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  1. @Nail Great job handling the draft. Went a lot quicker than last year (due to decreased time limits); which, in turn, kept people very active. There were less skipped picks this year, with only a few guys missing here and there, but all who skipped either picked a guy soon after, or traded their pick soon after. While last year went far too slow, I think the pacing this year was just right. Credit goes to all here, as every GM was very involved. Also, want to extend an extra thanks to @BM24 , @AriGold, @Primal Optimist, and @Master Mind for joining the league recently. Your active involvement and fantasy hockey experience only strenghtens the league.
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  2. FLAMES FANS EXCITED AGAIN BY HIGH OCTANE OFFENCE It's good to be a Flames fan once again as one of the most dynamic lines in hockey thrills night in and night out with a fast pace attack. Johnny Gaudreau, Patrik Laine, and Sean Monahan currently rank 1,2, and 3 in league scoring. Carrying the Flames to the top of their division. After a lack lustre season in 15/16, fans were thrilled when Patrik Laine slipped to 4th overall in the draft. But, nobody expected him to score 14 goals and 29 points in just his first 21 games. Including two hattricks by his 15gp in the NHL. Captain Sean Monahan had nothing but praise for the 18 year old "He's something special. Things come easy out there with him. When we're on (Monahan, Laine, and Gaudreau) I don't think anybody can stop us. There's a lot of confidence in the room right now." So far this season, nobody has. GM ThaManbeast fell under scrutiny last season after trading then captain Mark Giordano to the divsion rival Anaheim Ducks near the trade deadline. But performances from Sami Vatanen and Dougie Hamilton have made such remarks vanish. "Vatanen has been everything we'd hope for after the trade" said ThaManbeast. "He's really come in and replaced Gio's offence." Vatanen's been playing at nearly a point per game pace through the first quarter of the season. Proving all the doubters wrong. Another player who looks to have taken a step this year is starting goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. Having not lost in regulation through 12 starts, Vasilevskiy is looking to make a mark in the league. The Calgary Flames are a young team looking to be a force in the NHL for year's to come. The future is now in Calgary. LEADING SCORERS (through 21 games played) 1. Johnny Gaudreau (13G 17A 30P) 2. Patrik Laine (14G 15A 29P) 3. Sean Monahan (11G 16A 27P) 4. Sami Vatanen (3G 14A 17P) 5. Valtteri Filppula (8G 6A 14P)
    6 points
  3. The Canucks biggest need since acquiring Gudbranson is for legitimate top 6, scoring wingers or powe play defensemen. Absolutely zero other teams are trading one of their top goal scorers for a utility guy like Hansen. That doesn't even make sense. Keep the guy who cracked 20 goals without powerplay time and snag a goal scorer out of free agency. Just can't see where Hansen's value is higher than what he provides. What's the best case scenario in trading Hansen? Maybe a late 1st round pick? That's going to help the Canucks in 3-5 years. Doesn't help the Canucks be competitive now. Which is repeatedly what's said is the goal. He's not going anywhere until he's a roster spot that's been taken by someone better.
    4 points
  4. Whatever, you were a pretty terrible guest yourself for not even bringing me a gift
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  5. Horrible news. MV is one of the great fantasy GMs on these boards - and a class act. Big loss for the league.
    3 points
  6. 2016 Los Angeles Kings Draft Review The Kings would like to thank the city of Buffalo for hosting the draft. Many of our core players came out to join us for dinner and team-building exercises, but we decided to leave Patty Kane at home this time. For the 2nd year in a row, the Kings did not pick until the 50's. However, last year we were able to find many steals in the back 2/3's of the draft, including Danton Heinen (115th), Louis Belpedio (110th), Rinat Valiev (78th), and Vitek Vanecek (121st). This year, with 11 picks total, we think we once again found some real gems: #54 - Mike Amadio Amadio is someone we had our eye on last draft, and almost picked in the 5th round - and we sure wish we did. But this past year he really came into his own. Named captain of the North Bay Battalion, he exploded with 50 goals and 98 points in just 68 games, and then in 11 playoff games tallied 12 goals and 18 points. We feel that beyond the top-3 picks, he is probably the most NHL-ready prospect available in this draft - and with the cap troubles the real Kings have, he could very well be an NHL regular come October. And given how we lack an NHL-ready prospect at the center position, he was our #1 target, and we were ecstatic that he was still available for our first pick. #59 - Martins Dzierkals L.A. management are members of the Martins Dzierkals Fans Clubs. He seems to be everything Canucks fans hoped Ronalds Kenins would consistently be - he hits relentlessly, draws penalties at an alarming rate, and has a scoring touch as well. (He was recently called "the spark" of the Huskies' engine.) He may not end up a top-6 player, but we think he will be a quality 3rd line player in the near future. #68 - A.J. Greer A.J. was a highly touted 2nd rounder from last year's NHL draft, that was somehow missed in the CDCFL one - probably due to his unimpressive stat line. At the beginning of this season in the NCAA, he was having a rough start, and ended up leaving school in December for the Q. He joined the Huskies, and performed quite well, with 16 goals in 33 regular season games, and another 12 in 20 playoff games. Already 6'3" and 205 lbs as a 19 year-old, he has the physical tools to become something special. #86 - Jean-Christophe Beaudin Beaudin was our 3rd straight selection from the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. He had a fantastic season, with 33 goals and 82 points in 58 games, with another 19 points in 17 playoff games. He was previously touted as more of a 2-way, middle-6 C, but scouts are starting to see him as a top-6, possibly #1C. He is also a C/RW, which are both positional needs for our organization. #91 - Simon Bourque Simon has been overshadowed in the past by his defensive partner (Morin). However, he was named captain of the Rimouski Oceanic last season, and was the driving force in their offence. Scored 46 points in 66 regular season games, and 5 points in 6 playoff games. He also was effective during an end-season PTO with the St. John's IceCaps, scoring a point in 3 games and finishing a +2. #92 - Dmitri Zhukenov Canucks fans are likely familiar with Zhukenov. A virtual unknown when Benning selected him in the 4th round last year, he made the shift to the CHL, and had a great rookie season with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. In the past, he had dominant performances for Russia at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial and the WJAC-19 tournaments. We selected him a little higher than we might of, but with his name more on the radar around here we thought we should probably take him earlier. #94 - Tate Olson After drawing attention to missed Canucks' draftees with the Zhukenov pick, we decided we better scoop up Olson right away too. He is looking like an absolute steal for the Canucks, as one of the last picks of the 2015 draft (210th overall). #103 - Jesse Gabrielle This may be the crown jewel of our draft. Jesse was thought of more of as an agitator in the past, and is effective at getting under opponents' skin. But last season he suddenly found his scoring touch, and became the youngest Prince George Cougar in the franchise's history to score 40 goals. He's already being touted as the next Brad Marchand (only bigger). #136 - Jonne Tammela TBH, our knowledge of Tammela is limited, and his stat lines aren't attention-grabbing either. This was more a sign of faith in Steve Yzerman's ability to identify and acquire talent. He has already been signed to an ELC by Tampa IRL, and fills a positional need as a RW. So we thought he could very well be a playoff depth RW in the near future. #141 - Karch Bachman Bachman is a physical specimen, and one of the fastest skaters around. In the 2015 draft combine, he ranked in the top-5 of two agility tests and two anaerobic tests, and 9th in the vertical jump test, often beating out top prospects like McDavid and Eichel. He hasn't quite put it all together to post dominant stats, but that may be more of a function of his linemates' inability to keep up. Every time he plays a tournament with skilled players, he shines. He played in the 2015 CCM All-American Prospects Game, on a team with Eichel and Connor, against a team with Hanifin, Boeser, and White, and scored a goal, had 6 shots, and finished +2. Just entering the NCAA now, he's more of a long-term project, but could end up extremely valuable. #145 - Giorgio Estephan Giorgio was the top C for the Lethbridge Hurricanes last year. He has made big strides every year, and finished last season with 30 goals and 74 points in 59 games, with a +26. We think that he has the tools to develop into a middle-6 scoring C, which is an organizational need. Thanks to Commissioner Nail for the excellent work administering the draft. Also, to my fellow GM's, for their prompt picks and responses to PMs. (Also, thanks to Mimerez for trading me 3 5ths for a 4th and 5th, which I promptly flipped for a 3rd and 4th. )
    3 points
  7. So I tried to translate that interview by Andrey Pedan dated June 1 http://www.sport-express.ru/hockey/nhl/reviews/1006335/. It is pretty long, I made it a bit shorter by cutting some general questions. Q: It is summer time and you don't look like someone who can challenge any tough guy in the NHL. A: I lost 6 kg, it is always like this for me during vacation. No training, and muscles are starting to disappear. As soon as I begin workout, everything would be back. Q: You have mentioned before that you never practice in combat sports. A: Never before but this summer I will go to boxers, I need to gain some skills in that department. Q: Last season you got callup to Vancouver and were sent back in 13 days. You looked different in the AHL after that, maybe more confident. A: Play for Utica became less interesting for me after the callup to Vancouver. I realized that I outgrew the AHL, could do more and waited for next callup. Q: And you were called up... A: Yes, I played several games, as a forward in some of them. That was not exactly what I expected but it was a progress nevertheless. Q: How did you feel after three years of trying to establish himself in the NHL when new player Nikita Tryamkin came in and got playing time, PP time and the right to make mistake? A: I don't have anything against Nikita and this could be any other new player. Obviously I had a lot of questions and surely I did not get answers. You ask me how I deal with the situation when I get chance to play in the NHL after 3 years. I don't have an answer. Q: You don't want to answer? A: I don't want to think about it. Otherwise you may get steamed up or got depressed and stop working. So I just don't let those thoughts come to my mind. I practice, go to the ice, return home. Trying to be patient. Q: Still why does Tryamkin get so much attention? A: I can partly explain this with marketing. A huge Russian arrived from a country not many people know much about. He was called the Russian Chara and interest was ensured. Q: They don't know about Russia? This is weird considering internet... A: Yes, I was really asked what would happen to them if they came to Russia. I answered that they would be eaten by a bear since lot of bears were on the streets. But seven Canucks were here (in Moscow) during the world championship, I showed them the city and they liked it. Q: You have the RFA status, any news about new contract? A: No news and I don't expect it soon. The draft is the first, then signing of the drafted players, after that they will deal with the expired contracts. Q: Do you have your own offer? A: No, this does not work that way. I am waiting for the offer from the club. I am interested to know how they see our future work. I would prefer one-way contract, and if the two-way one, then with increased salary (at the AHL level). Q: I can tell you where you can get paid more. A: And I repeat what I always say - I am not planning to return to Russia yet. I am contacted, get some offers but I decline, not even listening. I have been in NA for 6 years and I want to play in the NHL. Q: Tel me about Vancouver. The team did not make the playoffs which was surprising. A: The season was weird. We lost so many games in 3rd period. Everything was pretty good at start of a game, then -boom and we lost. So we did not collect enough points. Q: Did the team stop playing at the season end? A: The young players were battling to make good impression with the coach. Some players were really waiting for the season end except the Sedin brothers. They don't have lousy games at all. I mean the Sedins don't separate games as important ones and not. I was very impressed by them. Q: Did you talk to them? A: I did not have any problem with that. And you know what is different with the Sedins? The guys always smile, they are always in good mood and try to support their teammates. Perhaps they had bad days but no one in the team could notice that. Q: Your favorite teammate in Vancouver? A: Ryan Miller. He likes politics so much. Just mention Donald Trump and Miller will give you a lecture. Ryan is an original person and very friendly at the same time. When he talks to you, you can see that he is concentrated on the discussion with you. Q: Is there some difference between the veteran and young players? A: Just very few rules. Veterans get out of the airplane first, they get first into the hotel elevator after checkin. The young players are supposed to be the first ones in the bus before departure so that nobody waits for them. Q: Umm everything seems to be perfect. Were there some people you did not get well along with? A: With Jared McCann, he was traded to Florida afterwards. Sometimes he behaved like he was the only star here and nobody was on the same level (direct translation: ... and nobody was around him). But this did not happen often. Q: So what did the coach or general manager tell you during the exit interview? A: Hm all those discussions are the same, no detailed information. We are happy with you, you will get a chance and you can do it. I wish I am told what exactly in my play is not good enough, then I would change it, improve. And there was the same talking this time but I was not sure what they were actually thinking. Waiting for contract negotiation.
    3 points
  8. Can we spell Muhammad Ali right please? @ShakyWalton
    2 points
  9. Always loved this one... great driving beat
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  10. I couldn't disagree more with the last 3 posts. Markstrom is the real deal and he is set for a big raise, but I would be amazed and disappointed if they re-signed Miller. Why wouldn't you just give Miller's salary, or a portion of it, to Markstrom? Marky has already proven that he is better than Miller, who is on the backside of his career. Maybe down the road we trade Markstrom, but not until Demko works his way into the league.
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  12. Thanks for a great effort on the draft!
    2 points
  13. Day 49 Day 50 Day 51 Day 52 Standings
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  14. Announcement: The sim engine seems to be working as I want it to now. I will now be allowing you to choose between: Standard Minutes (How it is now) Roll 4 (3rd and 4th lines see more ice than before) This only applies at even strength. By default it's on Standard Minutes. PM me if you want to Roll 4.
    2 points
  15. @Stierlitz -Thanks for the translation; you da man! I like how diplomatically Pedan answered these questions, in spite of how bait-y some of them are. Regarding the McCann comments, he comes across looking much better with this translation (and context). The quote above made me snort with laughter. I could totally see Millsy being that guy.
    2 points
  16. The second he dropped his gloves I started getting nervous, imagine how the guy he was fighting felt. That looked like a grown man too, and Try's pretty young. What a beast!
    1 point
  17. For me, there's a park behind my house that's perfect. It's small with a nature trail around it, so each lap is probably just under a kilometre I think, and the second last side of the lap is a moderately long and inclined so I sprint that. At the gym I like interval sprints on the stationary bike with moderately high resistance. I do 40 seconds around 100 rpm and then 20 seconds at 130 and I do that for 15-20 minutes, it's a pretty solid workout if the resistance is high. I'm not sure how my RPM's would stack up against others (I think they're pretty average at the resistance I use) so you'd have to vary it to whatever your ability level is.
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  19. We have a trade to announce... To CAR: NJD 2016 5th Round Pick To NJD: CAR 2017 5th Round Pick
    1 point
  20. Just remember..you can't out train a bad diet!
    1 point
  21. Most of the wins last year came after Travis got injured, how happy do you think he is that the Jays have started to win once he's gotten back this year?
    1 point
  22. Correct. June 16 - End of 2 week buyout period June 16 - Last day to trade pending UFA rights June 21 - Last day to send in resign offers June 21 - Last day to qualify RFAs July 1 - First day to send in free agent offers
    1 point
  23. What an at bat by Travis! That should seal it..
    1 point
  24. Solid pick. I was between him & Gauthier.
    1 point
  25. Would be great for them. Unfortunately for Chicago, they don't currently have a 1st round pick. Also, great pick. Was trying to trade for the 19 or 20 pick to snatch him up.
    1 point
  26. I really wanted Rubtsov, but 14 was too high, and 39 was too low. Good pick.
    1 point
  27. I'm already loving this pick... Now for Chicago to pick Rubtsov...
    1 point
  28. Not sure if srs with this. Giroud is far from being clinical most games he needs 3-5 chances to get a goal.
    1 point
  29. Just realized, but I've already got 10 picks next year... Oh boy.
    1 point
  30. gudbranson on team 1040 at 12:15...
    1 point
  31. That would be unreal! Though the Billy Goat curse would have to continue as I want my M's to win.
    1 point
  32. Also, if you're looking for a program I'd recommend the 5x5 program. It was discussed at some point earlier in the thread. I did it over the summer going into my third year of college ball and made some of the best progress I ever have. It's all compound lifts and the workouts don't take long. I wouldn't look at that if you're just starting out though. Maybe find a simpler full-body workout to do a few times a week as a prelude to a more advanced program.
    1 point
  33. Excellent addition as well Baer. I'm sure it wasn't an intentional oversight. Your draft was excellent imo. You really cashed in on your retool deals and added a huge haul of prospects. You took a number of guys that I had on my list, so you pissed me off picking ahead of me haha. Bellows, Moverare, Kuokkanen, Berdin, Rykov - all picks I really like.
    1 point
  34. I agree Marky is the one that will be dealt after this season. Miller will be extended for far less and be a good mentor for Demko. Marky can fetch us something and hopefully it will be a few draft picks. Demko is our future and I think he will be the real deal.
    1 point
  35. lol...How about them US job numbers?
    1 point
  36. Marky is a place holder for Demko. I wouldn't be at all surprised if JB extends Miller, brings up Demko, and TRADES Marky for the 2017 season.
    1 point
  37. A true role model for the young guns that nothing comes easy and you gotta work ur a*s off everyday!
    1 point
  38. Well let's see here. I am a blooded Ojibwe, I have ancestry tracing back almost 10,000 years in canada. I speak my literal native tongue quite well and have a knowledge of not only my own tribal history but that of the cree, blackfoot, mohawk indigenous metis tribal cultures. So...yes, yes I can say very clearly and without issue that segregation did not occur in CANADA before settlement and confederation Why the hell do you keep doing this lunchbox? I keep saying canada you keep trying to drag the issue to other countries in order to ignore the point. You're arguments are laughably sad and honestly if you tried covering your tracks any harder you'd fall on your face.
    1 point
  39. Hoping he can be better with Gudbranson here to eat minutes.
    1 point
  40. This guy is worth more to Vancouver than the 2nd round pick he would likely yield in a trade. He can do it all reasonably well, and he has a sweet cap hit. I hope he stays on the team, and off the trading block, unless we get an offer way too good to be true.
    1 point
  41. This is not about development it was all about the right to become a Pro ie human rights. Kenny Linesman took the NHL ( successfully ) to court and demand the right to turn Pro at 18. The court found in his favour. No one likes the 18 year old draft ( it used to be a 20 year old draft) because too often it's a spin of the wheel. CAHA are and too their credit have upgraded the development of youth in the game. One of the prime problems is it has become an expensive sport. It's no shock that the Reinharts and Reillys of the world are now coming out of West Vancouver/Hollyburn for an example. Who can afford rents and mortgages in Vcr especially and still have the thousands left over to enroll and equip their youngster year after year. Canada's strength in the past was volume. Fewer and fewer kids play the sport. Kids today don't want second hand equipment ( my kids never got new skates or equipment until their late teens ) they have to have the $200 stick or the $700 skates with Nike plastered down the side. Never mind goalies it's a wonder Canada has produced ANY goalies when you consider the cost of their equipment. Solve these problems and will will be a good start. It's a good start to make athletics for kids expenses tax deductible but you have to earn and pay taxes for that to be a benefit, and as usual the ones making the most benefit the most. A pool of equipment would help, such as they do for some high school sports. As us usual it becomes who wants to pay for it. The Government ( who certainly benefit through the less demand on health care) should see the healthy life style as an investment rather than a expense. Rant over
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  42. He did have brutal knee-on-knee hit that took him out of the playoffs, so maybe he's still recovering from that? hard to say there's no news on it. I would imagine that passing a physical will be part of the signing process. I don't think we can take much away from his time in Edmonton, they have mismanaged so many assets its hard to know what's what. This is worth the risk though, and he'll still have to compete for a regular spot. If it doesn't pan out its not like it will be major term or dollars. If Larsen is a dud, maybe Stecher comes up from Utica for a look mid-season. Good article today by the hocky writers on Larsen: http://thehockeywriters.com/could-philip-larsen-be-a-darkhorse-for-canucks/
    1 point
  43. Here is a case where the cover is better than the original.
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  44. geeeez. That's an ugly sentence.
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  45. I was amazed that he wasn't banned when he offered a fellow CDC member to meet up in public for a fist fight. lol Was just a matter of time.
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