Detroit Red Wings Arena: Construction Update #1

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District Detroit NHL Arena

With the construction of the new Detroit Red Wings Arena in full swing, and the accompanying 50 blocks of construction, I can truly say downtown Detroit will never look the same. The days for the “Joe” are numbered, and while I’m left to wonder who I will call my neighbours once the Red Wings and Joe Louis Arena are gone, it sure has been interesting seeing all the new construction and the daily progress on the new arena district. Living only a short 5 minute People Mover (Aerial Train) ride away from the new arena district, I figured why not do a construction blog following the progress of the new home for the Detroit Red Wings since it’s not every day a new NHL arena gets built.

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: Season in Review – Part 1

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fantasy hockey year in review

Another season of fantasy hockey has come and gone. Champions were born, upsets brewed, and hopes dashed. So where does that leave us now? Well for the large majority, we find ourselves thinking about mistakes and what-ifs. Only a few become a champion in any given year in fantasy hockey leagues, but it is because of that elusive goal where the odds are always stacked against us, that we come back for the next season. We come back hoping to prove our friends wrong by becoming the next fantasy hockey league champion.

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: Fantasy Hockey Playoffs

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Fantasy Hockey Playoffs

With the fantasy hockey playoffs in full swing for most standard and custom fantasy hockey leagues, it’s do or die time. There is no room for lineup mistakes, no second chances. It is the time of year fantasy hockey GMs worldwide live for. So without further adieu here are my final tips for the season and hopefully they will lead you to become the victor of your league’s fantasy hockey playoffs.

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: Final Playoffs Push

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Fantasy Hockey Playoffs Push

In most fantasy hockey leagues the playoffs will be beginning in the next week or two. For teams that find themselves still scrambling to clinch a playoff berth, it can be a pretty stressful week. A week of constantly watching every detail of every game hoping for the most specific of outcomes. It is time for that final playoffs push. But fear not, below are 4 tips that will help you stay on the right side of the fence as that final day of the fantasy hockey regular season draws to a close.

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Around the Arena: The NHL Playoffs Need to Go on a Diet

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2014 NHL Playoff Bracket

To be frankly honest, I’m sick of hearing how close the NHL playoff race is for the final seeds year in and year out. Why you might ask? We’ll because I don’t understand why competing for 8th place, effectively in the bottom half of each conference, is anything to be proud of. Sure we recently witnessed the first time an 8th place seed won the Stanley Cup, so obviously the 8th place seeds in each conference aren’t horrible but that doesn’t change the fact that they are barely if at all in the top half of the teams in the league during the regular season. By allowing so many teams into the playoffs year after year, the NHL has effectively said the regular season is pointless.

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: The Trade Deadline

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Fantasy Hockey Trade Deadline

In most fantasy hockey leagues the trade deadline is right around the corner. It’s the time of year to put the final pieces in place to make a successful playoff run or to get valuable draft picks for next year’s fantasy draft if you play in dynasty fantasy hockey leagues that allow for draft pick trades. So no matter which position you find yourself in, buyer or seller, here are some things to keep in mind as the fantasy hockey trade deadline approaches.

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Around the Arena: NHL Outdoor Games

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2015 NHL Stadium Series Rink Build

Today marks exactly a week until the final outdoor game of the 2014-2015 NHL season. The final NHL outdoor game of this season will be at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. This game is part of a new series of NHL outdoor games that was started a year ago called the NHL Stadium Series. So what makes the Stadium Series different than its other siblings in the NHL, the Winter Classic and Heritage Classic? Nothing and that is the problem with it.

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: NHL Rookie Management

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NHL Rookies

Perhaps the hardest choices to make as a fantasy hockey GM involve the treatment of rookie NHL players in your roster. Two days ago I found myself staring at a brick wall when it came to having to make the choice between a “prodigy” NHL rookie and a “veteran” player, the choice of playing goaltender Cam Ward or newcomer and incredibly hyped Andrei Vasilevskiy was probably the toughest roster decision of the season for me (and yes I have the unreliable Cam Ward as my secondary behind Varly… unfortunately goalies never seem to be in abundance in deep leagues). In the end I went with Vasilevskiy and in the end it was the wrong choice… not that he played bad but Ward played better. The weird thing is that if I have to choose again between the two, I would probably feel just as torn in my decision and not be any more likely to choose Ward just because he performed better the first time I had to make a decision between the two. Below are some thoughts on why this is and how in general to treat hyped NHL rookies/minor league players that have been called upon by their NHL teams and are on your fantasy hockey roster.

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Around the Arena: NHL Arenas as City Anchors

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Rogers Place NHL Arena

Suburban sprawl is far from disappearing but there has definitely been an increasingly heavy movement back to cities and downtown cores across the cities of North America. And with this populous migration back to city cores, the passions of those people have followed. One of these passions is sports. As the last two decades have passed, professional sports teams have showed a trend of moving from suburban venues to city centers and the teams of the NHL have been a huge part of this trend. This has strengthened the NHL’s image and its relativity to the culture of the markets it has teams in. The importance of having NHL arenas in downtown cores can be explained through a couple case studies. To understand how superior a result can come from putting an NHL arena in city cores we must first look at the last NHL arena to be built in a suburban community.

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: NHL All-Star Break

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all star weekend 2015

The NHL All-Star Break is a spectacle to watch. The best-of-the-best (except Crosby, who always has an excuse, and then all the players that got snubbed of course… I mean really, sometimes it seems as political as the academy awards) play each other for what tends to be an action packed game with tons of scoring and some more humorous parts as well. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately for those of us with goalies playing in the NHL All-Star Game, stats from this game don’t count for most fantasy hockey leagues. So think of the NHL All-Star Break as a Fantasy Hockey Break. So what should you do with your fantasy hockey team during the week of the NHL All-Star Break? Below are some things to keep in mind during this anomaly in your fantasy hockey schedule.

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