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    rainsilent reacted to GamePlanHockey in v2.3.0   
    New features
    Chat (BETA)
    We're trying out a new chat with both public and private channels. With no second account needed we hope that more managers will participate in the in game communication so we can ease trade discussions, build team rivalries and really make the game worlds come alive.
    So what about Discord? We have no plans on removing our channels on Discord. We believe there is room for both chats. This new chat is to down the road replace the old PM-messaging system, mainly to make other managers more approachable to discuss trades and similar.
    The chat is available through the big chat icon found at the bottom right of your screen on every page. You can also start a discussion with another manager from his or hers team page, team dropdown or directly from the trade window.
    This new chat is currently in a BETA-stage and we're interested in your opinion for future development. So don't hesitate to send us feedback! More information regarding the chat can also be found in the help files.
    Bug fixes and improvements
    Removed transfer restrictions* for new users during free trial Report cheating is now only available for subscribing members.  *The transfer restrictions during free trial (previously called restricted trial) has now been removed. Those restrictions was implemented to prevent cheaters abusing the game with multiple free accounts. But they also prevented new users from getting a good first impression of the game not being able to try out the full game experience. That's why transfers are now allowed during free trial. However, if a user is receiving suspicions of cheating during the free trial the transfer restrictions will, once again, come into force.
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    rainsilent got a reaction from AlexanderRasputin in Assistants report   
    I don't. I look at it to see if a player is comfortable in their role if they are struggling. Beyond that, it is interesting to look at.
     
    As for your team doing well defensively and losing by 3 goals, look at a few things. Did your goalie have a bad game? Alternately, do the game and player stats match up with that? Your team can still play well but be outdone by a few skilled players. Or the opposing team's special teams can get all of the goals effectively bypassing your team's D.
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    rainsilent got a reaction from flowbish1 in My thoughts on endurance   
    No. You couldn't say the same about my view regarding your side of the argument. In the past Anders said that there was no boost to newly promoted teams. I'm inclined to believe him since he did put the code of the game together as well as had no beneficial reason to lie about it. Your view also has no supporting evidence in game either. It is based strictly off of assumption. My argument actually has some in game evidence backing it no matter if you give it any credibility or not. Some in game evidence is more substantial than an assumption that there is a hidden buff in the code for specific teams.
     
    You are trying to make the question team confidence when it isn't about team confidence. It was about confidence on the whole. Both team and individual confidence matters. You are trying to force an argument that isn't true by redirecting the discussion. Don't try to force words in my mouth either.
     
    He only played 3 players with low confidence. Now look at the players in question, where they played and how they played. Jason, 1st line in a defensive Dman role, likely on a stay at home line and had a good game with a 75 rating but not an impact player in the game and was a +0 for the game. Low team and player confidence doesn't eliminate the possibility that a player can have a good game. Sutter, 3rd line winger playing as a sniper and likely not playing on an offensively focused line. Possibly a poor role choice and had a bad game. The other winger on the line also had a bad game but the center on the line had a great game. The line, on the whole, had little impact on the game though. Dupej, 4th line winger in a power forward role. Had an ok game and his line didn't have much of an impact either. Of his players that didn't have built up confidence only one had a good game. Just like you. The difference is you went 1 out of 4 with a few of those players that didn't play well playing in key positions in the lineup. He went 1 of 3 playing well with the 1 being in a key position in the lineup.
     
    You were playing with greater risk with more players in key roles still building confidence than he was. The lack of built up confidence either way means a greater chance for a bad game. Either confidence not being built up doesn't guarantee a bad game nor does it eliminate the chance of a good game. It simply opens up the possibility of results to a wider spectrum. Hence how low confidence takes the randomness that you already get and makes it go wild with results earlier in the season. What happened in your game was a proverbial perfect storm. You opened the door enough for the possibility of that happening with risky decision making and you got bit for it. Had you not made such risky decision making in terms of your lineup set up or even not made the trades at all you would have likely trounced the team like you did in the first game the two teams played.
     
    Do you really not realize that your team's 3-0-0-5 record since you made the first trade is, in large part, due to those trades and the resulting impact of having players with low confidence in key positions in the lineup despite your team on the whole having rather high confidence? Your teams performance has been very up and down with Haulk, in a key position in the lineup, struggling with consistency since the trade for him when the player you had before and traded for Haulk was doing very well. I don't doubt that Haulk will eventually settle in but until then his lack of built up confidence is going to be a negative impact to your team.
     
    Let us also not overlook the fact that that is actually a solid GHL team skills wise that beat you. No, not great by any stretch but still solid. There are teams above that team in the standings doing more with less talent. The manager is going a good job in general. They just aren't doing as good a job optimizing the lineup and utilizing the players that they have as they could be.
     
    Finally, may I introduce Occam's razor. When two theories exist trying to explain the same thing the one that is more likely accurate is the one with the fewest assumptions. My theory is based on the fact that a lack of built up confidence, either team or player, has an observable negative impact and a significant one early in the season when no teams have any built up confidence. This can be reliably and repeatedly tested in game easily. Your theory is the assumption that there is a hidden code in the game that provides a boost to new teams in the GHL. This is an assumption that cannot be reliably proven in game.
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    rainsilent got a reaction from Paul T in Cage trash talk   
    The way I see spirit is along the lines of what is described here from 7:50 to about 8:05 and I'd rather have a team that fits what is said here than pretty much any other kind of team.
     
     
    Basically I see spirit as how much effort the player puts into the play, how willing they are to give the extra effort, et cetera. I'd rather have a team like the 2000 Wild or the late Bruke lead Flames team where they are known for how hard working and playing the team is, how committed they are, how willing to do the extra stuff, et cetera. That is just how I like my teams though and how I would rather my teams be known for no matter how they otherwise might play.
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    rainsilent got a reaction from AlexanderRasputin in Cage trash talk   
    While there might be some truth to it there is a massive negative drawback that goes along with it. Holding on to those players is an active restriction to what you can do in FA while also being an active handicap to your teams performance. You are holding on to a player, bringing several detrimental side effects to your team in the process, just for a, most of the time, modest trade value. It isn't worth holding back your team because of that.
     
    Yet the reason the latter part of 2 and the entirety of 3 is true at all is because managers hoard players that don't work for them when they shouldn't. If they let them go to FA the FA pool would have many more players in it and so long as you went in looking for what you needed rather than strictly the best overall player there wouldn't be many bidding wars. The only getting lucky there would be would be in outbidding for the top players. Which, to be honest, should be how that sort of goes anyways. It is literally a self perpetuating issue. The fact that there is no real cap crunch for the really deep GHL teams only serves to add to it.
     
    If I had this same mindset I never would have gotten any of my current 4th line players. A 4th line that is, performance wise, one of the best 4th lines around. I traded better overall players for Stubna, Stang and Reason. I traded those players because they weren't working in the role that I had them filling. I didn't trade for Stubna, Stang and Reason knowing, or even thinking, that they would be as good as they are. I traded for them thinking that they had the skill set to perform good enough on the 4th line for the duration of the contracts that they were on. Meaning that they would fill that role until I let them go and filled their spots with better players.
     
     
    Some of those players were from AI teams. The rest Anders created because the player pool that was generated at the start was strictly to fill the teams meaning that there were no extra players to go around at any level. As I said above though, if managers weren't hoarding players that they didn't need or players that weren't performing for them the FA pool wouldn't be nonexistent. Top end players would still be a rarity, as they should be, but quality 2nd and 3rd line players would be notably more abundant if managers didn't unnecessarily hoard players. This is really going to become a pointed problem in the GHL the further we go because teams with great depth are allowed to keep their rosters due to players not increasing their salary demands enough. It was a serious problem in the past and it will be a problem in the future too if the two faster leagues are any indication.
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    rainsilent got a reaction from Paul T in Cage trash talk   
    I hate games like that Paul. I get that they will happen but I still hate them none the less. You did end up getting the consolation of a 1-0 loss rather than a bad blowout.
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    rainsilent got a reaction from AlexanderRasputin in Cage trash talk   
    Alex I don't think your backup is good enough to really be a good backup at the GHL level. He is a really good overall goalie regarding his skill set but 86 reflexes is bad when a lot of the shooters facing you have 95+ shooting.
     
     
    This is because a number of managers resign pretty much everyone on their roster, usually until they get really old, no matter their actual performance. It is, frankly, a stupid practice. If your team has issues why are you going to keep bringing back the same players and the same team and expect something different? If there is an issue with the performance of a player trade them or let them go when their current contract is up. I don't mean to bad mouth Erzac but his team is a prime example. After his S1 championship his team has been struggling to get the results despite the talent. At what point do you stop banging your head against the wall and accept that you need to change up the roster in some way? You don't have to go chasing 'better' overall players to get better results either.  If I had his team I would have turned over almost the entire lower half of that roster a season ago because many of them are just playing poorly for whatever reason. Too many managers get too overall focused and also get too locked up in the team that they have.
     
    As for your goalie issues, I think it is down to a lack of endurance in both goalies. Your backup is actually playing rather well on the whole. When both goalies have low endurance giving adequate rest for your starter is quite difficult when the backup has an occasional bad game. When my buzzer team was in its second season, down in the IHL, my starter and backup both had low endurance and a chain reaction happened where both goalies ended up yellow tired. Both of them got hurt in the next game that they started. In my opinion, finding a goalie you wouldn't mind splitting starting time with Amick would be the way to go. Try to get a two goalie system where your second goalie has more endurance and can play a few extra games like what I have with Wilcot.
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    rainsilent reacted to Paul T in Cage trash talk   
    I wonder if Season 4 will turn out like the others?

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    rainsilent got a reaction from Paul T in Cage trash talk   
    Personally, I agree with you on Rask vs Thomas.
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    rainsilent got a reaction from Mark Z in Assistants report   
    I don't. I look at it to see if a player is comfortable in their role if they are struggling. Beyond that, it is interesting to look at.
     
    As for your team doing well defensively and losing by 3 goals, look at a few things. Did your goalie have a bad game? Alternately, do the game and player stats match up with that? Your team can still play well but be outdone by a few skilled players. Or the opposing team's special teams can get all of the goals effectively bypassing your team's D.
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    rainsilent reacted to GamePlanHockey in Quick update   
    I thought I 'd owe you all a quick update on what's been going on lately. The last month has been crazy and I've been falling behind with almost everything, this game included. I have in the last couple of weeks started both a new job and a small renovation of the house. And with everything else that's going on in the world right now I have not been able to put in that many hours on the game lately. 
    So please accept my apologies for the lack of updates and not responding to questions and emails lately. I will do my best to catch up as soon as possible. But today I finally managed to make an update fixing the current bugs with scouting reports and draft preferences.
    I have started working on the v2.3.0 update. I will share some more thoughts regarding this update soon.
    Thanks again for your patience!
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    rainsilent got a reaction from Paul T in Cage trash talk   
    I would argue he does and he is quietly the best goalie in the world currently but what do I know I guess.
     
    Look at his career stats, both regular season and playoffs. Regular season wise he currently has the 2nd best career save percentage all time behind only Dominik Hasek with an amazing .922. That is if you ignore the career stats of Chris Driedger, Igor Shesterkin (who I think is the modern Dominik Hasek), Andrew Hammond, Calvin Petersen, Pavel Francouz and Elvis Merzlikins. With over 500 games played that isn't by accident.
     
    Playoffs wise he is 12th best if you limit it to goalies that have played in at least 10 games with a .927 save percentage in 89 career playoff games. The 11 goalies in front of him? Manny Fernandez (11 games), Olaf Kolzig (45 games), Tomas Vokoun (22 games), Braden Holtby (89 games), Ben Bishop (49 games), Craig Anderson (46 games), Jonas Hiller (33 games), Cory Schneider (14 games), Tim Thomas (51 games), Robin Lehner (10 games) and Mike Smith (24 games).
     
    If I may say, you are almost sounding like a Leafs fan at the current moment with their doom and gloom statements about their team and how their players are overpaid and thus bad. I never thought that the Leafs were a cup contender coming into this year. How could they be when they got significantly worse as a team? Their team D got much worse and their offensive depth got worse too. They are complaining about Matthews and Marner being overpaid when those two have been two of the best players all season for the team. I see the current Leafs team the exact same way as I saw the Caps in the early Ovechkin era. They even have similar team composition problems in general. The biggest difference is that the Caps didn't spend a massive chunk of cap on 4 players. Them overpaying Nylander and arguably Marner wouldn't be so bad if they hadn't signed Tavaras. It isn't that Tavaras is a bad player. It is that signing him never made any actual sense.
     
    Toronto needed D badly and instead they spent 11 million on Tavaras when they had Matthews and Kadri. Had they not spent that 11 million on Tavaras they could have gone after Calvin de Haan or John Moore that offseason. No, they aren't top 4 dmen but how useful would one of them be for Toronto currently? Alternately, this past offseason they could have gone after Stralman, Nemeth, Myers or Shattenkirk. Shattenkirk would have been a great stand in for Barrie, at a cheaper rate, while also not losing Kadri in the process to get him. The only reason Shattenkirk didn't work in New York is that his skill set can't carry a team. However it is a great skill set to have to compliment skilled offensive players. Relatively low risk with relatively high reward. To add on, look at the upcoming FAs on D. Pietrangilo, Vatanen, Edmundson and van Riemsdyk to name 4. 18 million in cap space and a potential top 4 D group of Reilly, Pietr, Muzzin and Shat could have been had with say, 7 million in cap space left. Instead Toronto fans are stuck with a massively flawed roster for the next 4 seasons at least.
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    rainsilent got a reaction from Paul T in NHL discussion   
    If he stays healthy and he wants to play at least 4 more seasons I see it as very likely. Personally, I have always thought that Gretzky's goal total is going to eventually fall. The reason? The NHL is trying to introduce more scoring into the game. Combine that with skaters getting faster and becoming more skilled and I think it is an inevitability. Are we going to see another player near his points total? I think not. I think that McDavid is a better player than Gretzky was in his prime and McDavid is nowhere near 200 points a season. Before anyone goes crazy let me point out that Gretzky was never a great skater, never that good defensively nor did he have a great shot. What made Gretzky so special was how he used skill to beat defenses in ways no one else ever had done before.
     
    The problem to my idea is Stamkos get hurt which caps his scoring ability to a lower point than what it once was. Laine just doesn't sustain it due to lack of consistent effort. He has the shot and skill to be getting 50 a season yet he hasn't gotten there yet. Then there is Matthews and Point. Those two are the most prolific goal scorers next to Laine. Matthews is the better pure shooter but Point combines a great shot with better puck skills and per game effort in my opinion. Point, however, sacrifices some offense for a better overall team game due to all of that. He is already bordering on Datsyuk like in terms sacrificing offense for defense. I don't think McDavid has the pure shot to match Matthews or Point. While Draisaitl does the team around him isn't good enough for him to really sustain it I think. That doesn't take into account the slow start to his career.
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    rainsilent reacted to GamePlanHockey in v2.2.0   
    New features
    Scouting Browse previous seasons Friendly games during playoffs Coupon code support (Pre-released in December) Start career wizard (Pre-released in December) Scouting
    By scouting a player you can reveal hints of the players' talent, future development, get tactical insights and other information that's normally hidden. You can use this function to learn more about your own players, finding the best tactic for your roster, finding the best transfer target or scouting the prospect list for the upcoming youth draft. More information and how this works can be found in the help files.
    Browse previous seasons
    It's now possible to browse stats, standings and more from previous seasons. A season dropdown is available in selected views in the following pages/views: League page: Standings, Team stats, Playoff, Schedule and Player stats. Team page: Schedule and Player stats. Transfer page: Transactions, Youth draft and Prospect rankings.
    Friendly games during playoffs
    For teams not participating in the playoffs it's now possible to arrange friendly games.
    Bug fixes and improvements
    Computer teams will not always accept friendly game invites Improved AI on computer trading Fixed bug where waived players could be included in trade offers Fixed bug where pending contracts was not transfered in trade
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    rainsilent got a reaction from Steve in Cage trash talk   
    Energy line is about 60% of your answer. Shut down is that but only to the skilled players on the opposing team. The last 40% is the players you put on that line. Most managers seem to be wary of making such a line as the players in question typically lack skill for physicality and spirit.
     
    Edit: The next thing is that you have to give the players enough time on ice to make a positive difference. I see a lot of 4th lines playing 6-8 minutes a night. That is too little time on ice to have a positive impact in the desired role. Don't be afraid to give your 4th line 10-12 minutes a night. So long as you have them in the right role playing the right line style and they are comfortable playing in your system they will do well. Case in point Matthew Stang. Remember when another manager was raging at the fact that Stang essentially won a playoff series for my team? His performance rating is in the green for a very good reason despite his apparent lack of skill.
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    rainsilent got a reaction from Tyrod Gibson in Cage trash talk   
    Energy line is about 60% of your answer. Shut down is that but only to the skilled players on the opposing team. The last 40% is the players you put on that line. Most managers seem to be wary of making such a line as the players in question typically lack skill for physicality and spirit.
     
    Edit: The next thing is that you have to give the players enough time on ice to make a positive difference. I see a lot of 4th lines playing 6-8 minutes a night. That is too little time on ice to have a positive impact in the desired role. Don't be afraid to give your 4th line 10-12 minutes a night. So long as you have them in the right role playing the right line style and they are comfortable playing in your system they will do well. Case in point Matthew Stang. Remember when another manager was raging at the fact that Stang essentially won a playoff series for my team? His performance rating is in the green for a very good reason despite his apparent lack of skill.
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    rainsilent got a reaction from Steve in Cage trash talk   
    Truth be told I was going to trade Lang either this season or next. The core of my skilled forward group is almost all 30+ right now and he was the best trade piece I had to address it. While I could have asked for Lamoureau or Chene in return, as I would have wanted a center back if I got a player, I wanted to go the more diverse route that gave me more options. I have Grimard at where Lang was at S1 with a, for the moment, better team in front of him than Lang did during S1. I'm not expecting quite the same miracle play from Grimard like I got from Lang as the league is better as well but I am hoping to get something between last season and the season before in terms of performance from Grimard. If he gets off to a good start I should be fine relative to my expectations. If he doesn't, this could be a difficult season.
     
    While the picks I got for Lang don't add up to Lamoureau or Chene themselves the loss in the performance from not having Lang should take me lower in the standings which should improve my own draft picks. I'm hoping to pick around 12th in the draft with my pick and no higher than 25th with the other 1st round pick. If the upcoming draft is as good as the last that potentially means I will have a crack at a mid 80s overall player with my first 1st round pick. If I pick below 16th with my pick either I got shafted in the draft order or... Well, to be blunt, you all suck. Edit: I joke. If my team does end up in the middle of the playoff bracket I would be amazed at the performance from my team to have done that but I am not expecting that. I wasn't expecting to finish 1st in the conference and 2nd in points overall last season with the ~20th ranked team talent wise either though so who knows?
     
    Then again I did try this vaguely similar thing with my other team. It was looking fine with 10 games left in the season and more than 10 points up on the team in 11th place. However the players inexplicably quit playing after a sudden drop in team confidence from blue 'ok' to yellow 'concerned' after losing to a top team in a fairly respectable manner. The prior 3 games were all wins, with one being against another one of the better teams in the league, and my team had a positive record over the last 10 games, including those 3 wins. Yet for some reason the game said, "Nope, screw you" and I said "ok" as nothing I did changed anything. Granted, that team I intentionally built flawed from the outset with no proper playmakers what so ever and I went rather cheap on a few fill in players as well. However, after starting off very poorly I did actually sign a playmaker from FA and my team was above .500 from that point on until the final 10 games of the season where the players altogether stopped playing. Such is how it is. It actually doesn't bother me that much as I get to play a few players on my main roster this season that I really like and couldn't play in the SHL.
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    rainsilent reacted to Wendel Clark in S4 GHL Power Rankings   
    Eastern Conference
     
    1. Slaughterville Red Tide (Alexander Rasputin)
    OFF: 88,5 DEF: 88,7 SG: 93 OVR: 88,9
     
    2. Sheshegwaning Dragons (Ives Pa)
    OFF: 88,0 DEF: 88,8 SG: 91 OVR: 88,6
     
    3. Big Delta Stealheads (Paul T)
    OFF: 88,2 DEF: 88,3 SG: 88 OVR: 88,2
     
    4. St.Thomas Stray Cats (Erzac Ray)
    OFF: 86,1 DEF: 88,8 SG: 96 OVR: 88,1
     
    5. Sault Ste Marie Battlin Bears (Joe Leconte)
    OFF: 87,3 DEF: 88,0 SG: 88 OVR: 87,7
     
    6. Lake Viking Bulldogs (Max Mol)
    OFF: 86,1 DEF: 88 SG: 94 OVR: 87,6
     
    7. Rome Trojans (Yann Rock)
    OFF: 85,4 DEF: 88,5 SG: 92 OVR: 87,3
     
    8. Maxville Vortex (Tyrod Gibson)
    OFF: 86,7 DEF: 86,0 SG: 91 OVR: 86,7
     
    9. Kingston Kamikaze (Antti Hänninen)
    OFF: 85,0 DEF: 87,0 SG: 93 OVR: 86,5
     
    10. Mango Duhawks (Dr. Jones)
    OFF: 85,8 DEF: 85,3 SG: 91 OVR: 86,0
     
    Tied 11. Bodmin Bangers (Sakari Lindholm)
    OFF: 85,3 DEF: 86,2 SG: 87 OVR: 85,8
     
    Tied 11. Cedar Rapids Minutemen (Richard Armour)
    OFF: 85,5 DEF: 86,2 SG: 86 OVR: 85,8

    13. Mount Airy Savage Storm (Jason New)
    OFF: 84,3 DEF: 85,3 SG: 86 OVR: 84,9
     
    14. Frains Golden Bears (Computer)
    OFF: 79,8 DEF: 84,2 SG: 82 OVR: 82,0

     
    Western Conference
     
    1. Kegashka Prairie Stars (Ferris Mason)
    OFF: 87,8 DEF: 91,3 SG: 94 OVR: 89,9
     
    2. West Chicago Hawks (Richard Feynman)
    OFF: 87,0 DEF: 88,2 SG: 95 OVR: 88,2
     
    3. Scandinavia Steelers (J Jono)
    OFF: 87,3 DEF: 88,0 SG: 92 OVR: 88,0
     
    4. Vauban Tomahawks (Ben \)
    OFF: 87,5 DEF: 87,7 SG: 92 OVR: 87,9
     
    5. Eastern Outlaws (The Champ)
    OFF: 86,3 DEF: 88,2 SG: 92 OVR: 87,6
     
    6. Eldred Elite (Steven Bennett)
    OFF: 87 DEF: 87,8 SG: 87 OVR: 87,4
     
    7. Ithaca Ricochet (Marc S)
    OFF: 84,6 DEF: 89,2 SG: 93 OVR: 87,3
     
    8. Enigma Rage (Wendel Clark)
    OFF: 87,4* DEF: 86,7* SG: 88 OVR: 87,1
    (*Used two D as F)
     
    9. Yonker Wolverines (Jiri Heikkala)
    OFF: 85,7 DEF: 87,8 SG: 88 OVR: 86,8
     
    10. Rycroft Red Thunder (Torbjörn Johansson)
    OFF: 86,8 DEF: 85,2* SG: 87 OVR: 86,1
    (*Used 13th C/F as 6th D, since there is only 5 D)
     
    11. Richibucto Masons (Dr. Wendt)
    OFF: 84,3 DEF: 85,8 SG: 90 OVR: 85,5
     
    12. Pittsboro Plastic Attack (Makate Naekfor)
    OFF: 83,8 DEF: 86,8 SG: 86 OVR: 85,4
     
    13. Blenheim Pirates (Martin J)
    OFF: 82,1 DEF: 84,7 SG: 88 OVR: 83,7
     
    14. Thetford Mines Pegasus (Jeff Hamm)
    OFF: 82,3 DEF: 82,0 SG: 83 OVR: 82,2

     
    Calculated on day 8 of S4, using:
     
    Team OVR = (OFF + (DEF*2) + (SG*2))/26
     
    where
    OFF: ovr sum of best 12 centers/forwards
    DEF: ovr sum of best 6 defenders
    SG: ovr of starting goalie
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    rainsilent got a reaction from Tyrod Gibson in Cage trash talk   
    Could have been a system related issue in that he didn't do well in yours. If we don't run the same systems that me not be true for me.
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    rainsilent got a reaction from Paul T in Cage trash talk   
    Truth be told I was going to trade Lang either this season or next. The core of my skilled forward group is almost all 30+ right now and he was the best trade piece I had to address it. While I could have asked for Lamoureau or Chene in return, as I would have wanted a center back if I got a player, I wanted to go the more diverse route that gave me more options. I have Grimard at where Lang was at S1 with a, for the moment, better team in front of him than Lang did during S1. I'm not expecting quite the same miracle play from Grimard like I got from Lang as the league is better as well but I am hoping to get something between last season and the season before in terms of performance from Grimard. If he gets off to a good start I should be fine relative to my expectations. If he doesn't, this could be a difficult season.
     
    While the picks I got for Lang don't add up to Lamoureau or Chene themselves the loss in the performance from not having Lang should take me lower in the standings which should improve my own draft picks. I'm hoping to pick around 12th in the draft with my pick and no higher than 25th with the other 1st round pick. If the upcoming draft is as good as the last that potentially means I will have a crack at a mid 80s overall player with my first 1st round pick. If I pick below 16th with my pick either I got shafted in the draft order or... Well, to be blunt, you all suck. Edit: I joke. If my team does end up in the middle of the playoff bracket I would be amazed at the performance from my team to have done that but I am not expecting that. I wasn't expecting to finish 1st in the conference and 2nd in points overall last season with the ~20th ranked team talent wise either though so who knows?
     
    Then again I did try this vaguely similar thing with my other team. It was looking fine with 10 games left in the season and more than 10 points up on the team in 11th place. However the players inexplicably quit playing after a sudden drop in team confidence from blue 'ok' to yellow 'concerned' after losing to a top team in a fairly respectable manner. The prior 3 games were all wins, with one being against another one of the better teams in the league, and my team had a positive record over the last 10 games, including those 3 wins. Yet for some reason the game said, "Nope, screw you" and I said "ok" as nothing I did changed anything. Granted, that team I intentionally built flawed from the outset with no proper playmakers what so ever and I went rather cheap on a few fill in players as well. However, after starting off very poorly I did actually sign a playmaker from FA and my team was above .500 from that point on until the final 10 games of the season where the players altogether stopped playing. Such is how it is. It actually doesn't bother me that much as I get to play a few players on my main roster this season that I really like and couldn't play in the SHL.
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    rainsilent got a reaction from Peekaboo in Cage trash talk   
    Truth be told I was going to trade Lang either this season or next. The core of my skilled forward group is almost all 30+ right now and he was the best trade piece I had to address it. While I could have asked for Lamoureau or Chene in return, as I would have wanted a center back if I got a player, I wanted to go the more diverse route that gave me more options. I have Grimard at where Lang was at S1 with a, for the moment, better team in front of him than Lang did during S1. I'm not expecting quite the same miracle play from Grimard like I got from Lang as the league is better as well but I am hoping to get something between last season and the season before in terms of performance from Grimard. If he gets off to a good start I should be fine relative to my expectations. If he doesn't, this could be a difficult season.
     
    While the picks I got for Lang don't add up to Lamoureau or Chene themselves the loss in the performance from not having Lang should take me lower in the standings which should improve my own draft picks. I'm hoping to pick around 12th in the draft with my pick and no higher than 25th with the other 1st round pick. If the upcoming draft is as good as the last that potentially means I will have a crack at a mid 80s overall player with my first 1st round pick. If I pick below 16th with my pick either I got shafted in the draft order or... Well, to be blunt, you all suck. Edit: I joke. If my team does end up in the middle of the playoff bracket I would be amazed at the performance from my team to have done that but I am not expecting that. I wasn't expecting to finish 1st in the conference and 2nd in points overall last season with the ~20th ranked team talent wise either though so who knows?
     
    Then again I did try this vaguely similar thing with my other team. It was looking fine with 10 games left in the season and more than 10 points up on the team in 11th place. However the players inexplicably quit playing after a sudden drop in team confidence from blue 'ok' to yellow 'concerned' after losing to a top team in a fairly respectable manner. The prior 3 games were all wins, with one being against another one of the better teams in the league, and my team had a positive record over the last 10 games, including those 3 wins. Yet for some reason the game said, "Nope, screw you" and I said "ok" as nothing I did changed anything. Granted, that team I intentionally built flawed from the outset with no proper playmakers what so ever and I went rather cheap on a few fill in players as well. However, after starting off very poorly I did actually sign a playmaker from FA and my team was above .500 from that point on until the final 10 games of the season where the players altogether stopped playing. Such is how it is. It actually doesn't bother me that much as I get to play a few players on my main roster this season that I really like and couldn't play in the SHL.
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    rainsilent got a reaction from Tyrod Gibson in Netherhill Nightmares Relocation/Rebranding Notice   
    I really like the new look.
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    rainsilent got a reaction from bouncer in GHL playoff matchups   
    I said it in chat but I'll also say it here for everyone to see for eternity.
     
    Defense in the finals, paging defense in the finals please.
     
    Joking aside congratulations to Bouncer on the championship and peek on a great playoff run against the odds of his goaltenders. It almost ended just like it did between the Blackhawks and Flyers in the 2010 cup finals. It was a great show to watch too.
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    rainsilent got a reaction from Peekaboo in GHL playoff matchups   
    I said it in chat but I'll also say it here for everyone to see for eternity.
     
    Defense in the finals, paging defense in the finals please.
     
    Joking aside congratulations to Bouncer on the championship and peek on a great playoff run against the odds of his goaltenders. It almost ended just like it did between the Blackhawks and Flyers in the 2010 cup finals. It was a great show to watch too.
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    rainsilent got a reaction from bouncer in GHL playoff matchups   
    So I may have had a rather busy Friday and forgot to put up a match up preview for the finals. Oops. Well your getting one late anyways.
     
    #3 Sheshegwaning Dragons vs #2 West Chicago Hawks
    Regular season series: 2 wins Dragons
     
    I think this is likely to be a close series even though one game has already been played. The Dragons have the better offensive team talent wise while the Hawks play a more complete team game that emphasizes strong defensive play. If the Dragons had a goalie I felt like I could trust I would say that this is the match up of the two best teams in the league. Outside of the net it certainly is in my mind. I am really looking forward to seeing how this series plays out.
     
    Honest confession: I'm pulling for the Hawks in this one for the simple fact that he has his entire team playing in a way I wish I could get my team to play. Either way, best of luck to both teams.