Sunday, July 26, 2015

Ian Gooding


Injuries to players named Nick Backstrom, Adam Larsson, and the Devils' downfall

You would probably think that this is my dead time of year as a fantasy hockey writer. But it is quite the opposite. I just submitted my article for the Dobber Fantasy Guide, I'm covering the Ramblings both tonight and a few nights from now, and I'm working on another special assignment for Dobber that is somewhat time consuming. Good times, but it means that I put a few other personal items on hold for now.

In addition to my numerous responsibilities, I'm trying to finalize the start of offseason transactions for a salary cap league that I commission. (If you're a commissioner, do you commission? That explains my use of the word "commission" there.) Offseason transactions for this league include the entry draft (one draft-eligible player per team), RFA selection (players on expired contracts who finished below a certain number of points last season), and finally the very active UFA bidding (via message board, players on expired contracts above a certain number of points go to the highest bidder).

There are numerous responsibilities to being the commissioner of this league that make it far more time-intensive than your average league. Manually adding and removing players from rosters, entering contracts, and monitoring bids to ensure their legality are among the tasks. I took on being commissioner of this league because the previous commissioner left and no one else seemed to step up. Something I've learned through my years as an employee: If you're the one that asks who's going to do this, you're probably going to be the one doing it.

All in all, this is a fun league. It's certainly not a league for a passive fantasy hockey participant, since there are a lot of rules. In fact, I've been going through a lengthy back-and-forth email discussion with one prospective owner. To put it another way, I don't think I answered this many questions when I sold my first house. But again, this league targets the serious participant.

Anyway, if you have one of these types of leagues, and you're trying to find the right owner, might I suggest the Fantasy League Classifieds in the Forum. It will help you if you are looking for a new owner or a new league to join.


While I was in the Forum, I noticed the thread Backstrom could miss 5 months after hip surgery. So naturally I went to Google to find out which Backstrom this thread referred to (or more specifically, which Nick Backstrom). Interestingly enough, there was injury news on both players from this month.

The more recent news, which happens to be the Nicklas