March 01, 2014, 01:14:03 PM by CRS245
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In order to appeal to a larger audience and gain more fans throughout Arizona, the Phoenix Coyotes want to become the Arizona Coyotes, but theres a hitch. It turns out that someone has already registered the name Arizona Coyotes with the Arizona Secretary of State Office.
Tony Fioretto is the man who currently owns the rights to the name. Mr. Fioretto has a history of squatting on names in the hopes of big payouts. In his portfolio reporters found names like: Phx Cardinals, Phx Coyotes, AZ Diamondbacks, and Phx Suns. Just last year the Thunderbirds, who host the annual Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf Tournament, sued Fioretto for his claim on the name Phoenix Open. Fioretto quickly dropped his registration.
We are very excited to announce that our franchise name will change to Arizona Coyotes for the start of the 2014-15 NHL season, said owner Anthony LeBlanc. Becoming the Arizona Coyotes makes sense for us since we play our games in Glendale and the city is such a great partner of ours. We also want to be recognized as not just the hockey team for Glendale or Phoenix, but the team for the entire state of Arizona and the Southwest. We hope that the name Arizona will encourage more fans from all over the state, not just the valley, to embrace and support our team.
Fiorettos attempt to get federal trademark protection recently failed. His goal, according to him, is to open a sports facility and use the names for promoting the complex. There are also rumors that the intent was to start various little leagues for community children and the names would be used for the teams. However most involved in the story say this is analogous to cyber-squatting, as seen in the ownership of Beer.com which is controlled through Thought Convergence in Los Angeles.
So what will the Coyotes do? Speculation abounds but most likely they will try to settle out of court versus dragging out the proceedings any further. Based on his history and stance on the subject, it is doubtful Fioretto will be persuaded to back down for less than he feels he deserves.
Sports analysts are chiming in on the fact that the team will not be redesigning their jerseys and putting out new merchandise. This seems to be a bonehead move according to some. If CEO LeBlanc wants more fans throughout Arizona and the Southwest, new merchandise to support the team would be the first major step in enhancing fandom. Seeing that the team is at the bottom of the league in attendance, at 12,998, gaining fans should be a #1 priority for owner LeBlanc. In fact, for the past 5 seasons they have ranked 29th or 30th every single ear in terms of attendance.
What few fans the team has are begging management to move the team to a city that actually cares about hockey. Will LeBlanc take these requests to heart? Will he continue to fight Fiorettos legal team for ownership of the new name? Only time will tell.
February 27, 2014, 08:47:35 PM by CRS245
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I was just in a baseball draft for DRAFT'N'GO MLB 12SR01
and noticed that in this 12-team league, former superstars 1B Ryan Howard
and OF Carl Crawford
both fell into the 20th round. These were former first rounders who both have been plagued with injuries, but are still in the middle of their career where they could put up big numbers yet again. This dip and dive of their status in DRAFT'N'GO is aggressive, but there are a few takeaways from their selection status.
Images courtesy of USA Today
GMs of these teams don't see these players as regular starters. Is Howard a top-12 first basemen anymore? No, at least not until we see a comeback season. Can Crawford stay healthy, hit for average, and be that five-tool player we expect him to be? Obviously not if he falls this far. The demands of the 20th round selections are that they contribute to the utility spot and try to win a starting job headed into the season. If they start to fail then they are dropped or put on a trade block. The risk of taking a Howard or Crawford is that not many may want to trade for them and they are still too valuable to draft.
In DNG, the GMs are stuck with them for the entire season. Much of that risk goes away, but it's replaced with the reality that they could be a donut hole and not contribute to the optimal lineup throughout the year. Howard and Crawford are just a couple examples of veteran players who are at a declining point of their career. What sets them apart from others is that it isn't the end for them yet. Perhaps it is more mental than physical, and if they can get a hot start early on in the season then both players could surprise everyone that is sleeping on them.
February 14, 2014, 03:14:57 AM by kungfuwig
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1. Los Angeles Dodgers - 97-65 - http://www.profsl.com/smf/index.php?topic=135879.0
2. San Francisco Giants - 86-76 - http://www.profsl.com/smf/index.php?topic=136271.0
3. Colorado Rockies - 81-81 - http://www.profsl.com/smf/index.php?topic=135760.0
4. San Diego Padres - 79-83 - http://www.profsl.com/smf/index.php?topic=136175.0
5. Arizona Diamondbacks - 75-87 - http://www.profsl.com/smf/index.php?topic=135695.0Offensive Power Rankings
1. San Francisco Giants
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
3. Colorado Rockies
4. Arizona Diamondbacks
5. San Diego Padres
While the Dodgers have gone out and spent tons of money on top stars like Ramirez and Gonzalez, their lineup is just not as good as what the Giants have put together from top to bottom. I love seeing the speed and power of Puig at the top of the order, but he will enter his sophomore season and could regress more than some think. The Giants have seasoned speed (Pagan) and contact hitters (Scutaro) at the top of their order followed by what could possibly be one of the best 3-6 batters in the game. First you have Belt, who broke through last season with 17 HR and a .289 average, something he should be able to repeat if not improve upon. Then you have Buster Posey, who has added 10 pounds of bulk to make sure he doesn't wear down over the season and should provide 20+ HR and a .300 average. Hunter Pence makes his way in next, who has 22+ HR in each of the past six seasons and hit over .280 in four of those years. Finally, the sixth batter projects to be Pablo Sandoval, now he is a wildcard with his weight problems and injuries, but has 20+ HR power and should hit for a solid average. After all that, pitchers will still have trouble when they have to face Michael Morse in the seven hole, who will have his chance to play the entire season, and the last time he did that he hit 31 HR with a .301 AVG as a member of the Nationals.
I believe that the Diamondbacks and Rockies will have similar offensive numbers with the Rockies being a tick higher playing half of their games in Coors Field. Arizona is grounded by Goldschmidt and his surrounded by two above-average offensive players (Hill and Trumbo), but the top and bottom of their lineup is very weak and will halt rallies in a heartbeat. The Rockies could be better if there werent so many questions on their team between youth and injuries. I believe that CarGo is one of the best players in the game and so is Tulo when healthy. They have surrounded them with high-ceiling youth (Arenado and Rosario) and veterans (Cuddyer and Morneau) but whether or not they can either reach their ceilings or continue to play at the high level they have in the past will determine how good they are. The Padres come in last by a wide margin for this division. Gyorko could be one of the best offensive second baseman soon, but besides that there is no real proven star or difference maker in this lineup. Starting Rotation
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2. San Francisco Giants
3. Arizona Diamondbacks
4. San Diego Padres
5. Colorado Rockies
The Dodgers are clearly bringing forward the best rotation in the division with two number-one caliber aces (Kershaw and Greinke) and a strong young third starter in Hyun-Jin Ryu. They also brought Dan Haren into the mix that can at times be a shutdown starter and will mix Beckett and Malholm in at the fifth spot. The second team here was actually a struggle for me; it seems an obvious choice to pick the Giants as they have always boasted one of the best rotations in baseball, but with Cain coming off a poor year by his standards, Lincecum with control issues, and two 36+ year old starters finishing off the rotation, they are not a slam dunk anymore. I do believe that Cain bounces back in a big way and Lincecum finds his control while Bumgarner continues to be a dominant ace. With that said, the depth and potential of the Diamondbacks is impressive. Corbin and Miley are younger than 27-years old and have already each posted a 3.5 WAR season or better (3.7 by Corbin in 2013, 4.4 by Miley in 2012). They will also be featuring two seasoned veterans in McCarthy and Arroyo while sinker-baller Trevor Cahill will be in the mix as well. With all this depth, youngster Randall Delgado will be relegated to the bullpen and provide an in-house sixth starter. The main reason that I could see this staff being better than the Giants is top prospect Archie Bradley. He has the potential to be in the big leagues right now and projects as a future #1 or #2 starter. If he can harness this potential at some point this season, this could be a lethal and young core of pitchers to deal with.
The last two teams were not too difficult to rank for me. The Padres pitchers will always have the benefit of playing half of their games in Petco Park and have plenty of talent that they have added to their rotation lately. Both Kennedy and Johnson are coming off of arguably their worst seasons in their career and both are very solid #2 starters when playing at their usual level. Andrew Cashner is an interesting name in this rotation as he had moved from the bullpen fulltime in 2013 and saw his strikeouts plummet, but also saw his walk rate and ERA drop. With another full year in the rotation, I could see Cashner take another step forward and begin to get his K-rate back up while maintaining a solid ERA. Tyson Ross and Eric Stults figure to finish off the rotation, and while both of them put up solid seasons in 2013, they will have youngsters like Matt Wisler, Robbie Erlin, Joe Wieland and Burch Smith breathing down their necks. The Rockies have never been able to produce great arms out of their system and time will tell if players like Jhoulys Chacin and Eddie Butler work out in the long run. They suffer from the thin air of Colorado, but still, this rotation does not really stick out as very good to me.Bullpen
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Arizona Diamondbacks
3. San Diego Padres
4. San Francisco Giants
5. Colorado Rockies
The Dodgers once against top this list with a group of pitchers that have plenty of closing experience. With Kenley Jansen, Brian Wilson and Chris Perez all pitching in their bullpen, they have three players with the ability to close game while also bringing along up-and-comer Paco Rodriguez. The Diamondbacks have the same situation to a lesser extent, with Reed, Putz and Ziegler all taking the closer role at some points. They also have David Hernandez who could close games if needed and a great long relief option now in Randall Delgado. The Padres jumped to third in this list with the acquisitions of Joaquin Benoit and Alexander Torres in the offseason. Both have nasty stuff and will be coming out before proven veteran closer, Huston Street. The Giants have plenty of solid relievers while most of them have said hello and goodbye to their 30th birthdays. Colorado has an AARP member a 41-year old closing games for them while bringing no real shutdown pitchers to the table. Positional Power RankingsCatcher
1. Buster Posey
2. Wilin Rosario
3. A.J. Ellis
4. Miguel Montero
5. Yasmani Grandal
6. Nick Hundley - First Baseman
1. Paul Goldschmidt
2. Adrian Gonzalez
3. Brandon Belt
4. Yonder Alonso
5. Justin Morneau
6. Kyle Parker - Second Baseman
1. Aaron Hill
2. Jedd Gyorko
3. Marco Scutaro
4. Alexander Guerrero
5. D.J. LeMahieu Third Baseman
1. Pablo Sandoval
2. Martin Prado
3. Chase Headley
4. Nolan Arenado
5. Juan Uribe Shortstop
1. Troy Tulowitzki
2. Hanley Ramirez
3. Everth Cabrera
4. Didi Gregorious
5. Brandon Crawford Outfield
1. Carlos Gonzalez
2. Yasiel Puig
3. Matt Kemp
4. Hunter Pence
5. Michael Cuddyer
6. Will Venable
7. Mark Trumbo
8. Carl Crawford -
9. Angel Pagan -
10. Michael Morse
11. Carlos Quentin
12. Andre Ethier
13. Cody Ross
14. Corey Dickerson
15. Cameron Maybin
16. Gerardo Parra
17. Drew Stubbs
18. Charlie Blackmon
19. Seth Smith
20. A.J. Pollock Starting Pitcher
1. Clayton Kershaw
2. Madison Bumgarner
3. Zack Greinke
4. Matt Cain
5. Patrick Corbin
6. Hyun-Jin Ryu
7. Wade Miley
8. Andrew Cashner
9. Jhoulys Chacin
10. Ian Kennedy
11. Dan Haren
12. Tim Lincecum -
13. Josh Johnson
14. Jorge De La Rosa
15. Brett Anderson
16. Tyler Chatwood
17. Tyson Ross
18. Tim Hudson
19. Archie Bradley -
20. Josh Beckett -
21. Trevor Cahill
22. Bronson Arroyo
23. Eric Stults
24. Eddie Butler
25. Jonathan Gray -
26. Jordan Lyles -
27. Brandon McCarthy
28. Paul Malholm
29. Matt Wisler -
30. Ryan Vogelsong
31. Franklin Morales Relief Pitchers
1. Kenley Jansen
2. Addison Reed
3. Sergio Romo
4. Huston Street
5. LaTroy Hawkins
6. Brian Wilson
7. Alexander Torres
8. Joaquin Benoit
9. J.J. Putz
10. Rex Brothers
11. Chris Perez
12. David Hernandez
13. Paco Rodriguez
14. Brad Ziegler
15. Santiago Casilla National League West Top-20 Prospects
1. Archie Bradley RHP
2. Jonathan Gray RHP
3. Joc Pederson OF
4. Corey Seager 3B
5. Eddie Butler RHP
6. Austin Hedges C
7. Matt Wisler RHP
8. Julio Urias LHP
9. Zach Lee RHP
10. Kyle Crick LHP
11. Max Fried LHP
12. David Dahl OF
13. Braden Shipley RHP
14. Ryan McMahon 3B
15. Chris Owings SS
16. Chris Anderson RHP
17. Adalberto Mejia LHP
18. Aaron Blair RHP
19. Kyle Parker 1B/OF
20. Edwin Escobar SS
February 13, 2014, 07:01:40 PM by Jwalk100
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AL WEST PREVIEW
WEST Predicted Finish
WEST BEST FANTASY IMPACT BY POSITION
C Jason Castro -
1B Prince Fielder -
2B Robinson Cano-
3B Adrian Beltre -
SS Elvis Andrus -
LF Shin-Soo Choo -
CF Mike Trout-
RF Alex Rios -
DH Josh Hamilton -
SP Felix Hernandez -
SP Yu Darvish -
CL Jim Johnson -
in 2012 and 2013 by winning the West. This year they are flying under the radar after a quiet offseason. Josh Donaldson was a surprise while Yeonis Cespedes and Josh Reddick were disappointments. If they return to form, the
lineup should be in good shape. Sonny Gray had a good postseason last year and will be joined by Scott Kazmir, Drew Pomeranz and Josh Lindblom. The
traded pretty much nothing to Baltimore and received Jim Johnson in return to close. He will be teamed with Luke Gregerson, who will set up for Johnson. The As have shortened their games to 7 innings.
made big moves this off season. The
traded Ian Kinsler to Detroit for Prince Fielder and signed Shin-Soo Choo. With these acquisitions, the Rangers have probably the best offense in the
. Jurickson Profar will get the chance to prove himself. The
lost a huge piece when Derek Holland was injured in the off season. H should be back after the All-Star break. The
still have Yu Darvish who seems to be improving each season. Rounding out the starters are former all stars Matt Harrison and Alexi Ogando joined by Martin Perez. Joe Nathan was not re signed and Joakim Soria will now close.
have been very disappointing the last two years. Most of this has been tied to Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols. On the other hand Mike Trout has become the best all-around player in baseball. If Hamilton and Pujols put up big numbers and stay healthy, the
will have a deadly lineup. The
traded Mark Trumbo and received two young arms in Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs, who will be thrown in with Jered Weaver and CJ Wilson. This rotation could surprise or collapse. Ernesto Frieri will close out games for the
have a lot of pressure to perform. They will be greatly improved but they are still a few years away from contention. The
offense is greatly improved with signing of Robinson Cano, Corey Hart, John Buck and trading for Logan Morrison. Hisashi Iwakuma finished third in Cy Young voting and will be joined by Felix Hernandez in the rotation. Rookies Taijuan Walker and James Paxton joins the rotation and provide another reason to believe the
will have success. The
signed Fernando Rodney to close.
will see improvement this year. Their best hitters are Jose Altuve and Jason Castro. They will continue to get better. We will see major league debuts of George Springer, Jonathan Singleton and maybe Carlos Correa. The
pitching has somewhat improved with success from Cosart and Oberholtzer and the addition of Scott Feldman. In the bullpen they added Jesse Crain, who may close. Set-up men and middle relievers Anthony Bass, Chad Qualls and Matt Albers were also added. We will get to watch the
players develop on a daily basis.
WEST DIVISION AWARDS
MVP Mike Trout
CY Young Yu Darvish
Rookie of the Year Taijaun Walker
Manager of the Year Bo Porter
Breakout Player of the Year Kyle Seager
Disappointment Dexter Fowler
February 05, 2014, 03:39:58 PM by Jesse
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With only days until the Olympics start up lets preview the impact that the games will have on players, NHL teams and your fantasy team.
In all 150 NHL players are going to the Olympics. Every NHL team will be represented some more then others.
The players that are going will be putting their body and mind into every shift well at the games. How will that effect them when they get back to their respective NHL team?? According to Eugene Melnyk, The Ottawa Senators owner, (He actually did a study on this). The more players that your team has in the Olympics the worst you did in the playoffs. Which makes perfect sense when you think about how that the players that are staying home get to kick back and relax for 2 weeks and recover from any injuries that may be bothering them, well the players that are playing get beaten up and worn down mentally day in and day out for 2 weeks. So what evidence does he have well back in 2006 The Ottawa Senators had 113 points and looked like a team noone wanted to play going into the playoffs the only problem was that their starting goalie Dominik Hasek was injured representing team Czech Republic and the Sens never made it out of the 2nd round. Melnyk to this day blames the Olympics for costing him his starting goalie and in his eyes hockeys holy grail.
So how does the Olympics effect your fantasy team?? Well besides physical injuries and mental breakdowns (as we all know how weak a players confidence is) it could have the exact opposite effect on your team. Look at Rick Nash since the Canadian team has been announced he had 9 goals in 9 games and been very dominating.
January 26, 2014, 03:06:30 PM by ProFSL
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2013-2014 Fantasy Hockey Mid Season Updates
Mid Season Updates
For those of you that follow the site closely, you know that I've been busy getting ready for the upcoming baseball season. Due to my commitment to Fantasy Baseball, my hockey writings have taken a bit of a hit. This article will hopefully make-up for all the lost time spent on baseball.
Mike Cammalleri CGY - Concussion (Was able to skate, a return next week is possible).
Cam Ward CAR - Lower body injury (May return next week).
P.A. Parenteau COL - MCL sprain (returned to action, will see limited playing time).
Marian Gaborik CLS - Broken collarbone (He's skated without pads, could return in one-to-two months).
Johan Franzen DET - Concussion (He has practiced but is awaiting medical clearance).
Daniel Alfredsson DET - Back injury/issues (Should be okay to return on January 24th).
Pavel Datsyuk DET - Groin/concussion (He may miss a few more games).
Josh Harding MIN - Illness (May not return until after the Winter Olympics).
Mikko Koivu MIN - Ankle (May return within three-to-five weeks, he's off crutches now).
Zach Parise MIN - Foot injury (He returned to action last night, he should be okay moving forward).
Alex Galchenyuk MON - Broken hand (He may miss about one more month).
Adam Henrique NJ - Sore thumb (He expects to play).
Evgeni Nabokov NYI - Quad injury (He may return within 10-14 days).
Pascal Dupuis PIT - Will undergo ACL surgery February 12th (Will miss the remainder of the regular season).
Alexander Steen STL - Lower body injury (Day-to-day).
Steven Stamkos TB - Recovering from leg surgery (He may return before the Olympic break).
Henrik Sedin VAN - Rib and finger injuries (He's day-to-day after missing two straight games).
Alex Ovechkin WSH - lower body injury (Day-to-day, may miss a few more games).
Steve Ott BUF - He'll be a restricted free agent after this year and he's cheap. It would make a lot of sense if Ott ended the season in a different uniform.
Dennis Wideman CGY - An experienced Blue Liner that knows how to make an impact, Wideman is a solid pickup for any playoff contender. He's also under contract through the 2016-2017 season for less than $6 million every season except one (in the 2016-2017 season he'll make exactly $6 million).
Marian Gaborik CLS - He'll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Gaborik is dealing with broken collarbone and may miss a few more weeks. He's tallied 65+ points in a season six separate times in his career. Marian is a good "rental player" for the 2014 postseason.
Thomas Vanek NYI - All reports indicate that Vanek needs to sign a long term deal with the Islanders within the next few weeks otherwise the team will look to move the scorer. Vanek would be a great acquisition for any team in need of scoring. Vanek has 18 goals, 27 assists and is tied for the 23rd most points in the league as of January 24th. Possible teams that could be interested in Vanek include: Vancouver, Minnesota, Dallas, Toronto and Phoenix.
Dustin Byfuglien WPG - With two years remaining on his contract worth $11.7 million Byfuglien is a controlable asset that many teams will covet come the trade deadline. Dustin, now 28 years old, is on pace for a career high 60-point season.
Martin Erat & Mike Green WSH - I'm looking at the Capitals to make a move before the deadline this year. Erat and Green seem to make the most sense.
Fantasy Hockey Adds & Drops
Andrej Meszaros PHI - Under 25% owned, he's tallied three goals and seven assists in his last nine games.
Matt Read PHI - Under 20% owned, he's scored three goals in his last four games.
Mark Scheifele WPG - Under 15% owned, he's now recorded eight points in his last eight games.
Cam Atkinson CLS - Under 15% owned, he's scored five goals in his last eight games.
Carter Hutton NSH - Under 15% owned, he's won four straight games.
Tyler Myers BUF - Under 10% owned, he's healthy and scoring.
Alex Stalock SJ - Unde 10% owned, he's won three straight and allowed only two goals in that span.
Zack Kassian VAN - Under 5% owned, his playing time is increasing.
Brian Elliott STL - I think his turnaround season is falling apart. He's allowed eight goals in his last three games.
Nick Leddy CHI - He's recorded just one point in his last ten games. I think he could be dealt soon.
Jordan Staal CAR - Staal has not recorded a point since his four-point performance on January 9th.
Andrew MacDonald NYI - The lack of contract negotiations appear to be weighing on him. MacDonald has recorded just one point in his last nine games.
Erik Johnson COL - Dealing with a back injury, Johnson has not scored a point in six straight games.
Jonas Brodin MIN - He's officially droppable.
Cam Ward CAR - Even when he does return, it'll be to a poor offense.
John Carlson WSH - He's been getting shots but he isn't finding the net with any regularity. Carlson is currently 100% owned but I don't think that will be the case within the next few weeks.
Both Tampa Bay (6-0-1) and St. Louis (13-0-1) have not recorded a regulation loss against Central Division teams this year. Both Chicago (11-0-4) and Pittsburgh (7-0-1) have yet to record a regulation loss to a Pacific Division opponent this season.
Last season the Colorado Avalanche went 16-25-7 in 48 games. Through their first 48 games this season they've gone 31-12-5. A big part of their success can be contributed to rookie Nathan Mackinnon. Mackinnon was my preseason pick to win the Rookie of the Year award. I also picked the Avalanche to make the playoffs this year after finishing with the worst record in the NHL last year.
Alex Ovechkin led the NHL with 32 goals last year in 48 games. So far this year he's scored 35 goals in just 47 games - leads the league again in that category. Ovechkin also leads the league in shots (50 more than the 2nd highest).
The Pittsburgh Penguins are statistically the #1 team in the league in terms of their penalty kill and power play percentages. Three of the last four Stanley Cup Champions have ranked inside the Top 5 in penalty kill percentage.
Here's a look back at some of my preseason articles that have made a lot of sense through the midway point of the 2013-2014 season...
If you have any questions please post them in the comment section below.Alex Wiesner
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