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PPP Salary cap Challenge - Paper bag Leaf fan

OK, I have managed to fix my team to comply with the rules...as was pointed out in the comments. The biggest regret is that I lose BizNasty (and a day or so after he posted pictures with himself and a bunch of bikini babes....including Paulina Gretzky). The second biggest regret is that I had to pick you a Senator (I feel dirty). I think it works out OK in the end, however.

Out: Bissonnette, Hamonic, Haltby

In: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Marcus Foligno and Ben Bishop

Also good news, because I no longer have any Islanders on my team, I was able to pick Dipietro and then immediately sent him to the minors, removing his salary from my team. Luckily, my minor league team plays in Duesseldorf Germany, where Kobe and A-Rod go for their controversial regenerative surgeries. Glass Rick will come back a changed man.

Read on.

I have to admit, I enjoyed this a lot. My work production suffered of course, but that is just fine. A few things to explain my approach:

  • I did not draft any Sens (DAMN!!!) or Habs...and that was on purpose. I did end up drafting 2 former Habs and 1 former Sen, and that hurt a little.
  • I wanted a pretty defensively sound team.
  • I tried not to grab the same players I noticed coming up over and over again, but some players are just the obvious picks based on the team they play for, their salary and draft positions.
  • Like Brian Burke, I don't really like long term contracts. I only took one, Duncan Keith. The majority of my team would be RFA or UFA in 2013 or 2014, but I am fine with that. No getting fat and lazy while living off a contract you signed years ago.
  • For some reason, I have three players from Welland ON (Girardi, Bissonnette and Clutterbuck). This was not planned, nor should it be encouraged.
  • I only have $65,705 cap space to play with. Bring on the trade machine (and another workday to kill)!

Here is some of my reasoning for each player.

Player

Notes

Datsyuk, Pavel

Considered one of the best two way players, he is a point/game player and always has great +/- stats. He has won 2 Stanley Cups, 3 Selke trophies, and international medals. Plus, he is ugly and gentlemanly (4 Lady Byngs) so he won’t be fooling around with other player’s wives, causing problems in the dressing room.

Sedin, Daniel

He has an Olympic gold medal, and made Vancouver riot by getting close to the cup. In 2011 he won the Art Ross Trophy, the Ted Lindsay Award and was nominated for the Hart Memorial Trophy, so that is…like…pretty good. If he gets hurt, we can talk Henrik into stepping in.

Brown, Dustin

The Captain of the Kings is leading his team to the Cup finals (assuming he does not get Shannabanned for his hit on Rozsival ). He is gritty, can score, and he has a silver medal from the Vancouver Olympics.

Henrique, Adam

Playing with Kovalchuk and Parise in your rookie year must be kind of fun. In the playoffs, he has 9 points and is +8 in 16 games. He won two Memorial Cups, and won the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as the MVP of the OHL playoffs.

Skinner, Jeff

Skinner scored 31 goals during the 2010–11 season, and he was the youngest player in the NHL. This year, he was the youngest player ever to play in the NHL All Star Game. I’ll take him.

Simmonds, Wayne

Fell a little shy of 30 goals in his first year in Philly, adds toughness and grit. He alsoscored a goal with his face and then got in a fight with his face all busted up the next night against the Pens. Nice.

Couture, Logan

In both of his full NHL seasons, he has scored 30 goals. He has also played in 38 playoff games already and he is only 23 (I think the Leafs have played less in 23 years, but I might be a little off). According to his Wiki page, the delivery-room nurse when he was born was Bernadette Devorski, the mother of NHL referee Paul & NHL linesman Greg Devorski. Hmmph.

Fisher, Mike

Fisher is known for his grittiness and two-way play, being named a finalist for the Selke Trophy in 2006 while playing for a team that I don’t even want to mention. Fine. But I drafted him so Carrie Underwood will be hanging around. Awesome.

Koivu, Saku

My team grey-beard and veteran leader, has played in over 1000 NHL games. Tied for the longest serving Captain in Montreal, which is pretty impressive even if it is the Habs. He beat Cancer, won the Masterson and King Clancy Trophies. Has 4 bronze, 4 silver and one gold medal from Olympic/World Cup/World Championship play.

Ott, Steve

Good for 30-40 points, 150-175 PIMs, a few dirty hits and a guarantee that he will be hated by most NHL players in any given year.

Bergenheim, Sean

Can chip in a few goals (17 in 62 games), is not bad defensively, and comes alive in the playoffs. In 23 playoff games he has 12 goals, 17 points.

Clutterbuck, Cal

Can score a little and adds a lot of grit. Clutterbuck broke the NHL record for hits in the 2008–09 season with 356 (breaking the record held by Dustin Brown). I would also like to hire the official statistician from the Wild to liberally assign stats for my fake team.

Bissonnette, Paul

He is awesome. 270,000 Twitter followers can’t be wrong. He will ride the pine unless someone needs to be punched in the face. He can also compete with Cal Clutterbuck for the best team moustache.

Keith, Duncan

Owner of an Olympic gold medal, a Stanley Cup ring, and a Norris trophy. That means he has more accolades than teeth.

Letang, Kris

Letang can put some points up (I am sure this has nothing to do with Crosby/Malkin et al). He also won the Cup in 2008/09 and he was awarded the Paul Dumont Trophy(QMJHL best personality) in 2007. I am not sure if this means the same thing as when you say a girl has a nice personality.

Girardi, Dan

Girardi has been great in the playoffs this year. He has 11 points in 19 games, only trailing Brad Richards on the Rangers.

Jake Gardiner

I don’t want to be a typical Leaf fan that hypes up a player after only one year, but Jake Gardiner is the next Bobby Orr.

Seidenberg, D.

According to his Wiki page: "He drew attention for his outstanding play in Boston's 2011 Stanley Cup championship run, at one point being cited as a potential Conn Smythe Trophy winner". Well OK then. Maybe a bit over the top, but he is good.

Hamonic, Travis

He is young, physical, and best of all, he was a plus 6 on the Islanders. The Islanders! He is also cheap and fits under my cap.

Clitsome, Grant

He has a great name. He will sit in the owner’s box with Carrie Underwood and watch most games from the stands. That will give people the opportunity to say something about "Carrie Underwood" "box" and "Clitsome". That is a win for me.

Halak, Jaroslav

Halak had that great playoff run for the Habs, who then traded him because they thoughtCarey Price was better. Ha! He shared the Jennings trophy with Elliot this year (they may want to thank Hitchcock).

Giguere, J.S.

I have a soft spot for this former Leaf, but he had a good year backing up in Denver. How would a goalie with a 2.28 GAA and .919 SV% looked on the Leafs this year?

Holtby, Braden

Just in case the two fragile goalies I picked get hurt and some rookie has to step in and steal the show in the playoffs. I suppose he can handle that. In 18 NHL regular season games, 2.02 and .929 with 3 SO, and in 14 playoff games, 1.95 .935. Why wasn’t he in Washington sooner?

The players I added to comply with the stupid rules:

Ekman-Larsson, Oliver

He had a pretty solid year in Hockey Waste Land (Phoenix), adding 32 points. He also looked pretty good in the playoffs. I also needed someone with a crazy-long last name, mission accomplished.

Foligno, Marcus

Played 14 games with the Sabres this year and scored 13 points and was +6. Also adds some grit. Son of ex-Leaf Mike, Marcus can do the Foligno-leap on my team for years to come!

Bishop, Ben

OK, he is a Senator. But, he can fit in the spot of young goalie who only gets called up when Halak and Giguere get hurt...which admittedly may happen a lot.

The potential lines:

C1

LW1

RW1

D1

D2

Datsyuk, Pavel

Sedin, Daniel

Brown, Dustin

Keith, Duncan

Letang, Kris

C2

LW2

RW2

D3

D4

Couture, Logan

Jeff Skinner

Simmonds, Wayne

Girardi, Dan

Jake Gardiner

C3

LW3

RW3

D5

D5

Henrique, Adam

Fisher, Mike

Koivu, Saku

Seidenberg, D.

Ekman-Larsson, O.

C4

LW4

RW4

Ott, Steve

Bergenheim, Sean

Clutterbuck, Cal

G1

Halak, Jaroslav

G2

Giguere, J.

G3

Bishop, Ben

Press Box

Foligno, Marcus

Clitsome, Grant


To show I followed the rules, here is the team (and link to CapGeek)

Draft year/R.

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2010

R. 1

Jeff Skinner

$1,400,000

RFA

2009

R. 1

Ekman-Larsson, Oliver

$1,750,000

R. 4

Foligno, Marcus

$900,000

$900,000

2008

R. 1

Jake Gardiner

$1,116,667

$1,116,667

R. 3

Henrique, Adam

$854,166

RFA

2007

R. 1

Couture, Logan

$2,875,000

R. 2

Simmonds, Wayne

$1,750,000

RFA

2006

R. 3

Clutterbuck, Cal

$1,400,000

RFA

2005

R. 3

Bishop, Ben

$650,000

R. 5

Letang, Kris

$3,500,000

$3,500,000

UFA

2004

R. 9

Clitsome, Grant

$1,250,000

UFA

2003

R. 1

Brown, Dustin

$3,175,000

$3,175,000

UFA

R. 9

Halak, Jaroslav

$3,750,000

$3,750,000

UFA

Undrafted

Undrafted

Girardi, Dan

$3,325,000

$3,325,000

UFA

2002

R. 1

Bergenheim, Sean

$2,750,000

$2,750,000

$2,750,000

UFA

R. 2

Keith, Duncan

$5,538,462

$5,538,462

$5,538,462

$5,538,462

$5,538,462

2001

R. 6

Seidenberg, D.

$3,250,000

$3,250,000

UFA

2000

R. 1

Ott, Steve

$2,950,000

$2,950,000

UFA

1999

R. 1

Sedin, Daniel

$6,100,000

$6,100,000

UFA

1998

R. 2

Fisher, Mike

$4,200,000

UFA

R. 6

Datsyuk, Pavel

$6,700,000

$6,700,000

UFA

1995

R. 1

Giguere, J.

$1,250,000

UFA

Koivu, Saku

UFA

1993

R. 1

$3,800,000

Space

$65,705

TOTAL

$64,234,295

$43,055,129

$8,288,462

$5,538,462

$5,538,462

STATS:

2011-12 Stats

Player

Goals

Assists

Points

+/-

PIM

Datsyuk, Pavel

19

48

67

21

14

Sedin, Daniel

30

37

67

14

40

Brown, Dustin

22

32

54

18

53

Henrique, Adam

16

35

51

8

7

Skinner, Jeff

20

24

44

-8

56

Simmonds, Wayne

28

21

49

-1

114

Couture, Logan

31

34

65

2

16

Fisher, Mike

24

27

51

11

33

Koivu, Saku

11

27

38

7

50

Ott, Steve

11

28

39

5

156

Bergenheim, Sean

17

6

23

-5

48

Clutterbuck, Cal

15

12

27

-4

103

Foligno, Marcus

6 7 13 +6 9

Keith, Duncan

4

36

40

15

42

Letang, Kris

10

32

42

21

34

Girardi, Dan

5

24

29

13

20

Jake Gardiner

7

23

30

-2

18

Seidenberg, D.

5

18

23

15

39

Ekman-Larsson, O.

13 19 32 0 32

Clitsome, Grant

4

13

17

-9

32

W-L-T

SP

GAA

SO

Halak, Jaroslav

26-12-7

.926

1.97

6

Giguere, J.

15-11-3

.919

2.28

2

Bishop, Ben

3-3-2

.909

2.48

0

As I said, I spent way too much time doing this. Thanks PPP.

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