FINALLY!! Now Ken and Brent, please follow suit

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Calgary Flames' general manager Darryl Sutter addresses the media following the team's failure to make the playoffs, in Calgary, Monday, April 12, 2010. Sutter has stepped down as executive vice-president and general manager of the Flames. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

2010-12-28 14:30:00
CALGARY - Darryl Sutter is stepping down as executive vice-president and general manager of the Calgary Flames.

The NHL team says assistant GM Jay Feaster will serve as acting general manager.

Sutter was named general manager in April 2003, a few months after taking over as head coach.

He gave up his head coaching duties in July 2006 to focus on his front-office duties.

The Flames are fourth in the Northwest Division this season with 35 points.


Week 13 Line-ups - End of 2010 Edition

You know what to do. Please post your own if you can as Bob (my erstwhile assistant) is trapped in an internet-free zone with his parents.


FUNHL News and Notes

- Daily stats are a luxury not a necessity. Not only does Doug have nothing to apologize for, we should all be ritually humbling ourselves at his feet that he provides this service to us. Yes, the stats guy gets a break on his entrance fee, but weekly updates would be all that is necessary to make things work - and our guy is giving us 7 times that expectation. So tip of the hat to Doug.

- A week ago I was commenting to Bob that I thought there were some patterns developing in the standings. Specifically that a group of 4 looked like it was breaking away from the main group; the Bladerunners, Personal Vendetta, Scourge and Severed Heads. Fast forward to the present and the Bladerunners have a sudden crash and burn like Cybill Sheppard's acting career after Moonlighting, to fall from 1st - where they had been for several weeks running, all the way to 4th - and only 8 points out of 5th where a charging Shadowmen team finds itself.

The Personal Vendetta - who had been in 2nd - and 20+pts or so ahead of 3rd, are now in 1st, but the teams in 2nd and 3rd (Scourge and Severed Heads) are now only 13-15pts back.

With that much volatility, and that little spread between teams, its still a free-for-all.

- Last year the +/- bus was filled with Caps and Chi-Hawks, this year its Philly and Pittsburgh.

- Last year the Severed Heads were heavily invested in Philly (Richards, Hartnell, Briere, Timonen, Emery) and Pittsburgh (Malkin, Letang, Guerin), and bombed worse than the latest remake of 'the Wolfman'. Aside from Emery and Guerin, last year the Heads actually had an awesome draft, it was just in the wrong year. It seems my problem isn't at the draft table, its in not having time travel!

- Bob and I were debating this question the other night, who would you prefer as an FP; Toews or Erik Staal? I initially went with Toews, but its hard to make that case when Staal has already had a 100pt season, and Toews has never had a ppg season.

- Calgary is now faced with the raw truth that they are not a playoff team anymore. Eric Francis at the Calgary Sun has openly started cheering for the Flames to do a complete rebuild, and pretty much everybody from Ken King on down appears to have their head on the chopping block.

So here's the facts, Jack;

- Lots of no-movement/trade clauses on this team. Including everybody's favourite scapegoat Olli Jokinen.

- The farm system is getting better (Howse, Nemisz, Wahl, Brodie), but lacks a sure-fire top 6 forward, a heavy minute top pairing D-man, or a possible future starting goaltender.

- Michael Backland, the Flames top offensive prospect, still can't crack a top line, and still hasn't shown more than flashes of high-end skill.

- Two words; Kotalik and Staios. Cap killing contracts both, and virtually zero production.

- The in the first 3 rounds of next years draft the Flames only have their 1st rnd pick.

- The Flames two best players, Iggy and Kipper are both over 33, have no-movement clauses, and high price tags with years left on them.

- If you trade Iginla for anything less than a top prospect/young player/pkg of 1st round picks, the fans will blow their brains out at losing the face of the franchise. They likely will anyway, but why make it worse than necessary?

In other words, an intelligent and planned out full rebuild is the only way to go, and if it were up to me, given the piss-poor return on Phaneuf futures wise, neither Sutter would be involved in the overhaul.

My suggestions;

See if you can get Philly to bite on Kiprusoff and Backland for vanRiemsdyk and Carter.

- Speaking of rebuild time, the Devils could finally consider trading Brodeur. Brodeur is 38, the defense in front of him is fatally ill and won't recover without major surgery, they are out of the playoffs, a mess with cap management, and devoid of above average prospects in the pipeline - especially in goal.

I'm sure Washington can put together a package of players (one or more of; Varlamov, Neuwirth, Carlson, Schultz, or because he is due a very big payday Mike Green) prospects (Johansson, Kuznetsov, Galiev or Perrault) and picks to make it work for everybody.

- That sound you just heard was Malkin going supernova on the Coyotes to the tune of 2g and 3a. With 8 points in his last three games (5 goals), Malkin's return from the DTD IR to offensive superstar status couldn't come at a better time for the Severed Heads.

- What else can you say about Crosby though? Despite the fact Malkin was dinged up and dragging himself around the ice like the Penguins own version of 'the Walking Dead' for 25 games before sitting out completely, or that his wingmen are the ghosts of Kris Kontos and Blaine Stoughton, but the minute Steve Stamkos started getting talked about as the next 50/50 guy Crosby still went full Keyser Soze on everyone. With a healthy Malkin back on the powerplay, how high can Crosby climb?

- I told Bob a few weeks back that I wasn't as scared of the Bladerunners as I was of the PV this year. When Bob asked me why I pointed out that the Bladerunners were relying on a third line of two Bluejackets and Brandon 'Doober' Dubinsky, and that unless the two Bluejackets were both named 'Rick Nash' the Bladerunners simply weren't going to keep outscoring everyone.

In contrast, the PV are running out a 3rd line of Morrow, Plekanec and Downie - a trio that can really put the hurt on you.

- I would still make the trade again today if it presented itself, but it broke my heart to deal Taylor Hall.

- Who is the better candidate to be an FP; John Tavares or Carey Price?

- Our 1st place team, the PV, flushed two goalies at waiver draft-1 and are now banking on Jaroslav 'Bryan Hayward' Halak to get them the rest of the way. I can't decide which of those two things I think was more unlikely at the start of the year.

- If anyone stands in the way of Hall winning ROY, it's his former Windsor Spitfire team mate Cam Fowler. Fowler has been everything as advertised and beyond as an 18 years old, and is playing exceptionally heavy minutes as a rookie for the defense strapped Ducks.

- The other sweet ROY candidate is defenseman Colorado defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.

- Here's a brain buster trivia question; what former 5th overall pick has represented Canada at an Olympics, World Cup and three World Championships, but has only 201 points in 701 NHL games and has never had a 30 point season?

- The problem I have with Zenon Konopka is that he is a center, and his pure goon act has to compete with players more likely to score than 3rd liners at either wing or depth defensemen. As a pure goon who racks up PIM by getting into fights his production tends to be erratic (only 7pim in his last 10 games) and pretty much non existent outside of fighting (he has 2 pts in his last 10 games to bring him to a grand total of 4 on the season). Sure he can and likely will explode for some big minute games where he fights a couple of times and then misconducts himself out, but in every other week you dress him you are going to get murdered by even a below average 3rd line pivot you could be dressing instead. In short he's almost practically my definition of low reward/high risk.

- Considering the depth they have on defense (Chara, Keith, Campbell, Suter and Del Zotto P2), I think its only a matter of time before the Knuckledrggers move a defender to shore up a RW (Hossa, Selanne, Williams, and Bouchard) that has been all but obliterated by injuries. Part of the problem in doing so may be that the market for a RW doesn't have many sellers at the moment.

- I have to admit to being puzzled by the Omnivore scores. How is it that the Edge - a team that has made few trades, already have a score that is sinking below -50? Are +/- decisions to blame?

- How awesome a season is Dustin Byfuglien having playing defense in Atlanta? He now has 33 points in 34 games. Even out of position at RW in the FUNHL, that represents impressive production from the hulking Thrasher. Is it too early to predict Big Buff is going to be a first round pick as a defenseman next year?

- Milan Lucic is earning some of his Cam Neely Clone moniker by lighting it up at a 40 goal+PIM per game pace so far.

- Last but not least, Happy Festivus everyone!

Week 12 Line-ups

Merry World Juniors Everyone!

Week 11 Comes To A Close - Updates and, hopefully, Correct

Hi guys. CBS is still fraked up so I have had to hand bomb Sunday's four games (eight teams) from Yahoo's site. This had to be done manually but the patch seems to be holding - we will find out if when we get Week 12 stats out in a few days. Not many teams were actually effected by the Sunday games in terms of Predator Cup standings but the revised stats did change the outcome of the Challenge Cup game between the Vendetta and Scourge - Darrell was able to fight back to make it a tie instead of the loss I had originally credited against them. This is all adjusted now but again if you see any glaring differences, let me know.
As we are still using my sheet we are still slightly apart on some goalie stats. Not much but enough that it still bugs me. I would like to revamp the spreadsheets to work with Yahoo but that does seem to be a time consuming proposition, still I will keep plugging away. Thanks for your patience everyone.
Doug the Stats Guy


CBS Fails To Update Stats - Stats Delayed

I hate that every year there are a few days - seemingly random - where the site I cut and paste from (CBS Sportsline) fails to update the stats.

Yes, I know that CBS is NOT the official FunHL sanctioned site.

Yes, I know that CBS does not let me use the goalie stats directly without converting them first.

Yes, I know that Yahoo is superior in almost every way.

It is just that in the one way that I need to be able to cut and paste the stats from the web into my spreadsheets - CBS is the only one that I have been able to get to work. So that is what I use, my pragmatism on full display.

Hopefully they will be up tomorrow and up to date. If not, I'll simply make up numbers and dare you to notice :-)


Vendetta Really Retake Lead For First Time Since Week 4; Positively Positive in Omnivore Too

After Brian, correctly, identified that the Vendetta's stats as of yesterday's post were incorrect (I had him playing two goalies - ooops) the PV respond by having a big Saturday night and retake the lead for certain or at least until Brian finds some other error in my stats :-). The Vendetta also show the first positive Omnivore score in a long time as they continue to lead in that race.


Love to see this televised

Penguins, Capitals alumni to play

PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux and a team of former Pittsburgh Penguins stars will take on Peter Bondra and past Washington Capitals players at an alumni game the day before the NHL's Winter Classic showcase in Pittsburgh.

The NHL announced Friday that Lemieux will be joined by fellow Hall of Famers Paul Coffey, Ron Francis and Bryan Trottier. Full rosters for the Dec. 31 game at Heinz Field will be announced soon.

Tickets will be on sale for $25 and also will be good for the current Penguins' practice session following the game.

Lemieux says most players grew up skating on outdoor rinks, so they are looking forward to playing at Heinz Field, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Penguins will host the Capitals at Heinz Field on Jan. 1 for the Winter Classic.

Thursday Night Stats


Week 10 Stats As Of Wednesday Night

All the new line-ups are in the spreadsheet and the Omnivore is updated as of Wednesday's stats.
Please let me know if I have made a mistake as there are a LOT of changes following a WD - its like everyone gets to be Bob for a week :-)


Week 10 Lineups - Post WD1

Round two of three in this year's battle for the Predator Cup. Thanks to Doug for filling in for me at the draft!

Vendetta Move Into Virtual Tie With Bladerunners As Severed Heads Join 300pt Club