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Week 23: Cordy Crowned Champ With One Week to Go!

Cordy: 2016-17 OFHL Champ!

There’s still a week to go in the regular season, but Cordy wrapped up his 10th OFHL Championship and first since 2011-12.

The Party has started at The Dirty Dangler Brewpub in Russet Bluff

Cordy finally relinquishes his 3-year hold on The Derko Cup and will pass that down to Rolphy as The Big Rig has locked down 2nd spot.

There are still a few things to be decided this coming week. The battle for 3rd will be decided as Fulty sits just 2 points ahead of Derko.

T-Man (who had the top week with 50 points) will take the 5th money spot as with 79 points he can’t catch anyone or be caught. Pretty good for a guy who is managing his team from Thailand.

Here’s a refresher on the $ spots:

  • 1st place $200,
  • 2nd place $140,
  • 3rd place $100,
  • 4th place $60,
  • 5th place $40

These five teams will also be in the playoffs together for the 5th round draft pick.

The Second Tier:

Looks like this level is set with Haukster, Vinny, EZ, and GoJo all solidly in the Lottery spots. There is a mathematical chance that Erty could be caught by a late-surging Stifler, but a lot of things would have to align for that to happen. This tier will playoff for a 4th round pick.

Third Tier:

JBR jumped ahead of Orv this week as Orv’s parabolic season continues (and it’s a negative parabola)

Ren & Stimpy hold down the basement spot and will round out the bottom 4 who will playoff for the 3rd round pick in next year’s draft.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

JBR had a huge week with the help of 8 points from Talbot ED, but it was Marchand BO who helped JBR jump over ORV in the standings with a 9 point week

HOCKEY CARD OF THE WEEK

It’s been a rumor amongst NHL forwards that Nik Kronwall suffers from a severely odoriferous case of on-ice flatulence, brought on by his pre-game routine of raw broccoli, coffee, and crab cakes. He vehemently disputes it, but the truth is evident.

Kronwall makes his “fartin’ face.”

Proof

Ah, fart jokes. Always funny.

SHRAPNEL

The Hockey News came out with their Future Watch 2017 last week. Here’s how each OFHL franchise rates:

THN FUTURE WATCH
TOP 10 PLAYER OFHL TEAM
1 Keller AZ Derko
2 Puljujarvi ED JBR
3 Chabot OT Orv
4 McAvoy BO R&S
5 Eriksson Ek MN Vinny
6 Nylander BF R&S
7 Strome AZ Orv
8 Barzal NI Haukster
9 Sergachev MT R&S
10 Dubois CBJ Haukster

Ren & Stimpy have 3 of the Top 10 (drafted one, traded for the other 2.) Orv & Haukster also have reason to think things are looking up with 2 each in the Top 10.

Here’s a look at the number of Top 100 Prospects each team has, and how many Top 50 each has.

Prospects in the Top 100 In the Top 50
R&S 10 7
Orv 8 7
JBR 7 6
Derko 6 6
Haukster 5 3
eZ 5 3
Cordy 3 3
Rolphy 3 2
Fulty 3 1
Erty 3 0
T-Man 2 2
Vinny 2 2
Stifler 2 0
GoJo 1 0

R&S have a stable full of prospects, while GoJo looks like he could use a solid draft; grab more Bjorkstrand’s and stay away from the Luongos and Sedins.

STANDINGS

TEAM G W L T PTS PWk TP AVG %
Cordy 69 58 10 1 117 41 814 35.4 0.848
Rolphy 69 51 15 3 105 34 754 32.8 0.761
Fulty 69 45 20 4 94 41 734 31.9 0.681
Derko 69 46 23 0 92 33 704 30.6 0.667
T-Man 69 38 28 3 79 50 701 30.5 0.572
Haukster 69 35 32 2 72 34 656 28.5 0.522
Vinny 69 35 33 1 71 27 640 27.8 0.514
eZ 69 34 33 2 70 25 698 30.3 0.507
GoJo 69 29 37 3 61 21 620 27.0 0.442
Erty 69 26 40 3 55 28 581 25.3 0.399
Stifler 69 23 43 3 49 31 575 25.0 0.355
JBR 69 19 47 3 41 39 544 23.7 0.297
Orv 69 18 48 3 39 21 528 23.0 0.283
R&S 69 10 58 1 21 23 433 18.8 0.152

THE END IS NIGH

One week left, then playoffs:

  • Playoffs will run for the last two weeks of the NHL season
  • Teams will continue to submit weekly rosters for duration of the playoffs
  • Total points for all playoff weeks used to determine playoff winners
  • Playoffs will be tiered based on OFHL regular season final standings
  1. Tier one – all teams that finished in the money at the end of the regular season
  2. Tier two- those teams that finished out of the money but not in the bottom 4
  3. Tier three – the bottom 4 teams in regular season

The winners of each playoff tier will win the following

  • Tier one – a draft pick at the end of the 5th round in the next year
  • Tier two – a draft pick at the end of the 4th round in the next year
  • Tier three – a draft pick at the end of the 3rd round in the next year

That’s it. Have a good week, and….

 

Week 18 Wrap – Six More to Go

‘Nucks & Bruins renewed friendships Saturday morning so we thought we’d start off with a tribute to Rolphy’s favorite player…

Think he’d still do that if “Knuckles” was still patrolling Marchand’s side of the ice?

Great photo of the "angelic choir boy" Chris Nilan

Great photo of the “angelic choir boy” Chris Nilan

THE COACH CATEGORY

Apologies for my tirade last month about how the “Coach” category doesn’t reflect the real NHL in that coaches are never traded. That was, in fact, wrong.

In a most unique transaction back in 1987, the New York Rangers traded their 1988 first round draft pick to the Quebec Nordiques in exchange for the Nordiques’ coach Michel Bergeron.

And how did it turn out for Bergeron in New York? He missed the playoffs in his first season with a 36-34-10 record and was fired by Esposito with just two games remaining in his second season with the team at 37-33-8 and replaced by... Esposito himself, who proceeded to lose the last two games of the regular season and then got swept out of the playoffs in four straight by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Bergeron missed the playoffs in his first season and was fired by Rangers GM Phil Esposito with just two games remaining in his second season and replaced by… Esposito himself, who proceeded to lose the last two games of the regular season and then got swept out of the playoffs in four straight by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

And what became of the draft pick obtained by the Nordiques for Bergeron? With their second pick in the first round, and the 5th overall, the Nordiques selected Daniel Dore from Drummondville of the QMJHL. Dore played 17 NHL games, scored 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 career points. To select Dore, the Nordiques passed on Martin GelinasJeremy Roenick,  Rod Brind’Amour,  and Teemu Selanne, who were picks 7, 8, 9 and 10 that year. Recchi, Amonte, & Rob Blake were 4th rounders; Hedican went in the 10th round. Ah, hindsight.

So anyways, bring on the coach trades!

THE WEEK IN BULLETS

  • EZ’s all or nothing weeks continue as he hits the 50 point plateau this week.
  • Also going 3-0 with EZ were Haukster, Cordy & Rolphy
  • Rolphy’s 4 players on Sunday had a combined 9 points, giving him a one-point win over Derko & Fulty.
  • Haukster and T-Man switched spots in the standings as Haukster jumped up two spots to 5th & T-Man dropped from 5th to 7th.
  • EZ moved up one spot to 8th, but has the 5th best points per week avg.
  • Haukster is on a 9-2-1 run, Cordy’s on a 14-1 run
  • Stifler has grabbed points in each of the past 5 weeks.
  • The pick-up this week: R&S get 123, JBR gets 45, Orv gets 6…. and it’s a “1” so R& S can sit around the pool this week, accepting trade offers.
  • Player moves:
    • GoJo trades Anderson OT to Rolphy for a 4th.
    • Orv traded the pick-up to GoJo for a 4th, then GoJo selected Craig Berube and his 30+ fights from the 1990 Philadelphia Flyers (or the Islanders’ back-up, not sure which.)

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Trade of the week: In a wickedly evil-genius-type-move, Cordy grabbed Cam Ward from Orv for some magic beans. As Ward’s birthday falls on Feb 29th he is technically only 8 years old and Cordy can keep him for another century (and he’d still be better than Halak…*rimshot*)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

It goes to a D-man this week as eZ’s Roman Josi NS kicked out of his scoring funk big-time with 10 points. Card of the Week goes to a d-man who was eZ’s childhood hero. Dennis “the Menace” Kearns.

Either Dennis Kearns was 4'6" or this was just a great use of pink negative space.

Either Bracken’s dad was 4’6″ or this was just a great use of pink negative space.

SHRAPNEL

T-Man enjoying his “Snow Week.”

T-Man enjoying his "Snow Week"

 

STANDINGS After 18 Weeks (6 to go)

TEAM G W L T PTS PWk TP AVG %
C 54 46 8 0 92 41 624 34.7 0.852
R 54 40 12 2 82 36 592 32.9 0.759
D 54 37 17 0 74 35 563 31.3 0.685
F 54 35 17 2 72 35 571 31.7 0.667
H 54 29 23 2 60 35 518 28.8 0.556
V 54 29 24 1 59 22 507 28.2 0.546
T 54 27 25 2 56 30 522 29.0 0.519
Z 54 26 27 1 53 50 546 30.3 0.491
G 54 25 26 3 53 32 497 27.6 0.491
E 54 22 31 1 45 16 444 24.7 0.417
S 54 16 36 2 34 33 433 24.1 0.315
O 54 14 37 3 31 23 422 23.4 0.287
J 54 13 39 2 28 10 406 22.6 0.259
& 54 8 45 1 17 18 321 17.8 0.157

Quick reminder of what we are playing for:

  • 1st place $200,
  • 2nd place $140,
  • 3rd place $100,
  • 4th place $60,
  • 5th place $40

PARTING SHOT

Going to the Beer Fest this weekend? Click the link below to find out who’ll be there.

beerfest

Not sure about craft beer yet? Follow the chart to discover your style.

beer-guide

Just six weeks remaining in the regular season and then the playoffs. Here’s a quick refresher:

  • Playoffs will run for the last two weeks of the NHL season
  • Teams will continue to submit weekly rosters for duration of the playoffs
  • Total points for all playoff weeks used to determine playoff winners
  • Playoffs will be tiered based on OFHL regular season final standings
  1. Tier one – all teams that finished in the money at the end of the regular season
  2. Tier two- those teams that finished out of the money but not in the bottom 4
  3. Tier three – the bottom 4 teams in regular season

The winners of each playoff tier will win the following

  • Tier one – a draft pick at the end of the 5th round in the next year
  • Tier two – a draft pick at the end of the 4th round in the next year
  • Tier three – a draft pick at the end of the 3rd round in the next year

So let the race (or sewering) begin!

That’s it. Enjoy Family Day at home, on the slopes, or, like Ren & Stimpy, on a nice warm holiday…

California holiday for R&S

Week 17 – Super Amazing!

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A Comeback for the Ages! Love ’em or hate ’em, Brady, Belichick, and the Patriots are incredible. What a game! Way better than the commercials.

Whatever happened at half-time definitely worked. Brady came out firing. Probably didn’t spend his half-time like Len Dawson of the KC Chiefs did back in Super Bowl I.

Down by 4 at the half, Len Dawson smokes up and has a Fresca. Lost by 25 to the Packers.

Down by 4 at the half, Len Dawson has a smoke & a Fresca in preparation for the 2nd half. Lost by 25 to the Packers.

Anyways…on with our show.

THE WEEK IN BULLETS

  • Best of the week: T-Man with 46 pts.
  • 3-0 weeks for T-Man, Cordy, Fulty, & Stifler
  • Movers: Derko’s up 1 spot, as is T-Man. Stifler jumps up 2 spots and is now out of the bottom 3.
  • T-Man has moved up 5 spots (from 10th to 5th) in 4 weeks.
  • T-Man is on a 14-0-1 run.
  • Stifler’s on an 8-3-1 run.
  • Big Trade on Sunday: T-man trades Jenner CB, Sergachev MT, Samsonov WS & Rolphy’s 2017 1st rounder to Ren & Stimpy for Condon OT & their 2018 1st rounder
  • JBR used his pick-up to grab Sam Steel (Ducks 1st rounder ’17) who is ripping up the WHL with the Regina Pats.
  • Pick -up for this week is a lottery: 1,2,3 goes to R&S, 4,5 goes to JBR, 6 goes to Orv…. and it’s a …..no way,.. it’s a 6. So the pick-up goes to Orv. Bring your offers.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Nobody could top 6 points for the week so the POTW goes to: Granlund MN, Marchand BO, Karlsson OT, Pietrangelo ST, Ward CR, and Backstrom WS

Backstorm? Seriously?

Backstorm? Seriously?

Known as “Headband Henry,’ Boucha was the 1970s poster-boy for concussion elimination as he faithfully wore the NHLs first concussion helmet known as the “Bjorn Borg Wimbeldon Edition.”

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SHRAPNEL

Speaking of shrapnel, here’s a list of Shae Weber’s victims.

Get outta the way!

Get outta the way!

Still some hangovers from All-Star Weekend.

Bryzgalov is back in the game. Not sure what his role is.

Just a reminder that he is “not scared of bear; just bear in forest.”

bryzbears

Want more of Bryz?

Russian Math reminded me of this classic Kassian & Bieksa encounter back in their ‘nuck days.

STANDINGS

TEAM G W L T PTS PWk TP AVG %
C 51 43 8 0 86 43 583 34.3 0.843
R 51 37 12 2 76 30 556 32.7 0.745
D 51 35 16 0 70 38 528 31.1 0.686
F 51 33 16 2 68 41 536 31.5 0.667
T 51 27 22 2 56 46 492 28.9 0.549
V 51 27 23 1 55 25 485 28.5 0.539
H 51 26 23 2 54 41 483 28.4 0.529
G 51 24 24 3 51 27 465 27.4 0.500
Z 51 23 27 1 47 23 496 29.2 0.461
E 51 22 28 1 45 23 428 25.2 0.441
S 51 15 34 2 32 33 400 23.5 0.314
O 51 13 35 3 29 28 399 23.5 0.284
J 51 13 36 2 28 27 396 23.3 0.275
R&S 51 8 42 1 17 15 303 17.8 0.167

PARTING SHOT

Think Bettman’s hated?

brady

That’s a handful, now.

That’s it. Enjoy your week.

Week 1 – What a Start!

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THE WEEKLY RANT

Great time of the year: Hockey starts, football in full swing, Baseball games are meaningful, and the American political situation is providing more comedy than a full season of Saturday Night Live.

  • In the OFHL, Goal scoring is up, Rookies are taking over, and the OFHL welcomed their first couple. Welcome to the fire Ren & Stimpy.
  • Week One begins with a shorty, and 3 ties as there wasn’t a big spread. Parity?
  • Vinny took the big week with 32 points, and while the talk was all Matthews, it was Cam Fowler AH who was his big point guy with 5 pts.
  • Vinny, Fulty, & JBR were a perfect 3-0
  • Stifler didn’t have a great week but is undefeated at 2-0-1
  • ORV had the stinker of a week with 14 pts, but gets to make the first pick-up of the season.
  • The Rookies have been great. Pull-your-RV scores in his first game, as does Laine, Tkachuk runs amuck, and Vinny’s 1st overall pick was pretty good too.  How important was it that Auston Matthews save hockey in Toronto? Just watch…

    Even NASA celebrates Matthews 4 point night. It's THAT important!

    Even NASA celebrates Matthews 4 point night. It’s THAT important!

  • Thanks to Erty for getting Office Pools up and running for another year. The pool is called “OFHL” for the 2016/17 season, password is….

gum

SHRAPNEL

hawks_cubs

The Blackhawks were at the Cubs-Dodgers game Sunday night. Got to meet Andre “Hawk” Dawson, and even sang “Take me out to the Ball Game” at the 7th inning stretch. If you are a fan of hockey players singing terribly, google it. But remember, you’ve been warned.

Moving on…

The Penguins vistited the black guy in the White House recently. They honored him with a jersey. It had number 44 on the back.

obama44

They told him it was because he was the 44th President of the USA, but secretly Barack knew it was because his favorite player was former Pen Rob Brown, he of a still-WHL-record 212 points in the 1986-87 season and 115 points two years later when he played on the same line as one Mario Lemieux.

rob_brown_44

Keeping with the Pens….Just when you thought it was all in the past, this is just depressing:

Crosby has been diagnosed with another concussion and there is no timetable for his return.

Crosby has missed more than 100 games to concussions in his career, and you have to wonder where that tally will be after 2016-17.

Crosby has missed more than 100 games to concussions in his career, and you have to wonder where that tally will be after 2016-17.

CUT-DOWN DAY

Every GM will have to cut their rosters to 30 players on Nov 6, which will be the end of wk 4.  At that point you’ll have:

  • 13 in your lineup for that week
  • 12 on the bench
  • 5 on the prospect list (check the rules for their eligibility)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

POTW for week 1 goes to….

Rolphy's favoritest player!

Rolphy’s favoritest player?

Just kidding. Marchand and McDavid each got 6 points, but POTW for week one goes to the new guys. Ren & Stimpy’s 6 point effort from Paul Stastny gets the nod.

Snaggle-tooth had 6pts in 3 games for the POTW honors.

Snaggle-tooth had 6pts in 3 games for the POTW honors.

STANDINGS

TEAM G W L T PTS PWk TP AVG %
Vinny 3 3 0 0 6 32 32 32.0 1.000
Fulty 3 3 0 0 6 30 30 30.0 1.000
JBR 3 3 0 0 6 28 28 28.0 1.000
Stifler 3 2 0 1 5 19 19 19.0 0.833
eZ 3 2 1 0 4 24 24 24.0 0.667
Derko 3 2 1 0 4 23 23 23.0 0.667
Rolphy 3 1 1 1 3 20 20 20.0 0.500
R&S 3 1 1 1 3 20 20 20.0 0.500
Cordy 3 1 2 0 2 26 26 26.0 0.333
Haukster 3 0 2 1 1 19 19 19.0 0.167
T-Man 3 0 2 1 1 17 17 17.0 0.167
GoJo 3 0 2 1 1 17 17 17.0 0.167
Erty 3 0 3 0 0 16 16 16.0 0.000
Orvy 3 0 3 0 0 14 14 14.0 0.000

Bring on week 2!

24 – Bottoms Up!

RAMBLINGS

Starting from the bottom, The Great Turtle Race was on this week.

Looks like one of them can be motivated

Stifler uses his size to run JBR into the boards and claim the prize. But you can see him stop when he gets to the end as he thinks, “Did I really win?”

GoJo moved into 10th, passing Orv who falls to 11th.  More importantly T-Mans ownership of Orv’s 1st rounder just added another ball to the lottery.

Haukster sits in 5th – last $ spot; Rolphy’s next – Derko’s 3rd.

Cordy and Fulty are tied with 107 points, but Fulty holds the tie-break as he’s got 26 player points more than C. This is a key week as they both play each other. Which leads to our poll question…

POTW

Tyson Barrie is on a rampage (who would have ever traded away this budding point producer, other than Derko & Cordy?) He’s got 59 OFHL points in 72 games. Eighth in OFHL D-Men scoring. Nice.

...and, SNAP! goes Burrows ankle

…and, SNAP! goes Burrows ankle

But the POTW for this week is shared between EZ’s O’Reilly and GoJo’s Dubnyk with 8 points each.

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SATELLITE DEBRIS

The NHL’s latest instalment of their Great Turtle Race was on display Thursday night. Mike Smith thought of revisiting his classic move from last year to bring “McDavidmania” to the desert.

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History Lesson. The Canucks decided to channel the ghosts of Stanley Cups past on Thursday night to celebrate some other team’s Cup win 100 years ago. Everyone who watched that Cup win, or can even remember it, raise your hand…….. not so fast John Garrett! Another page was added to the gigantic tome entitled, “Celebrating Mediocrity: A History of the Vancouver Canucks” via twitter,

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Even the Leafs got into it.

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And then the Canucks lost to the Avs in the game, giving them a 0-3 record when they put on some other teams maroon jerseys. Colby Armstrong of Sportsnet had the best line at the 2nd intermission in explaining the color of the Canucks jerseys, “Maroon and Cement.”

And what’s with Hamhuis? He’s aging in dog years! Or is Duchene just that fast?

Cordy carries the puck out of his own end.....

Cordy carries the puck out of his own end…..

Sorry Rolphy, T-Man, Fulty, Erty, eZ. We know sensitive you are about these things, but at least you haven’t retired Gary Valk’s jersey. Yet.

"If Naslund gets his number retired for 12 years of playing 'soft', I should be going to the F'n Hall of Fame!"

“If Naslund gets his number retired for 12 years of playing ‘soft’, I should be going to the F’n Hall of Fame!”

One more. When this happens….

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…this is what your Captain needs to do (even if it’s just a hugging contest.) This gif was called “Why the Lightning are headed to the Stanley Cup finals.” Optimistic? Maybe not.

Marchand hits Filppula and then starts with jawing with Stamkos. Stammer sends message.

Marchand hits Filppula and then starts jawing with Stamkos. Stammer sends message.

Some guys get into it, some guys just talk. Check out this video of Mic’d up 10 years ago in the now defunct UHL.  It’s 10 minutes+ and definitely NSFW, but the first minutes where Jason Ralph is chirpin’ the locked out NHLers Chelios and Hatcher is solid. Plus the comments on the girls national anthem made me LOL. Just sayin’.

So it’s a big week coming up for Cordy & Fulty.  Here’s footage of their handshake prior to the week’s battle.

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STANDINGS

TEAM G W L T PTS PWk TP AVG % ThisWk Past4Wk
F 68 53 14 1 107 34 852 35.5 0.787 2-1 8-3-1
C 68 52 13 3 107 33 826 34.4 0.787 3-0 9-2-1
D 68 43 25 0 86 35 830 34.6 0.632 1-2 8-4
R 68 41 26 1 83 26 732 30.5 0.610 0-3 6-6
H 68 40 26 2 82 39 723 30.1 0.603 2-1 6-4-1
Z 68 37 30 1 75 42 713 29.7 0.551 3-0 9-3
T 68 33 29 6 72 40 728 30.3 0.529 3-0 8-3
E 69 34 34 1 69 32 660 27.5 0.500 1-2 4-8
V 68 30 33 5 65 30 675 28.1 0.478 1-2 5-5-1
G 68 28 39 1 57 34 672 28.0 0.419 2-0 8-3
O 68 27 38 3 57 26 644 26.8 0.419 0-3 2-10
S 68 6 60 2 14 24 461 19.2 0.103 1-2 1-11
J 69 5 62 2 12 17 456 19.0 0.087 0-3 0-12

Have a great penultimate week everybody!