2015-16 NHL Weekly Summary: Week 5

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Sunday November 1st 2015 – Saturday November 7th 2015

Here is this week’s top NHL news. This post is just meant to be a convenient way for some people out there who are busy during the week and need a nice condensed list of what has happened in the NHL each week. All headlines are linked to articles with further detail. Please let me know if there is any errors/anything that you think I should add to this list and I will fix it/deem if it is worthy.

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Exciting Storylines for the 2015-16 NHL Season

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114 days later, here we are at the start of the 2015-16 NHL season. Feels good, doesn’t it? With many fans getting revved up and excited to watch their teams either dominate the regular season or make an unexpected run at the Stanley Cup Playoffs, there are also many other fans looking for a distraction from their team’s predicted abysmal season. For the later mentioned fans, as well as anyone else interested, I have constructed this list of exciting storylines to watch this season:

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Fantasy Hockey: Multi-Position Eligible Players

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When drafting, it may be useful to draft some multi-position players to make your lineups more malleable to ensure that every position is filled come game day. I’ve used this strategy for years to a moderate degree of success. Regardless of your strategy, I feel that having a few of these players on your team is a very powerful asset!

Note: For this article, I only used Yahoo’s position eligibilities and checked for the top 600 O-Ranked players. Also, I included the stats for Yahoo’s default leagues, but I also added Faceoff-Wins (FOW), Penalty-In-Minutes (PIM), Hits (HitF), and Blocks (BkS), since a lot of leagues use those stats. Yahoo also tends to update position eligibilities in the January of each season, so these position eligibilities are not permanent! I plan on doing an article update then though, so keep tuning in!

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Detroit Red Wings Arena: Construction Update #1

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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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Hockey Blade Attributes: What You Need to Know

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A perfect hockey blade represents the difference between sinking a shot top shelf and ringing it off the iron. Much like the cut of a skate and the firmness of a pair of gloves, individual taste determines what blades do or do not make for a great match. Professional NHL players may spend hours practicing with different stick blades in order to get the exact fit for their skill sets, with as little as a quarter of an inch making a huge difference. While most stores won’t let you test drive different sticks, you can plan what blade will work best for your shot with a little bit of research.

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Tips for Recreational Hockey League Managers

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So you want to start a recreational hockey team, eh? You have the time, you have the money, and you have enough friends interested to start a hockey team. But what really goes into managing a recreational league hockey team? I’ll go over some tips and tricks that I have learned over my past few seasons of recreational hockey league play.

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September 2015 Update: BenchApp – The Ultimate Team Manager

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September 2015 Update

A few weeks ago, I finished my first full hockey season using BenchApp to completely manage my beer league hockey team and feel that it is necessary to give a few thoughts on the App after getting some real world experience. My full review can still be found by scrolling past this update or clicking here.

When January 1st rolled around this year, the only thing I could think of is my beer league hockey team that would be playing this summer. I recently just reviewed BenchApp and was really excited by the potential of the app in alleviating the effort that went into managing my team. We would only be retaining about half of the same players from the previous season, so I had a little bit of work ahead of me for finding new players for my team. Sure enough, I had plenty of people excited right off the bat that wanted to join my team, so I input their account details into BenchApp and added the deposit money that each player owed to me by March 1st.

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Way back with Wayne: The Origins of Fantasy Hockey

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My father, Wayne, has been a life-long hockey fan. He loves to watch it, he loved to coach his kids in it, and he loved to play it. In this segment, I pick my dad’s brain about the progression of hockey from a fan’s perspective.

Many of you reading this are probably like me, you are absolutely obsessed with playing fantasy hockey. You delve hours into research before, during, and after each season just so that you can get an edge on your fellow Fantasy GMs and finally get bragging rights, and likely having your name immortalized on a trophy along with some cold hard cash. With so many different ways to play Fantasy Hockey and how much depth and complication can be involved with them, it’s crazy to think about how far Fantasy Hockey has come in a few decades. Luckily for me, my father has been participating/running the Cook Cup playoff hockey pool for 35 years and is the perfect candidate to get an idea of the climate of Fantasy Hockey back in the day.

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A Closer Look At: Coaching

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Since this years playoffs have begun, the teams that have found themselves on the outside looking in suddenly find themselves with a host of questions that need answering.  Invariably, the question that usually gets asked first is, “Do we continue with the current head coach?”  Now I’m sure we all are used to the usual media tropes surrounding coaches.  Such nuggets like; “He has lost the room.”  “He wasn’t a players coach.” Etc.  Further to that, you ultimately cannot replace an entire team (yes I know another cliche), especially in a salary cap league like the NHL.  The thing I’m wondering is, how can a coach be so valuable and expendable at the exact same time?

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NHL Playoffs 2015: Teams that Deserve Your Love, South of the Border

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Perhaps I failed to convince you to support one of the 5 Canadian teams in this years’ Stanley Cup race. In which case, there are a few good stories floating around some of the American teams, hoping to keep the Cup south of the border, where it has been for the past 22 years! A fact in itself that may skew you in the opposite direction simply to even the playing field a little bit.

There are plenty of reasons given by some of these teams that make it more appealing to cheer for them, even if you can’t stand the team in general. Let us being with a dark-horse team, whom I think has the potential to surprise everyone, even more than they did by easily qualifying for the postseason.

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