Dobber's Fantasy Hockey Guide - Fully Updated for Shortened Season - updated as of January 10
If you were one of the smart people and chose to ignore the CBA negotiations that have been ongoing for the past several months, kudos. However, with a shortened season on the horizon, you may be scrambling for answers as your hockey pool approaches. The pool guide magazines were all published last summer and are severely out of date. Thankfully, our guide will be completely updated and configured to the 2013 NHL season.
We are taking note of injuries, notoriously strong second half players, players who haven't played in months, and players who have dominated at the AHL level or over in Europe.
Read on to find out more about what you have missed in the hockey world, and what the guide contains to help you rule your pool!
The CBA Details:
Added to the bottom of this document (because - do we really care about the details? Hockey is back!)
The DobberHockey Goods:
Unlike the other fantasy hockey gudes that were published last summer, ours has been updated consistently throughout the lockout. Check out more information about the 2012-13 DobberHockey Fantasy Guide here. And this is what we have in store for you to prepare for the shortened season:
- All projections based on 48 to 52 games, depending on schedule. This isn't simply taking a percentage of each 82-game number. Not at all. Injuries need to be considered, prospect performance in the AHL, older players playing better in a shortened year (or worse), etc. Dobber has spent the days leading up to ratification going through each player with a fine-tooth comb. All projections, sleeper notes, rookie charts, injuries will be based on the shortened season and the latest information. Almost every single page of the Guide that was released on August 1 has been changed.
- All blue highlights are removed from the August-December updates. Once the Guide is re-released Monday, January 7, all updates after that date will again be highlighted for you in blue.
- All notes, team-by-team, are being edited to relate to a shorter season.
- A new section in each team, called "Lockout Notes" will show my revised opinion on some players based on how they have done in other leagues.
- Dobber wrote a piece on the impact of a shortened season, in general, on fantasy hockey and on the guide itself.
- Lockout-related revisions to every article.
- Guide will be updated once or twice per day until the puck drops!
Included in the guide is a coupon code to get the all new Fantasy Goalie Guide for a measly $4 bucks...
And a goalie guide sampling...
Making Sense of the Shortened Season:
Even though the NHL and its players took the past few months off, we didn't. DobberHockey's writing team is as strong as ever, and some great content has been published in the past few months. Here is a look at some of the most pertinent and useful information as poolies prepare for a very interesting fantasy season ahead.
Here are the Details of the New CBA (as per TSN):
- The players' share of hockey-related revenue will drop from 57 percent to a 50-50 split for all 10 years.
- The league coming off their demand for a $60 million cap in Year 2, meeting the NHLPA's request to have it at $64.3 million - which was the upper limit from last year's cap. The salary floor in Year 2 will be $44 million.
- The upper limit on the salary cap in the first year is $60 million, but teams can spend up to $70.2 million (all pro-rated). The cap floor will be $44 million.
- The 10-year deal also has an opt-out clause that kicks in after eight years.
- Each team will be allowed two amnesty buyouts that can be used to terminate contracts after this season and next season. The buyouts will count against the players' overall share in revenues, but not the team's salary cap.
- The salary variance on contracts from year to year cannot vary more than 35 per cent and the final year cannot vary more than 50 per cent of the highest year.
- A player contract term limit for free agents will be seven years and eight years for a team signing its own player.
- The draft lottery selection process will change with all 14 teams fully eligible for the first overall pick. The weighting system for each team may remain, but four-spot move restriction will be eliminated.
- Supplemental discipline for players in on-ice incidents will go through NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan first, followed by an appeal process that would go through Bettman. For suspensions of six or more games, a neutral third party will decide if necessary.
- Revenue sharing among teams will spread to $200 million. Additionally, an NHLPA-initiated growth fund of $60 million is included.
- Teams can only walk away from a player in salary arbitration if the award is at least $3.5 million.
- The NHL had hoped to change opening of free agency to July 10, but the players stood firm and it remains July 1 in the new agreement. But with a later ending to the season, free agency for this summer will start at a later date.
Also, a decision on NHL participation at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be made outside of the new CBA. While it is likely that the league will participate, the IIHF and IOC will have discussions with the NHL and Players' Association.
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