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Yup, just got accepted into a program at Ryerson for the fall.

You're welcome.

I would be in favour of keeping the name..Obviously taking out Ottawa..


One of the greatest franchises in sports is named after the geography of their previous city before they moved.


The Los Angeles Lakers started in Minnesota....Home of the 10000 lakes.


Another LA team the Dodgers got their name back when they were in Brooklyn...When Brooklyn resident had to "dodge" streetcars to cross the street.

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Yeah, in all seriousness the Limidonks tradition should remain intact. Just change the header to a street name you like or something like that, or the nearest town with a cool sounding name.

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Hectic little trade deadline over in the FCHL, with 5 deals going down in the final 10 minutes.


With my team hitting a rough patch, unable to gain any ground on a playoff spot, I decided to try to move some pending FAs. I made two deals:



Dougie Hamilton (farm)

Brett Ritchie (farm)

2014 2nd round pick

Andrei Markov (thrown in for cap reasons, but could actually be a re-sign in the summer at $5 + raise)

Vinny Lecavalier (for cap purposes, unlikely to re-sign at $4.50)

Ales Hemsky (for cap purposes, possible re-sign depending on the summer, $2.00)

Jared Spurgeon (to be bought out, entire buyout cap included in trade)

Benoit Pouliot (already bought out, half of his buyout cap was included in trade)



Patrick Sharp ($9, unlikely to be re-signed)

Anze Kopitar ($11.25, unlikely to be re-signed)

Jussi Jokinen ($1.25, UFA to be)

Alex Edler ($4.50, unlikely to be re-signed)

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I think my offer for Sharp was better :) But I think we have different opinions on Brett RItchie's value.


Yeah, it's certainly close. Gallagher would have helped me not overload my farm... but yeah, I wanted to reunite Ritchie with his bestie Ryan Strome. They always scored together.

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2014/15 Toronto Rocket


Forwards (11 players - $21.00):


Patrice Bergeron (BOS) - 7.00 / 7.75 / UFA

Valtteri Filppula (TBL) - 3.75 / 3.75 / 3.75 / 3.75 / UFA

Jeff Skinner (CAR) - 2.00 / 2.00 / 2.00 / 2.00 / UFA

Ales Hemsky (DAL) - 2.00 / 2.00 / 2.00 / UFA

Jordan Eberle (EDM) - 1.75 / 2.00 / 2.25 / 2.50 / UFA

Brad Marchand (BOS) - 1.00 / 1.00 / UFA

Marcus Johansson (WSH) - 1.00 / 1.00 / 1.00 / 1.00 / 1.00 / UFA

Jakob Silfverberg (ANA) - 1.00 / 1.00 / 1.00 / 1.00 / 1.00 / UFA

Nick Foligno (CLB) - 0.50 / 0.50 / UFA

Brad Boyes (FLA) - 0.50 / 0.50 / UFA

Jamie McGinn (COL) - 0.50 / 0.50 / 0.50 / 0.50 / UFA



Defense (9 players - $27.25):


Kris Letang (PIT) - 8.50 / 8.50 / 8.50 / 8.50 / 8.50 / UFA

Ryan Suter (MIN) - 5.75 / 6.25 / UFA

Jared Spurgeon (MIN) - 4.00 / 4.00 / 4.00 / UFA

P.K. Subban (MTL) - 3.25 / 3.50 / 3.75 / 4.00 / UFA

Sergei Gonchar (DAL) - 3.00 / 3.25 / UFA

Johnny Boychuk (BOS) - 1.00 / UFA

Eric Gelinas (NJD) - 1.00 / 1.00 / 1.00 / 1.00 / 1.00 / UFA

Tyler Myers (BUF) - 0.50 / 0.50 / 0.50 / 0.50 / UFA

Tom Gilbert (MTL) - 0.25 / 0.25 / MTL



Goaltending (1 team - $1.25):


Montreal Canadiens - 1.25 / 1.25 / 1.25 / 1.25 / UFA



Buyouts ($1.75):


Sean Bergenheim - 0.25 / 0.25

Kyle Wellwood - 0.50 / 0.50 / 0.50

Evgenii Dadonov - 0.50 / 0.50

Benoit Pouliot - 0.50


Cap Space: 76.50

Cap Spent: 51.25


Cap Available: 25.25

Players Needed: 6 skaters, 1 goalie



Farm Team (32 players):


William Nylander - F - TOR - 2.00

Nikolaj Ehlers - F - WPG - 2.00

Aleksander Barkov - F - FLA - 2.00

Ryan Strome - F - NYI - 2.00

*Nick Bjugstad - F - FLA - 2.00

Alex Burmistrov - F - WPG - 2.00

Brett Connolly - F - TBL - 2.00

Nick Schmaltz - F - CHI - 1.00

Brett Ritchie - F - DAL - 1.00

Anton Slepyshev - F - EDM - 1.00

Jason Dickinson - F - DAL - 1.00

Anthony Duclair - F - NYR - 1.00

Daniil Zharkov - F - EDM - 1.00

Boone Jenner - F - CLB - 1.00

Victor Rask - F - CAR - 1.00

Ty Rattie - F - STL - 1.00

Riley Sheahan - F - DET - 1.00

*Charlie Coyle - F - MIN - 1.00

*Jeremy Morin - F - CHI - 1.00

^Landon Ferraro - F - DET - 1.00

Ondrej Kase - F - ANA - 0.50

Nikolai Prokhorkin - F - LAK - 0.50

^Tom Kuhnhackl - F - PIT - 0.50


Ryan Murray - D - CLB - 2.00

Dougie Hamilton - D - BOS - 2.00

Rasmus Ristolainen - D - BUF - 1.00

Nathan Beaulieu - D - MTL - 1.00

Joe Morrow - D - BOS - 1.00

*Simon Despres - D - PIT - 1.00

Erik Gudbranson - D - FLA - 1.00

Brenden Kichton - D - WPG - 0.50

Connor Murphy - D - ARI - 0.50


* - likely pre-season call-up

^ - possible pre-season drop (farm must be down to 28 players before the season starts)

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I would call the auction a success for my team.


I went in with around $25, but needing to save some for call ups later on this off-season. I needed one set of goalies, and I was planning on getting 2 forwards.


I managed to get one of my targets, Zach Parise, for $8, a bit less than I was expecting to spend on my first forward, so I decided to change my plan a little. My next target would also be a forward, but should the opportunity present itself, I would try to get two good forwards instead, or perhaps one forward and one defenseman. However, I needed to get the 2nd forward out of the way first. I was able to get Patrick Marleau for $6.75, again, a good price in my opinion. I then figured I had about $5.75 to spend on another player. I got into a bit of a bidding war over Marian Gaborik and decided to go another dollar over my internal cap, and did manage to get him at $6.75. I don't think I'd have gone a penny more, so this worked out well for me. I'm left with $3.00 and 3 roster spots for my call ups. I had originally planned on calling up 4 guys for $5, so I may need to leave Bjugstad ($2) on the farm to start the season. I have a month left to make those decisions, though. None of my potential call ups are as good as Gaborik, so it was an easy decision to switch my plan mid-auction.


That said, here's how the roster is shaping up as we approach the season:


I've included 2013-14 pool points per game, for reference.




Zach Parise (MIN) 0.634

Patrick Marleau (SJS) 0.628

Jeff Skinner (CAR) 0.613

Jordan Eberle (EDM) 0.581

Patrice Bergeron (BOS) 0.575

Valtteri Filppula (TBL) 0.553

Marian Gaborik (LAK) 0.500

Brad Marchand (BOS) 0.476

Nick Foligno (CLB) 0.407

Ales Hemsky (DAL) 0.373

Brad Boyes (FLA) 0.365

Jamie McGinn (COL) 0.361

Marcus Johansson (WSH) 0.325

Jakob Silfverberg (ANA) 0.317



I've got a very nice group at the top here, I think, with 8 really solid forwards. I'm missing that breakout star like a Crosby, Ovechkin, Stamkos, Malkin, etc, but I decided to go for depth in the auction, rather than spending my entire bankroll on either Malkin or Ovechkin. It falls off a bit after Marchand, but I think Hemsky is due for a bounce back on what appears to be a stacked Stars team. Boyes is a dirt cheap filler, as is McGinn. Johansson and Silfverberg are entering their second years in the FCHL and I'm hoping for them to break out a little bit and start trending towards their eventual peak.


I'll likely also add a player or two from the farm, but nobody particularly exciting. Parise's frequent linemate Charlie Coyle has the best chance of seeing the FCHL this season. Other possibilities include Jeremy Morin (CHI), Nick Bjugstad (FLA), Riley Sheahan (DET), Ryan Strome (NYI).





Kris Letang (PIT) 0.446

PK Subban (MTL) 0.384

Ryan Suter (MIN) 0.311

Eric Gelinas (NJD) 0.300

Tyler Myers (BUF) 0.250

Jared Spurgeon (MIN) 0.231

Tom Gilbert (MTL) 0.212

Johnny Boychuk (BOS) 0.187

Sergei Gonchar (DAL) 0.158



I stood pat on my defense, though I wouldn't have minded adding one player, as I'm slightly out of balance towards forwards after adding three in the auction. There will likely be one call up from the farm, however. Simon Despres may see some time in what will likely be his last bid to break into the NHL full time. He's currently penciled into Pittsburgh's top 6. Meanwhile, some higher profile players like Dougie Hamilty and Ryan Murray may get the nod.





Montreal Canadiens (-1.244)

New York Islanders (-1.628)


The goaltending options at auction were pretty limited. The higher end teams left me with a large number of holes throughout the season and playoffs, so I ended up having to look elsewhere, and decided that coverage was a lot more important. MTL/NYI combination land me with the lowest possible number of no-goalie nights in the regular season, with 7. However, they present a problem with 3 potential playoff conflicts. The best option Carolina (7 reg season/1 playoff) seemed to be everyone's best option, as they went for a whopping $3.25. I had no plans of going over $1 for my goaltending. That held when I tried to get Ottawa (10/0), which would have been lovely for the playoffs, but again, was outbid. I got the Islanders for 75 cents later, and I'm happy with that. They should be much improved with their young D one year older, and they finally brought in a real goalie in Jaro Halak.

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Without seeing the rest of the auction, that looks incredible to me. Islanders should be improved an may even swing to the top 10-15. I don't know what happened to the day of very mediocre forward going for $17 at auction, but getting 3 tier-likely guys with real tier 2 potential for $25 seems downright special.

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Made a move today. I picked up Marty St. Louis and Anton Stralman in exchange for my 2015 1st round pick (late round), Brad Boyes, and Jamie McGinn.


The players I received are rentals, while Boyes/McGinn are salary dumps and they open up $1 next year, and $0.50 for a few years beyond that.


My team is now entirely capped out, so unless I'm making a pure matchup trade with the same amount of money going each way, this will be my playoff roster:



  1. Zach Parise (MIN)
  2. Nick Foligno (CLB)
  3. Patric Hornqvist (PIT)
  4. Marian Gaborik (LAK)
  5. Martin St. Louis (NYR)
  6. Patrice Bergeron (BOS)
  7. Jordan Eberle (EDM)
  8. Valtteri Filppula (TBL)
  9. Marcus Johansson (WSH)
  10. Patrick Marleau (SJS)
  11. Jeff Skinner (CAR)
  12. Riley Sheahan (DET)
  13. Ales Hemsky (DAL)
  14. Jakob Silfverberg (ANA)


  1. Kris Letang (PIT)
  2. PK Subban (MTL)
  3. Dougie Hamilton (BOS)
  4. Johnny Boychuk (NYI)
  5. Ryan Suter (MIN)
  6. Anton Stralman (TBL)
  7. Jared Spurgeon (MIN)
  8. Eric Gelinas (NJD)
  9. Sergei Gonchar (MTL)
  10. Simon Despres (PIT)
  11. Tyler Myers (BUF)
  12. Tom Gilbert (MTL)


  1. Montreal Canadiens
  2. New York Islanders



I am biased, but I think that is a championship caliber roster.

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The Rockets made another trade the other day:


Rockets receive:

Mathieu Perreault - F - WPG - 0.50 RFA


Crop Dusters receive:

Ales Hemsky - F - DAL - 2.00/2.00/2.00

Tyler Myers - D - BUF - 0.50/0.50/0.50/0.50



The deal cleared up enough cap space to call up Nick Bjugstad from the farm.


It also got rid of the terrible Hemsky contract that I signed in the summer.


Trading Myers wasn't idea, he's still got 3 years to turn it around at a bargain price. Also, he was an original member of the Limidonk/Rocket franchise, a 4th round pick (46th) in the 2008 FCHL entry draft, immediately prior to our inaugural season.


Perreault is having a decent season, even if it's buoyed by that recent 4 goal game, and he technically becomes my #6 forward, but he's probably actually a bit further down the depth chart. Nonetheless, he offers an upgrade over Hemsky. Adding he and Bjugstad help provide a ton of depth up front.


There isn't much of a hole losing Myers on D, as he was about 10th or 11th on my depth chart.



As mentioned in the FCHL thread, this now gives us 12 forwards over 0.400 (including 6 over 0.500, 4 over 0.600), and 8 defensemen over 0.200 (including 4 over 0.350, and 1 over 0.500).

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I love your defence


Love the forwards too but you are just missing that top top superstar. Still very deep and solid.


Good job putting that together

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