Sunday, December 29, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 13

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It was a week of few games this week, due to the Christmas season, but that doesn't stop us from giving out a Mover and Shaker award. This week featured a near three-peat for Ploughman's Posse, who continues to charge, but in the end there was anther team who gained more over the past seven days. That team was The Original Moose, who gained 10.5 points this week, just 2.5 more than the Posse. Moose On The Loose 11 was the fortunate winner not long ago - on the very day he went on sabbatical - and now, he does it again just a few short weeks later. With the win, he gains a free move, dropping him down to 11 used.

The stats:


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 12

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Another month has come to an end, and for some teams this month has been very positive... depending on your point of view. If you're on the bottom looking up, it's not very positive at all to see the top tier teams continue to climb. Both Greatness and Ploughman's Posse - the two top ranked teams - gained big points in this third month. The Posse in particular made quite a bit of ground on the year long leader Greatness, with his 31 point gain over the month. As we hover around the mid season mark, it's beginning to appear that nothing will stop, or ever slow, these impressive GMs.

This weeks Mover and Shaker story builds from there. The two teams that gained the most this week were the aforementioned top ranked two, but Greatness didn't quite accumulate enough to stop Ploughman's Posse from winning two weeks in a row. Posse's 12.5 points over this week were a big part of his monthly gain, and as week twelve's winner, he now has another free move to help him continue this upward trend.

Stats, including the extra ones that come at the end of the month (click to make bigger):


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 11

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After a tumultuous time this past week, most everything seems to be getting back in order within the dub. This age of darkness didn't stop GMs from competing, which is certainly a testament to the dedication most everyone feels. Competition is tight though, especially in top tier that currently exists. Past champions Greatness, Ploughman's Posse and No Homers are the front runners at the moment, and at this point have the top three spots locked down. In the next competitive tier we have Caribous and FIGJAM all alone fighting for 4th and 5th overall. About 20 points below those two, we have a tier of 5 teams who are all in a very tight battle for 6th overall. It's currently being won by King Flameheads, though he is only 5.5 point ahead the bottom team in that tier. Below that lot, and quite a ways below them at that, we have the final six teams competing for 11th overall, lead by Ellicott Inferno. This group has a tonne of work to do if they want to break into any of the above tiers.

In Moving and Shaking we have 11 teams who gained some points over the week, but not many points at all. Ploughman's Posse had the most, and it was only 7.5 points. That was indeed enough to win this weeks award though, and with that he wins a free move dropping him from 5 used to 4. I'm sure it'll be useful as he pushes to be the first ever two-timer.

The Stats - click to make bigger:


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 10

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Due to an explosive day in our beloved dub, there will be no recap this week, but instead just a single announcement of the Mover and Shaker award: Moose On Da Loose

Here are the stats if you want to read anything else into the last 7 days:

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 9

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Now that we're into month three of this ninth year of awesome fantasy hockey, it's about time we check in on the past champs again. Every year we wonder who the first two-time champion will be, and it's so far shaping up to look like we'll have one this year. Past champion, and a yearly contender, Greatness is commanding the league thus far, and  in a big way. Much work will need to be done by others to topple him at this point. The next three teams behind him, however, are all past champions as well. No Homers, Ploughman's Posse and last years champ Figjam are all in the mix in the top four. Not far behind them at number six, is third year champ Untrust, who has hovered around the top ranks all year. The only two past champs who aren't looking up to par this year, so far, are inTIMidators and Ellicott Inferno. There's time to turn things around, but they have to get busy soon in order to do that.

The Mover and Shaker this week comes out of this elite group of past champions, and in fact is our most recent one. It looks like Figjam not only wants to be the first ever two-time champion, but the first ever back-to-back champ as well. He still has work to do, but if the 12.5 gain over this week is a sign of things to come, those above him better watch out. Champ wins a free move with this week's achievement, dropping him from 12 used to 11.

The Stats:


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 8

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We have reached the end of month two, and what a wonderful month of fantasy hockey it's been... for some teams. For inTIMidators and Porter's Penguins, it wasn't that great at all, as these teams lost a lot of ground this past four weeks: 33.5 and 35 points respectively. Ouch. Going the other direction was Ploughman's Posse who had a massive month two with his 48.5 point jump. That's an incredible feat, which puts him in 3rd and much closer to the league leader Greatness, who sits comfortably on top and has for quite some time. It was only at the beginning of the month that he didn't command number one, as his 1.25 average placement notes.

In moving and shaking, we had a couple of teams who had some nice increases but it was Ploughman's Posse great finish to an incredible month that took home the cake. His 16.5 point jump this past seven days crowns him winner and with it, he gains a free move, dropping him from 6 used to 5.

The stats (click to make bigger):




Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 7

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I assume that all GMs thought that Commish chose to boycott the award this week, in protest of GMs not accepting the removal of points. Well, that's not the case. Truth is, he totally forgot about it after an extremely busy weekend, and he also didn't get a chance to do it last night. The stats have been recorded from Sunday, however...

There were only six teams who gained anything this past week and two of them had some pretty big gains. Zig Zag Zambonies and Moose On Da Loose 11 were in a close battle in fact, but in the end Moose ODL11 had one more point than ZZZ meaning he takes home the prize. His 18 point gain over the 7 days crowns him Mover and Shaker for week seven, and gives him a free move dropping him from 9 used to 8.

The stats - click to make big.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 6

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What has been most impressive so far in this young season, is how tight the rankings have been to date. Up until the last few days, there were only 80 or so points separating the top team from the bottom one. If it wasn't for the super bad weeks that Flames and Porters Penguins had - they lost 25.5 and 15 points this week respectively - things would still be pretty tight from top to bottom. Then again, perhaps this is the period where the champs start out-matching the chumps. It's difficult to say for sure at this point, as there have only been an average of 289 games played per team, thus far.  With an average of 911 games needed to be played per team to reach the 1200 minimum, we have quite a large amount of stats to calculate before things are all said and done. There is plenty of time for chumps to rise, and champs to fall.

The big story this week comes from a perennial contender who has been fairly quiet in the first five weeks of this ninth season. That changed in week six however, when Ploughman's Posse blasted up the ranks from 8th to 4th. The team achieved this with a massive 26.5 gain over the last seven days, and this impressive movement no doubt has opened the eyes of the GMs commanding the top tier of teams. By a long shot, the Posse has been crowned Mover and Shaker this week. He wins a free move, dropping him to 6 moves used.

The Stats (click to make bigger):


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 5

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Now that we're into month two of this early season, we have reached a point where we no longer compare stats to last seasons achievements. It's probably "useless" and "rubbish" to be doing such things anyway, but the league does see value in at least having a look. Nonetheless, we are now into month two, and all further stat comparisons will be within this year.

In looking at this weeks snapshot, the first thing that jumps out are the top three ranks; for the first time since the end of the short week to start the year, we have a new GM up there. Caribous pushed out Untrust - or maybe Untrust pushed himself out, with his big point drop this week - to take control of 3rd overall. Caribous gained 20 points over the past seven days to make that happen, and not only did he get into the top three with that achievement, but he also won Mover and Shaker this week too. He'll have an additional move to help him keep pushing, now with a total of 7 used, down from 8.

The Stats:

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 4

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Four weeks have now passed, and with that we have some additional stats to look at to end the month. The Average Rank Per Month stat tells us - not that anyone paying attention didn't know - that Greatness, Untrust and No Homers have been in command so far in this early year. The Month Movement stat tells us that the perennially placed last team, Zig Zag Zambonies, has rocketed up the ranks since the start of the year with a 67 point gain, while last years champ Figjam has gone the opposite way dropping 77 points. The other GMs can check out their own stats in the table posted below.

In moving and shaking this week we have a team who has been consistently moving slowly upwards all month. Roly Snipes gained 17 points this week to close out the month, but after week one he was at only 63 points. Yes, the team is still in last place but, looking at the numbers, there are some positives. One of those positives is winning this week's award and gaining a free move, dropping him to 10 used.

Click the image to zoom in on the stats:


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 3

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At the end of week three, we see the frontrunners from last week retain their top three status. The only difference this week, is that Greatness has taken over top spot from No Homers. Along with Untrust, these GMs are the stars of the month thus far.

In moving in shaking, we have a team who was mentioned last week, but only in passing. It was declared that this team was the only past champ not flying high this year so far, but that seems to be changing. The inTIMidators only rose four spots this past seven days, but his 33.5 point gain was heads and tails above anyone one else. He is this weeks Mover and Shaker, and with the win, he drops his used moves down to 0.

The stats. Click to make bigger:


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 2

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We've already reached week two of the new season, but it's still too early to really see any trends or tell who will be treading water in the standings come the end, so lets look at past champs. Six of the eight total 'Dub' champions - the first one ever is no longer with us - currently reside in the top eight ranks, with only The inTIMidators riding low at 15th. No Homers, Greatness and Untrust map out the top 3, with Ellicott Inferno sitting in 5th and Ploughman's Posse tied at 8th with last years champ Figjam.

All these past champs will be pushing to be the first ever two-time champion in this ninth season of the WTHL, and one of them will have a one move advantage after gaining the Mover and Shaker award this week. No Homers rocked our socks off with a 49 point gain this past seven days, jumping him from 8th spot to 1st overall. He wins a move - and he needs it - dropping him from 13 used to 12.

The Stats:

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 1

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We are less than a week into the 2013-14 season, but we already have a winner to announce. Today kicks of the annual weekly Mover and Shaker award day. Week one's winner generally comes at a short week, but this one was actually a day or two longer than it normally is. Remember that the first winner of the year is based on the final points each team had at the end of last season.

Five teams had a more than 30 point gain this week, with two of those grabbing more than 40 points on their last years standing: Ellicott Inferno and King Flameheads. The latter of the two had 46.5 points to the former's 40.5, and thus is crowned this weeks mover and shaker. He wins a free move, dropping his total down from 1 to 0.

This is not the best indication of who is doing the best at the moment, however. Greatness and Untrust lead the league, and it was only in the final day that Untrust was dethroned from the top spot after a week of dominance. Neither of these two were in the pack of five who had the most gains on last season, though the third place team, Porter's Penguins, was. Interesting...

All this means little in the meantime. We have a very long season ahead of us.

The stats:

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Two Days To Go

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The keepers have been selected, and the draft has been conducted. All that we need to have happen now is the league to start, and that will come to be in just two days! I'm sure all sixteen GMs are getting excited now as they go into the ninth season of our beloved league. FIGJAM will be pushing to be the first ever back-to-back champion, while the seven other champs attempt to thwart that in effort to become the first ever two-time champion. Then there are the eight GMs who haven't won yet. There is no doubt they'll be pushing for history to not repeat by trying to ensure the long standing single victory GMs stick around a while long. Time will tell how that works out for everyone.

The first of the weekly move and shaker awards will come next Sunday, by the way. Please remember that the first week is based on each teams final standing last year. We'll see who has the best jump from year to year, or the best drop for that matter. From there on, it continues on weekly as per normal.

Other than that, make sure your rosters are set. We're almost ready to rumble. Yee haw!

Monday, September 16, 2013

It's On

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The summer is gone and the big event we've all been waiting for - the 2013/14 draft - has been completed. It's on!

About the draft last night; it was pretty exciting, as always, and it was great to see all GM's in attendance. It's not every year that such a thing happens, so bravo to all for making it. There was some exciting moments throughout the night, with a few GMs making surprise picks, while others spent time feuding at the length of time some people were taking to make their picks. That made for some interesting chats in the chat board.

On that note however, it was indeed pretty slow going at the start, but it picked up as the night went on with the later rounds going fairly quickly. Ever still, we will likely be dropping the amount of time available per pick next year. 90 seconds is a fairly long time, and perhaps not necessary. For at least one year, considering we have the option available to adjust things, we'll drop it to 60 seconds to see how that works. More discussion to come on that in the future, I'm sure.

In the meantime, it's just about 2 weeks before the games start. Let the fun now begin!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

One Week To Draft

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While the season gameplay is still just under a month away, one major yearly milestone commeth quite soon. In just one week, we draft for the 9th time in league history! This is one night of the year that nobody wants to miss, as it's each GM's chance to get a leg up on everyone else. Keepers or no keepers, drafting can make or break your team, so be there if at all possible. If not possible, be sure to get your pre-draft rankings taken care of. Relying on yahoo's rankings is not always the best idea afterall.

It's getting close folks. I know at least one GM and a Commish who are getting quite excited at this point. I'm sure they aren't alone.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Keepers Set

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The deadline for submitting Keepers - and trading players - has now passed. All GM's managed to get their selections in on time, though there were some final reminders sent, and some invalid players selected along the way. With the Keepers now set - you can view them all on the tracker page, along with contracts updated and their starting rank included - all we can now do is wait until September 15th. What happens then you ask? Well, you shouldn't have to ask first of all, but it is the day we draft our teams for the 13-14 season, our 9th year of this wonderful league. That's right; Sunday September 15th at 9:30pm NL time is when we pick our teams. That's less that two weeks away, and if the next 13 days go as fast as the last few months, it won't be long coming. Be sure to make the date in your calenders now. Forgetting to show up to this important day is detrimental to ones health - or ones team anyway.

Friday, August 30, 2013

League Now Open

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Yahoooooooo!

Late last night, the fantasy hockey leagues opened up for this year, and our league was promptly created when this wonderful news was discovered. It looks like we may have broken a record in early league creation this year too; our league number is 391. I guess that's what happens when you refresh a page 7 thousand times a day to see if things are open yet... but it means nothing really. What matters is that the invites have been sent to all GMs, and soon enough it'll be game time for the 9th season of 'The Dub'. So exciting!

P.S. - Don't forget that keeper and trade deadline day is in just a few days!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Keepers Due Next Week

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We've started the final stretch of August, and that means we are just one week away from Keeper deadline. As everyone knows, all 10 Keepers are to be submitted by end of day September 1st - next Sunday. Most GMs have already submitted at least a temporary list - it can be changed at any point up to the deadline - but there are still 4 quiet GMs out there who haven't submitted anything thus far. I'm sure they'll get them in by deadline day though, not wanting the 10 players to be randomly picked for them should they not submit.

Things have been quiet on the trade front in the last couple weeks as well, but we should note again at this point, that as soon as the keeper deadline passes, so does the trade deadline. No trading is to happen past September 1st, up until draft day where trading commences again. If there are deals to be made, you best get them done in the next 7 days.

Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Trades Keep Coming

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Never wanting to miss out on trade action, King Flameheads is back into the mix. From what the front offices are told, this was a long negotiation between him and inTIMidators, but the below deal has finally been completed.

To King Flameheads:
1st round pick (via inTIMidators)
C. Hodgson

To inTIMidators
5th round pick (via Caribous)
H. Sedin

Monday, August 12, 2013

Deadlines Approaching

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This summer is certainly passing by quickly. It's hard to imagine that, in less than 3 weeks, we'll have two important deadlines come and go. On September 1st, by end of day, a list of 10 Keepers are to be submitted by all GMs. This will be the 5th year we've done this now, so its should come to no surprise that it needs to be done, however, if GM's do not submit them the penalty will be a random selection of keepers from their final roster. I'm sure nobody wants to start the year out that way, so I suspect everyone will have their selections in on time. Some will be last minute submissions, as per normal, but they will get done.

Another important deadline ends as September begins: Off-season trading. GMs will be no longer allowed to trade any assets after September 1st, and will not be able to do so again until draft day.  This means that there are less than 3 weeks to make deals happen, if anyone is working on them.

Speaking of draft day, please remember that our day for drafting each year is always the second Sunday of September. This year, it will be at 9:30pm on September 15th - provided Yahoo has that timeslot available, which they always do. We'll know for sure in a week or two though, when the system opens up again.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Trade Talk

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With only a few weeks left to off-season trading, we seem to be on the cusp of a few big deals. There's a lot of rumbling going on anyway. For now, we do have No Homers and FIGJAM with some action:

To FIGJAM:
3rd round pick (via Fast and Bulbus)
Myers

To No Homers:
11th round pick (via inTIMidators)
Letang

Thursday, August 1, 2013

More Trading

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We're down to one month of off-season trading, and it appears that King Flameheads is still not done, nor is No Homers. These two pulled of another trade today:

To King Flameheads:
No Homers 6th and No Homers 6th (via Roly Snipes)
H. Sedin

To No Homers:
King Flameheads 2nd (via inTIMidators) and King Flameheads 2nd (via FIGJAM)
T. Myers

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Another Off Season Three Way

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King Flameheads is back into the mix, this time starting off a 3-way trade involving Fast and Bulbus and Ellicott Inferno, which sees Ellicott moving up to 2nd overall pick.

PART ONE:

TO King Flameheads:
Ellicott Inferno 2nd Rd and Ellicott Inferno 2nd Rd (via FIGJAM)

To Ellicot Inferno:
King Flameheads 1st Rd (via Greatness) and King Flameheads 6th Rd


PART TWO:

TO Fast and Bulbus:
Ellicott Inferno 1st Rd and Ellicott Inferno 1st Rd (via Greatness - acquired above)

To Ellicott Inferno:
Fast and Bulbus 1st Rd and Fast and Bulbus 3rd Rd (via Milltown Moose)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Another Off Season Trade

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The flurry of trades this mid July continues, this time with one that does not include King Flameheads. Two past champions swap a couple of players and picks in the following transaction:

To No Homers
Greatness 3rd Rd (via Fast and Bulbus) & Greatness 4th Rd (via Caribous)
A. Niemi

To Greatness
No Homers 7th Rd (via King Flamehads) & No Homers 7th Rd (via inTIMidators)
M. Hossa
K. Bieksa

Will this end the mid summer trading, or are we just getting started? Who knows at this point!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Yet Another Trade

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King Flameheads has been on an absolute trade joyride over the past week. The firey GM has just pulled off another doozy with another familiar trading partner, No Homers. Check out the details below:

To King Flameheads
No Homers 1st round (via Greatness) and No Homers 5th round

To No Homers
King Flameheads 6th round (via Greatness) and KF 7th round
N. Kadri
J. Carter

This trade pushes King Flameheads up into the first round instead of his first pick being late in the 2nd round. It in turn pushes No Homers out of the top 3 rounds, for now at least.

The question now is; is GM Harris done for the off-season, or does he have more moves up his sleeve? Time will tell!

Three Way Trade

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2013's off-season continues to be a busy one this mid July. We have another trade to annouce, this time between three teams, making it the season's first 3-way. Here's how it all looks:

To Greatness
CaptainPowerMoose 1st round --- 3RD OVERALL

To CaptainPowerMoose
Greatness 1st round (via Milltown Moose) --- 9TH OVERALL
Jeff Carter

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To CaptainPowerMoose
King Flameheads 3rd round (via No Homers) and King Flameheads 3rd round (via inTIMidators)

To King Flameheads
CaptainPowerMoose 4th round (via Milltown Moose) and CaptainPowerMoose 6th round (via King Flameheads)
Jeff Carter

What a doozy!

Remember that all this is being tracked in the tracker section as well. The stats sheets are updated in near real time.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Second Post Season Trade 2013

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The second post-season trade once again involved the King Flameheads. He quickly shipped out Alfreddson to the Caribous in the following trade:

To Caribous
KF 3rd round (via Greatness) and KF 4th round (via inTIMidators) picks.
Daniel Alfreddson.

To King Flameheads
Caribous 5th round (via untrust) and Caribous 5th round picks.
Dustin Brown
Jack Johnson

Seems the trade season is heating up!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

First Off-Season Trade of 2013

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Some teams have shrugged off the summer rest period and have been working at improving their assets. Beyond just chatter, familiar trading partners Greatness and King Flameheads, two teams who finished in very different positions last year, pulled off this years first off-season trade today. Here's what was involved:

To Greatness:
4th (via Caribous) and 5th (via inTIMidators) round picks

To King Flameheads:
6th (via Greatness) and 7th (via King Flameheads) round picks
Daniel Alfredsson
Cal Clutterbuck

One team improves their draft positions, while the other improves their keepers. What else would you be doing in the off-season, right?

Monday, June 3, 2013

2013 Lottery Results

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The 2013 Draft Lottery was conducted during the annual party - which was a blast in itself - and it was quite interesting to see unfold. 8 GM's were in attendance at the time of the draw, and what they witnessed was pretty remarkable. While it was neat enough to watch the 5th place team, having only 2 balls in the bag, be selected during the pre-lottery, it was nothing compared to what was about to happen.

The odds stayed on target at the beginning with one of the 9 white balls being selected. The pre-lottery winner thus jumped from 12th pick to 9th. What came next was pretty amazing. With 36 balls left in the bag, split between 8 teams, the odds were in favor of selecting one of the 8 brown balls next. When 'THE ONE' ball was selected, the room erupted in amazement. A 1 in 36 chance of happening proved possible, and the supposed number 1 overall pick dropped to 8th. Simply amazing.

The results of the entire lottery can be viewed below for the first round, and on the draft picks stats page for all future rounds:


Please note that trading is once again opened for the off-season, closing again end of day September 1st, after the keeper picks have been submitted.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Lottery Line Up 2013

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Here's how the entries for the 2013 draft lottery lines up.

Pre-Lottery
Total Balls = 13 - One ball selected - Winner bumps to 9th pick and gains entry into full lottery.

Porter's Penguins - 4 Balls
Ploughman's Posse - 3 Balls
Untrust (KapetanSnagaLosa11.0 owns it) - 2 Balls
Milltown Moose (Greatness owns it) - 2 Balls
The inTIMidators - 1 Ball
Caribous (The inTIMidators owns it) - 1 Ball

Draft Lottery
Total balls = 45* - First nice draft positions are selected in descending order. *Changes per round

Winner of Pre Lottery / Porter's Penguins - 9 Balls
No Homers (Zig Zag Zambonies owns it) - 8 Balls
Roly Snipes (Zig Zag Zambonies owns it) - 7 Balls
Ellicott Inferno - 6 Balls
Flames - 5 Balls
KapetanSnagaLosa11.0 - 4 Balls
Fast and Bulbus - 3 Balls
King Flameheads (Zig Zag Zambonies owns it) - 2 Balls
Zig Zag Zambonies - 1 Ball

The main goal in this lottery as we select each round is to NOT have your ball selected.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

End of Season Bash 2013

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Though we had a rough and unexpected start to the season with the NHL lockout, everything turned out great, better than great, in the end. The multitude of trades was exciting to see unfold; the competition between the top studs was entertaining as ever right the very end; and the push for teams to make their minimum games was stellar to watch, though perhaps hard on the nerves for those involved - and that's only the highlights!

Now that it's all said and done, it's time to party - Partay! Our annual end of season bash happens this coming weekend and it promises to be a great time. It's also the night that we conduct the lottery draft to discover the final positions of picks. Immediately following the draft, off-season trading opens as well, and you never know what a group of potentially intoxicated GM's will achieve when together.

Trades, or no trades, it's going to be fun times. 4 more sleeps!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Off-Season Trackers Updated

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The off-season has officially begun, and while the dust hasn't quite settled for all the GMs as of yet, updates are happening behind the scenes of the league. More specifically, though trading cannot begin until after the lottery, trackers have been updated in preparation for the potentially busy summer trading season.

The Draft Pick Tracker listing all the completed draft pick trades this past season is now ready for viewing. After June 1st, you can use this tool for trading of any of these picks.

The other handy spreadsheet that has been updated and posted is the Final Rosters sheet. Again, this will be useful when GMs attempt to pull of trades in the off-season.

Finally, the Keeper Tracker has been updated as well, adding the newest column for this years keepers - due September 1st. The Keepers that have been 'reset' after clearing waivers have been marked as well.

Like all the trackers and stat pages, all these can be found in the main hub for these pages - WTHL Stats and Trackers. Enjoy!

Monday, April 29, 2013

2012-2013 Champion

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It was an incredible run for this years champion, who dominated the majority of the season in the number one position.  Though Greatness - and basically nobody else - gave FIGJAM a run for his money throughout the year, he could not compete with the incredible game that this years champ has played, which essentially began last year by way of developing a wonderful draft. From there, to great picks in that draft, to solid moves all season, the champ title is extremely well deserved. There has been a few teams to have done such dominating over the years on their way to the championship, but none have finished with so many points - 245 in total. Amazing. Simply amazing.

Congratulations to FIGJAM for taking home the top prize this year, and also to Greatness who finished 2nd, plus Caribous who pushed his way up the ranks to finish in 3rd.

Bravo to everyone for another awesome season!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 15

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It's all but certain who the winner is this year, but due to their being one more game today, we can't officially announce it until tomorrow. We can however, take one final look at mover and shakers, and hand out the last award for the year.

It appears that FIGJAM just wanted to rub some salt in the wounds of everyone else in the league during the final stretch. Not only has he dominated most of the season in the number one position, in the last week he gained 10 big points. This was enough to make him the highest mover over the 7 days. It's been a massive season for him, and not only will he end it as champ, he'll do so as the final Mover and Shaker as well. Though he may not use it, he does gain a free move, dropping him from 13 used down to 12.

The stats - click to make big:




Friday, April 26, 2013

Important Dates 2013

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Head's up to all GM's on some important dates to remember in the off season.

Monday April 29th
2012-2013 season ends with the champion being crowned. The final rosters and draft pick spreadsheets will be updated as soon as possible.

June 1st
A multi important date this will be. We will have our year end bash, and we will also conduct this year's lottery draft. Directly following that, off season trading will open. This will have to take place outside of yahoo, so be sure to let GM's know your email if interested in trading.

Sunday September 1st
10 Keepers are due end of day on this date (or 10 keepers will be randomly selected for you).

Late August / Early September
The yahoo leagues will open and all GM's will be invited.

Sunday September 15th
This is draft day for the 2013-2014 season. You definitely don't want to miss it.

Early October
NHL season (and thus 'The dub') will begin.

Be sure to keep these important dates in mind!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 14

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In the second to last week of the season, the story for the leading teams was all about keeping steady. FIGJAM, Greatness and Caribous are holding tight to the top 3 positions, and it doesn't appear that they will be moving, one way or the other, any time soon. The basement teams are holding tight to their positions too, as they attempt to solidify a high lottery pick.

There is another story working itself out, and it involves games played. It's clear that everyone is working towards maxing out their games - because, who wouldn't? - but the most interesting aspect of this story are the couple who have yet to reach the minimum games played. Fast and Bulbus, along with Porters Penguins, are the only two who have not reached the 702 game mark. It was iffy a couple of weeks ago whether they would make it or not, but it appears that something scared them into action - perhaps the reminder of loosing keepers, picks and moves - and they will likely now reach the minimum mark come end of next week. For their sake, I hope so.

In moving and shaking - perhaps a clear message that just playing games can achieve good results - we have Porter's Penguins who destroyed all rising competition this week. His 16 point gain was 10 above his next competitor and with that achievement, he is crowned champ, gaining him a free transaction. He now has 12 instead of 13 used.

The stats - click to make big.


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 13

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There are only two weeks left to the 2012-2013 season, and now that we're this close to the end, I think it's time to have a look at how all the past champs are doing at this point. It's a pertinent time to do so, as one out of this list has an opportunity to be the first ever two-time champion, while another is this weeks mover and shaker. We'll get to that in a minute, but first:
  • Ellicott Inferno (Ultimate Bohabs at the time) won in year two, but hasn't done much since. He currently sits in 12th overall, with only a small chance of breaking into the top 10.
  • Untrust won in year three, and likes stories. His current story is that he has see-sawed between 4th and 8th position all season, never going higher and never going lower. 
  • Greatness won in year four; his inaugural season. He has battled hard this year and currently sits in 2nd overall, where he has sat most of the season, if not in 1st. He is 10 points from winning again.
  • The inTIMidators won in year five. He has been fairly quiet for most of the year, after an early attempt to push up the ranks. In the end, he may finish in the top 5 - definitely top 10.
  • Ploughman's Posse won in year six. Normally a perennial competitor, it appears that he focused on a rebuild-on-the-fly type year this season. Though he'll finish in the top 10, it'll be a abnormally quiet finish.
  • No Homer's is the current champ, having won last year. In the off-season, it was all but certain for him that he would be the first ever back-to-back champ. He hasn't been so loud about such things for months. He will likely finish in the top 10, but that's about it. 
In moving and shaking, we focus on the champ of year three and his 15 point gain over the past week. Untrust pushed himself into the top 5 with this gain and with it won a free move, dropping him from 14 used, down to 13.

The stats below. Click to make bigger.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 12

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The war between Greatness and FIGJAM rages on... but, that isn't the main headline this week. This week it's about rising stars and falling rocks as we focus on the race for third. In a somewhat unnoticed achievement, Milltown Moose has held onto the 3rd overall position since the end of week 4, not moving an inch one way another. That is quite commendable, but it all ended in week 12 as Caribous pushed him out of bronze position with a remarkable 24 point gain over the month. Looking at the Monthly Movement stats, the -7 point drop over the month didn't help Moose's cause either. It's difficult to tell which of these deer species will win 3rd overall - it is unlikely either will go higher - but it'll fun to watch as they battle it out.

In moving and shaking we have the bottom dweller making a push - not up the ranks or anything - to gain some street cred, or maybe just a free move, which he did with this weeks 12 point gain. Zig Zag Zambonies in crowned Mover and Shaker in Week 12 and with it drops from 8 moves used, down to 7.

The stats - click to enlarge. Note the 'Month Movement' and 'Average Rank - Month' columns:


Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 11

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With slightly less than a month of action left in the 8th season of the WTHL, the leaders of the pack are making it tough for anyone else to cling onto any hope of winning. There is a fierce battle being fought between Greatness and FIGJAM at the top, who are separated at the moment by only 0.5 points. Lucky for them, due to the duo being about 30 points above any other challenger, they only have to worry about each other. There is another minor battle for 3rd overall taking place as well, as Milltown Moose attempts to hold onto the position ahead of the charging Caribous. Behind them are twelve teams who are jockeying for either their best possible rank to keep there average rank history in check, or worst possible rank - while reaching minimum games - in hopes for a better lottery position.

In moving and shaking we're going to do something slightly different this time around. Due to missing last weeks stats, we'll be looking at the top movers over the past two weeks - Note that we said 'movers', with an s. This week we'll be rewarding not one, not even two, but three of the biggest point gainers. There wasn't much of a gain from anyone however, with the top mover being Caribous with only a 9 point jump. This was enough to get him a move though, dropping him from 11 used to 10. The other two highest point gainers both captured 7.5 points over the 2 week period. No Homers and The inTIMidators were the teams and they both win a free move, both dropping from their max used of 16, down to 15.

Stats below. Just click to make it bigger.


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 9

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There will be no write up this time around, but a huge special thanks goes to GM Dave of the Caribous for collecting this information in week 9 (though it's unfortunate that he didn't continue for week 10. Tsk, Tsk). His calculations revealed that Porter's Penguins was the Mover and Shaker that week, meaning his number of moves drop from 2 used, down to 1.

Stats here. Click to make big.


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 8

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Another month has passed in this shortened season, bringing us to about the half way mark. GM's are jockeying for position as the weak begin to die off. In the top ranks, there is a battle - a war even - brewing nicely between FIGJAM and Greatness who both finished the month with an average placement of 1.5. Milltown Moose continues to nip at both their heels with his average placement over the month at an even 3 - having not moved from that spot all month. The inTIMidators and Untrust round out the top 5 in average placement, both tied at 5.25.

A new category has been added the tracking sheets this month, this one to help visualize how far, up or down, that teams have moved since the same point the month prior. The 'Month Movement' column tells us that FIGJAM gained by far the most over the month - 38.5 points - followed by King Flameheads, Ploughman's Posse and the Caribous with 22, 19 and 18 points up respectively. It also shows a epic dive from Fast and Bulbus, who fell 54 points this month.

Turning our attention now to the Mover and Shaker award, our focus goes to Caribous. This team gained a whopping 22 points over the week, 10 points up from any competition he may have had. With this achievement  he has been crowned week eight's award winner, giving him a free move. He now has 11, down 1 from 12.

The stats. Click to zoom in. Make it big.


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 7

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This week is all about dominance.

The most any team can possibly total in our league is 272 points (which is 17 stats times 16 points). This is being mentioned now because the top ranked team FIGJAM, currently sits less than 40 points behind that mark with his dominating total of 235.5 points. This team is also more than 20 points ahead of his next competitor in second place, Greatness, who sits with 213.5 points. We haven't seen dominance like this since Ploughman's Posse run to the cup a couple years ago.

In moving and shaking, we had a few teams who pushed hard this week. Caribous and King Flameheads both gained over 10 points - 14 and 11 respectively - but, unfortunately for them, they were held out of the win by none other than FIGJAM ,who gained 17.5 points this week. It's a rare thing to see a Mover and Shaker award be given out to the top ranked team, but this is not the first time that FIGJAM has achieved it. He was the first to ever do so back in the 10-11 season. With this spectacular achievement this time around, he wins a free move dropping him from 11 used to 10.

The stats - click to enlarge


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 6

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After pointing out the tiers last week, things have begun to tighten up slightly this week, further defining said tiers. The top group of Greatness, Figjam and Milltown Moose remains the same, though the leading two are now in a virtual tie with only 0.5 points separating them. Untrust has pushed himself into the 2nd tier - this one begins about 20 points behind the top tier - giving some competition to Roly Snipes and inTIMidators who had command of the grouping this time last week. Ploughman's Posse still controls the third tier, which begins after another 20 point drop separating 2nd and 3rd groupings. Whereas this group had eight teams last week however, now there are five, as two teams have sunk into the dark depths of the league, all of which are at least 100 points behind the league leader.

In moving and shaking there are only six teams in contention as ten of them lost points this week. Only four of those gained more than 10 points, and two teams slugged it out until the bitter end. Untrust and Figjam were the highest point gainers the past 7 days with Untrust sneaking out the win by only 4 points, a total of 22. With this, he gains a free move dropping him from 12 used, to 11.

The stats - click to enlarge


NOTE: Updated shortly after posting. Untrust was winner, not Figjam. Sawry.

Monday, February 18, 2013

New Stats and Trackers Home

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In fear that Google will cease their GooglePages thing some day (because, come on, who uses GooglePages?) I decided to move all the stats and trackers information to this site. It's better to have everything in a uniform fashion within the same location anyway, so taking the time to move things around was well worth it. I'll keep the other one active though, for the time being.

The links on this page have been updated to the new homes, and you can access the start page to the new section using the menu up top.

Go on b'y, check it out!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 5

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After the first week of a new month we are seeing a few different tiers form, separating the competitors from the pretenders. On top we have one tier of three teams lead by Greatness at 208.5 points, and not far behind him are FIGJAM and Milltown Moose who are pushing to keep the ex champ in check within this tight top tier. Twenty points behind that tier we have The inTIMidators and Roly snipes within their own small grouping, virtually tied at 173 and 172 respectively. Nearly another twenty points behind them two stands another ex champ, Ploughman's Posse, who leads the next group with 157 points as part of a larger tier of eight teams. These eight have a lot of work to do to get into the higher groups, but not as much as the bottom dwelling three teams who aren't even worth mentioning, considering they aren't even above 100 points as it stands today.

In Moving and Shaking we had some fierce competition between KapetanSnagaLosa11.0 - who is part of the third team of 8 teams - and the higher ranked Roly Snipes. In the end, even though the Kapetan had an 8 point gain on the final night, Roly Snipe's 3 point gain was enough to push him 1.5 points higher to be crowned champion. With this win he gains a free move, dropping him from 12 used to 11.

The stats (Click to make big...)


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 4

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A month of stats have now been calculated, and with that information we can take a look at averages to see who has been constant competitors thus far. Looking at the average ranks over the month, there are two teams tied at top with a 2.5 average placement: Milltown Moose and FIGJAM. Just behind those two, and perhaps only because of one poor week, stands Greatness with a 4.5 average placement. Untrust sits in 4th with an average rank of 5.75, while Porter's Penguins is in 5th with his average of 6.75 - though it should be noted that the latter team is very much on his way down the ranks having finished 11th in the past 2 weeks after a strong start. The InTIMidators, Roly Snipes and Ellicott Inferno round out the top 8 with a 7.25, 7.5 and 7.75 average rank respectively, though the last team in that list does not currently sit in the top 8 spots. It'll certainly be interesting to see if any or all these teams are able to stick where they are or if other teams will rise to the occasion in the coming weeks.

In moving and shaking we have a team who has shot up the ranks lately, last week solidifying a 3rd spot overall and this week pushing to the number 1 spot. Greatness pulls out a 25.5 point gain this week and takes home the award for the second week in a row. His win gives him another move dropping him from 10 used to 9.

The stats, including average rank over the month (click to make big):


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 3

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Now that we are couple weeks into the league, it's about time we check in to see how all the past champs are doing. Excluding the retired Pussy Pounders GM who won the first year, here's how they all the past champs stack up so far in this 8th year.
  • Ellicott Inferno, who relocated from being Ultimate Bohabs after winning the prize in year 2, are having a pretty good start to the year so far, though they seem to be sliding towards the middle after starting early at or near the top.
  • Untrust, the winner of the 3rd year, has see-sawed from 6th to 8th to 4th in the last few weeks. He currently sits at the top of a very tight 2nd tier of teams that has only 20 points separating teams ranked 4 through 11.
  • Greatness, the team who won the 4th year during his inaugural season, charged up the standings this past week and pushed into 3rd overall after finishing last week in 12th.
  • The inTIMidators, champion of the 5th anniversary year, has been quiet this year, mostly poking around the middle ranks. This is where he stands today, sitting in the 8th as the rest watch on wondering if he's a contender or a pretender.
  • Ploughman's Posse, who won just 2 years ago, is in similar see-saw pattern moving around the middle to upper lower ranks. It's uncertain whether this is a rebuild year or not for this team, but is somebody to always keep an eye on.
  • No Homer's, the current reigning champ, is in a tough spot. He opened the season in 15th overall and hasn't been able to push his team hard enough to raise past the 14th mark. Anything can happen of course, but the team better get moving in this shortened season if a go of it is to be made at all.
For the Mover and Shaker award this week we will be looking at one of these 7 teams. If you read the recaps closely, it's probably not hard to tell that it's Greatness who we're going to talk about. This team had a 45.5 point drive this past week, nearly doubling that of any close competitor. This 9 rank drive solidified this weeks award and with it a free move, dropping Greatness from 9 used to 8.

The stats (Click to make big):


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 2

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It's unfortunate that league offices has not kept any record books on the number of weekly transactions and trades, though even without it, it's not difficult to assume that this week broke a record. The number of bodies and picks that swapped teams, or from free agency/waivers to teams this week, was quite incredible: 16 trades involving 45 players and 60+ player adds since last Saturday. That is a lot.

It's too early to say what all this movement will do in the future, but it appears the league is tightening up in rank positions already (as it was assumed that this year parity would be high). Last Sunday, the highest point total for the team on top was Porter's Penguins' 222, and the lowest was King FlameHeads' 74. The KF still has the lowest this week, but it's 10 points higher at 84, and the highest rank - now a tie between Milltown Moose and FIGJAM - is at 179 points. It's also interesting to note that teams 1 through 13 are only 43 points away from each other, and this includes two separate tied positions (at 1 and 6). Last years champ No Homers and perennial bottom dweller Zig Zag Zambonies sit with King FlameHeads in the league depths, at least 20 points out of 13th.

In Moving and Shaking we have the team commanded by GM of the Year last year jumping from 13th overall to 6th with his 44 point gain. Roly Snipes beat out The InTIMidators by just 3.5 points to be crowned this weeks award winner. With this win, as always, he gets a free transactions dropping him from 7 used to 6.

The stats below. Make big by clicking, should you wish.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Mover and Shaker - Week 1

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This is the first ever Mover and Shaker award to be presented after only one night of action, as season game play generally begins on a Wednesday or Thursday evening. Due to the lockout however, the season began on a Saturday this year and popular demand said we should do the first award after that one night. So here we are and the results are interesting...

The first thing that jumped out after day one is that the two teams who battled each other from beginning to end of last season started out in the opposite position this year. King Flameheads, who finished second last year by just a few points, starts out down 139 points from last year to be dead last of the 16 teams. Current champion No Homers isn't having much of a better start after dropping 117 points to be second last. Not a great start after one day for these two, that's for sure.

In Moving and Shaking the opposite direction, we have a bit of a surprise. It was nearly certain that Zig Zag Zambonies would win today's award after finishing in such a horrible position last year; his record low final points total of 41.5 and all. While he did rise a massive 92.5 points, he did not have the best point gain in the end. That honour goes to Porter's Penguins who topped 100 points in gains, 107 total in fact. The point gain pushed him up 11 ranks from end of last season to start the year in the number one spot. With this achievement, he is crowded the 8th season's first Mover and Shaker, giving him one free move, dropping him from 0 used to -1.

Stats below, click to make big


Saturday, January 19, 2013

It Finally Begins

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In just a few short hours the first of the games for the 12-13 NHL season will finally begin and with it, so will the 8th season of the WTHL. With the shortened season and everything that comes with it, combined with the spread of players in 'The Dub' this season plus the new minimum game rules, it is believed that this year will be one of the most exciting we've had yet. Parity is at an all time high and I believe all GM's have enough experience and interest to make a real go for the money and pride. Anything can happen in this wacky world of course, but it should definitely be an amazing year... half year. Good luck to all GM's!

Remember the Min Game Penalty

The main reason for posting today however was to reiterate the rules we've put in place regarding min games (even this season with the numbers being in ratio lower). Everyone must remember the penalty for not reaching those minimum games, which is quite severe (as posted in rulebook):

Failure to play the minimum in either of the above will result in a massive loss for the team. They will lose 3 of their top ranked non 3rd year keeper players/goalies (to be put back for drafting), their top 2 highest draft picks (swapped with the worst picks of other teams, to be determined by a lottery) and 10 transactions in the following season.

As a reminder from what was posted in the previous post, here is the info on min games:

Total Player Games ABLE to be played (14 x 56) = 784
Total Player Games MUST be played = 702

Total Goalie Games ABLE to be played (2 x 56) = 112
Total Goalie Games MUST be played (2 x 56) = 48

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Lockout Adjustments

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Due to the very unfortunate lockout, we have to make some amendments to our rule book for this season, mostly surrounding the new rules we put in place this year regarding minimum games. Because it would highly unfair, and likely impossible, to achieve the 1200 player games and 82 Goalie games this season, we've decided to adjust the rules using a percentage based on the number of games in the NHL season this year. Below is what we've done. It will apply to the 2012-2013 season ONLY (or if we ever have another half season).

MINIMUM GAMES TO BE PLAYED

NHL games per normal season: 82
Current season games: 48
48 / 82 = 0.585 = % of normal season

Total number of PLAYER games able to be played: 1330
Minimum number of PLAYER games to be played in normal season: 1200
1200 X 0.585 = 702 PLAYER games minimum = Minimum to be played this season

Total number of GOALIE games able to be played: 190
Minimum number of GOALIE games to be played in normal season: 82
82 X 0.585 = 48 GOALIE games minimum = Minimum to be played this season

Remember that NOT reaching these minimums will result in a severe penalty as we all agreed upon last year.

MAX GAMES PER ROSTER SLOT

We will also have to look after the MAX GAMES situation in the league as well, which will also be a % of what we normally have; 95 games per roster slot. Using the same calculations as above, it would come out to be something like this:

48 / 82 = 0.585 = % of normal season
Max Games per position: 95 per (Player and Goalie)
95 X 0.585 = 56 MAX games per position

MAX MOVES PER SEASON

The only other thing we've decided to change is the max moves allowed in a season, which is normally 28. We will use the same calculations as above to figure out what our max is this year:

28 x 0.585 = 16 moves total available for this shortened season


Please note that these changes have now been applied to the league. Good luck this season!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Lockout is Over

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It appears to be a jubilant day for hockey as the NHL lockout is seemingly over, so they media and twitterverse are now reporting. Apparently a deal was struck late last night, and it looks like we'll get a half a season after all. This is great news for we fantasy hockey fans... provided everyone isn't so disgusted with the NHL that they don't even want to take part in the leagues any more. I can't see that being the case, but it is a possibility I'm sure. This lockout was horrible for we fans and to be honest, if it weren't for 'The Dub', I don't know if I'd be excited at all about the return of the NHL. I am though. I can't wait to get this thing started up!

With the league not losing a full year, all previous discussions on what we'd do if the full year was lost go out the window. We no longer have to worry about any of that stuff. What we do have to consider is what we do this season regarding max games, moves, and all that jazz. I'm suggesting that we just leave it as is for the year (unless yahoo prorates things on their own or something). Sure, we'll in no way reach our 95 games max and likely not max out in moves or anything either, but we've all suffered enough. I say we just state "Game ON" and away we go.

At the time of posting this, there is no certainty of when the league will actually start back up but it has been suggested that the season could start Jan. 15 at the earliest and Jan. 19 at the latest. More to come on all this in time. For now, get your teams ready!