Friday, December 22, 2006
Reminder: Officepools changes are your responsibility now, please read below. If you need a player moved from Farm to reserves please advise Rick at the ufhl hotmail account.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Everyone,
If you go to the transactions link and if you submitted a transaction but it is not listed it is because it was lost in the fracus. Please resubmit and I will process them as soon as possible.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Log into Officepools.
Create a team login for your team (remember your password).
Click on trades.
Make changes between your reserves and your active roster.
On Sunday AM, an exec will be log into the admin utility and will review and process the officepools changes with the click of a button. This process takes a fraction of the previous amount of time. Because it is so easy to do, the league is insisting that all GMs learn how to do this.
If you need a player from your farm put onto your OFFICEPOOLS reserves, please email the league.
When you make a trade, the officepools rosters still need to be changed by an exec. It is crucial that your trades are done in time for an exec to make officepools changes so that you can then make your officepools changes. It is your responsibility to make sure this happens.
This makes the load on the execs much much less, and will pair very well with Ben's new database set up.
Its the new age of the UFHL! Now lets find some more GMs!
Saturday, September 09, 2006
While the league has not named a replacement for the Kings team, it will likely happen by the beginning of the season. Rob's legacy should pass on to another GM rather than be left to fade.
As you talk trade, sign players, and submit those rosters, don't feel guilty that you have resumed your regular routine. Rob loved the league when it was active. He loved the competition. He loved the communication with peers. Think of Rob when you carry out your GM business. He is inspiration for us all. This year also know that the competition for the Jack Adams Trophy will forward be known as the Robert Ratliff trophy. This award is not based purely on the success of your roster, but for your efforts to make the UFHL a better league. The league hasn't written up the definition of the award yet, but we all have an idea of what type GM Rob was. He raised the bar. His memory will continue to make the league a better place.
Monday, August 07, 2006
I don't feel quite right posting this, but his family wants his friends to know. Rob spent a lot of time online, and due to the nature of this type of communication, the Internet now becomes a tool to deliver this unhappy news. Nonetheless, I apologize for the method of delivery.
Rob, 33, is survived by his wife Mel, and three children.
More to follow...
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Both players found themselves slipping on draft day.But they slipped no further than Jons hands.
|#80-Chris Mason (NYR)|
Top picks were gone through some spectacular trades, the remaining bottom pick was spent on an unspectacular depth pick up.
Amazing luck with Erik Johnson falling to the 3rd spot. Love or hate Kessel, at 4th pick a steal as well.
#60-Kenny Jonsson (PHI)
Even such a great prospect as Peter Mueller can hardly make up for dealing away a superstar in Eric Staal.
Chicago came away from the draft with some very good powerforward style prospects.
Mitera got wat it takes defensively, will he be able to add some offense?
Kyle who? I am sure Shaun had stumped many GMs with that pick. But he gets an excellent mark for picking one of the best goalies in the draft in Zatkoff. Other picks are solid as well.
Picking Irving at 12 was a reach in this reporter's eyes, but you know what they say about favorite goalies - everybody has one. It is also rumored that Joey threw a wrench into San Jose's drafting plans by drafting Fischer 1 spot before them.
Next Gonchar or Tverdovski in the making. Or?
Los Angeles went straight for players with the highest risk, but can be rewarded.
#72-Kevyn Adams (PIT)
Minnesota is coming away from the draft with 8 players and prospects, the most of any team. The first four of the picks are especially good, with 3 of them selected from the country which is the new world leader in hockey.
With only two third round picks it is hard to make a splash. So, none of that here, just a couple of solid picks.
How on Earth a second rated European skater falls to the bottom of the 3d round? This reporter's theory is the usual "enigma" associated with every prospect coming out of Russia.
#59-Johan Franzen (WSH)
Solid picks, no surprises. The last pick seemed to have broken a few hearts at other teams' draft tables.
Did the Rangers think that Nigel Williams may catch up to Erik Johnson when they were picking Jordan Staal?
#75-Eric Godard (TOR)
The Senators are known for drafting well. These picks, while being solid, do not live up to Trev's spectacular reputation. Is there something we do not know?
Little to be said about this great pick.
All of the picks are from the second half of the draft, with Shutron, McGinn and Osala boasting potential quite suitable for the first half.
New Pittsburgh GM served a loud announcement of his arrival by picking a playmaking wizard Derrick Brassard. The rest of the picks however are hit and miss.
This reporter cannot reveal his true thoughts about these picks. Too much depends on having a source in the San Jose organization.
During the draft, the Blues were on the fence a lot, undecided which player to pick. This reporter is on the fence, undecided how to rate this draft result.
Tampa Bay was assured of one of the top 5 forward talents in the draft. They ended up with the one with the least flash, but perhaps with the most bang.
The biggest draft story out of Toronto was not about the picks that were made, but the picks that were traded, and the one to look for in 2007. Could Toronto end up with #1 pick AGAIN?
One of the best goalies in the draft, that late, not bad.
Two of the most dynamic forwards in the draft in Frolik and Zharkov.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
At 9:00 PM Eastern Time there is a trade freeze. Teams are encouraged to talk trade talks with others during the time. Trades between teams cannot be announced until draft day. During draft day teams will be able to trade their 2007 Draft Picks, not sooner (league rules).
If you have any questions about roster rules (farm players have to have 100 games or less, 40 or less for goalies to be able to be placed on the farm) please ask Ben, Jay, Rick, or Rob.
Friday, June 02, 2006
Both teams have until Monday before the start of Game 1 to submit their rosters.
As noted before the sign and trade freeze will be lifted on Monday the 5th when Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals begin
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
To see where you rank on the waiver list: http://www.ultimatefantasyhockey.com/transactions/waivers.htm
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Edmonton (4) vs. St. Louis (15) - Edmonton awarded first 2 picks
Montreal (10) vs. San Jose (13) - Montreal awarded first pick
Please send your picks in before the 1st game on Friday or you picks will not be accepted.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Edmonton (4) vs. NY Islanders (16) - Edmonton awarded first 3 picks
Anaheim (6) vs. St. Louis (15) - Anaheim awarded first 2 picks
Ottawa (9) vs. San Jose (13) - Ottawa awarded first 2 picks
Montreal (10) vs. Florida (12) - Montreal awarded first 2 picks
Please send your picks in before the 1st games on Friday.
Friday, April 21, 2006
Thursday, April 20, 2006
This is order of the following non-playoff teams picking in the
2006 entry draft being held in Vancouver, BC . The draft date
is TBD and the league will let the teams know asap
#1 Maple Leafs (pick aquired from Phx)
Toronto (1) vs. NY Islander (16) - Toronto awarded 1st 4 picks
Dallas (2) vs. St. Louis (15) - Dallas awarded 1st 4 picks
Boston (3) vs. San Jose (14) - Boston awarded 1st 4 picks
Edmonton (4) vs. Buffalo (13) - Edmonton awarded 1st 4 picks
New Jersey (5) vs. Florida (12) - New Jersey awarded 1st 4 picks
Anaheim (6) vs. Vancouver (11) - Anaheim awarded 1st 2 picks
Los Angeles (7) vs. Montreal (10) - Los Angeles awarded 1st pick
Colorado - 8 vs. Ottawa (9) - Colorado awarded 1st pick
For Playoff Info visit: http://www.ultimatefantasyhockey.com/playoffs/seedings.html
Please email the league your picks by 4:00 Pacific time on Friday.
Anyone who's picks I have not received by Thursday night I will email to remind them to send in their picks.
Colorado, Los Angeles, and St. Louis have submitted their picks so far
If you have any questions email me firstname.lastname@example.org or i'm always on icq and msn after 3:00 central
Thursday, March 30, 2006
In the summer of 2003, general managers Johnson and Read were camping on Shushwap Lake in British Columbia. At the time, the idea of a lockout was no more imposing than a small storm cloud on the horizon. Johnson emerged from a tent with a pad of paper covered in UFHL player names and statistical data from the previous seasons.
Because both Johnson and Read had been indulging in beer since breakfast, behaviour not uncommon on camping trips, the exact account of the conversation that followed has been clouded by the effects of lake-chilled beer and campfire fumes. Suffice it to say that Johnson believed he had projected the winning formula for earning the UFHL championship. "10,000 points, and I think I can do it to beat Knutson!"
GM Johnson was partly correct. 10,000 points would have won the UFHL title in 2003-2004. Johnson was wrong in his estimation that his roster could beat the Bruins. GM Knutson's roster won the title with 9982 points. 10,000 would have won it.
Fast forward through the painful days of checking the AHL scoreboard, and watching the Penguins draft Crosby, seeing Mark Messier, Dave Andreychuk, and Mario Lemieux retire, and even Jose Theodore finally getting the credit he deserves, and we find ourselves with under ten games left in the 2005-2006 UFHL season. The Toronto Maple Leafs, fresh off of five straight weeks as Team of the Week, broke through the elusive 10,000 point barrier on March 30th. While the Dallas Stars will also pass the 10,000 mark before the last puck drops, GM Johnson sense of accomplishment was evident when he quipped "winning isn't everything, doing it while drafting first overall would be everything."
While GM Johnson won't state it publicly, he believes his club has earned enough of a gap on Dallas to just about clinch first place. The Leafs would need to be outscored by the Stars by almost 200 points for two weeks in a row in order for the Stars to catch up. As a result, the Leafs have started looking at their potential playoff match-up, and have come to the realization that they will draft 1st (or 2nd, acquired from Phoenix), 29th (League Champion pick), and 30th (also acquired from Phoenix). Clearly things are going a lot better for R. Johnson Jr. than they are for J. Ferguson Jr.
The moral of the story? Don't spend all of your camping time playing crib with a guy who is going to Harvard.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Ben: With four weeks remaining in the regular season and 74 point between 15th and 18th there is quite a fight for the last two remaining spots in the UFHL Playoff race. Randy acquired two players who will help him maintain his status in the playoff race. However it could be said that Randy over paid for these guys services but two sure fire NHLers for one everyday player and two prospects who haven’t yet proved themselves doesn’t look that bad.
Trade: The St. Louis Blues Trade Chris Neil (F), David Leneveu (G), and Evgeni Artukhin (F) to The Buffalo Sabres for T.J. Oshie (F), Nikolai Lemtyugov (F), and Sean Brown (D)
Rob: This is a win –win deal for both teams, they swap good prospects in Oshie and Lenevau. Neil helps The Sabres more at this point so I give the edge to Buffalo.
Ben: This is a win – win deal for Buffalo. St. Louis gives up too much in current points and future points in LeNeveu for Oshie and a throw in enforcer in Sean Brown, definitely the odd man out when all the defensemen in Vancouver get healthy.
Rob: This deal was done in a win now mind set, The Sabres get an NHL dman for a prospect goalie who might not be here for 3-4 years so it is a win now , I got to go with The Sabres
Ben: This deal confused me. Aucoin is injured for the rest of the year and with all the hot stud men developing in the Chicago system, I don’t see Aucoin playing much in Chicago anymore. Don’t have to say anything positive for the Rangers to for them to win the deal.
Ben: Another deal that confuses me. Edmonton does not need to do anything to maintain his status in the UFHL. He’s a lock for 4th place and if he felt he needed to improve his goaltending for 2006-07 season he could do so in the off season.
Trade: The Edmonton Oilers trade Martin Rucinsky (F) and Bryan Smolinski (F) to The Toronto Maple Leafs for Sergei Fedorov (F) and Pho3.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Our rating scale:
- THN 1-10: 10 Points
- THN 11-25: 9 Points
- THN 26-50: 8 Points
- THN 51-75: 7 Points
- Team 1-5: 3 Points
- Team 6-10: 1 Point
Disclaimer: The players listed are the players that were selected by the hockey news. Some prospects were not listed because the hockey news claimed they have already established themselves in the NHL
- Washington Capitals - 104 Points: Nicklas Kronwall (THN - 5), Marc-Andre Fleury (THN - 6), Jiri Hudler (THN - 29), Marc-Andre Pouliot (THN - 39), Marek Zagrapan (THN - 41), Jimmy Howard (THN - 47), Alexandre Picard (THN - 55), Loui Eriksson (THN - 56), Valtteri Filppula (THN - 60), Roman Voloshenko (THN - 63), Konstantin Pushkarev (THN - 69)
- Los Angeles Kings - 71 Points: Jack Johnson (THN - 2), Anze Kopitar (THN - 11), Carey Price (THN - 12), Robbie Schremp (THN - 15), Brian Lee (THN - 22), Denis Grebeshkov (THN - 26), Lauri Tukonen (THN - 35)
- Buffalo Sabres - 68 Points: Evgeni Malkin (THN - 1), T.J. Oshie (THN - 33), Alexei Kaigorodov (THN - 59), Cory Schneider (THN - 68), Danny Irmen (THN - 70), Dustin Penner (THN - 72), Justin Pogge (THN - 73)
- New York Rangers - 59 Points: Gilbert Brule (THN - 7), Jack Skille (THN - 13), Wojtek Wolski (THN - 24), Derek Roy (THN - 32), David Bolland (THN - 46)
- Minnesota Wild - 58 Points: Bobby Ryan (THN - 3), Luc Bourdon (THN - 18), Marek Schwarz (THN - 34), Nicklas Bergfors (THN - 38), Stanislav Chistov (THN - 57), Steve Bernier (THN - 66)
- Chicago Blackhawks - 58 Points: Travis Zajac (THN - 21), R.J. Umberger (THN - 43), Lauri Korpikoski (THN - 45), Ondrej Pavelec (THN - 58), Adam Cogliano (THN - 75)
- Phoenix Coyotes - 52 Points: Drew Stafford (THN - 16), Guillaume Latendress (THN - 23), Ryan O'Marra (THN - 36), Yann Danis (THN - 74)
- Pittsburgh Penguins - 49 Points: Cam Barker (THN - 9), Ladislav Smid (THN - 10), Alexander Radulov (THN - 19), Scott Upshall (THN - 48)
- New York Islanders - 35 Points: Marc Staal (THN - 8), Mark Stuart (THN - 31), Pascal Leclaire (THN - 51)
- Calgary Flames - 35 Points: Patrick Eaves (THN - 17), Devin Setoguchi (THN - 27), Andrei Kostitsyn (THN - 53)
- Ottawa Senators - 32 Points: Eric Fehr (THN - 30), Josh Harding (THN - 40), Brandon Bochenski (THN - 50)
- Anaheim Mighty Ducks - 25 Points: Alvero Montoya (THN - 26), Carlo Colaiacovo (THN - 54)
- Montreal Canadiens - 24 Points: Benoit Pouliot (THN - 14), Timofei Shishkanov (THN - 52), Kyle Chipchura (THN - 71)
- Tampa Bay Lightning - 21 Points: Andrew Ladd (THN - 20)
- Boston Bruins - 21 Points: Anthony Stewart (THN - 44)
- St. Louis Blues - 20 Points: Ryan Parent (THN - 67)
- Colorado Avalanche - 19 Points: Jeff Tambellini (THN - 35), Eric Nystrom (THN - 65)
- Carolina Hurricanes - 19 Points: Noah Welch (THN - 64)
- Toronto Maple Leafs - 17 Points: Shae Weber (THN - 4)
- Edmonton Oilers - 17 Points: Matt Carle (THN - 62)
- Dallas Stars - 17 Points: Blake Comeau (NYI - 3)
- San Jose Sharks - 16 Points: Tuukka Rask (THN - 37)
- Vancouver Canucks - 14 Points: Blake Wheeler (THN - 25)
- New Jersey Devils - 14 Points: Matt Niskanen (THN - 49)
- Philadelphia Flyers - 10 Points: Steve Downie (THN - 61)
- Detroit Red Wings - 7 Points: Aaron Johnson (CBJ - 4)
- Florida Panthers - 3 Points: Petr Vrana (NJ - 6)
Congrats to the Washington Capitals for blowing out the rest of the UFHL Teams in this year's future watch. The future sure looks bright for Washington.
What do you think of your UFHL Future Watch Report?
Monday, March 06, 2006
Man I was really rooting for this guy ... always (well not always) loved him and the way he played. Also, just seeing how this blogger thing works - Heal
BASINGSTOKE, England (CP) - Theo Fleury is in trouble again.
Fleury's future in Britain's Elite Ice Hockey League is in jeopardy after the ex-NHLer was ejected from Saturday's game between the Belfast Giants and the Basingstoke Bison.
According to a report on the HockeyRefs.com website, The Giants forward was given a game misconduct and match penalty for firing a puck at referee Mike Hicks in the final minute of Basingstoke's 4-1 victory. The puck reportedly missed the referee's head by inches.
After being assessed the match penalty, Fleury reportedly threatened the officials, earning himself a second match penalty.
Fleury and Hicks had clashed earlier in the game, when Fleury refused to go to the penalty box after being assessed a two-minute elbowing minor. Hicks hit him with a 10-minute misconduct.
Saturday's outburst was the latest for Fleury, who was kicked out of an EIHL game Jan. 10 after tussling with Coventry fans from the penalty box.
Fleury, 37, recorded 1,088 points in 15 NHL seasons with Calgary, Colorado, the New York Rangers and Chicago.
The Russell, Man., native played with the Horse Lake Thunder of the Alberta Senior Hockey League last season, leading the team to the semifinals at the Allan Cup, the Canadian senior league championship.
He was under contract with the Chicago Blackhawks the previous season, but didn't play a single game because he was suspended by the NHL for violating the league's substance abuse program.
Since joining Belfast this season, Fleury has recorded 22 goals, 55 assists and 217 penalty minutes in 35 games.
Huet began a six-game road trip by making 32 saves in a 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders Feb. 28. He turned aside 24 shots in a 1-0 win over the Florida Panthers March 2, his third shutout of the season, and made 27 saves in a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning March 4.
Huet is 9-5-3 with a 2.26 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in 20 games this season, including a 6-0-2 mark in his past eight starts.
There are rumors around Huet as rookie goalie Hannu Toivonen is getting healthy that huet could be dealt for help in other areas
In other Los Angeles Kingsnews they have locked up a key member of their team. The Kings signed defenceman Mattias Norstrom to a two-year deal worth $4.25 million per season. Norstrom was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent at season's end.
''We're happy to have Matty continue his career with the Kings,'' said Kings GM and president of hockey operations Dave Taylor. ''We appreciate his leadership, dedication and commitment to our organization.''
The stay-at-home defenceman has three goals and 19 assists in 58 games with the Kings this season - his tenth with the franchise.
In 742 career games Norstrom has 13 goals and 123 assists and a +30 rating.
''I am really happy to be staying here with the Kings and excited about the direction we are headed,'' said Norstrom. ''This organization is committed to winning and I am thrilled that they want me to continue to be apart of it.''
Saturday, February 11, 2006
I am starting to figure this out.
If you would like to post trade stories etc. to this front page, you have to be a team member of this blog. To become a team member, you need to be invited, then you need to accept the invitation.
Once that is done, you use the Powered Blogger link in the bottom right of this page. Then you log in with the same username and password used for Officepools.
Once that is done you go into Posting, then Create, and write your article.
It is open to all of us to use, but once in, everyone has admin power of it. Hence it needs to be a group effort to maintain it appropriately.
Lets give it a try.