The FUNHL

4/11/2016

Bladerunners take the 4th Predator and the Personal Vendetta claim 5th Challenge Cup!


Congratulations to Brian and the Bladerunners!  Their GM Sherlock has masterfully guided them to their 4th Predator Cup!  While over the last month things seemed dire, The Bladerunners were able to pull away at the end.  Brian joins Dan and Doug in 4 Predator Cup Club.

Meanwhile, after behind 1-0 in games to the Severed Heads, Darrell's Personal Vendetta managed to tie series in Week 26 and win the Challenge Cup for the 5th time with a 41.995 to 32.617 victory in the final week.  Congratulations to Darrell for his dominance of this trophy.

The Bladerunners margin of victory was close to 18 pts over Cam and 20pts over Collin who's last week's drive was too late but placed Darrell in 4th 38pts back.  Those 4 teams were the only ones that broke 900 pts.  Only 4 teams broke 800pts 2 teams broke 700pts and 2 teams were in the mid 600pt range.  I believe this is Cam's second straight second place finish.

Speaking of lows, the Wolves finished last securing their Herbivore 1st PRD pick in the Fall whereas Dan's Great Whites avoids it by 3pts.

According to Website the Final rankings are as follows (rounded to a whole number)

BL        931
SH        913
EGDE  911
PV        903
RAM    868
HL        860  - The Highlanders and Scourge separated by a fraction of a pt (see website)
SCRG   860
SHAD   825
BARB   759
KT         755
GW        661
WLF      658

I urge all to check out the final website rankings.  It was a wired season of trades going awry, injuries at the wrong time etc.  One  could argue 1 of 7 different teams could have won one if fortune shined upon them.

Congrats to FP Kane for the ART Ross and FP Ovechkin for the Richard.  Ironically both FPs for the EDGE who place third...i think the team's best ever finish.

Finally the Omnivore winner will be announced later.

Again Congrats to Brian and Darrell!

And again, many thanks for Corey and Brian's work during the year especially on the website and the masters.

Take care,

b!


4/04/2016

The FUNHL Finale - Week 27; The Challenge Cup tied entering Final Week!


And here we go as we enter the last week of the season!  The Vendetta took advantage of the S'Heads injuries to tie the Challenge Cup finals at 1-1 with a 37.95 to 30.17 victory.

However, despite the loss of Stamkos, The Bladerunners pushed their lead to 19 pts at 899.65 with the Severed Heads at 880.90, The Personal Vendetta at 861.76 and the Edge at 858.76.

With 6 days remaining as there are no games on Sunday, It looks the Bladerunners are looking to claim their 4th Predator Cup.  But one never knows until the end.

The remaining standings are yet to be determined.

Please email or Post our final Week 27 Line-ups here.

Good Luck!  And Thank yous to Corey and Brian

Cheers,

b!

3/28/2016

FUNHL Week 26 - The penultimate week. And Challenge Finals Week 1 Results

And so with two weeks to go th Bladerunners hold the lead with 854.0, 5pts ahead of the Severed Heads with 849.7.  In third is the Personal Vendetta with 823.7.  By the way, IN game 1 of the Challenge Cup Finals, The S'Heads beat Vendetta 37.5 to 28.3.  THUMP!  Let us see how he responds in game 2...Meanwhile the status of the Omnivore remains unknown.

Meanwhile the Predator Cup Game of Death is too close to call...

Regardless the final jockeying for the rest of the standings remain.

Please Email or Post your Week 26 line-ups here.

Thank you to Corey and Brian Again

Cheers,\\

b!

3/21/2016

Week 25 FUNHL Line-ups - Challenge Cup Finals Week 1


Three Weeks Left in the FUNHL Schedule an the Bladerunners are hanging on with 813.8 followed by the Severed Heads at 812.2 then in third the Personal Vendetta with 796.4.  A lead of  about  2 and 18 pts with 3 weeks remaining.  It should be fun.

Meanwhile a Classic Blood Match for the Challenge Cup finals pitting 2nd vs 3rd overall in the S'Heads vs the Vendetta.

Please Email or post your Week 25 line-ups to be placed here.

Thanks!

Cheers,

b!

3/15/2016

Challenge Cup Finals Settled


Semi Final One:  Personal Vendetta defeats the Scourge 2-0 in games

Semi-Final Two:  Severed Heads defeats the Bladerunners 2-0 in games

Because of the Two Sweeps, The Challenge Cup Finals start Week 25.

Meanwhile, after Monday night, The Blades with 790, the Severed Heads with 786 and the Vendetta with 771.

Good  Luck from the Joker!

3/14/2016

BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH -WEEK 24 FUNHL LINE-UPS


BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH!  The Blades, The S'Heads the Vendetta are close in proximity as they hit the last month of the season.  Trades are done and let us see what happens.

Happy Birthday to Doug!  And the Highlanders are on the run...

Thanks to Corey for his tireless work with the stats and to Brian for the Master.

Please submit your rosters by email or here!

Thanks again.

Cheers,

b!




3/11/2016

FUNHL News and Notes

Hey everyone,

Sorry for posting so little so far this year, I'll just say things have been weird and leave it at that.

- If you haven't seen Dan's post below, its pretty funny. In a 'car-accident-funny' kind of way. Also, GRAPHS!

- Since the first season of the FUNHL, injuries have played a major role in determining the winner. More than ever I am convinced that you have to stay healthy just to have a shot at the title. It was only a few years back when I lost my top 4-5 picks to injury before the first games of the season were even played. Season over. So along with Dan, lets pour one out for Doug whose Highlanders were operating with pretty much just the bottom half of his roster for most of the year.

- Three years ago Rob made a bold decision to pick two new FPs at the draft. Sadly, this last week saw the final undoing of that rebuild as Rob having already moved on from Tuuka Rask, now finds a way to part with the hockey media's favourite whipping boy, Jonathon Drouin. At the time, taking Drouin had a kind of logic, but it clearly hasn't worked out as an investment for Rob.

- Also, cross your fingers that Burke finds a way to get Drouin to Calgary. He may have sucked for Rob, but he has a very, very, high ceillng.

- I'm probably the only person bugged by this, but there really has been a unified media position on Drouin -  that he should 'shut up and play', that he 'isnt doing himself any favours', etc. Now that position may actually be true, but I am not convinced it is. As I understand things, Drouin was unhappy with his ice-time, and usage by the team. He complained about it internally. He eventually made a quiet trade request, and finally his agent went public in a hope it would get things done. The truth is his development path and ice-time is unusual. He is clearly capable of being a top 6 forward in TBay right now. Yzerman though, has leverged his youth against Drouin, keeping him off the PP, giving him bad zone starts, crap linemates, lengthy stints in the AHL, etc. The opposite of how most teams treat their prized pupils. Why? Because it keeps the costs on Drouin lower for the forseeable future. A year delay in when he can hit free agency, poor counting stats for him to negotiate with, etc, this is all about money, and how to pay Drouin as little as possible. By contrast, look at how Calgary handled Sean Monahan - they let him make the team as an 18 year old. Gave him vets to play with. Gradually built up his icetime and confidence, and now that Monahan has had some success, Calgary is going to pay him fairly.

 I hope Drouin gets the fresh start that he wants in a place that isn't more interested in nickles and dimes than the bigger picture..

- I feel bad for Brian. Sure he's winning, but he never pulled away from the pack, and now as the season winds down he's slowly being reeled in. Its a slow motion tragedy watching each day as the ground beneath your feet gradually crumbles.  Its one thing to lose quick and clean like Dan did when Price went down, but that (like losing your top 2 Cs before Xmas) is relatively painless - the cerebral embolism of the hockey pool world - it pops and its all over, nice, peaceful, and quiet, and you know unequivocally that its time to watch draft boards and collect futures . Its another thing entirely to be hunted down from behind, with the grinding day to day panic that comes from knowing your wounds are mortal, and that you are slowly bleeding out.

- Jagr is leading the Panthers in scoring this year. He's 44. And probably not human.

- The biggest heist of the year hss to be what Calgary got for Kris Russell. Russell, is a modrrately mobile, defensive defender with low offense, but a great character guy, and a willing shot blocker. By any reasonable metric he is a bottom pair defender. Yet Calgary flipped him for; a 2nd (which could become a 1st), a 'B' prospect (2-way C Brett Pollock), and young depth defender Jyrki Jokipakka. IMO that is a massive, massive, overpay. From what I've seen Jokipakka is already as good if not better than Russell, not to mention, bigger, cheaper, and younger, but adding a potential 1st round pick, and throwing in a prospect for Kris Russell is a huge victory.

- Calgary scouts will have 4 picks in the first two rounds. Last year we had a similar plethora of picks and came away with Dougie Hamilton, Rasmus Andersson, and Oliver Kyllington. I can't see us topping that kind of haul, but it will be fun watching them try!

- My own rankings;

1. Mathews
2. Puljujarvi
3. Laine
4. Chychrun
5. Tkachuk
6. Nylander

I hope we avoid Tkachuk as I have concerns anout how much he is being floated by his linemates (Mathews last year, a stacked high-octane London Knights this year).

I have Puljujarvi ahead of Laine which is not the popular opinion. At the WJC, Puljujarvi was statistically dominating, but scouts fell in love with Laine's size, speed, and elite release. Laine has also carried over his exploits better than Puljujarvi to the Fiinish league (where Laine is averaging 6 shots per game, the next best is just over 3). So why do I still prefer Puljujarvi? In part because he does all the things that Laine doesn't, he uses his speed to break down defenses, whereas Laine uses his to escape them. Laine is a big, strong, blur with a cannon, whereas Puljujarvi is a dancing giant of a possession forward. Puljujarvi is a gifted playmaker, but also capable of scoring goals almost as well as Laine. In truth, Puljujarvi's skillset is the closest to Jagr's I've seen yet in a prospect. If Calgary wins the lottery they should take Mathews, but they should then immediately trade Monahan for the pick necessary to select Puljujarvi. He's going to be an absolute beast.

- If I were the Leafs and they dont win the lottery, I consider trading down to around pick 6 long and hard. A team like Calgary at pick 6 would be drooling over the chance to pick in the top 3, and they have the assets (picks especially) to make a wicked offer. Given there are no high-end centers between 2-6, Toronto takes the deal, slides down a few spots, and selects Nylander the younger to pair with his brother. Calgary takes Puljujarvi.

- Seth Jones for Ryan Johansen. An old fashioned FP trade! I call that a win for both teams, with an edge to Columbus. The Jackets get a player on a cheaper deal, under control for longer, and at a key position they can build around. Any forwards they draft moving forward will have a D corps to play in front of (Jones, Murray, J. Johnson, Werenski, etc.) that will cushion their arrival - something Johansen never had. Nashville has craved a #1C forever, and Johansen fits the bill to a T. Nashville is also in 'win now mode' as key puzzle pieces Rinne and Weber are aging out of their prime. But moving forward Nashville will have a Set Jones sized hole on D that won't be easy to fill, even if Josi and Ellis currently pick up the slack without much effort.

- If I were the Washington Capitals I'd be scared witless that Pittsburgh has gotten its act together over the 2nd half of the season. Crosby is back near the top of the scoring race, Malkin is healthy, Letang is back, the D corps isnt as useless as it was. Even MA Fleury is looking really good. If there is an upset in the East it will be Pitt knocking off Ovie and Co.

- Wow, is Edmonton ever buckets of terrible. Not quite as horrific as last year, but still putrid. My personal hope is that they repeat what they did last year, sending out a handful of picks at the drsft for another busted defense prospect like Griffin Reinhart. Erik Gudbranson in Fla for a 1st and 2nd would be perfect.

- It may seem like a lifetime ago now, but on day 5 the Knights Templar were in 1st place.

- So its coming down to the last few weeks of the season and who is always there to act as my personal roadblock to sucess? F*cking Darrell. It's always Darrell. Always, Darrell. Apparently he is immune to having injuries wreck his season. In a 'bad' year I collect a Herbie, in a bad year for Darrell he finishes 4th.

- I'm going to assume that everyone loves Corey's pool website choice as much as I do (probably more given how few of the features I've used). He put big effort in to making it work for us, and deserves our thanks.

Someone buy that man a beer!