Fired up a new team in Clapper and... already making things look rough! Ranked 2nd when I took them over, they've dropped 2 places already. I'm hoping this is due to adjusting their line-up to actually make sense (it certainly didn't when I took over). Their roster initially had defensemen playing as forwards, forwards as Centers... it was chaos. They were also, unfortunately, gutted of their SHL first round pick by another player... so now I understand the frustration of taking over a team that was traded a bunch of junk contracts/players by a human player in exchange for an NPC's pick/decent player. Now they're loaded with poor contracts and orange guys, with the few decent greens and blues carrying the team.
Anyway, their power play and PK were high in the league despite both being loaded with forwards... I might actually regress to that, just in case something was working there! I kept their tactics on Crash the Net, too, but I'm thinking maybe now that the roster is in order a change of tactics is due and the Crash the Net tactics were benefiting from a chaotic roster. Either way, it's refreshing to start anew with the Mississauga Steel.
Over on Lumber, Portland Steam is suffering from my hoarder capabilities... right now we have WAY too many defensemen. We were swept handily in the playoffs by a GHL team, too, and right now are struggling with cap issues. I'm scrambling to offload some contracts to sign a prospect C of mine and a prospect G to take advantage of their low cap hits. Right now I'm optimistic about the season, but also cautious. The pieces I lost last season weren't huge, but next season is going to be a lot of BIG hits to my team as guys are now demanding big contracts and I'm already pressed against the cap. So this is my window to promote...
Anyone need a defenseman or six?