The Marty McFly Universe - HE REDRAFTED THE 21st CENTURY!
The other day, we had another volcanic eruption (Grímsvötn) here in Iceland. It may seem like recurring and everyday news to you now, in this Age of Natural Catastrophes (..and believe me - I have been to Japan, Thailand, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru & Brazil the past 6,5 months and all these places have endured terrible scenarios due to Mother Nature which I have witnessed – crazy stuff), but this was a ---ummmhh--- special event. Because, out of the seething lava and the apocalyptic ash-clouds spewing out their poison from the distant caldera, came a streak of luminous light that noisily and abruptly landed on my doorsteps in Hvolsvöllur. I saw, through the clearing of dusty clouds, a familiar silhouette of an automobile. Why, wasn´t this the famous DeLorean from the trio of Back to the Future movies, I thought to myself?
Before I could ponder any longer - my suppositions were confirmed and out of the vehicle came a ruffled Marty McFly and his steady traveling companion The Doc. Their dog was nowhere to be seen.
Marty ran torwards me yelling "We did it, Doc, We did it!! We came back to the Future through interdimensional travel which allows changes of past events to occur without causing a paradox ending all life on Earth as we know it. It works, Great Scott, It works". In his hand he held a piece of crumbled paper which he handed me.
"I know you are a Big NYR fan, many times frustrated beyond the edge of the realms of sanity, with the teams´ performance and composition. And its´ awful drafting. But I have solved this! I have created a new Universe where all is possible. There are a few limitations it seems, one is that we can only travel back to all the drafts done in the 21st Century. Going back to the 20th Century most certainly would mean a paradox and BOOM, we would all be gone (The Doc shook his head in agreement). And we cannot press ourselves ahead in time. So we cannot see what happens with your players beyond today. Those are present our limitations..."
Marty went on and explained "Remember Biff and the scorebook from our 2nd movie that made him a trillionaire due to his success with sports betting? This is a bit like that, but then again not really. But here is the deal - you have one week to chose a new NYR team for this season and onward based on the draft picks I have made in my McFly universe dimension based on Doc´s calculations. I have also written some rules below and these must be followed without exception. In one week I will return and see your new NYR team and then invite you for a ride in my shiny car a into new dimension where this team will then appear – almost like magic. All other things should be the same for you. You will not notice a thing has changed in your life - other than the situation regarding the roster on your favorite team." (I did not like the look on The Doc´s face when Marty said this though...) We chatted a bit more (see my COMMENTS below) and then he hastily said -
"See you in a week he said...now we are off to solve the wishes of an extremely disgruntled Chicago Cubs Fan"...”and by the way – you are the new GM of the New York Rangers starting June 1st . Get ready for some action, and don´t be a chicken! Also, be advised that Glen Sather has now semi-retired (actually he was “fired” when Donald Trump bought the team from Mr Dolan) becoming senior Advisor for the new franchise team in Sin City called The Las Vegas Jackpot, co-owned by the Dolan fraction, Donald Trump & The Reinsdorf Group in LA. This is actually a new team entirely comprised of our undefeated 2010-2011 Hartford Wolfpack team. We had a lot of great players in our farm system and it just became so evident they were too good to be true, so it was just inevitable that they just moved the whole team out West. And that was that. The Phoenix franchise was incidentally moved to Seattle this spring as well. And I happened to put a good word in for you with Mr Trump - so he gave you the GM job…”
And into the car and off into a into a bright flash of light they zoomed. I stood in bewilderment with a long list of names in my hands... Here is what it read:
(IN CURSIVE WRITING...) To see where the players went - here is a list of some of the "better NYR picks" that were later dealt and what were their returns...
Traded NYR players with NHL experience/potential and their returns
Dominic Moore (474 NHL games) fetched us Adam Hall from Pittsburgh in 2006. Hall was thereafter dealt to Minnesota for Pascal Dupuis after half a season. Dupuis + our 2007 3rd rounder (NYR pick nr 78 - we could have chosen Nick Palmieri here at #79 ) were then traded for prospect Alex Bourret. Bourret was traded to Phoenix for a 3rd rounder in 2008 (Pittsburghs pick #90)- that is now our prospect defenceman Tomas Kundratek.
Fedor Tyutin (516 NHL games) was traded in July 2008 for Nikolai Zherdev in Columbus - who played for the NYR for one year and was then not qualified/resigned and thereafter released for nothing .
Garth Murray was traded in 2005 to Montreal for Marcel Hossa. Hossa played in New York until February 2008 when he was traded to Phoenix along with 1st round NYR pick Al Montoya for Fredrik Sjöström, Josh Gratton and David LeNeveu. Sjöström played one more season for New York, LeNeveu and Gratton never played a single game for the Rangers and were both released after the 2008 season.
Marrek Zidlicky (521 NHL games) was traded in package for Mike Dunham who played 2 years in New York. He was thereafter not resigned.
Ryan Hollweg(242 games) was traded to Toronto in July, 2008 for 5th round pick 2009 that was used to acquire goalie Chad Johnson from Pittsburgh - who is moste likely not going to be resigned.
Petr Prucha (345 NHL games) + Nigel Dawes (210 NHL games) were both traded in 2009 to Phoenix for (a rental) in Derek Morris. Morris was not resigned after the 2008/2009 season.
Al Montoya (1st round pick in 2004 with 26 NHL games) was traded to Phoenix in Feb 2008 for Frederick Sjöström. He played 1,5 seasons and was thereafter not resigned.
Lauri Korpikoski (1st round pick in 2004 with 218 NHL games) was traded in July 2009 to Phoenix for Enver Lisin. Lisin played 57 games for NYR and was released without a return (ev to the KHL) - while Korpikoski makes steady progress in Phoenix .
Dane Byers (6 games) was traded in November 2010 to Columbus for prospect forward Chad Kolarik. Kolarik remains in the NYR organisation (not resigned for 2011/2012 season)
Tom Pyatt (122 NHL games) was traded to Montreal in the Gomez deal. One might say we got solid defensive prospect Pavel Valentenko - value-wise - for him.
Bob Sanguinetti (1st round pick) was traded for Carolinas 2nd round pick (from Washington - #57 in 2011) + a 6th rounder in 2010 (NYR chose Jesper Fasth). Washingtons 2nd rounder in 2011 was traded along with New York Rangers 2nd round pick (#45) in 2011 and prospect Roman Horak (chosen by NYR in the 5th round 2009) to Calgary in May 2011 for their former 1st round pick defenceman Tim Erixon in 2009 (#23 overall) and their 5th round pick 2011 (not chosen yet - #134).
Ethan Werek (2nd round pick 2009) - got us prospect Oscar Lindberg (2nd round pick in 2010) in a trade from Phoenix in May 2011.
THE CAP MAX FOR THIS TEAM 2011/2012 IS 60,000,000 USD. BONUS OVERAGE IS PERMITTED (ie eventual bonuses do not count against the cap).
You must pick one roster player from each consecutive draft from 2000-2010 (ie - 11 players) on the above Draft list. The cap hits to be used are the valid contracts in 2011-2012 if they are signed. For impending UFAs or RFAs – you can use the 2010-2011 cap hit - but you can only use a maximum of 3 presently unsigned players (UFAs/RFAs) here on this roster. All player cap hits not on the roster can also be found at Capgeek where you can also create your team.
You are asked to pick 2 Wild Card players at any position taken from any Draft 2000-2010. Their cap hits are as stated.
You are required to choose 2 UFAs (1 FW + 1 D/G) signed between 2008 to 2010. See here for link to view available eligible UFAs to choose from 2008 ,2009 + 2010 . The new cap hit is what is to be used in the 2011-2012 season. If the players have no contract for 2011/2012 – then they are not eligible to use. As stated - you can use a total of 3 RFAs in your lineup with this years cap hit being frozen into next year.
In addition - you are to make 2 trades. Here are links to all trades made in the NHL the 2009/2010 + 2010/2011 seasons (2010/2011 season + deadline ). Only these lists of specific players included in these completed trades done for these 2 years are eligible to be added onto the roster. They must be signed for 2011-2012 and their cap-hit is the same. Trade chips are what remains on NYR roster (all remaining draft picks done by Marty McFly) after you used your 1st 21 players. Cap hits must offset somewhat and NYR must make small overpayment value-wise to complete these 2 trades. Me & The Doc will judge all trades and give them approval or denial
Notes - Yeah – btw – The Kovalchuk caphit stands in The McFly Universe without any league implications or penalties. Just thought you would like to know. Not sure how that went down. Sather & went Bettman on a fishing trip maybe? We also still retain our 2nd round compensation pick from 2009 (where we chose Ethan Werek). Somehow The Doc was able to both save the poor kid Cherepenovs life (we actually did not draft him though) and retain the 2nd rounder we gave up for Antropov at the deadline 2009 (I believe he added John-Michael Liles to our 4th rounder for the Toronto player instead of the 2nd). You can use a total of 3 RFAs in your lineup with this years cap hit being frozen into next year.
Wow, not bad drafting Marty McFly!
As you can see further above - Marty chose about the same amount of Canadians, but less Americans and Czechs, more Swedes and Finns, the same amount of Slovakians and a few players from more oddball countries than Sather & his draft team went for. The results kind of speak for themselves and maybe should be a cursor for future drafting - no? Lot´s & lot´s of busts and lousy asset management there Glenn - if you were hired by Donald Trump (or me) - you would´ve be shown the door long before...Doc & Marty appeared.
Even if the last years picks show a bit more promise - the 21st century has not been anything other than can be labeled as mediocre. 93 pics over 11 years resulting in 1 elite player (Hank), one more All Star (Staal) and 5 more roster players that are good (Dubinsky, Callahan, Anisimov, Stepan & Sauer) enough to play on the team. All of our other draft picks that resulted in NHLers have basically been traded away for something we no longer use - meaning FAIL!
The Doc and Marty are as stated now hiring you to be our new GM and put together a new squad in his "McFly Universe". That might not be the easisest thing to do if one were to chose a team based on the "real" NYR draft picks made in the 21st Century. But since Team DeLorean has drafted so well and you get to use all their picks at will, I belive the chances are quite good to put up a succesful team.
And since we expect to get numerous significant “hometown discounts” on our troop, he has decided that our 5 successful homegrown picks in Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, Artem Anisimov, Derek Stepan and Marc Staal all together come at a great discount of $0 as a cap hit!!! They negate the value of many contracts that in reality would be lower priced now. So they are in reality a free bonus, nice to have on the team at this discounted rate. These 5 players constitute THE “SATHER PROCLAIMED CORE” of the NYR team and THEY MUST BE ON THE McFLY UNIVERSE ROSTER and they therefore cannot be omitted. They are The Golden Geese of our, ahem, so-so drafting (so far) for the past 11 years.
But on the other hand, The King costs you all of $10.000.000. I have no idea what The Crazy Doc and Slather cooked up one dark & windy April evening, but this is his cap hit until 2015. And he also MUST be on the team (Bloomingdales is apparently doing some serious AD campaign the next 3 years with Hank as The PosterBoy). So in the end - you get $50.000.000 to spend on filling out the team´s roster with 17 more players (plus the eventual bonus overage you accumulate - which you can use).
But then again, Marty has made one or two pretty good picks these past 11 drafts, along with the crazy Doc of course, so you can try to put together a new “BACK TO THE FUTURE” NYR squad that you think would be competitive this year and beyond. Remember – these are all draft picks we in reality “could” have chosen. Then again – if we had been drafting this well, I find it hard to believe we would not have been drafting lower the past few years. But that is besides the point. Marty said something about traveling simountaneously through parallel dimensions and winding up with this scenario without past results (and Stanley Cups) influencing where we are today. Kind of freaks me out - but... I am sure most GMs would bid quite generously to take a ride with the DeLorean through the past 11 drafts. ALSO - You may or may not agree with the pics Marty has made - but this is The “Marty McFly Universe” and his rules and choices apply without exception!
Sooooooo - Good Luck at putting together a team compatible today and in the future. It is a long time until October (and we do tend to get bored getting downright ugly on some topics in the offseason) and this is btw no Fantasy League or anything – it is just some out of this universe stuff… Fun, not to be taken seriously or lightly … Just somewhere in between… getting us though the duldroms when NYR hockey is not to be viewed and future roster speculation is at its greatest.
In one week, a flash of light will appear on your doorstep and you too will be able to be painlessly zoomed off to a happier NYR dimension.
OK – Once again - Good luck Boys & Girls and safe travels!!!
Here below is an example by myself (this is not perhaps the optimal solution – I leave that to YOU as The GM of your new dimension to chose) of what your “McFly Universe” NYR team could look like:
1 Mike Green* + prospect Andrei Loktionov + draft pick 2011 traded for Chris Stewart(Feb 2011)
2 Tobias Enström* + prospect Andrew McDonald + draft pick 2011 traded for Eric Johnson (Feb 2011)
NYR McFLY ROSTER 2011-2012
THE KING* ($10.000m) James Reimer (WC 1 - $596.000 RFA 1)
DEFENSEMEN MARC STAAL* ($0.000m) / Duncan Keith* (2002 - $5.538.000) Mark Streit* (UFA G/D - $4.100.000) / Eric Johnson (Trade 1 - $2.600.000) PK Subban (2007 - $875.000) / John Carlson (2009 - $845.000) Keith Yandle* (WC 2 - $1.200.000 RFA 2)
FORWARDS Patrick Sharp* (2001 - $3.900.000) / Zach Parise* (2003 – $3.125.000 RFA 3) / Ilya Kovalchuk* (UFA FW – $6.666.666) Johan Franzén (2004 - $3,954,545) / Paul Stastny* (2005 - $6.600.000) / Claude Giroux* (2006 - $3.750.000) BRANDON DUBINSKY ($0.000m) / ARTEM ANISIMOV ($0.000m) / RYAN CALLAHAN ($0.000m) Marcus Johansson (2009 - $900.000) / DEREK STEPAN ($0.000m) / Chris Stewart (Trade 2 - $2.875.000) Travis Moen (2000 - $1.500.000) / Vladamir Tarasenko (2010 – 1.400.000?)
SALARY CAP: $60,000,000
CAP PAYROLL: $60,427,842
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): - $427,842
Cap space after bonuses deducted +$72,158
IF YOU WANT TO GET VERY DETAILED – AND PLEASE DO – THEN ADD THE FOLLOWING LEFTOVERS FROM THE "FARM SYSTEM" AND CREATE THE LAS VEGAS JACKPOT. YOU WILL BE HANDSOMELY REWARDED FOR THIS. BOTH WITH CA$H AND FUTURE DRAFT PICS/PROSPECTS/TRADES FROM THEIR NEW ORGANISATION…:
RULES 23 PLAYERS ARE TO BE PUT ASSIGNED TO THE NEW NHL TEAM “THE LAS VEGAS JACKPOT” THAT DONALD TRUMP STARTED THIS YEAR. 2 GOALIES - 7 DEFENCEMEN –14 FORWARDS = ONE FROM EACH YEAR (2000-2009) + 13 WILDCARDS FROM ANY YEAROF THE REMAINING UNUSED MCFLY DRAFT PICKS. 2000 – Lubomir Visnovsky* D 2001 – Kevin Bieksa D 2002 - James Wisniewski D 2003 – Joe Pavelski C 2004 – Travis Zajac D 2005 - Christopher Letang D 2006 – Jussi Jokinen LW 2007 - Wayne Simmonds RW 2008 - Braden Holtby G 2009 - Marcus Kruger LW
THE LAS VEGAS JACKPOT:s 2011/2012 ROSTER
Pekka Rinne Braden Holtby
Kevin Bieksa – Lubomir Visnovsky*
Alexander Edler - Christopher Letang
Niklas Hjalmarsson - James Wisniewski Tom Gilbert
Jason Pominville - Mikhail Grabovski - Ales Hemsky
Dustin Byfuglien - Travis Zajac - David Backes
Jussi Jokinen - Patrik Hörnqvist - Valtteri Filppula
David Krejci - Joe Pavelski - Wayne Simmonds Marcus Kruger, David Booth
THAT LEAVES A FEW PROSPECTS: TOP-RANKED NONROSTER PROSPECTS FROM PAST 5 DRAFTS TO KEEP IN THE NYR SYSTEM – RIDE THE WHALE