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A Very #ConferenceIII Fantasy Roster

Today I drafted the following team, and it’s pretty Central Division heavy:

Center

  • Jonathan Toews (CHI)
  • Jeff Carter (LA)
  • Damien Brunner (NJ)

Left Wing

  • Pascal Dupuis (PIT)
  • Dustin Brown (LA)
  • Brandon Saad (CHI)

Right Wing

  • Michael Ryder (NJ)
  • Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)
  • Alexandre Burrows (VAN)

Defense

  • Shea Weber (NSH)
  • Ryan Suter (MIN)
  • François Beauchemin (ANA)
  • Michal Roszival (CHI)
  • Dennis Seidenberg (BOS)

Goaltender

  • Nicklas Backstrom (MIN)
  • Ondrej Pavelec (WPG)

Bench

Of course, I tried to avoid a Central Division bias in this year’s Official Friction Tape Fantasy Team™ roster (last year’s roster here), which I drafted yesterday:

Forward

  • P.A. Parenteau (COL)
  • Johan Franzen (DET)
  • Valeri Nichushkin (DAL)
  • Brendan Gallagher (MTL)
  • Michael Ryder (NJ)
  • Ryan Kesler (VAN) — keeper from last year

Defense

  • Cody Franson (TOR)
  • Dan Boyle (SJ)
  • François Beauchemin (ANA)
  • John Carlson (WSH)

Goaltender

  • Cory Schneider (NJ) — keeper from last year
  • Evgeni Nabakov (NYI)

Utility

  • Daniel Alfredsson (DET) — keeper from last year
  • Logan Couture (SJ) — keeper from last year

Bench

  • Jaromir Jagr (NJ) — keeper from last year
  • Jeff Carter (LA) — keeper from last year
  • Mike Ribeiro (PHO) — keeper from last year
  • Luke Schenn (PHI)

I’ve got a little more confidence in the Official Friction Tape Fantasy Team™ roster this year than I had in it last year, and I have certainly more in it than I have in the team I drafted today for a separate league. Regarding today’s draft: Damien Brunner is gifted but unproven; Colin Wilson should lead Nashville in scoring, but consistency and injury are his two biggest bugs; Brandon Saad and Vladimir Taransenko may have slumping sophomore seasons. Otherwise, I think the team is pretty well-rounded.

Regarding OFTFT™, Valeri Nichushkin should be an exciting rookie to watch in Dallas; Ryan Kesler should look to rebound after missing most of last season with injury, and should be a dynamic player for Team USA in the Sochi Olympics; the obvious weakness here is in goal, as Cory Schneider may not wrest a starting job away from Martin Brodeur (making him useless as a fantasy option), and the Islanders may not play well enough in front of an aging Nabokov to help him in the wins column.

Sadly, I don’t have enough confidence in the Predators this year to have loaded up either roster with a bunch of homer picks. I wanted to draft Pekka Rinne today, despite questions about his health, and I drafted former Predators Ryan Suter and Cody Franson. Hell, I even considered drafting former Predator Martin Erat late in today’s draft, or current Predator Rich Clune, whose 113 PIMs were good for 5th in the NHL last season.

*sigh* Maybe next year.

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i-still-believe-in-detroit:

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i-still-believe-in-detroit:

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I will never get tired of watching the Nashville Predators end the Detroit Red Wings in the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals. What a great moment for the franchise!

Yeah, I guess when you’ve never won the division, presidents trophy, the conference, or a Stanley Cup you have to hold on to the little things

Tell us, Hockeytown, how did all those division titles, Stanley Cups, and President’s Trophies help you last year? (Or this year?)

Hint: once the season is over, it’s over!

And how did this series win help you last year? (Hint, Nashville’s cup total is still 0)

I didn’t say this series helped us win last year. I just said I’ll never get tired of watching this series come to a close, and that it was a great moment for the franchise … because it was. And then you got butthurt and trolled my post, so I called you out.

Of course I realize where the Preds are in the standings today. We’ve been horrible this year. But the season doesn’t end today, so I’m not sure why you bring up a hypothetical to make a point about the actual world. I also didn’t say this video (or anything else) has any bearing on this season, or that it should. Detroit’s former hardware doesn’t have any bearing on this season either. Frankly, I wish we could all forget about this half season. But it is what it is.

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i-still-believe-in-detroit:

stackiii:

I will never get tired of watching the Nashville Predators end the Detroit Red Wings in the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals. What a great moment for the franchise!

Yeah, I guess when you’ve never won the division, presidents trophy, the conference, or a Stanley Cup you have to hold on to the little things

Tell us, Hockeytown, how did all those division titles, Stanley Cups, and President’s Trophies help you last year? (Or this year?)

Hint: once the season is over, it’s over!

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In case you missed the biggest news in the National Hockey League yesterday, the perennial little engine that could, my beloved Nashville Predators, matched a blockbuster offer sheet made to future hall of fame defenseman, cornerstone franchise player, and restricted free agent captain Shea Weber by Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren.
The conventional wisdom in the City of Brotherly Love (and elsewhere) said that the small-market Predators couldn’t possibly ever afford to keep Weber, and that Holmgren’s front-loaded offer sheet would price Weber right out of Nashville.
Oops.

In case you missed the biggest news in the National Hockey League yesterday, the perennial little engine that could, my beloved Nashville Predators, matched a blockbuster offer sheet made to future hall of fame defenseman, cornerstone franchise player, and restricted free agent captain Shea Weber by Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren.

The conventional wisdom in the City of Brotherly Love (and elsewhere) said that the small-market Predators couldn’t possibly ever afford to keep Weber, and that Holmgren’s front-loaded offer sheet would price Weber right out of Nashville.

Oops.

(Source: ericshuff)

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Sports Economics: Hockey Tickets Aren’t Interest-Free Loans to Ownership

In this week’s edition of “The Hippodrome,” an always-worth-reading weekly feature in the Nashville Scene, friend and fellow Fan of the Fang J.R. Lind critiques the Nashville Predators ownership’s broken promise of spending to the salary cap in the recently concluded 2011-2012 season. A season ticket holder himself, Lind unleashes from a fan’s perspective:

…the Predators finished 2011-12 with a payroll of $52.2 million, some $12 million under the NHL’s salary cap. Granted, there are a number of reasons why: the unexpected emergence of young (and cheap) players, the lack of availability for big contract outsiders, the unwillingness of Weber and Ryan Suter to sign long-term deals.

But nonetheless, it was a promise broken.

Fans pay for tickets — interest-free loans — with the expectation that money will go to improve the team. If the team doesn’t improve, the fans should be able to call those loans.

If the team doesn’t meet expectations, the fans should get restitution. Real restitution.

Emphasis added.

While I’m sympathetic to Lind’s disappointment, and while fans do indeed pay for tickets, tickets aren’t interest-free loans to ownership. Tickets are individual licenses to consume entertainment. Season ticket holders, especially across multiple seasons, may fashion themselves as “investors” in the team, but in reality they’re simply paying to consume entertainment, just like the casual fan who buys a discounted single ticket on a Monday night with his/her military ID. The season ticket holder is just paying more up front for more entertainment than the guy/gal buying a single seat on a given game night.

If you want to invest money in the team to make it better over time, there’s a way to do that: ownership. That’s hard to do because it involves moving real dollars and cents, and not just allocating emotions.

(Now sports fans know why economics is called “the dismal science.”)

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