FNHL – Perspective of a new GM

As a new GM to the league, I don’t have a lot of insight into the past, and can’t provide much in the way of an article that talks about the league. I still wanted to contribute, so decided to write an article on my experience and prospective as a new GM to an already established league.

Aaron first started talking about the league months ago; he knew both Brian and I love all things hockey. When he asked if we were interested in taking a franchise if there were one available, we both jumped at the chance.

The commish let us know there were two teams available, Anaheim and St. Louis. Both of us being life long Blackhawks fans, neither wanted St. Louis, on principal alone. I lost the coin flip – St. Louis it is.

After I was able to come to grips with the fact I was running the franchise I hated the most, it was time to dig into all things STL. I had a non-playoff team, with very little money and a roster that was underwhelming to say the least.

Where do you start? The amount of info on the site is staggering, trying to figure it all out, formulate a plan, and execute was daunting to say the least. I figured if I was going to do this, I should be all in and try to build the roster, basically from scratch.

Players, Picks and Cash, what every GM wants, but how do I get it? I knew this process, especially for the first season would be a learning experience, made up of more mistakes and misses, than hits. Can I get younger, better and still sell enough tickets to not go bankrupt? Only time will tell.

My first focus was moving veteran players, with some value for young players, picks and maybe some cash. Offers came in fast and furious, and not having played a season, it was, and is still, hard to decipher what is a good deal, what makes one player better than another (outside of overall rating), what is a good contract, and what is a bad one?

So knowing that I know very little about what is going on, I jumped in with both feet. Made a flurry of trades, some seem to be good, some seem to not be that great, but with each I am learning a little more. Some GMs offer fair deals for both sides, some try and rob you blind, figuring out which is which doesn’t take too long.

With the draft and free agency coming soon, I am looking forward to being able to add a few new players to the team, hopefully putting the pieces together that won’t get completely blown out in year one, but realistically knowing this team is nowhere near a playoff team. Can I sell enough tickets not to lose my shirt? Will I win some games? Only time will tell.

What I can say so far is that it has been a lot of fun, and the season hasn’t even started yet. I am glad that I joined the league. Who knows if the Blue will ever be a playoff team, what I do know is I will have fun trying. Thanks for letting me be a part of the league, I know there is a lot to learn, but I will do my best to build a winner out of the NHL team I hate the most!

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

By: Dave Semyck

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