Oh my god, where are we?? An update? On here??

Posted: March 15, 2013 by Wyatt Arndt in Uncategorized

That’s right, we are using the website once again. I only use this when I want to fire someone in a grand fashion, or if I need to convey a league mandate in more than 140 characters.

The current topic of the day? Free agency.

Currently RFA signings are underway and several issues have cropped up:

1) There is no trading allowed right now due to some pagan ritual that EA has deemed necessary to follow

2) The CPU is randomly sending up AHL roster players to fill out rosters due to holes left by retirements and pending free agents

3) We don’t have access to send players up or down so we have no control over who goes up and who goes down, which means a random AHL scrub that makes $1.5 million could be called up to the main roster, eating up valuable cap space

4) Due to this, the cap space number that was listed before the draft took place (back when we could still trade to try and adjust our cap space) changed, sometimes dramatically, for teams. I will use my team as an example:

Before the draft took place, it said I had 8.8 million of cap space. I did not make any trades at this point because that was enough for me to re-sign my three RFA’s and to try and sign 2-3 of my UFA’s.

After the draft, due to the AHL call ups, I suddenly had 4.4 million in cap space, with Jiri Tlusty, my RFA, asking for 4.5 million. (I was able to sign him, due to the fact that when you sign someone, the CPU randomly decides to send down a contract, and I lucked out and it sent down a large contract, giving me 6 mill in space. It’s just so random though.)

There are other teams in similar situations, who have found their cap space radically different with nothing they can do about it because they can’t send anyone down to the farm, nor can they make trades (hopefully come July 1st this changes).

That being said, it leaves us with a predicament with three sides.

Side 1: The teams who are tight to the cap, who planned out their off-season, and now have no idea how to re-sign certain players due to the cap changing/random AHL call ups.

Side 2: The teams that have a ton of cap space, who don’t give a crap about side 1, and are licking their lips at potential free agents hitting the market

Side 3: The teams that don’t care about any of this.

In order to try to come up with a fair way of making sure people don’t get punished due to EA’s less than impressive user interface, but in order to make sure teams that gave themselves a lot of cap space aren’t unduly punished either, the compromise I am using is to let each team retain one RFA that nobody is allowed to offer sheet until the end of October (in season 2 October, not real October.) This way anyone who got caught due to the joys of EA, they at least can deal with one RFA and not potentially lose them for nothing.

Some caveats to this:

1) Be honest about it. If you had no cap space, and knew you had no cap space, don’t be a dick and say you are keeping an RFA that you know you had no chance of re-signing before July 1st. The point of this isn’t to give you time to sort out your rosters, the point of this is to not let teams get punished due to EA’s programming.

2) Certain teams will be allowed to protect a UFA. It’s on a case by case basis. The only two that have been allowed are Zajac, from Philly (A well documented case of the cap number changing) and Morrow from Calgary. It’s a case by case basis, so if you have a case to be made, please e-mail me and I will make up my mind

3) So far only the following players have been “protected”



Chris Stewart

Theo Peckham

Milan Lucic

Ian Cole

So far, only six players are not on the market, and 4 of them are RFA’s, so the impact right now shouldn’t be that big.

Teams will have until Monday, March 18th, midnight, to get me a player they wish to protect, and after that, too bad, everyone is fair game.

If you have any thoughts or questions about this, DM me on twitter, or e-mail lobnhl@gmail.com . I feel this is the fairest way to deal with this, and next year, moving forward, we should be able to handle the off-season better, now that we know how EA handles it.



  1. Ok I’m fine with whatever everyone decides and am not going to kick up a stink about it but as a team that cleared tons of cap space to go with young guys and hopefully some FA’s this sucks for a couple reasons:

    a) The dick in me wants to have an advantage lol

    but more importantly

    b) I’ve got 48 guys signed to contracts totalling $57M, just at the cap floor. Once my minor leaguers go down I’m below it. The plan was to go after say 2 high priced free agents (whether they be RFA or UFA) bring my cap up and help me try desperately to have a roster that might allow me to be competitive which even with those additions is a tall order. You let ppl start protecting FA’s due to their cap situation and all of a sudden I’m stuck paying a middling 3rd liner 10 Mil to reach the floor and he’s not offering me any more than Chuck Kobasew is for his $1.75M. Totally limits my ability to get better this year and god knows I need to.

    • Wyatt Arndt says:

      The thing is, had EA been properly coded, the guys being protected never would have been available to you anyways. This isn’t trying to help high cap teams out just for the hell of it, it’s purely based on EA’s vague way of approaching the off-season.

      I think I have a pretty proven track record of being a hands off Commish, in that I let you guys do what you want, and I haven’t cancelled one trade yet. So I would hope people know I didn’t come to this decision quickly without thinking about it (I don’t even need the rule, as I am fine and won’t be using it, so anyone thinking self preservation is at play, don’t worry, it isn’t.) I just don’t think it’s unfair for GM’s to be punished for listening to a cap space that EA stated without having any idea that random AHL callup process could eff their cap up.

  2. I really wish we could download player data to a spreadsheet, or have our own section of CapGeek. I would love to analyse the data and find out what happened.

    1) Did they sign their brand new draft picks first. Hitting the 50 contract limit.
    2) Did they try and stash too many high priced 1 way contracts in the AHL just to eat at the depth of other teams? Most of us fell into the trap of trying to sign Free agents mid season, filling all 50 roster slots to cover injuries. We sent those guys down when the injured player came back.

    3) Do they have a UFA that just wants to go to UFA? Regular GM mode has those guys if you do not give appropriate ice time, they will leave you.

    Personally, I think protecting 1 player until mid free agency is a fair way to protect those that are victims of not hiring a capologist, this is a fun hobby right. Also the player will become available at some point in the offseason and i am a patient dude.

    When season 2 is finished we should set aside the weekend after the playoffs to be the draft / resign weekend. Button push every half day or so. Just my luck that will be when I head to Vegas.

  3. As anyone who has taken a glance at the standings/contracts knows, I’m on Side 2 here (San Jose). That being said, here’s my say/a couple questions.

    1) No issues with someone getting to protect an RFA from offer sheets because of EA’s fucked up coding
    2) I dislike protecting UFAs, but that’s personal bias and I think there’s enough safeguards there that it isn’t abuse as long as 3) is true
    3) Will there be trade restrictions on the people protecting UFAs so they can’t deal for extra non-EA-fucked-up cap room just to sign their UFAs? Because that would be BS.

    • Wyatt Arndt says:

      I will check on both current UFA’s that are protected and make sure they get signed after AHL callups can be sent down to make room for them. I am pretty sure once Philly has access to his roster he can adjust players up and down on his own farm and then fit in Zajac.

      I will check and make sure it’s same situation with Morrow.

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