The NHLP Minors was frozen and pecking order sent to all GM's ahead of
the 30th NHLP Winter Meeting. We would like to get started as
close to 10 AM as possible. GM Ryan is hosting the meeting.
Drafts Him First Overall - Gets Him Back With Waiver Included
GM Shawn's good fortunes continue. Shawn who drafted Kucherov first
overall in this years draft, traded Kucherov to GM Matt for Pastrnak just five
weeks ago, only to reacquire Kucherov today, along with the Indianapolis Waiver
next season. "First overall picks, extra Waivers, NHLP Cup, GM Shawn is
living the good life" stated Muddy Capone. For Matt he appears to have now
given up Pastrnak, Kucherov and a 2020/21 Waiver for Kuznetsov. In other
NHLP News GM Bryce traded the Saturday Waiver from Portland to Barrie Island
(Joel) who have stated they are trying to trade Gourde, off the hot Tampa Bay
Lightning, who are set to pass Toronto for second position in the NHL's Atlantic
Quebec Aggressiveness Moves Team Out of Basement
GM Matt decided he could help two GM's with a minor injury problem, sending both
Guentzel's to the Minors for GM's Andrew and Scott. After it was said and
done the Nordiques moved off the East Division floor, gaining 16 points and into
second in the Division. "The team can score and has a playoff vibe" said
Matt, "We also took the highest scoring guy out of the Minors and some others."
The GM stated he wanted those players but being in a last place position heading
into the Winter Meeting he'd not be able to compete for them. "That is why
these Waivers before the meeting are so important, you don't have to get into
bidding wars" added Matt. Quebec added Konecny, Dadonov, Theodore,
Theodore, Werenski and Haula. The Portland Winter Hawks have the Waiver on
Saturday, the final Waiver prior to Monday mornings NHLP player point freeze.
GM Bryce Makes First Trade
GM Bryce made his first ever player move, hooking up with GM Andrew. Bryce
traded Pettersson and Vesey, adding what he hopes is two playoff players in
Kreider and Thomas. With Kreider an UFA there is a strong chance he does
move as other teams look for pieces to help win a Stanley Cup. Pettersson
is potentially a big piece to give away, but with McDavid the GM knew it would be
hard for both Edmonton and Vancouver to make the NHL playoffs. The team
still has 50 points to work with, so can do anything, if it can find teams
willing to take points. What happens to McDavid/Edmonton, staying, being
traded, making or missing the NHL playoffs, will ultimately determine if
Portland is any kind of threat in 2020.
Career Month For Andrew in Chicago
After only seeing two 88+ months in a full decade, the NHLP has seen
three so far in the 2019/20 season. Although four teams reached
80+, which is a nice month, GM Andrew dipped into the 90's, ending with
a career best 94 for the month of December. Huberdeau led the team
with a 22 while Zibanajad 17, Guentzel 16, and Kreider 12 had double
digit points. Three players ended with 9, Landeskog, Yandle and
Thomas. Teams don't stay together long and with the January 2nd
Waiver, at least three players will be gone from the roster. The
NHLP record for points in a month was set in December 2011 by GM Jr in
Dallas when his Stars, led by the 22 points of Henrik Sedin, had a 102
Reigning Champs Retool
GM Shawn thinks the new-look Halifax Destroyers are getting closer to the team
he will make a run for back-to-back Cups with. "We added some solid
players" said Shawn after Hamilton, Schmaltz, Smith and Ekholm were introduced
to their new teammates. The team already has Kuznetsov and Benn to build
around with potential distance player McAvoy. The GM has been in three of
the last five NHLP Finals and had potential to win three straight had game
sevens gone his favor. The Destroyers are trying to be the first team to defend
the NHLP Championship in 25 years, since GM Norman repeated with the St Louis
Blues in '93 and '94. The NY Rangers (Charlie) now have the final Waiver on
Saturday, prior to the NHLP Christmas Freeze, which has no Waivers between
December 23rd and New Years Eve.
Kings sKore in 2 for 1
The Los Angeles Kings (Andrew) know a deal when they see one. The GM
jumped on Cincinnati's (Matt) offer and came away with two assets, Keller and
Krug. The team now has Keller, Krug, Kessel and Kessel, even though they
had to sacrifice Kane in the deal. The Rage gained 9 points in the
standings, but lost two assets which GM Andrew knows were worth every point.
"GM's like Andrew are building these winning teams a brick at a time, while many
others are waiting to just order a truckload of bricks all at once" said Muddy
Capone, "Believe it or not, we have seen a shortage of bricks from time to time
over the years." Andrew is banking on Krug and Keller to easily be worth
much more than 9 points in a couple months, and with the Bruins and Coyotes
looking so strong, it is another clear win for the GM. In other NHLP news
the NY Rangers (Charlie) added Steen for Ryan with the Monday Injury Pick and
Montreal (Marcel) is willing to move the Waiver Tuesday with at least a Waiver
Pace Slows in 2019/20
GM Andrew made his league high 15th Transaction with his Waiver in
Chicago, adding Kreider and Thomas. This
brings the total Transactions this season to 48, compared to 66
this time last year when three GM's, Matt, Scott and Andrew all had 25
already. "You just won't see a year like last year" said Muddy
Capone, "Three GM's who love to trade all had four teams each to play
with, not the case this season." The NHLP had 80 Transactions by
New Years, 32 more than we have now. Some GM's are saying the NHL
Standings, being so close has them holding off making moves. That
approach hardly ever works for when things become clearer for one, it
has for all. There still seems a lot of perceived value in teams
out of the playoffs like Tampa Bay, Toronto and Nashville, but many
teams are 5 to 7 games from the halfway mark of the season and for GM's
who don't take a stance soon, may be stuck with needing a Waiver or
writing names on the board at a meeting, when players lose their trade
value and must be dropped to the Minors.
Sabres Drop Four
After a couple deals GM Joel completed a busy week, ending with back to back
Waivers. The Buffalo Sabres dropped four players, adding Hamilton, Ehlers
and Reinhart among the pick ups. Hamilton has been eating it up, on a
point a game pace for the Hurricanes. "There were many options" said Joel,
"We crunched a lot of numbers and are happy with the new look." The Sabres
are in second in the North Division but with 24 points to work with and a high
scoring team, Joel has set his Sabres up to be buyers later in the season, or as
early as tomorrow, when assets start to become available within the league.
GM Shawn can make an injury pick for Drouin and GM Jr has the next Waiver in
Calgary where we expect a few moves, or many, if he doesn't just move the
Waiver. There are just four Waivers before the NHLP holiday freeze which
starts December 23rd.
Barrie Island Adds Two Bolts
GM Joel likes the spot the Tampa Bay Lightning are in the NHL standings,
three points behind the Sabres and four games at hand. With almost
every team in the league (25 of 31) averaging over a point per game
played it makes sense the Bolts will get four to five points minimum
from those games at hand, moving them into a playoff spot. "Assets
will be valuable as the season winds along if you have them" said Muddy
Capone, "The Winter Meeting is a month away, grab them while you can."
The 1/2 Chance Stumblers added Killorn, Gourde and Victor Olofsson of
the Buffalo Sabres. Olofsson has 26 points in 31 games and 11 in
his last 10. The 24 year old had 4 points in his first 6 NHL
career games last season and Joel has watched him closely since, even
having him rated at the Barrie Island, only now to bring him into the
NHLP for his first taste. Joel is up again with the Tuesday
Waiver, this time in Buffalo.
Tarasenko Joins Titan
GM Scott felt the time was right. San Fran hooked up in a trade with
Quebec, sending a Waiver and Shaw for the rights to Hornqvist and adding
Tarasenko today, by the 6 PM injury Pick deadline. The Titan made the
announcement early as no team in the NHLP could get a player from the Minors
Thursday with 10 points. Scott admitted it was a huge risk to hold
Tarasenko for 54 regular season games if the player does not come back early.
"We feel we are giving away about 27 points" said the GM. The Titan could
have brought in a 0.5 PPG player in that 7th position on the roster, "But in the
end, come seasons end, there is no players in the Minors right now that would be
as attractive seventh player on the roster should he be healthy enough to play."
Tarasenko will likely be well enough by the NHLP Trading Deadline for the Titan
to figure out how to proceed at that point. "We are on a very thin line
now and can't afford injuries from others the rest of the way" said the GM who
is known for his risk taking. With a healthy Tarasenko the Titan could
have the best built Blues team in the NHLP or may have risk their entire season
on this Transaction should things go bad from here on out.
Castoffs Get Second Chance With Blues
"Many GM's give up on guys too quickly" said GM Tyson, "I like to let the season
unfold, but not this time." The GM often trades his early Waivers in favor
of later ones, but he saw something special about his new group of players that
other GM's did not. All four players the Blues added with their Waiver,
none were in the NHLP currently and all had been drafted and dropped with the
first Waivers of the season. Brought back up, and now still in the Minors
once each were Konecny, Heiskanen, Coyle and Kerfoot. With Konecny the
Blues add a point a game player on a playoff team, previously dropped by GM Chad
in Toronto, along with Guentzel in the same drop, to add Reinhart, someone the
Blues included in their drop this time. GM Scott dropped Coyle, Shawn
dropped Heiskanen and Joel dropped Kerfoot. "We see good players deing
dropped all the time" said Tyson, "We just sit and wait our turn and I am really
happy with this new seven." The Blues are looking nothing like a team of
castoffs, as we now approach the seasons halfway mark, with teams now crossing
over the 30 game plateau.
Alaska Trades - Adds Kadri
GM Marcel pick up some draft picks in a couple deals, one invoving
trading Granlund, the other moving out Kadri. Alaska then added
Kadri, Kapanen and Compher in a three for three. The St Louis
blues (Tyson) have the Saturday Waiver, the second half of the busy back
to back nights. GM Tyson has said he'd entertain moving the Waiver
but is firstly looking for another in return. Player Tracking has
been updated with the Friday Waiver.
Miami Scouting Department Goes Off-Grid
Seldom does GM Charlie be the first GM to bring a new player into the NHLP,
but he did it twice in one Waiver on Thursday. The Miami Surf added
newbies Mikheyev and Barbeshev, but new to the NHLP but won't be in the Minors
once for long. The Surf also added Letang and Donskoi, both GM favorites
for Charlie. The Surf were active, hoping to get more done but making two
deals pre-waiver. GM Marcel now has the Friday Waiver, the only one of the
season in what will be back to back Waivers as St Louis (Tyson) has one
GM Andrew's Teams Scoring
Just ten days ago GM Shawn had a 26 point night, an occurance not expected to be
matched this season. Now GM Andrew ties a career best for three teams of
players (3-7) players with a 25. Andrew didn't hit ten anywhere, but the
9-9-7 is the 5th best ever in the 10 years the NHLP has ran with 3-7. This
was not of course Andrew's biggest night as a GM. The GM had a 32 with
four teams of seven players (4-7 or 1.14 PPG per player) with the all-time
record held by GM Scott with a 34 (4-6 or 1.42 PPG per player). GM Scott's
1.42 PPG per player, with 3 teams of 7 equates to having a 30 point night
between your teams, a feat not reached in 10 years with GM Chad holding the
current high of 28. For Chad his 28 point night did set NHLP standards for
points per team on a night of 9.33, a number having never been duplicated with
any number of teams in one night.
Kucherov - Pastrnak Is a Blockbuster Deal
Indianapolis (Matt) was considered to have a steal getting Pastrnak at
14th overall this past draft. "I would have taken Kucherov first
overall, we all would have, so I can't pass on this opportunity, not for
these big names" said GM Matt who did score a huge bundle in the
blockbuster deal Saturday. The Icemen took the chance veteran GM's
often do, grabbing the player when his value is at an all time low.
With three of the first four players chosen in the draft all from Tampa
Bay, Kucherov, Stamkos and Point, it was clear NHLP GM's were high on
the Bolts despite their disastrous exit from last years playoffs.
So although Pastrnak has been sensational, GM Matt looked at the big
picture, adding Kucherov, Johansen and Johnson, while only parting with
Pastrnak, with Fabbri and Frolik about to be dropped to the Minors
anyhow. GM Shawn did well for himself, willing to move out a huge
package, knowing the Waiver would allow him to retool, which he did.
This is the type of deal that it all depends on who you believe in.
The Bolts have played a league low number of games, having 5 and 6 games
at hand over some teams. A point a game in games at hand, puts
them into a playoff spot, and winning the three on Boston they have,
puts them only 5 points behind the Bruins for the Division lead, with
still almost 60 to go. It might be argued Nashville and Johansen
are in worst shape, being out, and 2-6-2 oveer their last ten isn't the
record of a top team closing in on December. Who won this deal?
You just can't say right now for it all hinges on the Bolts and Preds
play from here on out.
Islanders Drop 5 - Add 14 More Points
GM Ryan had nothing but good things to say about the new look NY Islanders.
The Gm built around Giroux and Panarin's scoring adding Burakovsky, Nelson,
Beauvillier, Palat and Perry. "We have a lot more scoring and playoff
players who will all be assets as the season unfolds" said the GM. The
pick up added 12 in a prior trade and 14 more in the Waiver itself, moving the
Islanders from last to second in the Division, showing everyone what one Waiver
can do to change the fortunes of a team. Down was once-Elite player Subban
who has seemingly just lost his touch and playing on the lowly Devils to boot.
Ryan stated it was time to bring up some younger kids, including the Islanders
28th overall pick in 2015. Beauvillier scored 18 goals last season and is
currently on an NHLP best fourth straight multipoint games. He now has 16
points in 20 games with the unbeatable Islanders, a team that Ryan scored big
from, on a night the Islanders had a Waiver, won the NHLP CHP and extended their
franchise best points streak to 16. Great night for the Islanders teams,
all of them.
Islanders Tear Things Down - Big Waiver Expected
GM Bryce stepped up to the plate with a 13 point offer, adding playoff players
Schenn and DeBrusk in Portland. The Islanders (Ryan) added the points for
Larkin and Mantha and the team is looking at still another deal before going big
to the Minors. The team has all kinds of fire power but only Giroux is on
an NHL playoff team as of this morning. We expect at least a 5 player
Heather Wins Cup Holder Pool
Going 8-3 on the Island, the same record the Blues (Matt) used the year before
to win the largest paying Side of the NHLP season. Some teams never had a
chance to play one game, yet the NY Islanders came up as openents to the Current
Cup Holder on four different occassions. The teams journey only began this
season as a pick up from the Expansion List by Brendan, who lost the team to
Heather on October 11th. On October 19th the Islanders were already the
opponents for the third time just three weeks into the season and at this time
Heather's Islanders just starting their long winning streak. Amazingly the
team would lose hold of the Cup on November 7th, yet a crazy quirk in the
schedule seen the Cup Holders in Pittsburgh play the Islanders three times in
two weeks. This gave Heather the chance not many get and this time she won
it all. "I followed every game, I am pumped" said Heather who looks
forward to defending her Cup next season. "The only thing left for me now
this season" added Heather, "Is deciding how I am going to spend my winnings."
Oh Monica. We are sure you will find a way, that of course, involves us
knowing you won the 2019/20 Cup Holder Pool!
Wolverines Add Blues Player Schwartz
Using the Waiver was an easy decision when GM Shawn could add another St Louis
Blues player, one close to his heart. The New Orleans Wolverines dropped
Morrissey and Dumba, adding Schwartz and Leddy, two current playoff players.
The Islanders have been hot and Leddy a backbone for the team who set a
franchise record for consecutive games with a point last night, now at 15 games
and counting. Schwartz is a sentimental favorite of Shawn's, with the
player on the Cup of the reigning Champions in Halifax.
333 Trigger Pull - From Tree Stand
We can only imagine the places where deals have been confirmed from over
the years. Quite frankly, we may not want to even know all the
details. With GM Joel perched in his tree stand on Barrie Island,
the GM was able to pull the trigger on a deal involving Elite player
Burns. The Sabres moved out Burns and Bertuzzi, giving 12 points
to the Calgary Flames (Jr), who also know a thing or two about tree
stands (and guns). "I can only imagine how much GM Jr would love
to fire the S333" said Muddy Capone, referring to the Transaction number
and also to the world's only double barrel revolver, which fires two .22
magnum rounds simultaneously, 8 rounds in four pulls within seconds.
"I'd feel safer if he didn't have that gun" added Capone, known to piss
off a few GM's from time to time over the years. The Flames moved
outSchenn and Lee, creeping closer to 4th
in the Pacific Division, now about a dozen points out. No official word
on if any other triggers were pulled later in the evening.
CHP Could End in Back to Back Madness
Once Charlie's Leafs could not get it done Saturday night, the CHP was headed to
a wild finish. With the Islanders (Heather) sitting 0-1 in the Finals she
now matches up with Matt's Penguins, in back to back games. If Heather
wins the first game, she can win the CHP with the sweep. If she loses the
first game (or the second), Matt takes over her Islanders team. So Matt
can win the first game and then own both the Pens and Islanders when they face
in the rematch. If that happens, the Islanders would revert to 0-0 in the
Finals for the second game. If Matt (Islanders) wins that second game, he
would be a win away, against San Jose (Henry) for back to back CHP
Championships, winning with a team that Brendan started the season with, before
taking it from Heather. If you don't understand any of this, it is ok.
If you have a team in, you will be cheering for
Pittsburgh to at least win the second of the back to back to keep the CHP alive,
giving everyone in still a chance to win it all in 2019/20.
Memphis Adds Oshie
GM Jr played it cool, keeping his high scoring Svechnikov, and adding playoff
players Oshie and Cirelli. "I think Tampa Bay will be in the playoffs" the
GM said, "It all depends who you like." Oshie is a solid addition with the
Capitals battling for the President's Trophy in the NHL. Dropped were
Nugent-Hopkins and Schultz, both currently playoff players. This was Jr's
third transaction of the year, his first since the Draft when he made two huge
deals, one here in Memphis to start the season. The Machine are currently
15 points up on 5th in the East Division.
Makar Leads Wolverines to Dozen
GM Shawn had his 5th 12+ point night, the second all-time in New Orleans.
The first 12+ of the year, the 42nd all time, was lead by a four point night by
rookie sensation and Calder Trophy leader Makar. Malkin, W. Karlsson and
Morrissey added two each whole singles went to Marchessault and Dumba.
O'Reilly played but did not point in what had the potential to be an even more
GM Shawn Scores 26
It has been five NHLP seasons since anyone did better than 26 in a night between
their three teams. The monster night by GM Shawn was highlighted by a 12
point night in New Orleans with an 8 and 6 on his other teams for the 26.
It was Shawn who last had a better night, in 2014 when he had a second best ever
night for three teams with 7 players, hitting a 27, one shy of GM Chad's record
28. Shawn had 19 of his 21 players playing, with two sitting out with
injuries. The mark of 30, essentially three teams averaging ten points
each on a night, has not been hit in the 10 years the NHLP has ran with three
teams of 7 players, but in that time, Shawn's night was the third best over that
Race Now On - Tarasenko is in Minors
GM Charlie was put in a no win situation in Miami with Tarasenko.
His options were to hold onto his Elite player for the next 50+ games
and not get a single point, or grab the best he could get from the
Minors and hope that asset ends up worth more in the end. With an
Elite Player as Tarasenko in the Minors, with each passing Waiver you
might expect to hear his name. "Certain teams can easily carry him
as their seventh scorer" said Muddy Capone, "Teams that can't make him a
seventh scorer on their roster may have scoring issues down the
stretch." There is little doubt a team with Tarasenko will have an
asset, as long as he is projected to play in round one of the playoffs.
If he plays round one, he may be worth more than any player at the NHLP
Trading Deadline, if St Louis is a solid playoff team, with such a
tradable number to make any deal work. If he isn't projected to
play round one, he might be worthless as good teams may not want to risk
a zero point first round player with no guarantee St Louis makes round
two when he then returns. Any NHLP team carrying Tarasenko all the
way will need to score enough to have a cushion to get them from the
Trading Deadline and into the NHLP Playoffs, another consideration that
a GM will have to factor in. The Surf added Tyler Johnson as a
replacement, hoping Tampa Bay players continue to grow in value,
seemingly a logical bet. Will Johnson in the end be worth more
than Tarasenko? Maybe, maybe not, but it wasn't a good situation
Charlie had to make a choice from, as one games hesitation, means Johnson has
above 10 points and it is now another player next up on the list, possibly
without as much upside. Charlie received more bad injury news this week as
Crosby, in Phoenix, is now out 6 weeks, not long enough to drop, but long enough
to hurt the Coyotes scoring over the next 20 games.
Gives a Little - Gains a Lot
GM Scott said he always prided himself on squeezing every little thing out of
each player during a Waiver but admits he just can't compete with GM Andrew's
new game. "The guy squeezes orange juice out of lemons" said Scott after
seeing Andrew latest Transactions. The Hartford GM acquired the Waiver for
another Waiver and picks then added six different picks in what amounted to
traded Hoffman, Buchnevich and Shaw for one point. "It is fun" said
Andrew, "If you work hard enough, every player you drop has value to someone."
The Whalers ended up adding Perron, Pietrangelo, Shattenkirk, Shattenkirk and
Eberle who join Tavares and Rielly. This was the third straight Waiver a
GM brought up identical players with Hyman and Rust being brought up twice
before the duo Shattenkirks. The site is updated with GM Jr having the
next Waiver next Saturday.
GM Bryce Makes First Ever Transaction
The reactions around the NHLP were positive with GM Bryce's first ever
Transaction. The GM moved out the Waiver instead of taking a leap of faith
and giving the Waivers a try, stating "I didn't see much of interest in the
Minors." Instead of using the Waiver, Atlantic City moved back, adding
picks which included a couple in the first round and a Waiver from Hartford
(Andrew). "It is a learning curve" said Muddy Capone, "GM Bryce is taking
a lot in." Unlike other pools the youngster may have been in, the NHLP
moves fast, live, and on the fly. An injury at midnight, with a player out
for the season, may need to be acted upon by the noon Waiver deadline the next
morning, or a teams season can be severely damaged. "Everything, every
night, is impacting the league in some way" said Capone, "Just the life of being
an NHLP GM."
Vancouver Acquires Waiver - More Moves Coming?
After trading Kessel and van Reimsdyk, GM Joel is looking to move out a few more
pieces. "Someone can scoop up a player like Makar with this Waiver, and it
doesn't have to be me" said the GM after picking up the Waiver in a move with
Los Angeles (Andrew). Joel will likely move anyone on the roster if it can
help improve the Canucks before the noon deadline on Friday. The GM said
he would pick up Makar and then trade him within the league for the right piece,
or just maybe keep him if no one steps up. The Minors are loaded, as is
always the case early in the season, and GM's can find additional pieces
everywhere if they look hard enough.
Islanders Two Wins From Cup Holder Champions
Who would have figured the New York Islanders would have won six straight games
to put Heather's team in the CHP Finals. Wins this week over Pittsburgh
and Florida will give her the Champions. "This is crazy" said Heather,
"STREAK!". Yes, she sent the picture of her jumping up and down and
everything. "Monica is just a true competitor" said Scott. If
Heather can't get it done, she will have a loss in the Finals, meaning if any
team plays her for the rest of the season, they would claim her Islanders and
the top spot with just one win. That is how Heather got the Islanders, by
beating Brendan, taking the team from him before her hot run. It is so
hard to get a game for the Cup, losing it now means there may not be another
chance to play for it again. For now, the Islanders are just two more wins
away from the CHP Championship and ending the pool this year.
Revamped Oil Team "Improvement"
GM Scott called it an "Improvement". The Edmonton Oil GM swapped out all 7
players when it was said and done, adding a West Coast flavor to the team.
"I love late night hockey games and love my new Canucks players" said Scott.
Moved out where big name players like Point, Teravainen and Connor while the new
look team includes Pettersson, Boeser, Horvatt, Guentzel, Zuccarello, Hyman and
Hyman. The GM stated that just a week ago the team was dismal, last
overall in the NHLP in scoring and points per game, falling so fast the team was
nearing 20 points out of a playoff spot. "Every player was slow out of the
gate, a bad thing when you have the second Waiver" said Scott, adding that,
"Topping it off were the Jets and Bolts, teams I was a big time believer in, and
now may be a big time loser for unloading those players, but I lost confidence
they were who I thought they were." The Oil now have the best built
Canucks team in the league, a team the GM has a lot of love for. "The NHL
changes so quickly, and playoff teams are non playoff teams, and non playoff
teams are suddenly seeing their years of drafting great young kids who are
coming into age, taking them to the next level. Has it happened in
Vancouver already? I don't know, but I wasn't gonna take the wait and lets
see approach on this team this year" he said.
Habs Cash In
GM Marcel feels both teams did good in their NHLP 8 player swap on
Monday. "I really like how we improved and Edmonton got the points
they were after" said Marcel of the deal. The Habs traded there
4,5,6 and 7th round picks for Edmonton's (Scott) 2,3,4 and 5th picks.
The Habs added Teravainen, Connor, JVR and Krejci, sending 8 points to
the Oil for Neal, E. Kane, Dubois and Athanasiou. "On the surface
this is about as worse of deal as ever gets made" said the 30 year
veteran GM Scott. "It is painful watching that group walk out the
door for the group sliding in, but thank goodness they won't be Oil for
more than 24 hours" added the GM. The 8 points were the target
number the Oil needed, or that group would have all stayed except JVR.
Once the Oil hit that 8 point number Scott said the Oil would be
improved from the drop to the Minors where he admitted Boeser, Horvat,
Guentzel, Buchnevich, Hyman and Hyman are projected to be the new
teammates of Point. The Oil GM said the team scored one additional
point last night which could change out Buchnevich or Hyman or even both
if a deal can be struck today. "We never do anything without a lot
of planning and nothing we are doing is guesswork" said Scott, "It's a
long term game and if you can convince people you don't know what you
are doing, you've achieved your goal by having convinced them they do.
We gave Montreal a huge package only because Marcel stepped up huge.
However, with the statistical analysis
program we base our moves on, we absolutely love our new team, based on
this years NHL team's strength formula at the quarter mark of the
Leafs Like Hurricanes
GM Chad moved on from high scoring players on Philadelphia and Pittsburgh,
dropping Konency and Guentzel and added high scoring Carolina Hurricane players
Svenchinikov and Niederreiter. In the four player drop with the first
Waiver of the season Toronto also added R. Smith and Reinhart. "I really
like the mix we have" said Chad. The Leafs do look like they are full of
assets, something that may be important in the high scoring South Division where
they are 8 points out of a playoff spot and likely to fall further before teams
ahead have to unload their non-playoff players. Prior to the Waiver the
Leafs added Weber for Zibanajad and some solid picks from Chicago (Andrew).
Edmonton (Scott) has the Tuesday Waiver while GM's Andrew in LA and Bryce in
Atlantic City pick Thursday and Saturday.
Leafs Kick Off Waiver Season
Trading time is here! Traditionally the NHLP Waiver season kicks off a
continuous flow of trades every Waiver through to the end of the Waivers in
early March. Toronto (Chad) is up first and has been working hard to
either line up a big trade or move the Waiver, for another Waiver he has stated.
Zibanajad is a minus 5 if dropped, so may be a body that moves within the
league, helping GM Chad's drop number and giving another team a very high
scoring player. Chad has mentioned Hedman, who is still out at least
another week. With a name like that in the mix, you know it is Waiver
Rookie GM has Memorable First Month
GM Bryce started his term as an NHLP better than anyone ever has, ending
a wicked month of October with an incredible 88 points. The
all-time biggest month in league history was 102 by Dallas (Jr) almost a
decade ago. What makes this even more special is it was only 27
days long in terms of hockey nights. Portland just played 89 games
all month, averaging 0.99 PPG, opening up a 38 point lead over 5th place
in the Pacific. McDavid led the way with 23 points, five ahead of
the 18 by Pettersson. Three players had 11 point months, Oshie,
Larkin and Schmaltz, one less than the 12 of Mantha. Vesey added
just 2 points, showing the month could have been much better still.
This quick start will be a great opportunity for the new GM to use those
points as the league winds along to bring in assets to make the Winter
Hawks a powerhouse in the NHLP in his first season. Congrats
Bryce. Awesome start to what we hope is a long NHLP career.
Stars Fast Start
It wasn't the 102 that GM Jr had in Dallas in December of
2011, but an 82 point month is a great way to start the season. Carlsson
and Ovechkin combined for half the total with 23 and 18 respectively.
Monahan had 11, Johnsson, Burakovsky and Getzlaf 9 each the young Rookie Steel
chipped in 3. The Stars are in first place in the South Division, 18
points clear of 5th place.
If you have been a GM in the NHLP any amount of time, you have suffered crushing
injuries that undoubtedly will change your entire season. With the news
Tarasenko is out 5 months, about 60 games worth of hockey, the Miami Surf's
season just changed for GM Charlie. "Tarasenko is irreplaceable" said
Muddy Capone of the injury, "And the best St Louis built team in the league is
no more." With the duo of Tarasenko and O'Reilly, the Surf had aspirations
of going back to the Cup Finals again this season on another Blues run to the
Cup. For GM Charlie it is about acting quick now. With his injury
pick on the 13th and a Waiver two weeks after that, the Surf must now change
directions. As for Tarasenko, as was the case with him last year being
picked from the Minors, he will be a game changer for some GM who grabs him from
the Minors before everyone else in the new year. "He'll have 10 point come
January and some team able to hold him until the playoffs can jump on an
incredible seventh man and elite first round scorer" added Capone, "Of course if
he is on track to be back in round one of the playoffs and the Blues make the
playoffs without him." How things unfold from here, who knows, but we do
know the Surf can't go without their Elite player for the next 60 games and
still be within striking distance of a playoff spot, meaning this is the seasons
first crippling injury.
Vancouver Adds JVR
With five points in two games prior to his picking date, GM Joel decided now was
a good time to move out the injured Tuch for some points. Making the first
injury pick of the season the Canucks added points and a player that is near the
top of the league in shots on goal. Los Angeles (Andrew) is itching to
make some moves and Wednesday by 6 PM he will have his first crack at the
Minors, able to drop Byfuglien for a player up to 5 points. GM Chad starts
off the Waiver season on Saturday with a pick in Toronto with a Minors that will
never be more loaded. Traditionally not a lot of action occurs in the NHLP
until that first Waiver which sets off weekly trades associated with the Waiver
picks. We are heating up, don't let the opportunities go by to improve
your teams when they arise.
GM Shawn can make the first injury pick of the season for Malkin who is expected
out to mid-December, picking a replacement for up to 5 points. "Usually
Elite players are never dropped" said Muddy Capone, "But GM Shawn will certainly
weigh his options." If Malkin is gone until mid-December he will miss 20
more games after New Orleans can pick for him, meaning a replacement would
likely have 15 or so points when Malkin comes back. New Orleans has a
Waiver on November 21st and could those points in the Waiver, maybe even reused
to the minors, even then going after Malkin, if he lasted in the Minors after
being dropped. Malkin undoubtedly will be worth a fortune in a trade with
his low number, but that is only if Pittsburgh is looking like a playoff team,
which at the moment they certainly are in his absence. These are easy, or
sometimes tough decisions, that can make or break a season for a GM with an
Elite player injured long term.
The NHLP Sides are updated. If there are any missing (and their surely
are), please remind us so we can update. The Cup finals prediction is
being sent in and that will be updated shortly.
Draft Master Updated
GM can now start trading their draft picks for the 2022/23 season which are now
updated ont he Draft Pick Master page.
Draft and Transactions Updated
The 2019/20 draft that took place on Barrie Island is now online. You can
find it under the History link on the left hand menu and clicnking the
appropriate draft. the Transactions made the the draft are also now
updated in Transactions
"It's Not Season Ending"
GM Shawn received some bad news in New Orleans as both Malkin and Morrissey were
injured this weekend, with Malkin out 'longer-term'. The Wolverines were off to
a hot start in the North Division with 13 points in 14 man-games out of the
gate, but now have to weather missing their only elite player. "It's not a
season ending injury" was the word out of Pittsburgh, but it is going to be a
while before he returns. As long as the Pens stay in a playoff spot, missing a
month or more won't hurt his value any, as he will be worth a ton in a move with
his scoring capability. If the Pens falter, this is the type of early injury
that can ruin a team, something GM Shawn will monitor with each update.
The third season of the Cup Holder Pool (CHP) is set to launch Wednesday,
October 2nd as Matt starts off defending his Championship with his St Louis
Blues. Everythign went right for Matt last season on his way to a 380
point win, the largest win of all NHLP sides. If everyone is back, Jr and
Scottie are needed to pick expansions teams from the 6 available teams, Chicago,
Dallas, Detroit, New Jersey, NY Rangers or Vancouver. Of course if any new
people join, they too select a team from this group all on a first come first
serve basis. It is hard to get a game for the Cup and if the Blues win
their opening game they are set to play Dallas, who Jr, Scottie or anyone new
can start with.
Bryce Takes Over as 40th NHLP GM
After an extensive search for a new GM the league has officially announced GM
Bryce will take over the franchises in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Portland.
Bryce now becomes the 40th GM in league history, the first since GM Mark in
2012-13. The NHLP is entering its 30th season and the GM's throughout the
league know what Bryce will face in his first year. "It is really
difficult early on" stated Muddy Capone, who has seen many GM's come and go over
the years, "Many new GM's have difficulty in the early years until they start to
understand the player values and how they relate to the many facets of the
league." All GM's hope Bryce is a huge asset for the league which
functions best with 12 GM's. Bryce will take over NHLP teams who have
combined for three NHLP Championships, including Las Vegas who won Cups in 1995
and 1998 under GM Leo and Portland who won the 2007 Cup, GM Chad's second.
GM Vinnie left Bryce with a difficult spot to start, drafting 8th, 33rd and 35th
overall. "Bryce is going to be tested early" said GM Scott, "I wish him
all the best and hope he has the success this league seemingly has never had
from that twelfth position." Welcome to the best hockey pool in the world.
GM's Total Transactions After #165
The NHLP Transactions and all conditions update and compensation has been paid
except the following:
Pittsburgh (Chad) owes Los Angeles (Andrew) 8 spots in the
3rd round and 18 in the 4th)
Quebec (Matt) owes Pittsburgh (Chad) 19 spots in the 3rd and 14 spots in the
NHLP Teams Agree on Compensation
GM's Matt, Andrew and Chad have put to bed Transactions #157 and #159
and the Draft Page's have all been updated to reflect the draft picks
changing hands. The 2019/20 Draft page will now have the
Transactions stripped making it easier to read prior to the draft.
After having 5 Waivers help win an NHLP Championship for GM Shawn, GM Andrew
will try his hand at the same in this coming Waiver season. Andrew has
three Waivers in the first 11 days of January, starting after the Christmas
Break between December 23rd and the 31st. To get to 36 Waivers all dates
with 9 or 10 NHL games were scratched, with the exception of the final Waiver of
the season, the lone March Waiver. This season sees the first ever Waiver
on February 29th. Hamilton (Tyson) has the first Waiver after the NHL
Trading Deadline. With the season starting October 2nd, the first Waiver
could not start for 30 days placing it on November 2nd when GM Chad kicks off
the busy season. November leads the way with 11 Waivers, December 6,
January 8, February 10 and one in March, with no Waivers after the 4th of March
with the season ending April 4th.
New Franchise Hosts 30th NHLP Draft
The date has been set and the NHLP GM's will draft on Saturday September 28th at
Noon. The Barrie Island 1/2 Chance Stumblers, the first new NHLP Franchise
in over a decade, will host the draft after being awarded the rights to move the
franchise from Carolina to Barrie Island. The newest NHLP team will play
in the Atlantic Division and draft in the 25th overall slot in round one of the
Draft. This is the NHLP's 30th anniversary season, a milestone for several
GM's including Scott 30 seasons, Marcel 25, Charlie 20, and defending NHLP
Champion GM Shawn 15.
Barrie Island 1/2 Chance Stumblers
Join NHLP for 2019-20 Season
This list isn't about the playoff MVP, but that player who isn't a star
that got his name on the NHLP Cup. When you can't find a suitable name,
you know the GM built a truly winning team. GM Shawn doesn't have a name
that fits this list on his roster, but we will pick one.
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!
2010 - Niklas
Hjalmarsson 2011 - Andrej Sekera 2012 - Tyler Kennedy, Jannik Hansen 2013 - Bryan Bickell? 2014 - Charlie Coyle? 2015 - Jiri Sekac 2016 - Craig Smith?