Welcome to the inaugural interview of RGMG 4.0!!
Here with me today we have Patrick Kane, the founder and creator of RGMG, Nail, the co-commissioner and simulator of RGMG 4.0 and Effigy, the newest recruit to the league.
Hey guys, thanks for joining me!
Nail: Thank you very much for having me, it is awesome to have these back!
PK: Pleasure to be here, excited to do my first interview!
PK and Nail, you two are the cornerstones of RGMG 4.0. What makes this iteration so special?
PK: Every RGMG we learn more from the past, and get better. The off-seasons have become smoother due to new procedures. Trade tracking, waiving, call-ups, and send-downs have been easier to do and manage thanks to the hub. AHL stats are now more easily accessible, and more frequently updated. Prospect grades are now also on the site. Combine that with Nail's great work ethic, experience, and sim pace - this version of RGMG is definitely the most polished, and complete version till date.
Nail: I think we have a real great group of GMs here, everyone has put their full effort into the league and the quality is definitely showing.
On the flip-side, Effigy, this is your first experience with fantasy hockey on CDC. What are your early impressions of RGMG?
Effigy: Has to be the most advanced fantasy hockey league I've ever seen.
How do you feel your team is shaping up heading into tomorrow's free agency?
Effigy: I have my core in place, just a matter of landing the right depth players to compliment them.
PK: We have a gaping hole in our top 4 in the backend. We know we can count on Johnny Boychuk to fill the role, but ideally would like someone else in that position, and give Boychuk a pure shutdown/PK role.
Nail: We are going to be using a lot of youth this upcoming season so we may not be very active in free agency besides potentially adding a goaltender. I want to give our young guys a chance this upcoming season and hopefully they will make me proud.
What are your hopes and goals for the upcoming season?
Nail: Like I said before, with all our youth there may be some inconsistent times for us next season. I am hoping we can be in the mix for a wildcard spot, and play meaningful games all the way through to the end of the year.
Effigy: Continued improvement from my young players such as Chabot, Lazar, and White. Making the playoffs will be an expectation.
PK: Definitely to win the cup. We won the Presidents' trophy last year, but lost to the cup winners, Winnipeg. We are essentially the same team, with some minor tweaks, so we hope to do better this time around.
Which player on your team has surprised you the most with their production over the first two seasons?
PK: I can not really count the first season, because it was a tank job. But last year, Marcus Johansson really surprised me, accumulating 53 points. 80% of his time was on the 4th line.
Effigy: Dion Phaneuf. He's experienced an offensive revival here in Ottawa and has provided us a top quality partner for Karlsson.
Nail: I would have to say David Pastrnak. We knew we had a special player on our hands, but to put up 51 and 74 points on very weak teams is incredible. We can not wait to see what his production will be like with a better supporting cast this season.
On the same note, which player has disappointed you the past two seasons?
PK: Brent Seabrook was supposed to lead the charge when Duncan Keith got traded. He had a solid first year, but got outperformed by our young guys, and was eating up nearly 7M of cap - forcing us to off load him + Lindell for free.
Nail: I would not say disappointed, but I definitely expected better out of Malcolm Subban last season. Hopefully he can bounce back this season and put up more respectable numbers in the crease, and give our team a chance to win each and every time he is in net.
Effigy: The only guy I can think of would be Craig Anderson, who hasn't provided the steady goaltending that any great team needs.
If you could bring back one retired player and add one player from another team, who would you they be?
Nail: For the former player, I would have to go with the 2007 version of Dany Heatley, especially with how high goal scoring has been in the first two seasons, I could definitely see Heatley getting 50+ again. As for a current player, I think Braden Holtby would be my choice. Back to back Vezina trophies, and would be a great addition to any team.
PK: For a former player, I would love to have Nicklas Lidstrom. He would form an awesome pairing with Hampus Lindholm. For a current player, I would add Braden Holtby as our netminder, he has the ability to steal games, and adding him to our already stacked roster would make us a force.
Effigy: Nicklas Lidstrom and Jonathan Quick. Lidstrom with Karlsson has to be one of the greatest pairings imaginable. Quick has proved he can get it done in the playoffs, and that's exactly what kind of goalie I want.
Which one of your prospects are you most excited about and why?
Effigy: We have quite a few great ones, but Logan Brown has to be the most intriguing. His sheer size and skill is a very rare combination, and we look forward to his NHL debut this season.
Nail: 2nd overall pick Joseph Veleno. Our franchise has lacked a bonafide 1C prospect, and we feel we have one now in Veleno.
PK: Chad Krys really excites me. He had an excellent AvR (among the best), at the age of 19. He will be playing this season alongside Johnny Boychuk, and was the reason we were able to give up Lindell.
Any prospects league wide that you can not wait to see in action?
PK: I personally would like to see Gabe Vilardi in action at some point. We traded him to Anaheim for Hampus Lindholm, but we are still rooting for him to be a dominant center in this league.
Effigy: Have to say Joe Veleno. We all know how the last two centres to be granted exceptional status turned out.
Nail: Gaelan Love on Edmonton. Last time a defenseman was drafted 1st overall was in 2014 (Ekblad), and he is putting up some very nice numbers for Florida now. Love has the potential to be just as good as Ekblad.
In your opinion, who has been the best GM of 4.0?
Nail: There are some pretty good options here but I gotta give some love to AntonRodin. He's taken a meh New Jersey team to back to back conference finals and has them poised for another run this season.
PK: I am a little biased, but I feel like I have built a solid team and core of players in their prime, and entering their prime. But really, I think Boose (Nordiques) have done a great job. They picked up Hossa, Backstrom, Russell, Jokinen, Sateri for nothing and have developed their young guys. They already made the playoffs last year, and only look to be better.
Effigy: GFY. Bold moves, Stanley Cup. Doesn't get any better than that.
Which two teams do you feel will finish in the basement next season?
Effigy: Toronto and Quebec. Here's hoping, anyway.
Nail: Hopefully not Boston. If I had to pick two I would have to go with Chicago and Winnipeg just because I want to see how mad PK and GFY will get if it happens.
PK: I believe St. Louis and Detroit will be in the basement.
Which two teams do you think will be in the final?
Nail: I would have to go with Colorado and Washington, both teams have made very little changes to their strong teams from last season.
PK: I want to be in the finals, but I could see a Pittsburgh-Calgary finals.
Effigy: Ottawa and Chicago.
And the winner?
Effigy: Ottawa of course.
PK: Pittsburgh. They have a ridiculous offense, and just added Jake Muzzin.
Nail: Washington, Ovie finally wins a Cup.
Thanks for taking the time to do this interview!
PK: Appreciate it, thanks for having me.
Nail: No worries, thanks again for doing this!