Wick Schozen

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  1. Friendly games cannot be accepted past day 103. Not a non-issue, still present EDIT: I was able to have friendly games accepted past day 103 but could not myself accept games nor complete them with CPU teams.
  2. Fighters-Danger even after two The Warman Fighters team bus is silent as it departs Culdesac on their way home to prepare for game three. The players isolated in their own preoccupations, some illuminated by a small flash light from above while they read or isolated with their headphones in the darkness of the bus. Only the barely decipherable cursing of Wick Schozen at the front of the bus disrupts the deafening silence. Scattered across his tray table that serves as a impromptu desk is the most recent game report, a litany of scouting profiles and a document that sits above all; a bill issued by the Culdesac Danger for repairs needed in the away team dressing room. After a dominating game one performance in which the Fighters at home skated away to a 5-1 victory and their confidence high, now leave Culdesac in a tied series with their heads sunken. If game one gave spectators the impression that this series would be wrapped up in short order, game two reminded everyone that Culdesac in fact had been waiting for their round two matchup before Warman had even punched their ticket to move on. Bested by the their castaway asset Charles Champagne who along with the victory took the games first star honors. The Fighters again confront the cutthroat realities of playoffs, that there is no time to relish in past success. Game two was a far more accurate depiction of how the next two to three games of round two will play out. Where in game one the Fighters imposed their stature on Culdesac, strongly outshooting them and goals more a product of abundance of offensive than precision. Game two saw the series tighten back up. The shots were more evenly spread, possession was near identical. The only differentiation between the two teams was who was able to make the most of their opportunities. Tonight that honor went to Culdesac. If anyone can be an example of the quick adjustments required in the rapidly evolving nature of the playoffs, Wick Schozen is an ideal model. By the time we return to Warman and are back in the arena I am quick to discover that the broom closet in the underbelly of the arena that served as my office is no longer under my possession. I find my elementary school sized desk and a cardboard box of my possession discarded outside the door. Two Vietnamese women attempt to maneuver a massage table into place, it’s clearly too large to fit in the room. I’m summoned into Schozen’s office and informed that the rent he’ll receive from the popup massage parlor is going to cover the charges to replace the cracked whiteboard, broken benches and plumbing repairs required for the away team locker room in Culdesac. It was either rent my office or don’t pay the salary of one of the scouts I’m told, and considering scouts tend to gossip among one another Schozen feels confident that a disgruntled scout will reach more ears than my publications. Around the league, Wyoming has jumped out to a two game lead and pushed top seed Highland to the brink of elimination. Pinehurst and Harrow have split their opening two games in the East while Vermillion looks to be making easy work of Bellmore, up two games with a goal differential of 11-2.
  3. Fighters Face Danger In the Second Round At the start of season 9 Wick Schozen caught wind on the phones that Culdesac GM Fred Longpre was in the market for a goaltender. The situation seemed a perfect match. Schozen had been juggling goaltenders with Guilmaine, Knuutila and Champagne in the fold. It was possibly one of the more straight forward and seamless deals Schozen has completed. A goaltender one way, a first round pick the other. Internal questioning indicates Warman felt pretty confident they had come out on the winning end of the arrangement. Looking at the deal now, I wish anyone good luck in their effort to get a response on the matter that doesn’t hold an air of campaign talk on Capitol Hill. The repercussions of that deal and how it relates to Warman in the playoffs is the fact that Charles Champagne went on as the starter of the Culdesac Danger to have a top 3 season league wide in net. The Fighters meanwhile sit on a 23rd overall pick and a continued circus in the crease of the Warman Fighters. While the pick could still pay off with Schozen’s hand on the scouting trigger, at present moment it is still unknown who will be starting in net for Warman ahead of the first game of round 2 against Culdesac. Guilmaine’s first round performance against the Hazard Blizzard alone would have encouraged the conversation among the media of whether Knuutila could get the look. After the game four implosion of Guilmaine and the heroics of Knuutila in Warman’s comeback victory, that encouraged conversation has morphed into hostile doctrine calling for the chaining of Guilmaine’s ankles to the bench. The only issue with the doctrine, like with all ideology, is there is more nuance in the details than the first to mind emotional appeal. Fact of the matter is Guilmaine played exceptional against Culdesac in the regular season, getting the Fighters two of their three wins against Culdesac this season. Knuutila on the other hand was liable for the Fighters only loss to the Danger on the season, with their other win credited to *double checks notes* Juraj Jarabek, who was waived by the Fighters and spent the rest of the season in the SHL. So there is some uncertainty that persists in the Warman crease, it’s nothing new to the organization so expect them to prepare as usual. Though there is an added layer of complexity in assessing Warman entering the second round considering they saw more value in a first round pick than the goaltender that will be standing in the opposing crease. If Culdesac were to succeed past Warman it certainly wouldn’t be the first time GM Longpre has gotten the last laugh on Schozen. A temporary fallout between the two organizations over a disagreement during trade negotiations for then prospect Jean-Philippe Kilburn was able to be buried to get the Champagne deal done. In the end Schozen’s stance on Kilburn has been the equivalent of stepping in an ignited brown paperbag of dog shit on his front porch while the fruits of the eventual deal Longpre pursued has helped guide his team to this crossroads of the two organizations. In the Culdesac Danger the Fighters don’t face a team of veteran playoff experience like that of Hazard but instead confront a team of a hard forged style of play. Tighter defensively, less flashy offensively but hardly less effective. This is a unit less powered by its star presence in the lineup but instead a roster of everyone pulling the same direction without deviation. For Warman success will hinge less on whether their depth is too much for Culdesac to overcome and more so on whether their goaltending will hold together long enough to avoid self sabotage. While Warman took out the regular season series 3-1, each game was a hard fought affair. Exiting the first round the Fighters top two lines appear to be rolling hot. With six goals apiece for each line. This series looks to be an opportunity for Warman’s depth to come to the forefront. Every player registered at least a point against the Hazard Blizzard. While Culdesac moved past Oshawa in three games of more tightly fought games, it was their bottom 6 forward group who carried the weight offensively. Leading to the speculation that the top of their lineup is due for a rebound series. Looking around the league. There were no upsets in the first round in the West with Highland coming out ahead of the season 8 GHL Champions Metairie and Wyoming making easy work of Medicine Hat. In the East Pinehurst pulled out an upset against Wintersville to move to the second round, they’ll face Harrow Hawks who seemed untested by Enigma. While Vermillion and their communist regime are to face off against Bellmore who will be waiving the flag of liberty for our sensible red, white and blue bleeding American viewers at home.
  4. Warman Fighters unable to be kept down by Blizzard I’ve lost track of the Fighters. A group of 23, a literal horde in a town the size of Hazard and yet they’ve managed to duck me. Now I’m sitting in a tavern on Main street with any indication of my association with the Warman Fighters hidden. The atmosphere is bleak, for all the madness that must be unfolding in Warman after defeating the Hazard Blizzard in game 4 in the first round of the GHL playoffs it is matched in the despair felt here by the fans in Hazard. The series looked to be going back to Warman for game five by the end of the first period. Down 4-0, Warman goaltender Guilmaine pulled putting the organization back into disarray as to who will be looked upon in net to fend off this demon that is the Hazard Blizzard in the eyes of the Warman Fighters come playoffs. This seemed again to be a young Fighters team unravelling in the playoffs, though not so young anymore that this could be excused. The second period saw Mallard tuck what felt like a garbage time goal. The Hazard arena was electric, hardly noticing the goal. An overheard conversation in the mens room at the urinal went as follows: “When did Belle blow the shutout?” “It’s ok, he’s saving his chip to cash in at the end of game 5!” Both the men laughed. At the time their prediction seemed far more plausible than what unfolded. You could see the veins in Schozen’s neck ballooning out of his skin. Attempting to shout over the crowd, frenzied in chant attune to a fever of war, to penetrate the blank stares of his young bench. A bench inexperienced in true success that were again ripped from the tit of the regular season and struggling to make men of themselves on their own in the playoffs. From the press box I was trying to get my hands on tickets for the family to attend game five. In my head I explained the change in the ferocity of the crowd to the fans settling into the third period. Like the urinal attendees caught up in the atmosphere I missed another Mallard goal, 30 seconds into the third period which cut the lead in half. Then before the half way mark Cribbs cuts the lead to a single goal. Cribbs who’s scored four goals in the first round. Cribbs who Schozen told on the last day of the season his name is on the trade block. Cribbs whose going to Nipawin unless he intends to do something about his value these playoffs. The score is 4-3 with 12:30 to play. 11 shots to 2 in favor of the Blizzard was how the Fighters closed out the third period. Knuutila, thrust in goal after Guilmaine folded in the first, was the only thing holding Warman’s hopes alive. 11 shots thrown his way before the end of the period and like the rest of the game so far Knuutila was up to the task. Both of the Fighters shots came in the last two minutes, both off the stick of Emile Jomphe. One shot, with 30 seconds left to go in the period before the series looked to game five for a deciding result, took any flames of doubt in that sentiment and turned it nuclear. Score tied 4-4. How quickly the remainder of this game unfolded is astonishing compared to the slow burn that was the collapse of Hazard’s first period four goal lead. A fan who dropped their phone at puck drop may have entirely missed the overtime period. Off the stick of captain Ulrik Kristensen launched a shot that seconds ago had merely won a faceoff as a preamble to tooth and nail fight that was expected to close out this game. Instead that fan looked up to see the conclusion of season 9 for the Hazard Blizzard while the Warman Fighters celebrated the death of a personal demon that seemed would never die. The Warman Fighters, after finally getting the best of the Hazard Blizzard in the playoffs are moving on to the second round to face the Culdesac Danger. Where customary to a hero's tale, more personal demons await.
  5. Blizzard Forecast in Playoff First Round The final matchup of the regular season for the Fighters was a heavyweight bout between two young, up and coming powerhouses in the West. The score was tied with Medicine Hat after every period, with Warman finally separating themselves in the shootout when Captain Ulrik Kristensen sealed the deal, scoring the second of the night and capping off a two goal - three point evening. Wick Schozen exchanged pleasantries with Medicine Hat GM Dave Pellerin in the tunnel after the game. The Fighters players bottlenecking into silence as the slipped by Schozen to get into the locker room. Kristensen being the last player off the ice is followed by Schozen who gives off a nod to Pellerin and slams the locker room door behind him. “All right shut the fuck up” The room was already silent. “It’s day 87, good job on the season, yada-yada-yada. Don’t crack too big of a smile in the showers yet. We’re bringing Jenssen, Moorehead and Espana with us from the minors for the duration of the playoffs. That means when you go out tonight their coming with you. KLAVINS! You’re responsible for making sure the kids make it out, Willman you’re responsible that they make it back. Either of you fail Pattenaude gets a jock slide, blue line to blue line. We’ve got Hazard first round, they’ve rolled us twice in the last three years from the playoffs. So go out tonight, take advantage of the 88 off day, skip any mixers in your drinks, it’s going to take a room full of men to get past the Blizzard. If I see another photo of Mellor drinking a cruiser I’ll waive you on the spot. Cribbs you’re on the trading block, so you better show up in the playoffs this year or else the only team that’ll want you is Nipawin.” Just as quick as he came in Schozen is gone, with the slam of the door confirming his departure. Though Schozen’s presence still hangs in the room, it’s one of his defining traits and he remains until Kristensen breaks the silence polling the room for where they’re going tonight. Ray’s Tavern is the decision. A country bar with a jukebox with an impressive 70s collection and a “cannot come back” list that includes a one Wick Schozen, bolded and underlined. “Jenssen’s singing Stevie Nicks tonight!” Shrieks Kosir, who tonight just capped off a career year, 60 points in the 3C role. The Hazard Blizzard aren’t mentioned again after Schozen announced the first round matchup though they can’t be far out of mind. Save for the fourth line and Derek Shipman, the team grey beard at 32, everyone on the Fighters has been eliminated from the playoffs by Hazard. A veteran team whose physical style ragged dolled the young Warman side in season 6 and 7. Those were childlike teams though compared to how Warman presents itself today. The Fighters are coming off their best GHL season yet. A 2nd place finish in the Western conference, 48 wins, their second season in a row topping 300 goals in a season while putting together their best defensive season yet ranked 7th best for goals against. The bottom of their lineup now looks the part to go toe to toe with the heavy units that the Blizzard put over the boards. Their last playoff series saw the Blizzard outscore Warman 21 to 11 in a four game series. This time around looks to be a far closer affair. But simply a beefing up of the bottom 6 and a few more years of experience won’t be enough for Warman to get over the hump. This is likely Hazard’s last true shot at a championship. GM Feynman knows this and his players, while they may not admit that their time is coming, have enough experience not to let this opportunity slip by them. Their speed seems to be the most glaring regression in the Hazard lineup. This is no where more obvious than down the middle where their veteran center depth would whale on Kristensen, Pattenaude and Kosir for their lunch like school yard bullies. The tides have turned now. Kristensen has developed into the captain he always looked to be and plays an imposing game as one of the leagues premier power forwards. Pattenaude just finished a career year himself tied for third league wide in goals. While Kosir is the Fighters quiet leader in the bottom six, a player that just goes about his business to surprisingly impressive results. The Warman Fighters, now packed into the team bus that begins its journey out of Medicine Hat. Schozen, seated at the front of the bus is back operating the phones. A scouting meeting will be held tomorrow kicking off the teams final leg of the draft preparation. There Warman’s internal list of prospects will be narrowed down to single out those that will be invited for private interviews with the player development staff while the playoffs progress out of sight. The three rows of seats behind Schozen are empty save for the minor league call ups who sit isolated as the team roars and beer cans crack behind them. Day 87 will blur into 88 in what will be their last release as a team before playoffs begin. Their next opportunity won’t be until after the Fighters place in the playoff dance is over, which will either be accompanied by a new experience of triumph or the all too familiar taste of failure.
  6. still pretty active, I think the new ingame chat feature took much of the conversation into the gameworlds
  7. Trade Deadline Calm and a New Defensive Identity Looming at the beginning of next week is circled day on the calendar in an otherwise ominous week of the season. Usually an anxious time for rostered players in the top league of Howitzer. The impending trade deadline appears not to have infiltrated the Warman locker room. The majority of the moves by Wick Schozen appear to have already been made. The most noteworthy shakeup of the roster this season was the departure of former top 10 pick Jesper Berch. In an exchange of young forwards that saw Daren Tarpley assume ownership of Berch’s stall in the Warman locker room. That trade was the only one with an impact on Warman’s active roster in the GHL. All the moves beyond that have been transactions involving players that inhabited a role in the organizations farm team. Those moves have seen Schozen amass three additional GHL draft picks and a pair of SHL first rounders. The dawn of the season brought with it a decision on Warman’s goaltending depth chart. A decision had to be made as to who Warman would be committing to in net for the next couple of seasons. Despite a fragile grasp on the role, the starting job continued to be held by Robin Guilmaine. The start of a three year contract extension signified that Schozen was committed to giving Guilmaine an opportunity to assert himself into his prime years in the Warman crease. A decision that left young goaltenders Ahto Knuutila and Charles Champagne vying for the backup role. Which after testing the trade market, an offer of a 1st round pick for Champagne appeared incentive enough for Knuutila to default into the backup position. Whether that decision has proved the right one is still up in the air. Champagne has gone on to assume the starting job in Culdesac and posting far superior numbers to both of Warman’s remaining net minders. The thriving game of Champagne outside of the Warman system appears to be the catalyst that prompted Schozen to look to his skaters as the cause of the Fighters defensive woes as opposed to his goaltenders lackluster play. While the team maintained a playoff position on the back of their high powered offense, the team was in disarray with a team save percentage of .885. Most wouldn’t have faulted Schozen to have placed the blame at the feet of Guilmaine and Knuutila, opting to bring in a veteran presence to patch the holes in the crease that opposing teams seemed all too aware of. Instead Warman fans awake to news of Berch no longer being a member of the Fighters, replaced Tarpley a player who’s style of play was glaringly absent on the roster. Following the addition Tarpley to add an element of defensive stability to the bottom six, that Schozen was able to acquire any compensation for perennial sook Clovis Savariat should be deemed a success. Savariat was mere days away from opening the morning paper to find his name on the waiver wire. Schozen confirmed the story circulating that he never extends the courtesy of informing players they’ve been waived. Apparently opting for players that don’t keep up with the daily happenings of the league to find that their access key to the arena no longer grants entry. A security guard generally leads them to the dumpster that their equipment was thrown in. Beyond the roster alterations, fans will likely notice a new defensive identity that the Fighters carry themselves with on the ice. Currently sitting tenth in the entire league in goals against, come the seasons end this year could be the first that the Fighters are able to keep their goals against average below 3.0. Something that would have been irrational to conceive around the 20 game mark. On the offensive side the Fighters are continuing to assert themselves as a powerhouse in the league. Before being sidelined for 9 games Jason Mellor was having a break out season, leading the league in points at the time of his injury. He and Pattenaude appear to have stuck a playmaker-sniper partnership that has always been envisioned of them. Pattenaude himself is on pace for a career year. He’s already eclipsed 30 goals before the 60 game mark and looks poised to best his career high of 36 that he set in his sophomore season. Approval of the performance of Schozen has to be high in the Warman fanbase. Not only is the young roster coming together in a dominant fashion but the longterm outlook of the team is quickly taking direction. The seven prospects that will be selected in this draft complement an organization already holding a deep stable of prospects. Morten Jenssen, taken in the second round last season, got a taste of the big club filling in for Mellor while he was sidelined. His 5 points over 11 games while filling a role on the fourth line will go a long way to keep him in good standing with Schozen when he is forced to look down the pipeline to round out the roster in the coming years. What remains to be seen is what Schozen envisions with his backend in the long run. It was leaked that upon signing an three year extension Emile Jomphe was informed by Schozen that he’d be listening to trade offers starting next season. It will be cut throat decisions like this which Schozen will have to make in order to keep the core of his team together for the long haul. Despite Jomphe’s cap friendly extension, it will be the roles in which players like Jomphe fill that Schozen will be forced to economize on the cap.
  8. Media Ban in Warman Revoked It took some time for the players of the Warman Fighters to shed their almost instinctual nature to avert their gaze in the presence of a media member. That was to be expected from the players, the cogs of a team that functions behind an iron curtain held in place by their owner and general manager Wick Schozen. The exclusive access Schozen granted us is the only media availability that has been allowed amongst the team since season 3. Back when the team was still operating as the Warman Aussies and still in its infancy, a description fitting for both the organization and its roster. A lot has happened since the lockout of reporters from Warman went into place. Another fire sale season in the GHL in season 4 to accumulate more assets. While the team still had some press coverage that season, reporters had to buy their own ticket to the arena if they wanted to see the team live. Eventually the shunning was returned, as Warman descended back to the SHL many reporters likely hoped that’s where they would remain. As a result Warman’s record setting season in the SHL in season 5 went mostly unnoticed. There was no press coverage of their 66 win season, a feat that no team has come within 10 wins of since. All the more impressive when you consider that there were only two players regularly in the lineup that weren’t on an entry level contract. Since season 6 Warman has been a mainstay in the GHL. Their rebuild, one where all the lottery luck seemingly fell into schozen lap, is now fully actualized. What now represents the Warman Fighters is no longer a roster of baby faced prodigies. Despite the teams still relatively young age compared the the rest of the league, existing under the demanding grips of Schozen has weathered them. Lead by two first overall picks in captain Ulrik Kristensen and Ulric Pattenaude, Warman assaults the league with the most damning offense in the GHL. Season 8 saw them be the first team in Buzzer history to eclipse 300 goals in a GHL season. Though where their offense performs like hardened veterans their age still shows in their defensive game. It’s been the stumbling block of the Fighters that have held them back from post season success. Whether that is the case in Schozen’s mind, well he’s never one to follow a reporters lead… “Look I know you yuckamups have an angle you’re trying to sell and I know how it works, a little you scratch my back I’ll scratch yours. You can write whatever you want, what publication are you guys from anyway?” I informed Wick of our online presence. “Are you f***s kidding? I told the league I wanted a netflix crew. At the very least give me what Alex has, not some forum.gmgames chimp with a macbook.” I informed Wick that we operate on the same platform as Vermillion’s ’soviet propaganda engine’ as Schozen likes to call it. “Yeah clearly not the same operators, maybe it’s just my age but a five year plan sounds a lot like the words of men who call vodka ‘the sweat of Stalin’” Schozen’s blunt. He certainly doesn’t mince words. Our sit down with him was brief and more than a few times we had to talk him out of revoking our press access. Sometimes you get a glimmer into the inner workings of the Warman organization. Old beat reporters from the Howitzer circuit tell me you have to catch him at the Ringside Lounge, the Fighters themed bar that has been a staple in both iterations of the Fighters, if you want to get any information from him. Still, one doesn’t need the explicit words from Schozen himself to know that a cap crunch of cataclysmic proportions is on the horizon for Warman. The core of the Fighters are now off their entry level deals and the first championship window has begun. How soon it will close depends on how Schozen can navigate the salary cap in the coming seasons. It remains to be seen if an old school GM such as Schozen has it in him to navigate that terrain.
  9. I'm not sure if this has already been addressed or not, but currently it is taking upwards of 8 days to complete scouting reports.
  10. I've brought this up a couple times now. Most recently in October '19, to no avail
  11. Paul you devious fellow. I had only ever looked at the transfers contract screen. That said, I am stubborn in my conviction that a player's movement on the terms of their current contract should not be limited. . .
  12. Well no, as his current contract is a two way contract. Thus while on the current contract there should be no limitations outside of the current clauses that he is restricted to. If he were traded to an SHL team with a one way GHL contract signed and that team was not in a position to promote then his contract extension would just be voided at the conclusion of the season and he would join the free agent pool as if he didn't sign it. In regards to terminating the contract, after the player has agreed to the extension the contract cannot be cancelled. It is only when the deal has been offered but not yet accepted that it can.
  13. Been getting a "this can't be good" error page for a while now while trying to complete a deal. Figured out today that i think it is because a player in the deal has a GHL one way contract extension signed and the deal is sending him to the SHL. Outside of that everything else in the deal is completely normal so I think this may be a bug from when trading contract extensions was fixed.
  14. After the trade deadline all contract offers are in terms of the following season (example: sign a player not on your roster and they won't report until day 1 of the following season). Then if you are situated in a top 2 seed in your conference after day 87, in terms of contract negotiations you are now considered the level of the league you are promoting to. I'm not fully visualizing your situation in my head, so sorry if that doesn't clear it up. But that is how it has always been as a promoting team after day 87, going back to the old version. When I was promoting to the GHL I had a bunch of players that would not resign on SHL contracts, so I had to ensure that I had guaranteed promotion at the end of the season and had to wait until after day 87 to negotiate their extensions.
  15. Genius! I've had to resort to putting an affiliate goaltender as my backup in games that I crucially need my started to have the night off. A simple toggle would be far more convenient.