Sunday, September 16, 2012

Draft Day Regardless of Lockout

The season (for us) officially starts in less than 12 hours when the 2012-2013 draft begins. Regardless of what the NHL are doing, we are going to go ahead with our regular plans and hope that they get their heads out of their asses long enough to hammer our a deal before the entire season is lost. Whenever the NHL season starts, so will our scoring. Until then, everything else that the league has to offer will be available; trades, add/drops, etc.

Please take the time to review the conversations on the main league board. What will happen should we lose an entire season (or even partial) has been posted there. This is your chance to build on those thoughts or even negate them and keep in mind that if nobody challenges anything, those rules are what we definitely go with. Keep that in mind.

Have fun at the draft everyone. This is one we've been anxious about for a long time now. It should be a blast. Good luck all!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Draft Commeth

In just seven days and a few hours, we will be starting the live draft for the 8th season on the WTHL. Due to the talent available after the first ever keeper contracts expired, this year's draft is one of the most anticipated days in league history, and is sure to draw most (if not all) GM's to the live event. The countdown above will keep you posted on when it's about to start, but as a reminder it's 10pm NL time, next Sunday September 16th.

When the draft is completed, trading, adding, dropping and everything else revolving around this beloved league will begin again. That much we know. What we do not know is whether or not we'll have an NHL to use for our league. Those details we should find out the day before or after, but no matter what happens we will be going ahead with the draft and anything else we can within the league. The plan is to wait things out and whenever the NHL starts, we will as well with whatever rosters we have at that time (after any trades or adds/drops).

So, what happens if the entire season is cancelled? The only thing we can really do in that situation is declare the season dead, but the keeper contracts must be obeyed. What this means is that a year would tick off any current keepers as they would any other year. Everyone will be able to choose next years keepers from this seasons dead roster (after the draft, trades, add/drops, etc), like they would any other year. This is really the only thing we can do, but we will certainly discuss this further as the season opens up. That's the plan as of now, but I'm truly hoping that we don't lose the full season anyway, so hopefully no plan for this kind of situation has to be implemented.

Regardless, be there for the draft folks. It'll be a doozy!!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Keepers Now Final

September 1st has come and gone and with that has any thoughts on what final keepers will be as the lists are now final. All GM's managed to get their lists in on time, meaning nobody had to face the random draw of players, which I'm sure is great for all parties involved.

The keeper tracker page has been updated to the current lists and is available in it's normal location on the stats pages (linked on the left hand side). This could be useful for anyone who wants to add the players to their exclude lists in the pre-draft rankings...

... and remember, Draft Day is exactly 2 weeks away. With or without the NHL season, the WTHL draft will be going ahead on our normal drafting weekend. Be sure to mark your calenders or set your reminders. This is one draft day you do not want to miss!

Deadline Day Deal

As the final hours were ticking on keeper deadline day, two GM's were busy hammering out a trade before Keepers were due and trading ceases for the off-season. Here's what Porter's Penguins and Ploughman's Posse managed to accomplish.

From Ploughman's Posse:
D. Backes and J. Pitkinen
13th round pick (via inTIMidators)

From Porter's Penguins:
Paul Martin
3rd round pick (via Ploughman's Posse)

The trade has been tracked in all appropriate places on the stats pages.