Welcome back everyone! It's almost time to fire up the Macs and plug the beer fridge back in. We will be back on the air shortly with our first show of our 4th season and we are soooooo itching to get at it! But before we do, it's time to start thinking about this year's hockey pool!
We're going to change things up just a little this year. What we noticed last time was that there was very little movement between the teams so we thought we'd try something to help keep things interesting.
This year, we will pick 25 players each, plus 2 subs that you will have the option of subbing in at the All-Star break. However, (this is where it gets interesting) you will only be able to pick 5 of last year's top 10 scorers! After that, the rest of the league is up for grabs. Here is a list of last year's top 10:
1 Alexander Ovechkin WSH L 112
2 Evgeni Malkin PIT C 106
3 Jarome Iginla CGY R 98
4 Pavel Datsyuk DET C 97
5 Joe Thornton SJS C 96
6 Henrik Zetterberg DET C 92
7 Vincent Lecavalier TBL C 92
8 Jason Spezza OTT C 92
9 Daniel Alfredsson OTT R 89
10 Ilya Kovalchuk ATL L 87
And don't try to slip an extra guy in there! Mrs. Pigman enters the teams and she rules with an iron fist!
No goalies, as usual. Points will be awarded as follows: 1 point for a goal, assist, short handed goal and game winning goal. We will also be going back to our old system for the subs. With the hope of keeping it fun and interesting, if you drop a player this year, you also drop their points and you will add the entire season's points for your sub. I know this caused an uproar the last time we did it this way but the whole idea is to make it fun for everyone and this gives people who have been devastated by injuries a chance to get back into the race.
As always, your reward will be modest and you won't know what it will be until we cash in the empties. But how can you put a price on bragging rights?
Please submit your teams to Russell. All entries must be received by 12:00 pm, Saturday, October 4th, 2008. Once again, we will post the teams on Office Pools and we will contact all participants with the login information once it's up. In the event of a tie, winners will have to endure sudden-death marathon yoga with Stooli to decide it all.
We hope to have the biggest pool yet this year so get in and have some fun. Good luck to you and leafs suck!