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GM Report – Canucks Break Training Camp


After a disappointing season last year, the team had a player’s only meeting to discuss how to improve the team in this upcoming year.  The players know that last year they did not live up to their potential, and need to do better.  After some lively discussion, it was decided that last year they were too uptight and played scared.  This led to a flat offense and too many injuries.  A solution was needed, and the Scandinavian players, many of them experienced veterans, came up with an idea to help the players relax and feel invigorated.  They approached GM Otteson, who is Norwegian himself, and asked if the team could hire a Swedish masseuse and install a Finnish steambath.  He agreed, and the team coming out of camp, though essentially the same players, looks so much relaxed, sharper and better than last year. Six wingers have the potential to score 28+ goals, and the goaltending, over 80 games, is the best in the league on paper.

Zajac and 5th round pick Kuhnhackl replace Dorsett and Kassian at forward.  Vlasic and Martin replace Irwin and Edler at LD.  And at RD 1st round pick Gostisbehere and free agent Polak replace Bieksa and Jokipakka.  Bishop replaces Anderson in net, with Luongo remaining #2.  The plan is for the centers and defensemen to feed pucks to the wingers, who will do most of the goal scoring.

The other big news is that the Sedins will be split up at even strength, though reunited of the top PP line with Eriksson.  This is an effort to get Henrik to shoot more, instead of always passing to Daniel. Also, Gaudreau has been benched for game #1. (How was the party, Johnny?)

Players on “double secret probation” and who need to prove themselves in the minors this year, or else, are Murphy, Jokipakka, Lowry, Nieto, Fast, Jarnkrok, Kassian, and Kuemper. New draftees Miller, Martinook, and Paul will be given a little time to develop.

So with that, GM Otteson will track down Elsa, the new masseuse, and let her magic fingers do their work. (Hey, it is a fantasy league, right?)

Depth Chart

LW – Gaudreau, D Sedin, Jokinen, Jenner

C – Zajac, Krejci, H Sedin, Johnson, Eakin

RW – Eriksson, Palmieri, Galchenyuk, Kuhnhackl, Holland

LD – Vlasic, Josi, Martin, Edler

RD – Tanev, Gostibehere, Polak, Bieksa

G – Bishop, Luongo, Anderson

Colorado cuts

Following the trade of Baertschi and Horvat (along with our FA pick) for Drouin, it ends up cutting 2 of the required 7 off the roster.  Also sent home after weak camps are Lucas Lessio, Anton Lander, Ronalds Kenins, Jiri Sekac and Nick Shore. That’s 5 more and I do believe we are now ready for our opening day. We are ready for games in Colorado!!

Kevin from Colorado

Vancouver cuts

Management has decided to cut the following six players:
Three veterans who just lost a gear:
Andy Greene
Nikolai Kulemin
Brad Boyes
Management has a special thank you for former first round pick Boyes, who scored 42 goals, only behind Heatley’s 49, the year the Canucks won it all.
Two young defensemen who show little potential:
Matt Irwin
Christian Folin
And finally Derek Dorsett, who, at training camp, squirted water in the face of Zack Kassian, saying that there was only room for one goon on this team. Coach Smyl concurred and cut Dorsett.

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Islander Cuts

islandersblackJoakim Andersson: We wish Andersson the best of luck in Sweden and want to thank him for his services. He was a favorite of mine, always doing the little things.
Erik Cole: A long time Islander, he will be missed. We were happy to see him go out the way he wanted with an excellent season last year. We see an assistant coaching job in his future for this Islanders staff.
Jonas Hiller: Another guy that helped us make an unbelievable run last season. He has decided to take his talents to the Swiss league. Best of luck to Hiller and his family.
Cody Hodgson: The former first round pick had a couple of decent seasons for the Islanders but never made a lasting impression. Still young, but management has given up on Mr. Hodgson.
Nikita Nikitin: Nikita was brought in to help us on the PP last season. He was sub par at best and had trouble finding a permanent role. He’s out as young d-men come in.
Alex Stalock: He was one of two goalies grabbed in the 2014 draft, both him and Martin Jones have moved on from the Islanders organization. It’s tough being a goalie in New York.
Fedor Tyutin: A loaner type player that helped with injuries the last couple of seasons, he was never going to stick. We hope Fedor can enjoy another season of hockey before retiring.
Kevin – NYI

Colorado report

COLORADO_THIRDColorado Avalanche Preview 2016
The youth movement continues in Colorado.  Gone are veterans Mark Giordano, David Perron, Frans Nielsen, Karl Alzner, Carl Soderberg and Antti Raanta. Draft picks in 2016 and 2017 were obtained in each of these moves that will help build the highly anticipated successful future Av’s management is counting on.
Front office staff is excited about the talent obtained from these trades and draft picks.  Now on the roster are the following:
Bo Horvat – C  chosen third overall in the second round of last year’s draft by Chicago, Horvat followed up with a solid 16 goal and 24 assist season.  At 21 years old we hope he continues to progress as he gains experience.
Sam Reinhart – drafted 6th overall this year.  With 23 goals as a rookie we hope he becomes a 30 goal guy that will be a top six forward for years to come.
Max Domi- drafted him 11th overall – couldn’t believe he was still available at that spot, which facilitated the Frans Nielsen trade.  Domi is a similar play maker as Nielsen but at 15 years younger should become a better goal scorer in time.
Nikolaj Ehlers – another first round draft pick that projects to become a 25-30 goal scorer.  We see a high celing with this young player
Ryan Pullock – Right hand shot defenseman that plays well in his own zone and possesses a canon of a shot.  Watch for him to develop as a top PP point man with an edge.
Chris Bigras – A surprise second round pick but our scouts were pushing for management to draft this guy.  Young defender projected to be a top four pairing guy with the NHL’s Avalanche.  Fingers crossed.
Reid Boucher – very skilled forward and crafty with the puck.  We had him projected as a second round pick and were happy to see him in the third round.  Has a one year deal in New Jersey and hopefuly teams up with Hall to add to his point total.
Nic Petan – WHL scoring machine that had an audition with the Jets last year.  Can be a real playmaking threat and has some grittiness to his game.
Nick Cousins – Looks to see more ice time this year in Philly and build on his stats from last year.
Casey Nelson – NCAA defenceman who is slated to be on the Sabres roster this year.  Has awesome playmaking skills and is a solid defender.
Daniel Carr – NCAA forward who should see some opportunities on the Habs team this year.  Could project to be another 20 goal guy.
Brandon Davidson – hopes to become a depth defenseman with a solid two way game.
Balance of Avalanche Roster:
Ryan Johansson had a sub par season but we hope he has a sensational bounce back season this year. Same can be said for the injured RNH who needs to step it up this season.  Reilly Smith continues to emerge as top two way forward that can score, while the same can be said for draft picks Victor Rask and Rickard Rakell. Vincent Trocheck has also been a pleasant 3rd round draft pick addition to our club. Marcus Johanson gives us depth as a utility forward that can play anywhere and Alex Killorn gives us some defense up front along with some intimidation.  Anders Lee and Brock Nelson continue to emerge as top forwards as does Ryan Spooner.  It will be a make or break season for former draft picks Sven Beartschi,  Zemgus Girgensons and in particular former first overall pick Nail Yakupov.  Chris Tierney is developing well in the minors and looks to make the big club next year.
Tyson Barrie and Adam Larsson continue to get better every year as does the Finnish pairing of Sami Vatanen and Olli Maata.  Jared Spurgeon is a top pairing RD with solid defense and a good offensive upside.  Derrick Pouliot, last year’s first round pick continues to toil in the minors developing his game and Thomas Hickey adds some depth to our back end.   Rookies will see ice time this year as games will need to be made up with the trading of Giordano and Alzner.
Rask and Rinne will share the bulk of the games although neither had a great season.  Carter Hutton will also play 17 games this year. This may be an area that management addresses next.
We see a lot of 7-6 or 6-5 games in our immediate future.  With a lot of firepower and young defenders with underperforming goalies, there will be a lot of goals scored in Colorado games this year.   Hopes are not large on making the playoffs but rather seeing our players develop over the next year.  We are however looking at what should be a very bright future in Colorado.
Kevin – Colorado Avalanche

Blackhawks Review










While looking at my team for this upcoming year, we are extremely excited about the upcoming year, this is the best I have had since joining the GHCL and that got me thinking how did the roster come to be and started doing some research on our wonderful website and looked at all the trades and draft and here is my review


When I took over this team in July 2014 this team was a bottom feeder for many years but was up and coming.


This was the Sawmmi had to say the year I took over


“CHICAGO- HA! Swami was finally right! After years of bottom-feeding & Swami saying this is the year they finally make it,,,they did…a playoff spot & 3rd in the Regular Season! Swami again says Playoffs for the Hawks! GM & Coach Dan Dumont had some holes to fill,as his Top 2 Centers will be lost to injuries for part of this season(Tavares just 59 GP & Stamkos only 37 GP) With Curtis Glencross(38 GP),Logan Couture & Martin Hanzal only getting 65 GP,alot of Center & Left Wing was lost to injuries,but a deal was struck with the New York Islanders that shored up the lost man games. Chicago acquired Center Brad Richards & Center/Left-Wing Brandon Dubinsky, giving up their 2nd round Rookie Pick & Goalie Jonathan Bernier! Eight 20 or more Goal-Scorers highlite the Hawks & Stamkos’s 25 in 37GP will be Scary! Josh Harding with a League best .933 saves% will get just 29 gms, Brian Elliot & Branden Holtby will fill in the rest,excellent Goaltending again for the Hawks! The only weakness Swami sees is at RD,where after P.K. Subban & John Carlson, it’s 2/2 Alexei Emelin & 1/2 Tim Gleason,but that shouldnt be a problem! This team can run 4 good lines at you with no shortage of Offense,should be another Big year in the Windy City!”


This was my 3rd league I ever joined but was happy to have Stamkos and Tavares, I remember that year Stamkos only had 37 games, and he only played at home. I remember this team didn’t have much depth on D and had to use Emelin and Gleason but as you will see I worked hard to remedy that. I remember I took over near when the draft was starting and I had no early picks, so my 1st trade was on  July 26th when we send our 3rd, 4th and 5th in the rookie draft for DAL UFA pick, probably overpaid but wanted help on D


the trade ended up


M.Barberio (3)

T.Wilson (4)

K.Connauton (5)


A.Stralman (UFA)


Well that turned out great for us as Stralman has become our top RD in the last couple of years then the same year we picked A.Dejardins with the last pick of the 2014 UFA draf K.Russel. With Stralman and Russel they really help put our team over the top.


My next deal I remember this one and maybe my worst deal I have made so far


July 29th traded J.Abdelkader to COL for J.Benn who almost didn’t play for us at all, I just didn’t think Justin would bounce back after a bad year, and was really working to help my D, who knew that Stralman and Russell would turn out the way they did


on Aug 1st 2014 we traded R.Lehner to TB for their UFA 2015 pick, don’t remember who I got and I can’t find the 2015 ufa picks.


My next deal was on FEB 16 2015, believed this was near the deadline, Still looking for help on LD and LW and not sure this team was good enough for a push we did the following trade


to Tampa

J.Carter, B.Richards, J.Benn, CHI 3rd 2015 (traded to COL they selected L.Lessio)


to Chicago

C.Macarthur, B.Campbell TB 1st 2015 (K.Hayes)


Our 1st year was very successful as we went to the semi finals, riding Harding back but there was to many holes in the deal to comepete against the big boys.


When the 2015 off season was set to begin things where looking pretty good for the hawks


The SwAMMI had this to say


“CHICAGO- The Blackhawks finished in 3rd place last year & had 100 pts,one of just 3 teams to reach that mark! GM-Coach Stephan Paquette just got his Goalie signed to a long-term contract & Braden Holtby is ready to play & play he will,as Holtby gets 73 games this season! Back-up Brian Elliot will see little action behind the #1 stud! Clarke MacArthur,who came over from Tampa at the 60-game trade deadline last season, has been handed the #1 job at LW, he’ll play with John Tavares & Jacob Voracek on the Top Line! The 2nd line has Wayne Simmonds at LW, Logan Couture at Center & Steven Stamkos on RW! After loading up the first two lines,the Hawks are still trying to put together lines 3 & 4 & with 2 1st Round Rookie Picks,we might see some youngsters make the line-up! Brandon Dubinsky(47 GP),Martin Hanzal(37 GP),Dustin Brown,Boyd Gordon & Curtis Glencross will all see time on those lines!The Blueline is headed by Kris Russell & P. K. Subban on the Top Line! Brian “Soupy” Campbell will skate with John Carlson on the 2nd line! The competition heats up for line 3 LD,as Dimitri Kulikov,Jay Bouwmeester & Alexei Emelin all battle for the job! Anton Stralman will play on the Right side! 20 GOAL SCORERS- 5 ( Stamkos 43,Tavares 38,Simmonds 28,Couture 27,Voracek 22) WISH LIST- Has an extra LD(Emelin/Bouwmeester) to possibly deal,could use help on the Wing(hint-Phoenix/Boston) ROOKIE PICKS- has his own & Tampa’s ..Couple Forwards! SWAMI SAYS: Defense & Goaltending wins alot of games & the Hawks have that,could it be a Top 4 Spot again!”


That year the key was to get a top LW and upgrade our 3rd and 4th line, This is where Russell and Stralman became good lol, and really helped with our D depth


our first big deal


Aug 8th 2015 with Stralman and Russell gave us enough depth to trade Carlson



to PHX





to CHI






this gave us our 1st LW and some good scoring depth for the 3rd/4th line


With the rookie draft coming up the Blackhawks had some picks this year


we picked










on Aug 24th the following trade was done


to STL



to CHI



This was more a LD for RD depth


To finish off the 2015 season we made to the finals, but losing in 6 games


To start the 2016 offseason on July 20th the Hawks made a huge trade with Colorado


to COL


Chi 1st 2016 N.Ehlers

CHI 2nd 2016 C.Bigras


to CHI



On Aug 7th in what was a very busy day the Hawks traded fan favorite PK Subban to San Jose


to SJ

PK Subban

CHI 2nd 2017

CHI 2016 UFA (later re acquired)


to CHI


SJ 1st 7ov (S.Bennett)

SJ 2016 UFA


we were very excited to add Bennett to our team, this year draft is probably the deepest I have ever seen. Getting Giordano really made the PK Subban possible


and Then


to TOR



to CHI

TOR 1st 11th ov


With Holtby in place we felt we could try and use Elliot to get a 1st round pick, but no sooner i had the 11th ov pick, COL came in with an offer, but we were waiting on the PK deal to be done, because we wanted 1st in this year draft


to COL

11th ov (Max Domi)


to CHI




we really wanted to make a good 3rd checking line and needed a LW Nielsen fits perfectly with Dubinsky and Oshie.




to NYI



to CHI


3rd 2016 (A.Marchenko)


We traded last year 1st K.Hayes, we were a little disapointed with Hayes and we still wanted some depth off the bench or 4th line on the LW, Nvquist will fit there and maybe he bounces back with a better year this upcoming year.




to TB




to TB



Well at this point we are all in, and Charra will help this year, Severson and Mueller are both very good prospect, and think i traded all my picks except for Beaulieu and Trotman from the previous year




to CHI




to TB

CHI 1st 2017



Again proving their all in for this year, only have 4th round 2017 left, but took a chance that Radulov has a good year with my Habs. If anything I have many Habs on my roster lol


Maybe the craziest day in my strat career, but Chicago came out with a great prospect in Bennett and got better everywhere well at least for the immediate future


On Aug 11th


With the additional depth we wanted to restock our prospect pool


to CHI

TOR 2nd 2016 J.Mcann

TOR 4th 2016 S.Andrighetto


to TOR





the draft 2016 went this way


1.07 -S.Bennett

2.11 -J.Mccann

4.11 -S.Andrighetto

5.05 -G.Pateryn

5.13 -E.Medvedev

5.15 –


with 3 UFA picks coming, we should be able to round up our bench.


and the SAWAMMI gave his prediciton for this upcoming year



“CHICAGO-  The Blackhawks scored 278 Goals last season, the most in the League & was the runner-up in the GHC CUP Finals! The Hawks return 8 players with 20 or more Goals, led by Steven Stamkos(36G) who will play on the Top Line with Max Pacioretty & John Tavares!  Newcomer(trade)Frans Nielsen was seen with Joe Thornton & T. J. Oshie on the 2nd line!  Jacob Voracek, whose 108 pts led the League last year was slotted with Brandon Dubinsky & Wayne Simmonds on line 3!  Gus Nyqvist(trade) , Martin Hanzal(64GP) & Rookie Sam Bennett worked the 4th line!  Matt Moulson & Joel Ward(said to be trade-bait) skated by themselves after practice! On Defense, Newcomer(trade) Mark Giordano was with Anton Stralman on the Top Line!  Zdeno Chara(trade) & Zach Bogosian(64GP)(trade) were the new line 2 mates!  Brian “Soupy” Campbell was skating with Jeff Petry(51GP) on line 3!  Kris Russell was rumored to be on the trading block!  In Goal, Braden Holtby will be the “Man” while newcomer(trade) Anti Raanta will get some spot starts!  The off-season revamp of the line-up has the Hawks easily returning to the post-season & quite possibly to the Finals again! Swami says:  Gonna be a fun year in the Windy City!”




This was a fun review of my time in GHCL, we improved every year and hopefully this year we can do 1 better again. Can’t wait for this season