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  1. Took a while to go through the scoring structure and rules of this league. Looks like the 6 NMC/NTC's on my team will cause me a headache in the next little while. For those who have PM'ed me already, I haven't had a chance to go through all your rosters so bear with me. Otherwise, feel free to send me an offer. With that said, the Detroit Red Wings are open for business! There are no untouchables on the roster but it might be tricky to work around the NMC/NTC's. It appears that under the playoff format of this league, the Red Wings are in the playoffs right now but I'm not sure if this team is strong enough to compete as is. Projected lineup below: James Neal - Anze Kopitar - Vladimir Tarasenko Andrew Ladd - Riley Sheahan - Phil Kessel Richard Panik - Steve Ott - Tom Wilson Brett Connolly - Dennis Rasmussen - Joonas Donskoi Teddy Purcell Brent Seabrook - Justin Schultz Michael Matheson - Colin Miller Mike Reilly - Brayden McNabb Anthony Bitetto Ben Bishop Chad Johnson The players whose names are bolded are those that I'm interested in keeping. Feel free to send offers in for them if you are interested, though. My team has a ton of playoff quality players if anyone is interested. That includes names like Seabrook, Kopitar, and Kessel amongst others. Depth guys like Panik or last year's playoff surprise in Donskoi are available too. Our priority is to get younger and create cap room for future moves. The goal is to be a serious contender within the next two seasons. I'm looking to make changes in all positions (forward, defence and goaltending) and want to acquire players who are under 27 years old. I'm willing to package draft picks/prospects to make a trade happen.
  2. Hi all, Thanks to those who have reached out to me regarding trades. Just wanted to clarify something in case I wasn't clear enough in my last post. It is true that I am open to negotiating a trade for any player on my roster. I'd be looking at acquiring playoff players in exchange. That said, to reiterate what I posted previously and what I've been telling multiple GMs, while there are no untouchables that doesn't mean that I want to trade one of my young stars for a package of depth players and low level picks. At this point I have no interest in diluting my assets. I don't expect Pittsburgh to be active at the trade deadline. Like last year, I have two exams the day before the deadline so I won't be very active on CDC. If you have any interest in my players send in your offers early, or I might not have time to read it until right before the deadline. Otherwise, I'm ok with standing pat going into the playoffs. As it stands, it'll be a dogfight to get out of the first round so not keen on giving up my future to load up for what could be a first round exit. Enjoy Friday + the weekend, folks!
  3. Lots of action here recently! Pens are open for business. Looking to trade one of my forwards and one of my defencemen for a highly touted young player that's in the NHL this season. Preferably one that's on a playoff team, but that can change depending on who the player is. I've got a ton of productive players that can help teams trying to load up and am open to dealing with teams that I might face in the playoffs. If you are thinking of offering a quantity deal that involves trading 10 players for one of my star players, please don't. I'm not interested in a package deal that is made up of depth players/old pending UFAs or low level prospects. Names that are potentially available include: Lundqvist, Letang, Byfuglien, Rick Nash, and Neal. Can't say that anyone on the team is untouchable, but you'd have to send me an insane offer to get JT Miller, Wennberg, Kreider, or Couture.
  4. Just listened to Pierre McGuire as well. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Full quote below for anyone interested: McGuire: I spent the day with the Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL. That's where Brock Boeser your first round pick from 2015 was drafted from. I'm telling you right now, I have heard a lot of things about a lot of players over time. I have never heard rave reviews for a player like I heard about Brock Boeser and his character. I know him as a player, I know him a little bit as a person, but I'm telling you right now, you have a humdinger of a guy coming to Vancouver. This guy is the real McCoy. He is fantastically respected by everyone I met yesterday at Waterloo - and I met a lot of people at Waterloo yesterday. Sekeres/Price: but he's slowed down recently...he came back from injury with 6 games without a point. That's pretty hard to happen in College Hockey. McGuire: No it's not. Not on a young team and North Dakota has an extremely young team. Most college teams are a little older, but they are extremely young. I'm telling you right now, he would have helped the Americans so much at the World Juniors and people forget that. He would have been on that team. Link below (starts at around 12 minutes) http://www.tsn.ca/radio/vancouver-1040-i-1410/mcguire-brock-boeser-the-real-mccoy-rave-character-reviews-1.668986
  5. Thanks everyone for the warm welcome so far. I'll probably take a week or two to familiarize myself with the scoring structure and rules in this league before making a decision on how to approach the trade deadline. My preliminary thoughts seem to lean towards getting younger but that could change. Thank you to those who have already sent me trade offers. I'll reply to them once I have a better understanding of my team. Excited to compete against everyone here!
  6. No way Minnesota accepts either deal. Burrows is my favourite player on the Canucks but him + 2nd round pick is nowhere close to Granlund's value. Hansen is nowhere close to being the player Granlund is. Granlund has three 40 point seasons under his belt at the age of 24 and is currently on pace for 72 points. Hansen has never even cracked 40 points in his career. His best season was when he had 38 points in 67 games (46 point pace) but Granlund is already at 43 points this season in just 49 games. I don't think Hansen will ever reach that kind of production.
  7. Pittsburgh Penguins Mid-Season Report It has been an eventful season for fans in Pittsburgh. As the trade deadline approaches, the team is in a completely different position compared to last season. Just 365 days ago, the Penguins were well over 200 points out of a playoff spot and had a number of core players who were under performing. GM Watermelons made a tough decision to let go of three talented players in Fowler, Nyquist and Okposo in hopes of preparing the team for a playoff run next season. As it turned out, the team ended up rallying together managed to sneak into the playoffs. Even with the disappointment of losing in the first round, fans entered the 2016/17 season with optimism. Although the team has cooled off after having two incredibly productive months in October and November, support for the team continues to increase. GM Watermelons has been praised for adding a superstar in Big Buff and two exciting players in Kreider and Holden. The fact that he has been able to add depth in just about every position has allowed the Penguins to overcome injuries. In particular, the defence has been plagued with injuries and currently are missing 3/6 of the regulars in Letang, Moore, and McCabe. Of course, these additions have also been met with criticism from media outlets outside of Pittsburgh. Not only did they cost the Penguins a super-prospect in Mathew Barzal, they may also result in further losses. While Big Buff is a fantastic addition, his contract will be up this season and GM Watermelons does not have much cap space to play with. Will he be forced to trade another young player to make room? Either way, Penguins fans seem to be happy to enjoy to wave while it lasts. You'd be hard pressed to find an article from a Pittsburgh-based media outlet that has anything negative to say about what the Penguins have been able to do this season. See below for the mid-season awards as voted upon by fans. MVP - Alexander Wennberg -If you are just a casual hockey fan, your first thought would probably be "Who? He has a cool name but I've never heard of him." With 40 points in 47 games, Wennberg has taken over as Pittsburgh's #1 centre since the start of the season. He has already matched his career high in points in 22 less games and we have locked him up for 4 more years. When the season started, Wennberg was penciled down as the 3rd line centre but with slow starts from both Logan Couture and Brandon Dubinsky, Wennberg found a way to step up and lead this team. Without his production, Pittsburgh would be nowhere close to where they are right now. He may have slowed down a bit since the start of January, but we look for him to finish the season strong. Unsung Hero - Alec Martinez -Another choice that will leave the casual hockey fan scratching his/her head. One quick look at this roster and you would see that Big Buff and Letang are the two best defencemen on this team. Who needs another defenceman after those two guys? Martinez is having yet another solid season scoring 4.82fp/g and is ranked in the top 40 players in this league in terms of overall production. That puts him ahead of Tavares, Giroux and Doughty. Not bad for a guy who is signed at $4.00M until 2021. Most Exciting Player - JT Miller -Miller impressed us last year with his speed and offensive prowess, but he has taken another step this year and is now ranked as the 29th most productive player in this league. Alongside his real life and CDC Puck teammate Chris Kreider, he has provided us with solid production every night. At 23 years older, fans are excited to continue to watch his development. An updated roster has been posted. NHL ROSTER Chris Kreider - Alexander Wennberg - JT Miller Rick Nash - Logan Couture - James Neal Anthony Mantha - Alex Killorn - Patrick Eaves Shane Prince - Nick Cousins - Tommy Wingels Extras: Matt Stajan, Nick Schmaltz Alec Martinez - Dustin Byfuglien Nick Holden - Adam Clendening Eric Gelinas - Shea Theodore Henrik Lundqvist Michael Neuvirth Injured: Kris Letang, Johan Larsson, Jake McCabe, John Moore
  8. Meanwhile my team continues to slide with a grand total of 0 points tonight...
  9. It took Ovechkin 880 games to reach 1000 points. At 40 points a game, it'd only take Juolevi 25 games to reach 1000 points. Too bad though, CDC would probably still call him a bust
  10. It was rather tough being passed by two teams this past week. Through negotiations with several GM's I decided that it was time to have a mid-season retool. The Pens got off to a quick start but since then we've slowed down and the rest of the Metropolitan Division is catching up fast. Pittsburgh would like to thank GM @maroe for tough, but fair, negotiations. While they lasted much longer than I anticipated, our organization feel that we were able to work out that a deal that works for both teams. Kreider and Holden join real life teammates, Nash, Miller, and Lunqdvist on the Penguins. I'm betting on the Rangers to make a deep run this year. On the contrary, having traded away two Blue Jackets in two days, I hope that they don't make a deep run... I see Kreider as a key part in our top 6 for years to come. At 25 years of age, we think his best years are ahead of him and he's going to be a bargain at $4.500M cap hit for the next couple years. While I'm aren't sure about Holden's upside past this season, I believe that he's going to solidify our top 4 for the rest of the season, and hopefully the playoffs. Unfortunately, acquiring good players means giving up good players in exchange. Brandon Dubinsky has long been one of my go-to fantasy assets and I was delighted to have the opportunity to trade for him last season. He's one of the most underrated fantasy assets across the league and is having yet another solid season. He's managed to produce at the same level as NHL stars like Giroux and Tavares over the last 3 years while coming at a cap hit of $5.850M. The other big piece in Mathew Barzal was tough to give up as well. Barzal is one of my favourite NHL prospects and I believe that he has a bright future in the NHL. However, with two of my fellow Metropolitan division rivals surpassing me this week and another two closing in fast, something had to be done to secure my playoff spot. Hopefully this transaction will make that happen. I'll need to do some solid drafting and hope for guys like Schmaltz and Theodore to pan out to make up for the young pieces I've given up. If that doesn't happen and we don't win, fans will probably come calling for my head... Lastly, I'd like to thank commissioner @Master Mind for processing the trade so quickly.
  11. On behalf of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, I would like to thank David Savard and Dennis Yan for their short tenures in a Penguins jersey. It was tough to let go of Savard, as we had high hopes for him entering the season, but the opportunity to add a stud in Dustin Byfuglien was a no brainer. Our team has been slipping recently, and I have been in fierce negotiations with multiple teams trying to find ways to provide a spark. I am hopeful that Big Buff will be able to provide a significant boost to our offence in a talent laden Metro division. It was hard to lose a playoff bound asset in Savard, but we are hoping that the Jets will be able to sneak into the playoffs led by Scheifele, Laine, and Byfuglien. Either way, I feel that our defence has significantly improved. I can't think of many teams that have a better top 3 than Letang, Byfuglien, and Martinez. The Penguins are still open to business and are in negotiations with multiple teams. Lastly, I'd like to thank GM Somethingvery for the smooth and quick negotiations. Enjoy the weekend, folks!
  12. Looks like fellow teammate Carey Price is learning from Kucherov's example and punching guys as well. https://streamable.com/rwdu Pro tip: trade them to me before they get injured
  13. Talk about picking your poison. Should things stay the way they are, I'd be against a Blue Jackets team that's led by lethal fantasy scorers in Schiefele, Simmonds, Shaw, and Hoffman. Facing the other Eastern Conference Wild Card team, the Hurricanes, means potentially going up against the Hall-McDavid-Seguin line. And it's not like things get better if I drop to 2nd or 3rd in the Metropolitan and have to face two very deep Flyers and Rangers teams that have enough star power to give anyone else a run for their money. Might as well start rebuilding now