Season's over and we won the Cup! We made a great playoffs run. Going 16-3-3 and won our last two series in 7 games.
The regular season went alright. We went 50-25-7 good for the 7th spot in the east. The eastern conference was REALLY good this year 8 teams finished with more than 100 pts and even the Devils, with 101 points, missed the playoffs. Behind them were the Jackets at 98 pts. That was a pretty close call! In comparaison, only 2 teams in the west went over 100 pts. In fact, if I was in the west I would clinched the 1st place.
Here's the players stats:
Brooks had an amazing year, finishing first in pts and the only player over 100 pts. I also signed him to a 7 years contract worth 6.75 millions per years. Which is a huge deal since most of these players are signing close to 10-11 millions. Emanuelsson who it was it's first year with us did a very good job. He will probably win the Calder with those stats. Mercure also had a good season. Logging close to 50 pts in his second year with us. I signed him for 6 years with an average of 4.7 millions per years. This signing comes in handy since McIsaac, my superstar dman, wants to test the UFA market. His salary was 6 millions this year and even though he was open-minded to my offers, he refused a 6 years extension with a salary of 8.5 millions per years. So I guess he's aiming at 10 millions and probably another team will give it too him but that will not be me. This guy is my pillar in defense and it will hurt ALOT. Especially after only three years with me and the best seasons of his career. Oh well, that's hockey! I hope something good will be available in the UFA market to compensate. My two "forced" signing went well. Davidsson did 61 pts with a mediocre 7.07 ratio but Fiala on the other end did the best season of his career. Still, despite those stats I'm going to let them go, since they weren't in my plans.
So heading out to the draft with the help of Shindigs scouting tips I hope I'll be able to land something good.
My defense prospects are really not looking good right now and with the most likely loss of McIsaac, I'll need to chose wisely. Maybe I'll try to trade to pick earlier in the first round. This off season is going to be interesting and crucial at the same time.