i know the specifics of every fantasy hockey league is different, as ours are probably pretty unique with their own facets.
Last year, with thanks from the dobber sites and reading your weekly columns, I made it a point to be as educated as possible. Now I know that educating doesn't always equal wins/championships, but when asked to help with a league and the way it is ran, lets just say I dont want to half-ass it.
10 of us started a auction draft/keeper league last year, and having it be the first for all of us there were admittedly issues with some rules that were made. Last years commish made it a point to hear out everyone's concerns and act on issues he believed were valid.
One of the areas of concern that came up was the ethics of changing settings once the league had been in motion. Some voiced concern, others just went with the flow.
This year, like I said before, the majority of responsibilities have been handed down to me. Again there was no objection to the sharing of power, just a push by both commissioners now to be in communication if and when a lock out happend.
Well we are one week in, and the time period between when waiver transactions are being approved and the validity of decisions that had been made months ago are becoming issues from GMs that hadn't paid until the eve before puck drop.
Concern-wise we are talking about 1 or 2 GMs. The biggest area of frustration is when arguements are made based on what NHL clubs do or have the ability to do when being compared to our fantasy rules.
This really is a "league identity" problem. There isn't a clear vision for what the league really is based on and that is from both the commissioner's side and the GM's side. I have mentioned numerous times that opinions are valued, but altering the type of game or GM's abilities once the competition has started is not only wrong but sort of unethical...sort of like that board game we played at a friends sleep over that no matter what we always lost.
Your opinion on this is invaluable to me really because of the hard work you've put into making cohesive content that is easy to understand and typically on par with current hockey trends.
Again, this is a busy time, i am totally sensitive to that being a teacher. It just helps hearing about successful practices that have worked for others.
10 Team Auction Draft Keeper League
Keep 3 (+$5 to any player kept, apply difference to $200 cap)
C- J.Thornton, R.Getzlaf
RW-C. Giroux, M.StLouis
D-D.Phaneuf, M.Methot, J. Schultz
BENCH-J.Jagr, J.Voracek, T.Ennis, D. Brunner, Z.Kassian
Yahoo Standard H2H League 1win-1loss
G-A-P-+/- -PPP-HITS-SOG W-GAA-SV-SV%