was Henry who could have taken over the Blues team by winning last game, but
it would be the Blues who can take over San Jose if Shawn can win back to back
games against Vegas and the Sharks. The Pool is cut throat this season.
Although Henry is 1-1 in round two of the playoffs, anyone who plays San Jose
next and beats them, will now own that team and be leading the Cup Holder Pool.
For Shawn, his Blues can advance to round two on Friday with a win, or be
picking the first expansion team ever if he loses. Every game matters and
anyone can win this season, for all it takes is winning one game, at the right
time, and you can take over the team that is way out in front. Things are
certainly heating up as almost every game becomes an elimination game for
someone. Good Luck Friday Boys!
Habs Grab Gourde
GM Marcel had his sights set and didn't waver with his Waiver in Montreal.
The GM, gun in one hand and cell phone in the other, sent in a four for four
Waiver adding Gourde, Krejci, Kadri and Fabbri. "I didn't want to
sacrafice Duchene and was disappointed even with a three point night nobody
would take him" said Marcel. If Duchene would have been dealt, the GM had
desired to pick up Thornton instead of Fabbri. Montreal is only 13 points
out of first overall in the NHLP. In other NHLP news GM's Joel, Ryan and
Scott crossed over the 100 point threshhold, but no teams doubled up anyone this
season as the last place team in Portland (Vinnie) has 61 points.
Habs Using Waiver for Four for Four
GM Marcel dropped a note in the chat room for his fellow NHLP GM's. He is
using the Waiver on Saturday as part of a four for four player drop. If
you want in on the action of some of these hot commodities, you may have to get
things done by his imposed Friday Deadline. The GM is out killing things,
legally of course, starting Saturday and his cell phone reception may not be of
the best when he is a 1000 miles from nowhere. Basically, not far from
where he lives now. Montreal stated they are dropping Duchene, Namestnikov,
Doughty and Ekman-Larsson. The demand for Duchene may be high, being one
of this seasons top rated UFA's. We can only imagine what Duchene must
have said about GM Marcel upon hearing the news he was heading to the NHLP
Minors. Marcel has a long history with Duchene, having him almost yearly.
"If we only heard that recording" said Muddy Capone. There is little doubt
Duchene will never make the Minors as he will be highly sought after by a few
GM's who know he might be pure gold shall he land in the right NHL city this
Palat - Four More Weeks
Portland (Vinnie), who can already pick up for JVR, now has another longer
injury in Palat. The Injury Calendar was updated showing 7 players
available for pick up between the 16th and 22nd. GM Andrew may also pick
any day for Nylander, but the GM is still confident the Maple Leafs will have
him in their lineup by December 1st, just over three weeks away.
Nords Shake Things Up in Big Way
A huge NHLP deal went down Sunday as GM Matt starts reacting to all going on
around him this season. "What a miserable start to the season" Matt said,
referring to an endless run of key injuries. Earlier in the day Matt's
Indianapolis team dropped one such injured player, Stastny, for a replacement in
Jones. Then in Quebec, Ehlers was shipped out of town to Los Angeles
(Andrew) for Stone. "He was just too slow" said Matt about Ehlers horrible
start to the season. Ehlers who had 60 points last season was off to a 5
points in 14 game start, coming in at minus 7. Matt thinks he did very
well adding Stone, who outscored Ehlers last season with 62 points, in only 58
games, 24 games less then what Ehlers played. Stone is a plus player this
season in Ottawa with 13 points in 14 games and his UFA status make him
potentially one of the NHL's biggest trades the league could see if it happens.
It seems unlikely Ottawa will pay upwards of $7 million long term for Stone,
while in a rebuild, so Matt should have a playoff guy out of the deal.
Matt's three teams, all in last, are almost a combined 30 points out of fourth
in their Divisions. "I am open for business" said the GM, "Don't think
anyone is untouchable, but they won't be cheap" said the GM sitting with names
such as Matthews, Subban, Stone, Backstrom and McAvoy.
Winning the Right Games
Henry's Cup Holder team San Jose won three straight games for the Cup against
Nashville, Anaheim and Philadelphia. In-between those games were loses to
Carolina, NY Rangers and Columbus, all expansion teams not currently in the
pool. "He just won the right three of the six games" said Muddy Capone who
is following the Cup Holder Pool this season. Henry can now advance to the
third round of the Cup Holder, starting a perfect 4-0 with a win Friday against
St Louis (Shawn). Shawn comes in 0-1, so a loss will mean he will be the
first person to lose his team and have to select another team from the expansion
list. Henry would be the first to have two teams and be four wins away
from winning it all. A San Jose win Friday will then put Henry in a
rematch against Nashville (Scottie) who would be in a must win, or Henry would
also add his third team if he wins back to back. Before the Blues on
Friday the Sharks have throw-away, warm-up games, against expansion teams
Minnesota and Dallas, that will likely end in Shark's loses the way Henry's team
is playing this out. If Shawn's Blues stave off elimination Friday, they
will be 1-1 in round one, having to face yet another elimination game against
Vegas (Ryan). Things are already tense and every game is huge in the Cup
Holder this season. If you hold that Cup and let it go, you just might not
play for it again this season.
"I Do a Lot of Crazy Things" - GM Scott
His quote likely says it all. GM Scott kicked off the NHLP Waiver season
with a 6 for 6, after making three trades that including draft picks coming to
the Edmonton Oil. "I do a lot of crazy things" the GM stated, "The same
story, when they go my way, we end with something memorable." The GM noted
he hasn't won in Cup in five years, but can't bring himself to change what has
worked in the past. "Speaking with many GM's yesterday, they all were
saying the same theme, that it was too early in the season to make a move" says
Scott. "I don't think it is ever early enough for me" the Oil GM
explained, "We are 15 games in, almost a fifth of the season, and we act early
and sometimes that bites us, but when it pays off, we have had dream teams."
The issue is the GM traded, or dropped Marchessault, Stone, Barrie and
Terevainen, all top players on their NHL teams and added two players that
weren't even drafted by anyone else. Clearly there is a risk, big risk,
and reward if things work out. "We grabbed onto Meier and Meier because we
believe in San Jose, playing in what might be the weakest division in the NHL"
Scott says, "If he fades, we screwed up. If he has came of age, like we
believe he has last year with his goal scoring, this deal will help build us a
powerhouse in Edmonton." How crazy this move is, time will tell. The
NHLP Waiver season has arrived.
It's Trading Season
Seldom does the NHLP season have a player trade prior to the days before the
first Waiver of the season and this season was no different. The first
player trades will surely come today with GM Scott shopping his roster of
players and having one official deal in the books the GM told the Yearbook.
"We have to wait on a few things, but we do have a deal with GM Matt unless we
grab more picks elsewhere by 7 PM" said Scott. The Waivers are a time when
the league sees action. Many times teams need points and good players are
available and traded on Waiver nights that don't get traded on other nights.
Opportunities are often missed by GM's who aren't aware of what is happening on
Waiver nights. The NHLP Yearbook always posts a teams intentions when we
know them a day in advance of the Waiver. Other times on a Waiver night a
GM will move a player for Draft Picks, if they can be acquired for a player who
is only about to be in the Minors. As for Scott he sent out a league wide
email stating only Hall was not moving today. It has been a full month
since the season started and with the NHLP and NHL standings starting to take
shape, GM's now look to start to slowly build their teams a piece by piece all
Nords Add Tuch
GM Matt dropped JVR in Quebec and added Tuch who has 5 points in 5 games.
The Nords have six players with six points or less and are still 17 points out
of 5th place in the Atlantic Division. Without Kane there is no telling
how bad the team would be. The Nordiques have 46 points and are the lowest
scoring team in the NHLP.
Matt First With the JVR's
Although JVR is skating again he is only on track to return in mid-November,
meaning he can be put in the NHLP Minors today by both GM's Matt and Vinnie.
Matt is off to a slow start and all points could be important as the replacement
is a player up to 5 points for each GM. Matt, being lower in the Pecking
Order has the first pick by 6 PM today and Vinnie will need to possibly pick a
backup if he is replacing JVR and Matt steals his first choice.
Marleau and Galchenyuk Both Gone
GM's wasted no time today picking their injury picks well early in the day.
"I think they both (GM's Vinnie and Marcel) wanted to go trick-or-treating" said
Muddy Capone. GM Vinnie latched onto Marleau while Marcel took ex-Habitant
Galchenyuk. Both Marleau and Glachenyuk are now in the NHLP twice each.
Trick of Treat?
The Atlantic City Gamblers (Vinnie) may select a replacement player for Tolvanen
up to 5 points Wednesday by 6 PM. GM Marcel in Florida has the nights
second injury pick for Kase, so must send in two picks if his first choice is
only in the NHLP Minors one time. Under league rules the GM lower in the
pecking order, this time Vinnie, picks first. So if both GM's sent in the
same player, Vinnie would get that player and Marcel would only also get that
player if he was in the Minors twice. If Marcel did not have a backup, he
could be pushed a day. As for Tolvanen he was sent to the minors by
Nashville, in the hopes he learns to play on a smaller ice surface. He has
an interesting clause in his contract that allows him to, at any point after
playing ten games in the AHL, go back to the KHL. Nashville hopes he
stays. So far he has, playing in 11 games with 7 points and a minus 2 with
Milwaukee. If his game turns for the better, or if Nashville gets some
injuries, it is very likely he is one of the first to join the big league team.
For Vinnie, the option now is easy as Tovanen appears closer to the KHL then NHL
at this very moment, but later in the season he just might be a steal for an
astute NHLP GM.
Two-Time Winner Added
GM Tyson certainly knows the type of player needed to win in the NHLP.
With his options plentiful, able to add any player in the NHL with 5 points or
under, the GM selected two-time NHLP Champion Smith from Nashville. "You
need a player like him, someone you know can run deep" said Tyson. Smith
won in 2016 with GM Chad's Toronto team and again with our most recent Champs in
Memphis (Jr). Smith was the first injury pick in what could be a busy week with
five other picks scheduled prior to the Saturday Waiver that kicks off the
Waiver season, with two more picks Sunday.
Perry Pick Comes Today
The Hamilton Hitmen (Tyson) will likely pick a player up to five points today in
what should be the first injury pick of the season. Hamilton is only 7
points out of first in the Atlantic and a nice player for Perry will surely help
the strength of the team moving forward. As per league rules, Tyson will
have until 6 PM to pick or will be pushed back a full day, having to use the
stats of a later day if he doesn't pick today.
Matthews Gone Four Weeks
The Indianapolis Icemen (Matt) has adopted a new team emblem. "We have
asked the league for permission to change our logo to the Swiss Flag" said GM
Matt half-heartedly. The Team is only four points out of a playoff spot
and with almost half the team gone. Matthews will join Schultz and Stastny
with the red-cross beside their Office Pools name, the toughest injury to take
so far for the Icemen. Matt continues to be hit hard with injuries.
No GM is facing such a difficult start to the season. Matthew's number
won't be extremely low even after missing 12 games as his start was razor sharp.
If he does have a lower then expected number, this will only make for a bigger
trade if Matt even goes that route later in the season.
A Storybook Non-Farwell?
GM Joel says he has these nightmares, "As I am driving into the office I pass
the sign for Bury Island" the GM says, "And when I get to work, we traded all
our Waivers for the next three years." It is a very weird position to say
the very least. After eight years of petitioning the NHLP to move the
franchise from Carolina to Barrie Island, the BOG finally approved the move this
offseason. Of course, there is one condition. The Barrie Island 1/2
Change Stumblers will officially join the NHLP during the draft of the leagues
30th anniversary, a Draft held in Barrie Island. Everything is set.
Well, except one very minute detail. The league will only allow the move
if Carolina does not win the NHLP Championship this season. Seems an
unfair spot for the leagues top producing team to be in. Pulling away from
the pack the Hurricanes now have 18 points to work with in the leagues East
Division and with Galchenyuk just playing his first game last night, the 60
point team finally has a full seven players. For the dream move to occur,
Joel must ensure his team with Bergeron, Panarin, Carlson, basically stacked
already, doesn't win. The fans of the Hurricanes want the team to go for
it this season, at all costs, not caring about a future that doesn't exist
anyhow, unless the team wins it all. They want the team to empty the tank,
trading Waivers and Picks to build a team that brings home that Cup. Joel,
a 12 season veteran GM, wants to win a Cup, but knows if he does this year in
Carolina, the move will never take place. The league has made it clear,
winning teams can't relocate. If Carolina wins, Joel can't move Vancouver,
so would have to reapply with Buffalo, something league insiders are saying
could take at least five plus years to approve. So how will this all play
out. Will the Canes throw the season away or go for it, risking Barrie
Island, a true hockey hotbed, sits franchise less for at least five more years.
This could turn into the story of the season in the NHLP. Carolina is
good. Really good. Does Joel have any desire to make them better?
The teams fans, well the current ones, hope so. The rest of the fans, the
future ones, they hope Joel decides to tank. Cup. Barrie Island.
Cup. Barrie Island. There is a 1/2 Chance, this could go either way.
Cough Due to Cold
The media is hanging around like outside the courthouse at another Steven Avery
court papers filing. Nylander missed the morning practice in Austrian and
we don't know why. TSN has the story as their leading hockey news of the
day while SN is right there with an article just below the cover story.
"He may have a cough due to cold" said Muddy Capone, "But it could be much
bigger news." GM Andrew said he is aware of the news story but isn't
getting to excited just yet. The GM said he didn't even bother to see who
was available at 5 points on Monday when he could have picked and said he didn't
receive any official offers. Andrew feels if Nylander signs he could be
one of this seasons biggest trades if moved in the NHLP, something no one could
argue with as his number will be ultra attractive. Already a couple NHLP
teams have 20 points to move, so it isn't out of the realm a Nylander could
fetch a number around 30.
Scottie Goes for 10th All-time Win
The Cup Holder pools returns with a big game for Scottie tonight in Nashville.
His Preds could go 2-0, advancing to the second round of the playoffs. Scottie
is going for his 10th career win, something no other person has done in the two
years of the pool. Everyone wants his Preds and just a loss means someone can
take them over in his next game. Henry tonight looks to go to 1-0 in his first
appearance of the season and get a chance in his dream matchup versus Heather.
Henry has the Sharks and many believe they could be one of the NHL's best teams
after getting Karlsson to start the season. One of these teams will suffer a
huge loss tonight in round one, making the next game for the loser an
Boston - First to 50
GM Ryan is having a great start to the season, having the first two overall
teams and the first to top 50 points on the young season. Boston moved
passed the first high point milestone on Saturday and ended at 53, over twice
the lowest team in the league in Cincinnati (Matt) who did cross the 25 point
mark, but still got doubled up. The NHLP scoring is up, although no teams
have hit a 12 point night. GM Scott did have all three teams hitting 8
each on Saturday for a 24 point night, just four off tying GM Chad's 2013 record
of 28 points between his three teams in a night. The NHL scoring has been
up this season across the league and there is little indication this year it
will come below last season, although it will drop somewhat when teams start
playing defensive systems.
Nylander Picked Up?
Today is the first day of the NHLP season a GM can pick up, with the next pick
not until the 29th. GM Andrew can decide to take a 5 point player for
Nylander today. He might be interested in trading Nylander as well so we
do expect at least some offers come his way today in Hartford who are tied for
last in the Atlantic Division but only 8 points out of first place.
Fabbri and Tolvanen Added
For whatever reasons Office Pools did not have Fabbri (Quebec, Matt) and
Tolvanen (Atlantic City, Vinnie) shown as injured players. So we missed
them. They have since been added to the Injury Calendar. All GM's
are reminded that the onus is on each GM to ask for their players to be on the
Injury Calendar and to know when they pick. If at any time a player is
missed or a GM was unaware they pick, that is on the GM. "We do try and
ensure we get all the players correct and give GM's a heads up, but sometimes
players slip by" said Muddy Capone about the process. If and when you
notice errors, including often Player Tracking or a completely missed
Transaction, kindly just let us know and we will correct anything as soon as
possible. It just makes everything better for everyone if the info all
9 for 9
McDavid set an NHL record, one that is hard to imagine anyone setting. He
has been in on every Edmonton goal to start their season, 9 for 9. It is
incredible to ever be in on any nine straight goals, let alone the teams very
first nine after playing four games. GM Marcel selected McDavid in the
number two spot in the NHLP draft after GM Vinnie went with Kucherov. The
Oilers have only played in four games this season, about half of Toronto, so it
will be interesting to see if McDavid can catch Matthews, or at least how long
it will take. McDavid is currently 7 points back with three games at hand
and averaging 2.25 PPG while Matthews is at 2.29. Clearly the Oilers don't
have the fire power of Toronto and Edmonton is looking like they may struggle
again this season, while the betting man wouldn't bet against the Leafs not
making the NHL playoffs. Ten for ten is a nice number and we would take
that bet of it happening.
The injury pickups are fast and furious when they start. Of the 14 players
added to the Injury Calendar, 11 of those players may be picked up for by the
time the first Waiver of the season is picked on November 3rd. "With so
many great players in the Minors off to starts under five point, most of these
injury picks might be used" said Muddy Capone. The most interesting one,
which maybe isn't interesting at all, is GM Andrew with Nylander on October
21st. That is very early to be able to pick up to five points.
Andrew will surely keep Nylander, in hopes he signs with the Leafs.
However, there are a huge number of potential replacements this early with 5
points. If Andrew passes, the opportunity will be lost for good,
considering the options on the 21st. If Nylander holds out another 6 weeks
there is a signing deadline of December 1st, at which point Toronto will likely
trade Nylander by then as come December 1st, Nylander cannot play in the NHL
this season. Nylander is asking Draisaitl numbers, about $8 to $8.5
million per season and the Leafs are coming in two million lower (according to
everything we are reading anyhow). Nylander is asking for a long-term
contract, not a bridge deal that apparently the Leafs would prefer. So you
might think he is under pressure to sign, for he is losing $40K a day, maybe $2
million in total by December 1st. Is he though, under pressure? If
he adds an extra million per year over 7 years, he will be a big winner.
If he sticks to his guns and adds $2 million, he will have played Dubas
perfectly. The Leafs are begging their players to take hometown discounts.
The issue is Nylander was born in Calgary and spends his summers in Sweden.
He isn't Tavares. Also, Matthews is going to ask McDavid numbers, say $14
million per season. Where is the discount there? There isn't one and
there shouldn't be one either. So if Nylander signs with Toronto, Andrew
makes the right call keeping him. If he gets traded, to a non-playoff
team, say the Rangers, having a zero point, non-playoff Elite player, worth no
value in the NHLP, in December will likely kill Hartford's season. The
Whaler GM likely didn't expect Nylander not playing by now. In two more
games he has a decision to make. Most GM's likely would not even consider
it a decision at all. A few might, after seeing who they can replace
Nylander with on the 21st. One way or the other, Hartford's entire season
will play out with what happens to Nylander, by Hartford and Toronto.
Ice Bag Men
The good news is the Indianapolis Icemen have 37 points and are only two points
shy of the most points in the NHLP. The bad news is 30% of the roster is
now gone two to four months. "I have never been hit this hard" said GM
Matt, "I guess we were due." The Icemen have lost both Schultz and Stastny,
but this isn't where it ends for GM Matt. Quebec has JVR out until
mid-November and Cincinnati is missing both Patrick and Schwartz for another
week. The GM is already lacking a Waiver in Indy and says the team will
have to mortgage their future to save the season. "I will have to drop
these guys when they come due, I just can't hang on them missing 25 or more
games each" Matt said. It is true all GM's go through these injury
streaks. Stastny started with a zero, so will be a five point gain, a
small consolation for the GM. With the Icemen fast start the team could be
worse off, "It could have been Matthews gone for two months, or the season" said
Muddy Capone about the NHLP's most valuable player with 16 points in just 7
games. True, it can always be worse.
Just Five Left
Up until after Sunday's game GM Joel had three teams all averaging over a point
per game through the first 30 games per team to start the season. "It is a
maddening pace, totally unsustainable" said Muddy Capone of GM Joel's start.
Now Joel and GM Ryan have two each of the remaining five still on the PPG pace
as a team, while not surprisingly, GM Matt has the final of the five.
There are also five NHLP teams at the bottom, struggling ugly to reach the 0.60
PPG, a low water mark that usually leaves a team out of the NHLP playoffs, and
set for regulation to another Division. Slow starting players are always
part of every team, but when your team has five to seven slow starting players,
maybe your team is just bad to begin with. The race is now on this week
for the first 50 point team of the season (high being 38) and what teams down
below will be doubled up at this early point of the season (still 24 teams below
Knights - Lights Out
They are who we thought they were. The Green Bay Knights (Ryan) can score.
With the teams injured Brown now back skating, the team will get a further boost
to its already deadly attack. Every Knights player is averaging at least a
point per game, with the team at 1.60 PPG after 20 games, over twice what is
considered outstanding. "To have six players all getting a point a game,
even just after at least three games each, is insanely good" said Muddy Capone.
Voracek leads the team with 8, followed closely by Tkachuk 7 and Benn 6.
Green Bay has already opened up a 20 point lead over 5th and a 14 point lead
over 2nd in the Pacific Division. You can never have enough points, ever,
in the NHLP. Teams with points often end up with dream teams later in the
season when star Elite players start to become available. With this
Knights team having outscored the field last year, versus all current teams, we
have no reason to believe they will slow up at all. GM Ryan is going to
have a great opportunity this season, but the pressure is squarely on to make
all the right moves and build Green Bay into a Cup threat.
GM Joel pointed out that there was a side missing.
GM Jr through out Matthews at 80 points or less on September 20th (first
September 14th), and GM Joel jumped on it. "Since it has now been posted,
I think 8 more GM's have now taken Matthews over 80" said Muddy Capone, "Hell, I
am in as well." Of course Jr will have to be OK with these new bets, which
seems unlikely now that Matthews only needs 71 points in 78 games to top the
mark. If anyone else knows of any other Sides that were missed, please
advise so we can get them in the site.
Out With the Caps - In With the Leafs
A new NHL team has taken over the top ten in NHL scoring. The Toronto
Maple Leafs have four players in the top ten, including the expected Matthews
(Indy, Matt) and the unexpected Rielly (Portland, Vinnie, Memphis, Jr), both now
with 10 points in four games. After a very exhausting search of Google, we
were unable to find a Leaf that ever lead the league in points. No Maple
Leaf ever won the Art Ross (since it was awarded first in 1947-48).
Finally, running a point total of every year in the NHL.com website showed
Gordie Drillon in 1937-38 beating teammate Sly Apps 52-50 and being the last
Leaf in history to lead the league in points. Hey, a couple NHL teams
still have only played ONE GAME (including Connor McDavid), but you can't help
but think already maybe this is the year it happens again. The Leafs have
20 goals in 4 games. The only negative to the Leafs start this season is
they have also allowed 17 goals. "We have a scoring league" stated Muddy
Capone, "The Leafs likely won't go far if they don't get their goals against
under control, but GM's will love owning every Leaf they can if the team
continues scoring at this pace." What is more amazing is Nylander is
catching the hilights of all these goals, and must be thinking he too could be
off to a career year start. This makes it easy for the Leafs to just
ignore him (which I am sure they ain't), let him lose another $40K a day in
wages while at the same time push the envelop closer to where he asks for a
trade. The Leafs don't have a young team, not by NHL standards, so they
can hardly afford to have a young player like Nylander ask for a trade. Right
now everything is going great for the Leafs and the GM's who own them all.
It isn't the news you hope for after just two games into the season. GM's
Matt (Quebec) and Vinnie (Portland) received news van Riemsdyk is gone 5 to 6
weeks. Both NHLP teams were off to second place starts in their respective
Divisions. The 5 to 6 week frame will mean about 15 to 20 games missed,
costing each GM about 10 to 15 points in the standings. With the Flyers
fully expected to have a playoff season the GM's will be able to only hang onto
their injured player. The lone bright spot to early season injuries is the
players become more attractive in later trades with their lower numbers, opening
up many potential future trades if points are needed by either team. The
NHLP Injury Page Calendar is updated with dates and Waiver and will fill in next
week with the first known injury picks of the season.
GM Ryan - Great First Five Days
It is always nice to get out of the gates quickly. GM Ryan has 49 points
between his three teams, almost triple that of GM Chad who has just 17 points to
start and GM's Scott and Shawn with 19. While five NHLP teams don't have 5
points after five days, GM Ryan almost has that many players with five including
Pettersson, Oshie, Tkachuck and Benn. "I thought we had a great draft"
said Ryan, "I was happy with many of the picks, but we will see who keeps
scoring and who might fade." While Miami (Charlie) is out of the gate with
a league leading 19 points, Green Bay (Ryan) was expected to be high scoring and
is second at 18, along with Boston (Ryan) and Indianapolis (Matt). The
lowly Philadelphia Flyer only have 2 points to start the season, with 6 players
yet to get a single point. "Great starts are awesome to have" said Muddy
Capone, "The teams to hit 50 first usually are going to be your highest scoring
teams for the first half." Points are where it is at. GM's with
points can do so much as the season unfolds. Points for early Waivers can
make unstoppable teams if GM's can cut the ties with high point getting
starters, something many GM's struggle with. "The game starts right now"
says Capone, "GM's are already looking at (NHL) teams and trying to decide if
they are strong, playoff strong, or going to have a long season." Players
on non-playoff teams are useless in the NHLP, other than for acquiring the best
assets with those useless players points. GM's with the most points often
win those bidding battles and so far, GM Ryan could not ask for a better five
days out of the gate.
Caps 13 Goals Scored Only Good for 1-0-1 Start
If you look at the NHL season leader in points, 5 of the top 6 players are all
Capitals players, combining for 19 points between the five of them. It is
good to have Washington players after game two of play, even though scoring 13
and allowing 7 in two games is only good for a 1-0-1 record. Oshie who
finds himself in Boston (Ryan) and Miami (Charlie) is off to a 5 point start
through two games, picking up were he left off in last years playoffs where he
had 21 points, 11 on the power play, in just 24 playoff games as the Capitals
won their first ever NHL Stanley Cup. NHLP GM's didn't exactly load up on
Capitals during the draft with only 7 total players, including 3 of those
Elites, in the NHLP to start the season. All the taken players are those
top 5 in scoring and the highest scoring player in the Minors is Orpik with two
points, so the GM's made the right choices. If the Capitals continue to
score at this rate, it is safe to say you will never get one this season, as
they will be incredibly hard to pry from the hands of the GM's who drafted them.
How Good is Pettersson?
It already seems GM Ryan made a sensational pick in the 7th round, while other
GM's may regret now, not grabbing this kid themselves. How good is
Pettersson? He won the Swedish Hockey Leagues (SHL) Rookie of the Year,
Best Player Award, Forward of the Year, Playoff MVP and Player of the Year, just
last year. He scored 56 points in 44 games and was plus 27. His
record for most points in a season by a rookie was previously held by Kent
Nilsson back in 1975. He had 19 more points and was plus 17 in just 13
playoff games. That is a great two-way game. His Playoff MVP was the
first time in the SHL's history that a player had received every single vote, an
unanimous decision. Other winners of the SHL Rookie of the Year were
William Karlsson, Hedman, Backstrom, Hornqvist, Eriksson, and Zetterberg, who
had 46 points in 47 games when he won the award (less points in more games).
"That is some awesome company" said Muddy Capone of the list of past winners,
"Almost everyone on that list is an NHLP star, even Elite player."
Pettersson wasted little time getting his first NHL goal in game one of what
will likely be a great career. After leading the Canucks in pre-season
points he now leads Ryan's Bruins, a team already with MacKinnon, Johansen, Josi
and Oshie. Anytime you get a high scoring 7th rounder, it really makes for
the start of a potentially great season. Although most would say the
Canucks will not be a playoff team, making it unlikely the other Pettersson is a
'sought after' Waiver commodity, with his expected scoring he will surely make
his way into the NHLP twice this season. Once again, GM Ryan found a gem
in the draft that many others will soon come to regret not picking themselves.
Two Sides to Every Side
Only two NHLP Sides where made this season. Many GM's got their asses
handed to them last season by GM Jr's sheer dominance and are backing away from
challenging the 23 year veteran, who clearly is on his game. "Nobody wants
to go against Jr" said Muddy Capone, "We don't blame them." Jr being
"Back" is a scary thing for GM's who were easily beating him for a stretch close
to 10 years. Jr may have had his best season ever last season and while
there are NHLP GM's not afraid of any challenge, others have came right out and
said no thanks. Jr is trying to be the first GM to win back to back NHLP
Cups for the first time since 1993-94, which occurred before the veteran was
even in the league. "It is a goal of mine to do it (this season)" Jr
previously told Muddy Capone, "I am going to win back to back" was the GM's
response to question #1 of the NHLP's '21 Questions' leading up to the start of
Nylander Starts Missing Games
GM Andrew has high expectations of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The GM
also agreed that Toronto must take a hard stance with Nylander in his
contract negotiaions as they have more players to sign in the coming
years, to build a dynatsty. With Marner coming next, and surely
going to ask for more than whatever Nylander gets, the Toronto GM Dubas
is walking a fine, delicate line. "One of the bigger reasons
Tavares signed in Toronto" according to an article yesterday on
Sportsnet, was that Dubas would keep the big four players in Toronto
together. Dubas said he would. Andrew's Whalers are hardly
in panic mode. As long as Toronto is winning Nylander's NHLP stock
will be through the roof, allowing Andrew to gain as many as 30 points
in a late season move if he needs to get some points in the standings.
The biggest issue with Nylander sitting long term is it becomes unlikely
Hartford can carry him the entire way, and still build a strong team
around him. With each win by the Leafs, it is helping Dubas in his
role to have Nylander come down to the number that gets a deal done.
If the Leafs start tanking, which is hard to fathom, Nylander can
continue to ask his asking price. For now teams in the Atlantic
will try and stay ahead of Hartford for if they cannot, Nyalnder missing
another 10 games won't have any affect on how the Whalers have to play
out the season later. All eyes are following this situation and as
long as it doesn't get personal, Nylander should be back in a Leafs
uniform before Hartford starts to feel the pressure.
Scott won the Cup Holder Pool last season with Winnipeg and launches the season
on Thursday versus Shawn's lone entry this season in St Louis. This season
the Cup Holder Pool has 19 entries with late stragglers still being excepted by
first games tomorrow. "It is wide open under this format" said Scott.
If a team loses a second game in any round, that person loses their team to the
person who beats them and must re-enter with a team not chosen. "So what
we are going to see is a very constant shuffling of teams" Scott says, "The
teams that start won't be owned by those same people, likely starting by the end
of October where almost every game will mean you are capturing someone else's
team." If any team wins all four rounds, they win it all. What might
happen is a team might make round three or four and suffer their second loss of
that round, and that person loses that team to another person. The new
format should make every game more tense, not just the very final game of the
season. If anyone would like an additional team, the deadline closes at 7
GM Ryan's Green Bay Knights will start the season without the services of their
sixth round pick, Brown from Los Angeles. "I thought he was a steal in the
sixth round" said Ryan of the 61 point man who averaged 0.75 PPG last season.
Ryan was not the only NHLP GM who suffered preseason losses as GM's Tyson,
Vinnie and Joel also lost players who will all vie for the first injury pick of
the season. Brown who broke a finger sounds like he could be out up to 8
weeks, making him hard to hang onto if the prognosis ends that badly for the
Knights. Green Bay did draft an NHLP high 446 points from their seven
players, so if the team comes out of the gates flying and the Kings are winning,
Ryan might just hang onto Brown if he considers him an asset. The puck is
about to drop on the NHLP season in 48 hours and all GM's are excited that
hockey is back for a new NHLP season.
Perry First Injury Pick?
We are still a week from puck drop on the season but the NHLP injury Calendar is
already starting to fill up. GM Tyson in will have to wait for Anaheim to
play 12 games into the season before replacing Perry with a player up to 5
points. Perry is gone 5 months. "Many GM's have used this injury
rule, drafting injured players, almost as a loop hole" said Muddy Capone, "So GM
Tyson should make out ok." Although Tyson did not draft Perry as an
injured person, this injury will have that same affect. With so many great
players in rounds 5 through 7 of the NHLP draft all in the Minors once each,
Tyson will only need to find one slow starter as a Perry replacement.
Other GM's getting injury news were GM's Vinnie and Joel. Vinnie got the
new Tolvanen has been sent to the AHL while Joel lost Jones for four to six
Who Can Score?
The CTR took a look at
the recent draft to make some predictions about the coming season. "We
have never done this before" said Muddy Capone who oversees the NHLP Yearbook,
who is responsible for the CTR (Cup Threat Ratings). The beloved CTR is
basically the power rankings of the NHLP teams, based on a complex formula which
tries to accomplish the impossible, predicting which teams are the best of the
best and other teams that might not be so. To the CTR's credit, if your
team is ranked higher, for the most part, those are better teams then the lower
ones. Trying to say who is exactly number one and who is exactly 36 is
more difficult then saying clearly the number one is great and that number 36
overall team is
dead in the water. Without the NHL and NHLP standings, their is no CTR, so we aren't
predicting strength here but more of what teams can score and what teams look
like they may struggle to score. Of course injuries will change this
drastically. Also, who is to know with any certainly what players will have those
career years and which will regress from past results, which is solely what we
base our projections on. Many rookies were
drafted and are they set for Keller like 65 point years, or will they struggle
not even make the teams opening roster? As much as we may predict things,
the first Waivers start only one month in, and each Waiver can drastically turn
a team around, just as every other transaction a team makes does. Some
good and some bad. So many unknowns factor in, but
this isn't going to stop us from sharing what we see. Here is a breakdown
after analyzing the 2018-19 NHLP Draft.
If you would like to see first hand what this looks like, log into Office Pools
nhlp1718 (last year) which has all the next players entered with last years
statistics. Players who did not play last season, were replaced by a
player of equal caliber (best guess).
Central Conference - North Division
(4 Team Cups - 4 GM Cups)
GM Marcel's Florida Panthers didn't draft until 29th overall but have the
highest scoring team in the North Division. The Panthers scored 437 points
last season, just nine points off the highest scoring drafted team using last
years stats, the Green Bay Knights (Ryan), while Marcel also had the third
highest team in Montreal. The Panthers were very
healthy, playing in 553 games, about 75 more games played then the next highest
scoring team in the Division, New Orleans (Shawn). If the Wolverines had
played the same man-games, they would have had 426 points. Without a
Waiver already on the season it isn't good news for Miami (Charlie) who drafted
the lowest scoring team in the Division, just barely behind Cincinnati (Matt).
Those two teams will likely slowly fall to the bottom of the Division Standings,
even though they are only losing about 9 points per month on the leaders in
Central Conference - South Division
(8 Team Cups - 17 GM Cups)
While the Buffalo Sabres (Joel) did an outstanding job drafting the second
highest scoring team in the South Division, the San Fran Titan (Scott) have the
second highest spread between first and second scoring teams in the NHLP this
season. The Titan scored 392 points last season, good enough for third in the
Division behind Chicago (Andrew) at 417 and Buffalo at 397. The difference
being GM Scott's players combined for 117 less played games then GM Andrew's
Blackhawks. Had those games been even the Titan would have erased the 25 point
deficit for a 496 point total, 79 more points then the Hawks. San Fran has the
second highest scoring NHLP team according to our projections. Originally we
had written about Dallas (Jr) having the last place team in the NHLP, which is
far, far from the case. We had used GM Jr's actual team in Office Pools
from last season. This team is in fact very strong, with Forsberg,
Arvidsson and Turris, three Preds and scoring 0.77 PPG. The Divisions
weakest team is in fact Cleveland (Tyson) who should struggle to keep pace with
many of the Divisions stronger teams. Of course points follow points and
if teams in front have points to give, they will likely be used, making those
teams stronger, as is usually the NHLP case when teams give points in trades.
East Conference - Atlantic Division
(4 Team Cups - 12 GM Cups)
It was assumed Halifax (Shawn) might have a good season. The
Destroyers already had the advantage of three Waivers. Making
matters much worst for the rest of the NHLP, Halifax has the highest
scoring team in the Atlantic Division. The team played a healthy
548 games and scored 433 points last season for a 0.79 PPG as a team,
slightly better than the Rangers (Charlie) and Whalers (Andrew) with
this drafted team. While the Division doesn't have any really poor
scoring teams, Quebec (Matt) will lose about 7 points a month on first
based on the Divisions lowest scoring teams projections. The
Destroyers already have Crosby and all indications are they will slowly
become one of the seasons best teams in the CTR as things unfold.
East Conference - East Division
(3 Team Cups - 9 GM Cups)
There is clearly no higher scoring Division in the NHLP then the East
will be in 2018-19. GM Vinnie was remarkable in putting together
the Atlantic City Gamblers who enter the season after scoring 0.81 PPG
last season. That is tied with Division rivals, the Philadelphia
Flyer (Scott) for the third overall best in the NHLP. The
Divisions lowest scoring team, the reigning NHLP Champions in Memphis (Jr)
still scored 395 points last year (the four most in Division) and come
in about 0.74 PPG. Memphis is the highest scoring last place team
in any of the Divisions, making the East a Division that is going to
light it up this season. The top teams won't be trading points
here for it will all be about keeping pace. You have six teams all
between 0.74 and 0.81 PPG, just no separation from top to bottom.
West Conference - Pacific Division
(4 Team Cups - 9 GM Cups)
(Updated:) The Pacific Division this season will be the lowest scoring in
the NHLP. The Green Bay Knights (Ryan) have by far the Divisions highest
scoring team at 0.82 PPG. The Knights had 446 points last year, tops of
all NHLP teams drafted in 2018-19. The Calgary Flames (Jr) are second in
the Division with 7 drafted players who played an unbelievable 573 games last
season, a game shy of perfect attendance. The Portland Winter Hawks
(Vinnie) are the worst in the NHLP at 0.66. It could be a long season in
Portland and St Louis (Tyson), who really wasn't much further ahead then the
Winter Hawks, between them having two of the lowest four projected scoring teams
this season. The good thing here is no team, outside of Green Bay, is
really high-scoring and from top to bottom of the rest of the pack, the spread
isn't huge. Every NHLP season sees different Divisions as a group score,
or not score, and in 2018-19 all indications are the Pacific Division will be
the lowest of the low as a group.
West Conference - West Division
(4 Team Cups - 12 GM Cups)
The separation between the top two scoring teams and the rest of the field
should be noticeable in the West Division, but the spread between the top
scoring team and the next closest in this Division is the most in the NHLP.
The Edmonton Oil (Scott) may have traded the first overall pick in the Draft,
but something GM Scott did compensated for that loss. The Oil scored 402
points last season while playing the second least amount of games in the 36 team
field. The Oil only played 447 games last season, 50 to 110 games less
then four teams who scored lower in the West, but yet out-pointed all four.
No team in the NHLP can score like the Oil can, hitting 0.90 PPG last season.
Edmonton should score about 13 points a month more than every team in the
Division, except Los Angeles (Andrew) who do have the 6th highest scoring team
in the league at 0.80 PPG. The Oil have the biggest gap between first and
second in scoring, and in the West over the field. All indications are
they should jump out to first overall in the Division as well as the NHLP in
2018-19 Draft is Completed
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At any time you may click the Standings link (right beside Game Notes -
Standings) and see the NHLP standings by sorting by the Team for the Division.
Day Eight - Pick #148 - #252 (5 = 252)
Day Seven - Pick #190 to #247 (57 = 247)
Day Six - Pick #173 to #190 (18 = 190)
Day Five - Pick #112 to #172 (61 = 172
Day Four - Pick #83 to #111 (28 = 111)
Day Three - Pick #48 to #83 (26 Picks = 83)
Day Two -
Pick #18 to #47 (30 Picks = 47)
Day One - Pick #1 to #17 (17 Picks)
Vegas Picks Kucherov
GM Vinnie stayed clear of McDavid, but GM Marcel picked McDavid with the number
two pick overall. "I love the scoring potential, maybe 110 plus this
season" said Marcel. Vinnie chose McDavid last season but took Kucherov in
what will likely be seen as a smart move for the GM. He has one of the
games best players in Tampa Bay, who by all accounts should battle Toronto and
Boston for the Division this season.
Sides Are Open - Jr Goes Winnipeg
GM Jr put his money where his mouth is taking both Wheeler fourth overall in
Calgary and Winnipeg to win the Stanley Cup in the Sides. "I think this is
the year Canada is going to win a Cup" said Jr who passed on taking Ovie again
for the back to back Capitals run, instead going for the Jets. If you want
to make your side winning selection, let us know and we will update the Sides
page. Have a suggestion for a Side not listed, let us know and we will put
it on the board.
Destroyers - Crosby and Three Waivers
GM Shawn said he wanted "Scheifele or Wheeler" with his 7th overall pick, but
the team with three Waivers this season said he could not pass on Crosby.
No NHLP team has ever had three Waivers in a season and we expect GM Shawn will
at the very least trade them off for Waivers in coming seasons making the
Destroyers strong for years to come.
GM Ryan Chomping at Bit to Pick
While some GM's may not be prepared for the season, not GM Ryan. "I had a
list made early this season" said the GM, "Well, I didn't write anything down,
but gave it some thought while fishing, right after the two football pool
lists." We wonder if the GM has ever won one of those football pools?
When the Yearbook inquired about Ryan's football pool wins, the GM went
completely silent. "That told us he either has never won, or just started
making his hockey draft list" laughed Muddy Capone. While some GM's had a
list going in the NHL playoffs, like Scott and Andrew, others put hockey away
after a long season after they have been knocked out. "I am still in
football mode" the GM said who is entering his 17th season in the NHLP, "But I
am ready, don't worry Andrew, I won't be fucking holding everything up."
After Charlie and Chad, GM Ryan is ranked right up there for slowest picks in
the live Draft according to the Yearbook statistics on pick times. "What
about Vinnie" asked Ryan? Well, Vinnie and Shawn use Matt's list, so those
guys are usually prepared.
NHLP Draft Starts September 11th
GM Vinnie is excited to kick off the 2018-19 season with the first pick.
"I doubt it will be McDavid this season" said Vinnie, but not letting the cat
out of the bag. McDavid is likely the NHL's betting choice to lead the
league in scoring, but is he the most valuable player in the NHLP? The
NHLP will have 22 days, about a round every three days, to be completed prior to
the NHL season which starts on October 3rd.
The Draft page has been updated and will appear like this each day of the draft,
showing the next ten picks so GM's can prepare for their coming picks.
NHLP Transactions - 2017/18
The NHLP Draft starts whenever GM
Vinnie makes his first pick..
Question #1: Who wants it the most?
It is time to separate the sheep. Good luck everyone!
Question #2: Will a Canadian Team finally win a Stanley Cup again?
It has been an improbable run. Calgary in 2004 losing to Tampa Bay,
Edmonton in '06 to Carolina and Vancouver in '11 losing to the Bruins, all game
seven wins going against the Canadian teams. On other seasons it took less
then the seven games, such as Ottawa getting swept four straight. The
drought enters season 26, meaning every Canadian based teams personal droughts
except are that long. The year Montreal won in 1993 Canadian teams just
finished winning their 8th Cup in ten seasons. You may not think that is
fact, but it is. Montreal had won two, Edmonton five and Calgary one in
that ten year period. Last season Winnipeg made the Semi-Finals and the
impression is Canada has a few good hockey teams. The Leafs just signed
Tavares, the seasons biggest UFA, mixed in with an unstoppable young talent of
kids that are starting to enter their prime years. Vancouver is said to
have one of the best young teams in the league while Edmonton still have the
best young player. Ottawa can't be as bad as last season and Calgary seems
on the rise. Were sure their is even a fan somewhere who cares about the
Habs. Poor guy. There may not be a better team in hockey than the
Vegas Golden Knights entering the season, but the Canadian teams aren't far
behind in overall talent. Could this finally be the year we see the
drought end? The odds might not be as big as the hearts of Canadian hockey
fans so it is still a long-shot, but certainly a few Canadian teams are finally
heading closer to becoming a winning franchise like Vegas.
Question #3: When will GM Ryan finally win a Championship?
GM Charlie takes all the heat for he is entering his 19th season without
winning an NHLP Championship, but then we have GM Ryan at 17 seasons.
While Charlie has never had a team in the Finals, GM Ryan has had 7 teams make
it, close to a team in the NHLP Finals every second year, which is an
outstanding number. "There may be no bigger hard luck loser than GM Ryan"
says Muddy Capone, "He has always been very close, much closer than most others
realize." When Ryan first entered the league in 2001/02 that was the final
season of NHLP GM legends Raymond, Lee, Norman and Leo, a foursome who helped
shape the first 13 years of the NHLP. Those four GM's hold 6 of the first
13 Cups. Although Ryan has been a game away from what surely would have
been an NHLP Cup, he just seems to have no luck. Most recently the GM was
part of the Discount Double Check, which saw him winning the round and knocking
out Cleveland (Tyson) only to see an end of round recount catch an added
toe-touch point by Crosby, advancing the Fury instead. Of course Cleveland
would go on and win their second NHLP Championship, after being ruled out by a
GM Ryan team. Ryan has the tools, proven by his long distance losing
teams. Of current Cupless GM's, Ryan appears closer to the top of the list
then the bottom of those considered a threat to win it all. The GM is
close to making all the right moves but likely needs to be a little more
aggressive at the meetings, stepping in sooner for that one extra piece, instead
of his typical take-what's-left-approach. If Charlie beats Ryan to a Cup
win, Ryan will have the longest current winless streak, something he does not
want. We expect the GM to come out strong in 2018/19 but he must do a
little more if he wants to win it all this season.
The Sides have become a big part of the NHLP. Last season was GM Jr's
all around, winning 25 sides, a number as high as we have ever seen. Jr
won the NHLP Championship and lost in the Cup Holder Finals which was worth 20
more Sides. Each year GM's put up or shut up and the year you are on, you
dominate. There have been a number of interesting Sides that have been
proposed and GM's can jump on these in a first come first serve bases, as well
as make up their own. For Sides like the NHL Stanley Cup winner, usually
the first GM to grab a team gets them by themselves, although another GM can
step up and take them as well. We already feel Jr will not repeat, for it
is just too hard, so odds are he won't dominate the Sides two seasons in a row
Question #5: Who will Vegas take number one overall?
It might be the first time in league history a GM has gone back to back
years with the first overall pick. Last season GM Vinnie took McDavid.
Fresh off taking Anaheim to game 7 and almost advancing to the Conference Finals
it seemed the Oilers were up and coming with the next stop the Conference Finals
or even the Cup. The Oilers regressed and so did McDavid's value.
With the final Waiver of the NHLP season McDavid was put in the minors for a
packages of Barkov, Huberdeau and Fisher. McDavid led the league with 108
points and there is little doubt he can do that again. McDavid finished 19
points ahead of the 10th place player in the standings, which was Crosby, so any
GM with him has a pile of points to work with if the Oilers don't bounce back.
Two other players, Giroux and Kucherov broke 100 points last season. Vegas
drafts again at 47th overall, so Vinnie has an opportunity few GM's ever have.
"There is little doubt Vegas is in a position to have a great shot at Vinnie's
first Championship team" said Muddy Capone, "And it really doesn't matter who in
the top 20 from last season he takes, he just can't go wrong." Well, ok,
maybe he can. So the question is, who will Las Vegas take with their first
pick September 11th?
Question #6: How will GM Scott do in the worst first round spot ever?
Although the NHLP Yearbook has not confirmed this is the worst first round
picking positions ever, GM Scott is believed to now how this distinction.
The GM does not have a pick until number 26, before picking 34th and 36th to end
the round. All GM's will have picked at least 2 picks each (except Tyson)
by the time Scott picks his first Elite player. "We are starting in a
serious hole this year" said Scott, "Our reward for our aggressive style."
The GM expects he will likely end up drafting players all ranked on his list in
the top 25, "As almost every year my 25th player ranked is still there at the
end of the first round." The GM does have the luxury of the first NHLP
Waiver of the season as that order follows the original draft, forward or
backwards and this year Scott has the 1st and 36th picks. Although the GM
said it would be great to start this season with the 1st overall, he said he
would not change the original deal and the plan that went with it. "You
don't win Cups by letting other GM's get opportunities to steal the players you
believe in the most from the Minors" said Scott. Although the 2016/17 deal
did not work in the end for Edmonton the Oil didn't do badly outside of losing
the first overall pick this season. (Below is the trade and that aftermath
of the deal)
Las Vegas Scores First Overall Pick
The attraction of grabbing any player in the
entire NHLP with the very first overall pick in two seasons was too much
for GM Vinnie to pass on in Las Vegas. The Strip acquired the #1
overall in a Waiver swap with Edmonton (Scott) for the Waiver, their
26th overall pick, as well as their 4th overall the season after that, where
they will now draft 35th. "It is a sacrifice" said GM Scott, "But
although that is a powerful pick, we landed a powerful 4th in return,
the Waiver, and an option on the Vegas Waiver next year" said the GM who
sent out 19 additional offers last night and woke up to 7 being
accepted. The Oil now have their morning full as they try and make
sense of what combinations of offers will maximize the future for the
players, picks and some 15 points the the Oil are dropping to the Minors.
Edmonton Grab Their Man Huberdeau
GM Scott is one of the most aggressive GM's in the game. He might
also be the hardest working. The GM saw something he had to have
and went out and dropped an NHLP first overall pick to get it, trading
something that is never traded, if ever. In return the GM is
convinced he has the makings of a team he wants to go to the playoffs
with. Adding heavyweights van Riemsdyk, Hoffman, Huberdeau and
Huberdeau, with high scorers Wennberg, Marner and Marner, the Oil will
be scoring a few points down the stretch in the next 7 weeks before the
NHLP gets together one last time for the season. "I traded a high
pick, moved down 26 spots in the first round, but hard work got that
back" said the GM. Well, let us see. The Oil moved down 26
spots in the first round. They then added 31 spots in the first round,
20 in the 2nd, 21 in the 3rd, 11 in the 4th, 22 in the 7th, as well as
now having an option on a future Waiver to bring more returns, and getting a Waiver to add the
players the GM wanted most. "Every guy is an asset, if you try
hard enough, there is a worse player on some other team" said the GM who clearly can't be blamed for not trying.
The deal which looks bad may have helped set up Edmonton for Drafts to
come with other picks acquired as a result. The GM said he feels Florida, now with Huberdeau and Barkov
returned from injury, will be the
third seed, ahead of Toronto and Boston, to play Ottawa in the NHL first
round. "We can win that Division with Huberdeau in the
semi-finals, I believe that" Scott said, "It is like they
(Florida) were two
points out and just traded draft picks to Colorado for Duchene and Landeskog. Only better players and they saved those draft picks."
Huberdeau's low number will come in handy if needed and this is clearly
the NHLP's highest scoring team, just waiting for some huge nights in
the coming weeks.
Question #7: Do you take the points or the player with the best value?
It is a true d
ilemma for NHLP GM's on draft day. With each pick,
starting with the first Elite player picked, do you pick the player who has the
furthest NHL playoff distance potential, who scores the most points, or the
player with the highest scoring point potential. This is what makes the
NHLP draft so difficult. You make the wrong choices, your team likely
doesn't win. The leagues Championship doesn't have a particular formula
that wins every year. Some players have more value then other players, in
the end, but those players aren't often known on draft day as to who they are.
NHLP teams with these valued players when out of the playoffs, must sell these
players to the teams, usually with the high scoring non-playoff players sitting
on teams high in the NHLP standings. In round one for example, we all know
McDavid had 108 points last season. Edmonton wasn't a playoff team.
With that 108 points a GM can make so many potential deals if he has to trade
him, to make a great playoff team. If you pick the early playoff player,
you don't have to trade him later if he ends up an NHL and NHLP playoff player.
When he isn't on both, now the GM is screwed for he either has no trade value or
must be traded just to make the NHLP playoffs. So often the guys who draft
these poorer valued non-playoff players get the value in the end as they have
all the points and just trade for the guys they want. Other times, when
you don't pick that playoff player right off the bat, you never get him for he
is never traded and the team with him is looking to build players around him to
run for the Cup. It is such pressure to make the right decision. If
you pick a playoff player every pick, you could be leaving 10 points with each
pick on the table, every round, that could be used in Waivers, at meetings and
in trades, and be way back just having to sell the guys you picked, defeating
the purpose of picking them in the first place. However, if you pick all
points, you might be way ahead in the NHLP standings, but have to hustle all
season to build something with 7 non-playoff players. How do you get something
in-between, with the best of both worlds? Well, that is what separates
GM's on draft day.
Question #12: How real is the GM's Charlie and Chad feud?
Over the years the NHLP has seen a long list of running feuds between GM's.
Most are just short term, quickly forgotten, much closer to disagreements, that
are wiped away quicker than the last transaction on the trade board at a
meeting. Some however, run deeper, last longer, and create tension at the
NHLP meetings. Looking at NHLP Transactions lets you know just how real
the feud is. GM Charlie has made more deals in the past 6 seasons with
every other GM, INCLUDING VINNIE, than the one that GM Charlie and Chad made.
It doesn't take a genius to notice they sit across the room, as far apart as
possible at every meeting. "I don't think I have ever seen them talking"
said one GM in a text with Muddy Capone. Although Capone has been witness
to the classics in terms of GM blowups and blowouts, he admits he can't quite
finger the reason for all the tension between these GM's who have a combined 38
years in the NHLP, but admits it is real. "They give off the impression
all is good between them but actions say otherwise" says Capone. There is
a story in the NHLP archives about the two almost coming to blows three seasons
ago at a meeting, something that has clearly never been resolved. Heading
into this season we don't expect it to get any better. "I doubt we will
ever see them on the same couch together" said one GM, adding, "And not because
they don't make couches big enough, though that is always an issue with these
two heavyweights." It seems clear, this feud is very, very real.
Question #13: Is this the season Miami wins it all
for the 24 hour a day camera crew?
"We got some great material last season" said one of the
producers of the behind-the-scenes look at what it is like being an NHLP GM.
The camera crew is right there, entering year seven this season, as Miami works
towards building a winner. The crew is there for every email and text.
In the first six seasons the project has been scaled back from a 5 to 10 year
series to what they are hoping is a 30 to 60 minutes (without commercials)
action packed documentary. "We think we might be able to easily do an hour
with footage" the producer says, "If we base the first 30 to 45 minutes on the
leagues history and other NHLP GM's Charlie deals with on a daily, monthly
basis." The producers hope Miami can win it all at some point but surely
even a playoff team every few years would help. The shows producers aren't
upset they choose Miami for the documentary, "But we are happy we didn't start
19 years ago with them as very little happened in the early years of the
franchise." We didn't know a lot happened in the past 8 years either, but
we haven't seen all the footage. The production company behind the project
is looking at a DVD release and presales have been much better than anticipated
at five. Apparently Charlie ordered one for the wife, kids and himself.
"We just hope in 2050 he has something to play a DVD on" added the producer,
"There is a sucker born every minute." Below is just a taste from
last season, a smigin if you will, of what we can expect to see in the end
Netflix Was (Previously) There
The Miami Surf head office was buzzing last night after a 10 point night.
"The Camera Crew went home early, so we missed it" said a producer, "Go figure,
first time in months that happened." The Surf are in their 6th season of
around the clock filming of what will eventually be turned into a Netflix
Special. "We are there every step of the way towards Miami building an
eventual Cup" the producer of the series went on to say. Set to release in
2050, originally the idea was for a 5 to 10 year series, multiple seasons.
Things are being scaled back, but there is belief, if the Surf can ever win it
all, maybe a full hour 'action-packed' program could be produced. The crew
is there every moment. For instance early in the season the crew was
filming as GM Charlie opened an email offer. "Imagine filming the very
second the GM himself is reading the proposed deal, the behind the scenes to a
die-hard is like nothing TV has ever seen" the producer went on, "In this
particular email we have Charlie typing out his response without hesitation".
'I think I will keep Patrick', click - send. "Keep in mind" Charlie tells
the camera crew, "If someone offers you the deal, they must be trying to fuck
you in some way." Charlie then added, "And that guy has been trying to get
rid of Aho all season." This is the kind of insight we can expect in the
eventual program. Of course the Surf have not made a deal yet this season,
still having their original team the GM Drafted. "There is a reason I
drafted those guys, the best of the best" said the Surf GM. Rest assured
though, when the time comes (unlike last night), surely the crew will be there
to catch every live second of the heart-pounding action in Miami. (Update
on this non-deal: In the end Aho ended with 65 points, Nolan Patrick 30.
"You don't win every deal" said Charlie looking back, "But you lose less of the
ones you don't make." )
Question #14: Can the Hurricanes win in their final
NHLP season in Carolina?
You have to go back 7 full NHLP seasons since the NHLP
first heard of this little paradise called Barrie Island. That season the
league dropped from 48 teams to 36 teams, losing in the process such hockey
hotbeds such as San Jose, Detroit, Nashville, Minnesota and Ottawa. In the
restructuring of the league GM Joel wanted to relocate another team back to
Ontario, Canada. The league was use to receiving applications for
relocations and expansions for Ontario cities wanting an NHLP team. "We
had been receiving applications annually from GM Marcel wanting to move a team
to Hamilton" said Muddy Capone, "But they kept getting turned down, for we
already had a team in Hamilton." Finally the year prior Hamilton (Tyson)
won an NHLP Championship and GM's finally stopped asking about Hamilton.
When the league received an application to relocate Carolina to Barrie Island, a
city completely off the NHLP's radar, the BOG quickly turned it down. "We
had no idea at the time what an amazing market Barrie Island was" Capone said,
"It just took us a little while to understand we completely were missing out."
So now eight full years after their first application Barrie Island will start
play in the NHLP in 2019/20, the NHLP's 30th anniversary season. A fine
clause says that if Carolina wins the NHLP Championship, the team must stay in
Carolina, giving the team one last chance this season to make that happen.
Their is talk Carolina might intentionally tank this season but Capone isn't
worried about that happening. "Carolina sucks every season" says Capone
about the team which has never done absolutely anything in the NHLP, "Almost,
but not quite, as bad as Miami." Does the NHLP expect more applications for
smaller centers if Barrie Island is a success? "Firstly, we have seen how
long the process takes, so if you want a team moved for maybe our 40th
anniversary, now might be a good time to get a logo made" said Capone about one
of the criteria for applying, then adding, "But surely there are other locations
in Ontario that could work. Miami should have thrown that dart a long time
ago, so let me help them out." Capone takes the time to thumb tack a large
map of Ontario onto the wall in his office and throws a dart. Hmmm.
"Interesting little spot" Capone says about the dart hit, "Ever hear of a place
called Nestorville?" Sounds like a great
location for the Lumberjacks!
Question #15: Is this GM Shawn's year?
We have already spoken about Halifax and their three
Waivers, but for GM Shawn, it gets better still. The luckless GM has lost
two game-seven, NHLP semi-finals, in the past two seasons. Either of those
going his way means he has a Cup win. The GM
has set himself up for potentially an outstanding season. Shawn will
have picked three Elite players before two GM's (Scott & Tyson) even make their
first pick and before 8 other GM's pick for a second time. The GM will
have three of the top 15 Elite players in the NHLP, setting himself up for a
huge start to the season. "You have to think GM Shawn is the early Cup
favorite" said Muddy Capone, "Halifax picks eighth overall and has three Waivers
and Seattle and New Orleans have top 15 picks." Shawn has been close, but
he has been a GM for 14 years with this coming season. He isn't a rookie.
Since GM Shawn entered the NHLP in 2003-04 he has only had two NHLP teams in the
Finals scoring a combined 5 points. That isn't a great number as only GM's
Matt and Charlie have less appearances (zero each) in the past 14 years, while
Jr and Vinnie have two final appearances along with Shawn. The difference
is both times Jr has been there he has won. So yes Shawn has been close
the past three years, and yes he is trending in the right direction, but it
still hasn't turned into results. Results are the only thing that truly
matters. The GM has been doing everything right the past few years,
including stock piling Waivers and Drat Picks. The pressure is on Shawn to
step up his game and make some awesome picks with his first three Elites, as
rarely does a GM ever start the season as the favorite to win it all, as Shawn
will start 2018/19.
Question #16: Who are the new Elite players?
Every year there are many changes in who are the Elite 36 in the NHLP.
Last season Toews, Perry, and Guentzel were all Elite players, while others,
such as MacKinnon who was 5th overall in scoring with 97 points, went in the
fourth round. Hall who finished sixth overall with 93 points and Kopitar
seventh overall with 92 points, where both third round players. Any GM
could have picked MacKinnon, Hall and Kopitar with their first three picks and
had 289 points between the three, almost good enough for a playoff spot with
just three picks. Likely all three of those players will be Elite players
this draft. As always the question is who should be and who should not be
an Elite player? Screwing this one pick up usually sets your team on a
course for a long season. Starting badly, making a poor first pick will
usually cost your team any hope of winning before you pick a second player.
There are a ton of solid options, but what GM's will be able to nail the Elite
picks and who will fail? The draft is 16 days away.
Question #17: Is this the season of the elusive third team Cup?
With GM Jr's win in Memphis, for the first time ever the tables shifted in
the NHLP to more teams have won a Cup than have not. Of the current 36
NHLP teams, things were split at 18 & 18 last season, with 18 teams having a Cup
and 18 teams without. When the Machine won the NHLP's 28th Cup, 19 NHLP
teams now have a Cup and 17 are without. Of the 19 teams with a Cup, 8 of
those teams have two team Cups. In order teams won their second Cup:
St Louis (Norm), Las Vegas (Leo), Dallas (Jr), Edmonton (Scott), Chicago
(Andrew), San Fran (Scott), Hartford (Andrew), and Cleveland (Tyson). No
NHLP team has ever won three Cups and no two time winners had a different GM at
the helm of each Cup win. The race to win three is a serious race, being
able to claim you are the only NHLP team to have accomplished this simply
amazing feat. Will one of the 8 win in 2019? Bragging rights are very much
on the line.
Question #18: Will the NHLP tie a record with 6 straight different
The six NHLP Champions starting in 2004 and ending in 2010 were all
different GM's. The sequence which started in '04 - Andrew, '06 - Scott,
'07 - Chad, '08 - Marcel, '09 - Jr, '10 - Tyson. The '05 season was the
year the NHL wiped out the season with the lockout. GM Scott had the
bookend wins before '03 and after '11 this streak, but it was the first time in
league history six straight Cups went to six different GM's. The current
streak which started after GM Andrew won in 2013 is '14 - Scott, '15 - Andrew,
'16 - Chad, '17 - Tyson and '18 - Jr. This makes five straight NHLP Cups
won by a different GM without a repeat performance. For this year to
tie the longest stretch in NHLP history without a repeat winner a Cup
Championship would have to be hoisted by either GM's Marcel, Charlie, Joel,
Matt, Ryan, Shawn or Vinnie. Of that group of seven NHLP GM's, only Marcel
has ever won a Cup. Coming into this NHLP season those seven GM's have 103
combined years experience as GM's and only one Cup between them, meaning the
odds of a second Cup by 110 combined years, at seasons end, isn't something a
smart man might bet on. Many of these GM's have individually been close,
with Shawn a win away from Cups two of the past three seasons. One of them
has to win for us to reach six straight years with different winners or the
streak will start anew again.
Question #19: Can GM Andrew cash on two top five Elites?
We have to go back to February two seasons ago. GM Andrew in Los
Angeles traded Draisaitl in a three for three player swap with St Louis (Tyson)
for Panarin. Andrew was buying into the Blackhawks making a playoff run
while St Louis was trying to make the playoffs. In the deal the Kings also
got this seasons #3 overall draft pick, for #33 going to the Blues. "You
don't see any higher traded than that" said Muddy Capone about the 30 position
first round swing. The trade back then backfired for Andrew as Chicago was
a quick out and Panarin got one first round point in round one, a round the
Kings lost by a single point. Draisaitl had three in the first round and
13 more in the second and the Blues went to the NHLP Semi-Finals before losing
out, even though Tyson would win the Cup anyhow in Cleveland with Crosby, the
season of the Discount Double Check. Now Andrew finally gets the rewards
of that deal. Already with the 5th pick in Chicago, Andrew will go 3rd and
5th overall. "This is a deadly start" said Capone about a GM who really
doesn't need any help by a great starting draft order. The good news for
the other GM's is Andrew is limited to taking only one player with both picks,
but you know he is taking the best of the best. Andrew is a master drafter
and understands player values better than anyone. What teams does Andrew
rank as the NHL favorites this season? We will know at least two of them
just five picks into the draft when Andrew starts building towards his 7th NHLP
Here was the Deal - February 24th, 2017
GM Andrew Serious About 7th CUP
In a game with so many GM's having a chance to win every single year,
why does it always appear it is the same guy. GM Andrew is the
type of GM who you hardly ever notice, but at the end of the year his
team is Ovechkin, Panarin, Kuznetsov, Miller, Suter...and it is right
now. The 6 time NHLP Champion made a huge splash, giving 27 points
to St Louis (Tyson) for big names Panarin and Suter with Lindholm the
third in the deal. The Blues added themselves, a nice playoff mix
of Draisaitl, Zuccarello and Dubinsky. The teams swapped a number
of picks, the Kings received a first rounder #3 for #33 in the mix with
two seconds and a sixth. "We had the deal quicker then everything
else" said GM Tyson, "The formalities may have cost us more than we
hoped, but we will cross those bridges when we get to them." For
Andrew, the Kings will try and be his 3rd Cup in 5 years, joining
Hartford ('15) and Chicago ('13), his most recent wins. "This team
is deadly" said Muddy Capone, "His skill set as a GM is uncomparable to
others in the game, it just isn't fair." For Los Angeles they will
make further changes to the bottom of the roster, but a top 4 or 5 looks
engravable. The Capitals are NHL President choice favorites and
Ovechkin and Kuznetsov appear headed for a long run. Panarin plays
with Kane, always scores and Chicago looks like they may battle Minny,
Suter, in the Division Finals. Miller could easily take the entire
Division if the Rangers end up with the Habs, Sens, Leafs, Bruins,
Panthers or who else. Distance. Skill. Scoring.
"You may look at the NHLP standings and see you have 30 points to give"
said Muddy Capone, "That is nice. The winner already gave them.
He acted while you watched. It is the same story, just a different
year with a different team. GM Andrew out matches his opponents
and doesn't just build playoff teams. He builds Championship
teams. There are 11 other GM's that have to ask themselves how in
the world can they truly expect to compete with this?" For those
with plans they have about 4 weeks to see them through.
Question #20: What will Halifax do with three
It has never happened before. A team enters the NHLP
season with three Waivers. "I have continuously tried to build future
seasons" said GM Shawn, "I just have to now take advantage of this opportunity."
The Destroyers already have the 7th overall pick in the draft and will also have
either the 7th, 8th and 12th Waivers, all three done by December 9th, or if the
coin flip for the Waiver order is a tails, three Waivers between February 5th
and 16th. "Although Waivers are the most useful and powerful things a GM
can likely have, having back to back Waivers is really of little use" said Muddy
Capone. Halifax will have back to back Waivers. Shawn could decide to
trade a Waiver, likely to either Miami (Charlie) or Indianapolis (Matt), for a
future season, giving one of those GM's one this season instead. The GM
might also swap one out for a better drafting position in a future draft.
"Those are logical choices" says Capone. Halifax might also enter the
season with the Waivers and move them around along that way, possibly building
for a future season if they aren't needed with this seasons team. All
indications are Halifax will be solid this season as two spread out Waivers
could really be used to build a very strong team if everything falls into place.
It isn't easy to say any team will be strong prior to the draft, but surely this
season the Halifax Destroyers already have a leg up on everyone. Shawn
will as he states, just have to now take advantage of this situation.
Question #21: Can GM Jr repeat?
Jr does have the 4th overall
pick in Calgary. Nice. He has a solid top player. Last year he
started with Ovechkin at 8th overall in Memphis and started with a
strong draft of Bergeron, Radulov, Krejci, Galchenyuk, Rantanen and Leddy that
followed Ovie. Rantenan in the 6th. You need to pick up
these guys late. It is hard to repeat but you must be prepared and draft
well. Jr drafted well last year. Jr is hungry. The fire and
the passion are back. He will come prepared. For Memphis they have
the 35th and 38th picks, so will be solid. No NHLP
team has repeated since GM Normanís 4th and 5th Cups went
to St Louis. We say Jr can do it but it is very unlikely, as no one wins
two in a roll. Since Norm no one has.
NHLP Releases Waiver Dates for 2018/19 Season
Wtih the NHL season starting on October 3rd, the first Waiver of the NHLP could
not start until November 3rd, which it does. The season ends on April 6th,
so the latest Waiver could be March 6th, a month before the end of the season.
The Waiver dates are on the NHLP Waiver page, minus the teams that will be
determined by coin flip. GM Scott is excited, as heads or tails nets him
this seasons first Waiver with both the 1st and 36th spots in the original
Draft. While Miami (Charlie) and Indianapolis (Matt) don't have Waivers
this coming season, GM Shawn has 5 of them including an unprecedented three in
Halifax. As for the Waivers there were 40 eligible dates, meaning the
first four such dates of nine games were eliminated (November 6th, 8th, 13th &
15th). No NHLP Waivers could occur over the holiday season which according
to the NHLP rule book is between December 23rd to December 31st. Outside
of the first 6th Waivers which see a Monday, Wednesday and Friday date, no other
dates all season occur on days other then Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Only two Waivers are back to back, November 23rd and 24th. Here are the
Waivers by month:
March 2 = 36
GM's Suggest Online Draft
The NHLP has plans on a 30th anniversery Draft next season, but a few GM's have
prosposed an online draft this season. GM Vinnie is slated to host a Draft
if there is one, but GM Andrew has asked the league what they feel about an
entire Draft online for this season. "I would love to do it all online" said
Andrew, "It is fun and it is easier on travel." GM Scott has thrown his two
cents into the online Draft as well. The GM's said everything could be
squared up by email transfers. The NHLP has done the first three rounds
this past season online and it was well received. With the NHLP season to
kick off on October 3rd, an NHLP draft online would likely have to start a month
prior so all 7 rounds can be picked. GM's are asked to way in on their
Sides Updated - Final
GM's Jr and Chad cleaned house this season winning 25 and 12 sides respectively
while GM's Scott and Matt were the losers at minus 15 and minus 11. The
NHLP is working on the "Points" sheet and will have it out shortly.
Conditional Transactions Updated
Chicago (Andrew) Trades Ehlers and 2018/19 2nd Round
Pick #57 to Edmonton (Scott) for Scheifele and Pick #66.
There is a Conditional Pick that if Chicago makes the NHLP Finals this
year Edmonton also receives a 2020/21 2nd Round Pick #48 for #64
(Chicago did make the NHLP Finals)
#34 - Indianapolis (Matt) Trades Schwartz and 2020/21 5th
Rounder #166 to Colorado (Matt) for Getzlaf and Pick # 176. There
is a Condition to this deal that States if Anaheim makes the NHL
Playoffs Indianapolis Trades 2020/21 1st Rounder #22 for #32 and if
Anaheim misses the Playoffs the pick is instead a 3rd Rounder #94 for
#104 due to previous Conditions in Transaction #33
#33 - Calgary (Jr) Trades Trocheck and Getzlaf to Colorado
for Nylander and Rielly. There is a Condition to this Deal which States
that if Anaheim misses the NHL playoffs Calgary Trades 2020/21 First
Rounder #1 and 2nd #72 to Colorado for picks #32 & #41 (Update:
Anaheim made the playoffs)
#6 - Alaska (Marcel) Trades Drouin to Los Angeles
(Andrew) for Anderson. There are Conditional Picks involved in
this deal as such: If Columbus makes the NHL Playoffs Alaska
trades 2020/21 2nd Rounder #59 to Los Angeles for Pick #69 and if they
do not make the Playoffs it is a 3rd Rounder in 2018/19 #98 for #85
(Update: Columbus made the Playoffs)
Every NHLP Champion has that unsung hero...
1990 - Petr Klima
1991 - Bob Probert, Kevin Hatcher
1992 - James Patrick, Ulf Dahlen
1993 - Glen Wesley
1994 - Oleg Petrov
1995 - Sylvain Cote
1996 - Robert Svehla, Vladimir Konstantinov
1997 - Darren McCarty, Martin Lapointe
1998 - Dave Manson, Jason Woolley
1999 - Dave Reid
2000 - Lubos Bartecko, Rob Zamuner
2001 - Martin Gelinas?
2002 - Sean Hill
2003 - Derek Morris
2004 - Curtis Brown
2006 - Matthieu Schneider?
2007 - Trent Hunter
2008 - Brian Gionta? Wow!
2009 - Brian Rolston?
2010 - Niklas Hjalmarsson
2011 - Andrej Sekera
2012 - Tyler Kennedy, Jannik Hansen
2013 - Bryan Bickell?
2014 - Charlie Coyle?
2015 - Jiri Sekac
2016 - Craig Smith?
2017 - Andrew Cogliano?
2018 - Calle Jarnkrok
2018 NHLP Champions
How Memphis Made the Cup Champions
The only player GM Jr kept from his draft, was the 8th overall pick Ovechkin.
The Memphis Machine were invested early on in Washington and Jr never waivered
throughout the season. Making their first move on December 21st, a huge
move with GM Vinnie the Machine traded Radulov and Rantanen, part of a great
drafted team for Subban and Oshie. The January 4th deal was a huge deal
with Toronto (Chad) that saw Jr trade Bergeron as part of the 6 player swap and
bring in Carlson, having his three Capitals and invested all the way in the
first place team. The Valentines Day deal was again with GM Chad in
Toronto and with a player to be named later, leading to an NHLP rule
clarification about players to be named later. As part of this deal GM Jr
also traded their Waiver. Two days later Memphis gave Ellis back tot eh
Leafs and added McAvoy. Memphis made two deadline deals, the first with
Vancouver (Joel) getting Smith for Krejci and the second to the Minors dropping
McAvoy for Backes. The Machine did not make a Waiver pick on the season or
a move at the Winter Meeting.