Brad Marchand (MTL)10-16-26
Claude Giroux (HAM)9-13-22
Evgeni Malkin (PHI)7-15-22
Steven Stamkos (DET)7-15-22
Connor McDavid (TBL)10-11-21
Taylor Hall (NYI)19 - 13
Nail Yakupov (LAK)19 - 12
Nazem Kadri (QUE)20 - 12
Patrice Bergeron (BOS)19 - 11
Connor McDavid (TBL)19 - 10
Pekka Rinne (LAK)91.85
Semyon Varlamov (CGY)91.91
Jonathan Quick (NYR)101.97
Frederik Andersen (WPG)112.03
Michal Neuvirth (DET)112.06
Robby Fabbri (ANA)11-24-35
Justin Fontaine (ANA)20-13-33
B.J. Crombeen (EDM)12-20-32
Dustin Jeffrey (EDM)10-22-32
Sven Andrighetto (SJS)14-17-31
Justin Fontaine (ANA)20 - 20
Liam Reddox (EDM)19 - 18
Patrik Laine (NYR)19 - 16
Adam Lowry (QUE)17 - 14
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (BOS)17 - 14
Linus Ullmark (CHI)52.20
Henrik Karlsson (CHI)82.23
Al Montoya (PIT)72.44
Viktor Fasth (QUE)62.55
Keith Kinkaid (VAN)32.59
1 - Alex Killorn (3-2-5)
2 - Tyler Bozak (2-5-7)
3 - Derek Stepan (3-2-5)
1 - Justin Fontaine (5-3-8)
2 - Robby Fabbri (3-6-9)
3 - Patrik Laine (4-3-7)

The Next #NSHLLegend

Wednesday, January 17th

For the past several months Detroit GM Eric Gosselin and Montreal GM Sean Crowder have been sorting through old NSHL stats and working out highs and lows throughout the league's history. While there's still a lot to go through and a long road ahead, they've finally reached a point where we are starting to see the cream of the crop.

Over the remainder of the season the league will be unveiling the best of the best. Players who have had a major impact on the league over time.

These players have dominated the league over the years.

These players are the best we've seen.

These are players are NSHL Legends.

Joe Sakic was the first. Next?

Vincent Lecavalier

Who says a broken laptop that destroys a season is a bad thing? For Vincent Lecavalier a fluke, bonehead move by the Commissioner propelled him (and the Dynasty Ducks) to greatness. Vincent Lecavalier becomes an NSHL Legend as an Anaheim Duck.

After 15 seasons in the NSHL, Lecavalier sits atop the leaderboard in Points (984) and Assists (587), while sitting second in Goals (397), Games Played (1094) and Shots (3283).

He won two Stanley Cups, one in the BLD Era (Before Laptop Drop) with the Los Angeles Kings (currently the Tampa Bay Lightning franchise) and one to start the PLD Era (Post Laptop Drop) with the Anaheim Ducks (currently the New York Rangers franchise). He was a two time Hart Trophy winner as League MVP (PLD Era) in back-to-back seasons with the Ducks in Season 7 & 8 - at the same time capturing back-to-back Conn Smythe Trophies.

"In those two years I would call Vinny the uh 'Super MVP' because he was super in regular season and in our Cup runs. It was great to play with him because I could be certain I'd get some easy points every night." former teammate Pavel Datsyuk told those in attendance during the NSHL Legends dinner.

Following Season 9 Lecavalier signed the biggest contract in league history at the time: $13.75M for 4 years to remain with the Ducks.

"Cheap bastard didn't even pay for dinner once he signed that deal - and it was only at St-Hubert.." teammate Kristian Huselius joked. "Actually, I think I paid that night. Which is fine I guess, since I owe anything I made to him given how much he improved our team and my play.."

At the conclusion of that contract, the Ducks turned Rangers used their Franchise Tag on Lecavalier to ensure he couldn't walk away without something in return. It was the end of an era with the club though as his rights were then dealt to the Dallas Stars.

Lecavalier's award winning days were behind him at this point, but he would spend a couple of years on the most expensive top line in the league alongside Evgeni Malkin making $29.85M between them.

Lecavalier would retire ahead of Season 16 as the club decided to move the Las Vegas - which quickly turned into quite the debacle in itself.

"I'm truly Honoured to have been in the league for 15 great seasons. The guys all joke that my career success was started with a whirlwind when the laptop shattered, so I decided it's best to hang them up when the Las Vegas situation shattered as well. Thanks to Pav, Kristian and Geno for being here tonight - looking forward to celebrating with you guys, hope they're well stocked in vodka."

Introducing #NSHLLegends

Sunday, January 14th

For the past several months Detroit GM Eric Gosselin and Montreal GM Sean Crowder have been sorting through old NSHL stats and working out highs and lows throughout the league's history. While there's still a lot to go through and a long road ahead, they've finally reached a point where we are starting to see the cream of the crop.

Over the remainder of the season the league will be unveiling the best of the best. Players who have had a major impact on the league over time.

These players have dominated the league over the years.

These players are the best we've seen.

These are players are NSHL Legends.

Joe Sakic


Those of you who have been in the league long enough were fortunate enough to see Joe Sakic's impact on the league first-hand. Joe was a dominant force in his eight seasons in the league and was always in the Hart Trophy buzz.

"It was a lot of fun competing against Joe all those years. He was amazing to watch and he really pushed me to up my game night in and night out. It's not surprising to see him become the first Legend." future NSHL Legend Jaromir Jagr said in his speech during the inauguration gala dinner.

Sakic becomes a Legend as a Toronto Maple Leaf, where he spent his first six seasons before a year in each New York (Rangers) and Philadelphia. It's in Toronto where he won two Stanley Cups, two Hart Trophies, 4 Selke Trophies, a Lady Byng, an Art Ross, a Rocket Richard and a Conn Smythe.

To date, Sakic's career +235 plus/minus leads all retired players and is an amazing 60 points better than second overall.

"Joe won all those Selke's because his focus was defense first. He never took a shift off." Likely future NSHL Legend Paul Kariya added during his speech at the gala. "I'd have to believe if the league didn't decide to reset after Season 6 he'd have been a career Maple Leaf. I know Joe loved it there and for all the things he did for the city, I know they loved him."

Joe Sakic was never traded, not once. When the league reset for Season 7 he became a New York Ranger in the SuperDraft - the large draft to determine the new teams. He wasn't taken by the Maple Leafs, despite having the first pick because they had their eyes on the future: Jonathan Toews.

"We had the opportunity to bring Joe back but we saw the potential in Toewser and we knew Joe's career was winding down. It made sense at the time and the fact that we still have Jon in our lineup to this day says all you need to know about the decision and our loyalty." Leafs' GM told reporters following the ceremony.

Following Season 7 the Philadelphia Flyers would bring Sakic in as an unrestricted free agent at what was at the time, the largest contract ever tendered: $8,650,000.

Season 8 would be Joe's last in the league, although his impact on the game remains through career stats where he's still the second highest overall in numerous categories.

"It's an absolute Honour to be named an NSHL Legend, to be here in front of so many fantastic hockey players, many of whom will undoubtedly be joining me very soon. Go. Leafs. Go!"

The Impending 20 Games Played Mark

Friday, January 12th

Decisions, Decisions

The time is near for GMs to make a key decision on their roster, potentially impacting a number of players and their futures.

Once a player has played 20 games (10 for goalies) in either league, they automatically qualify for an off-season re-rate in that league. Players with 20 or more games in BOTH leagues get re-rated in BOTH leagues and have those re-rates averaged.

If a player isn't performing very well in the NSHL and they haven't played 20 games, the odds are they should be demoted so they can build a case for a solid MSHL re-rate instead.

The 20 GP (10 for goalies) marker also removes rookie eligibility for the following season.

As well, the 20 GP (10 for goalies) marker also locks in a player to 100% of their salary, regardless of where they spend the remainder of the season.

Some things to think about over the coming days.

Blackhawks Due For A Make-Over

Friday, January 12th


The Chicago Blackhawks started out strong, but a 3-7 record over their last 10 games have them sitting 7th in the Western Conference with the second worst goals against in the league (55). Reports from various sources indicate the top brass in Chicago are now sending post-holiday feelers out to see who's available on the market. ...And from what I hear: the fish are biting!

The most interesting choice for a trading partner for GM Miller in my eyes are the Vancouver Canucks. This team is just flat out horrible this year, has a huge payroll and is in financial peril. Opportunity cannot knock any louder and I'm hearing this deal could be 'UGE.

I've heard Chicago has expressed interest in taking back Evander Kane ($11.5M / 2 years), Nicklas Backstrom ($12 / 4 years) and as an added incentive for Vancouver the contracts of Bryan Little ($6.5M / 1 year) and back-up 'tender Carter Hutton ($4.115M / 2 years). That's a little under $35M in contracts the Blackhawks would take on and none of it seems to solve their puck stopping crisis.

What I believe their intention here is going to be is to clear out some bodies, turn a bunch of "OK" pieces into more high-end talent and figure it out.

I've heard a few stories of what they'd send back but the most sensible package includes P.K. Subban ($2.55M / 1 year), Alex Burmistrov ($4.5M / 1 year), Tomas Tatar ($1.1 / 2 years), Mikael Backlund ($2.8M / 2 years), Keaton Ellerby ($850k / 4 years) and ODW pick-up Niklas Svedberg ($400k / 1 year).

GM Miller would then look to flip Kane or Backstrom or both to the Winnipeg Jets for draft picks. Various GMs around the league believe in the wake of all the moves being made in Hollywood, the expansion sister Jets are being left in the lurch and want to make a splash themselves.

As it stands, the Jets are working on a deal with the Carolina Hurricanes to bring Derek Stepan to the 'Peg in exchange for highly coveted forward Nick Palmieri. The sticking point so far appears to be reluctance by the Jets to include Nathan Gerbe as part of the return.

Another potential hesitation on pulling the trigger from what I've heard is the PSC. Guys that are doing well are afraid of ruining their PSC chemistry by making a deal mid-tournament.

Parting shot. Words of wisdom. Whatever you call it. I predict the Pittsburgh Penguins will turn the corner and make the playoffs this year. They've got some chemistry issues currently and a lot of it centres around the poor performance of Cam Ward. Perhaps age is catching up with him or perhaps he's just not comfortable in Pittsburgh but whatever it is will be dealt with one way or another and the Penguins will turn things around.

Here's something: Cam Ward's a legend in Boston. The Bruins have their own expensive and under-performing goalie in Corey Crawford. I wonder if there's a deal to be worked out there?

For this is #NSHLKyper.

A Feature: The Career of Big Z

Friday, December 29th

Zdeno Chara

"Remember: NSHL Chara is NOT like NHL Chara.."

"Are we sure he's good?"

"He's big."

"Yeah. I can see he's big, but is he any good?"

"He is in the NHL."

Zdeno Chara has made a buck or two over the course of a long 15 year career in the NSHL, plus the year and a bit he has now spent riding the bus in the minors as a depth defender no less. He has yet to play a game this season for the Providence Bruins and watches the likes of Ben Lovejoy and Nate Prosser dress night in and night out.

"Big Z" started his NSHL career in the inaugural season with the Vancouver Canucks, likely being selected based on name, rather than skillset. Chara the big Slovakian defender that was good in the NHL. Chara would play an impressive 85 games that season and would earn an even more impressive -31 rating for the middling Canucks.

He lined up with Brian Rafalski, Paul Mara, Igor Kravchuk and NSHL Legend in the making Janne Niinimaa. Felix Potvin was in net. What a time to be alive.

Chara would finish the season with 12 points, all assists. "One thing I remember about Z was his absolute inability to shoot the puck. The thing could go flying off his stick and everyone in front of the shot would scramble because he could really hammer it. But it'd never hit the net. Like that Fulton Reed kid on the Mighty Ducks.. " lamented former Season 1 teammate Chris Drury.

Season 2 found Chara in Montreal where he finally found a positive rating and would put up 9 points, but once again he only earned assists in his 61 games. "To be honest with you, I'm surprised it wasn't Z that knocked my eye out .. " former Habs teammate Bryan Berard said about his former teammate.

"We used to call him the bear. Because he'd bear-ly keep the puck in the arena. Heh. Opposition goalies loved playing him, man. Never had to move and it sent the players in front scrambling."

Chara would eventually get his shot under control with help from the wise beyond his years, Hans Jonsson. "Hans was a great help to me. To my family. I lived with him for some time when we played together. He really helped me focus and find the net. He was never remarkable NSHL player but same can be said for me. If I'm small weenie-man like him maybe my career here ends early too."

In total Zdeno Chara has produced 52 goals to go along with 227 career assists and despite his rough start, only a -12 career rating. Add to that 1812 penalty minutes and you can see what a disaster his career has been.

Before Season 9 Chara had a golden opportunity to improve. He went unsigned that off-season and was eligible for an NHL-based re-rate (for free) to try and boost his rating and value in the league. Following the re-rate he ended up with the Red Wings run by a former GM and signed at a very healthy $9.7M salary.

"I thought. You know. I thought Bingo! I have made it big time! Nice GM wants me and asks me to live in his basement to learn his moves. I think great! Saves money! But. It was a bad experience for me and part of the reason I have donated much of my time recently to the #MeToo movements."

Chara still wouldn't produce and would become the talking point for new GMs coming into the league who needed help understanding ratings versus real-life. "Remember: NSHL Chara is NOT like NHL Chara!"

Season 9 would end up being Chara's best production wise as he put up 35 points (including 6 goals!).

Big Z likely does not get a chance to play in the NSHL again as his age has slowed him down ad he was garbage to begin with. "It's a young man's game now. I watch these guys skate around and I think: wow! I would like to have a coffee and maybe an old-fashioned glazed donut or maybe an everything bagel."

Whenever Chara decides to hang'em up it won't really come as a surprise as scouts around the league have been saying for years now he's past it. He last played for the Stanley Cup Champion Nashville Predators in Season 15, so perhaps that's fitting.

Zdeno Chara. NSHL Champion.

#NSHLFriedge Holiday Update

Wednesday, December 27th

Elliotte Friedman #NSHLFRIEDGE

#NSHLFriedge on Early Retirements, PSC Changes, RFAs & More!

You'll have to forgive me for my absence as I've had a lot going on the past few weeks. That being said, I've made notes during my travels and am happy to share with you all my findings.

Let's start with one of the hot topics of the Christmas break: Alex Burmistrov. The 25 year-old forward was recently traded from Tampa Bay to the expansion Los Angeles Kings and shortly thereafter announced his retirement from the NHL to return home to the motherland.

In English?

The Kings gave up quite a bit for what essentially amounts to a rental player. The league has protocols in place after Ilya Kovalchuk pulled the same "stunt" a few years ago and left the Chicago Blackhawks high and dry. So, yes, the Kings will get something for the departing and soon to be MSHL IIHF legend, but not as much as they thought.

There was chatter among GMs that perhaps the league would offer up more given the unfortunate event for an expansion team. When I reached out to one of the "BoD" members, they said the current rules would play in and that's that. "It's a bit of bad luck on the timing, but the trade was ruled fair by both sides and the decision came as a shock throughout the hockey world.. not much we can do."

One suggestion I heard was that the Kings shop Burmistrov as a rental player at the deadline and see if they can do a little better than the 4th supplementary pick. Will they? Who knows.

I have also heard from a few league sources that "changes are coming" to this year's Point Scoring Challenge (PSC). The big change coming to this year's tournament is to the tie-break procedure of all matches following the opening Round of 64. The Commissioner confirmed that the first tie-break would be points earned in the tournament to-date, rather than goals (which becomes the second tie-break).

"It's a POINT SCORING Challenge. We have seen a few 0-0, 1-1 tie-breaks carrying players through the rounds. Hopefully the incentive of previous points earned pushes forward the higher point-getters."

The Commissioner's office also confirmed that this will be the final tournament where the previous year's Final Four would be guaranteed top seeds. "The future of the PSC is bright and about to get brighter.. we're taking away the guaranteed entries for a few reasons: #1 with all the player movement from one year to the next it's sort of "entry by winfall" if a GM signs a player who got hot during the previous season's tournament. #2 we are working on a new format that will make getting into the PSC more interesting (and perhaps not as easy)."

There was some encouraging news about the dream MSHL version of the tournament everyone loves. The leauge was non-committal when I called, but I got the strong impression MSHL inclusion is on the horizon.

The Board is also actively working on an updated "NSHLPA Value" system - something needed after the Nicklas Backstrom signing debacle this off-season. There are no "releasable" updates that we can speak of but the league is working to adapt the system to the new signing environment and have found some other minor "upgrades". One such upgrade I've heard they're looking into involves a more serious one-way and two-way contract value system to prevent intentionally over-paying players with the intention of placing them on Opening Day Waivers (ODW) and having them play the year in the minors.

The thought process there is the player signs at the $2M salary and because it's so high he won't be claimed from ODW. Meanwhile, the team that finished 2nd place in the bidding originally had offered $500,000 a year with the intention of keeping him in the Pros. Now that $2M salary is at 10% or $200k and the player is riding the bus in the MSHL instead of playing in the big league.

Finally some scoop from the rumour mill..

I spoke to a source in the Chicago Blackhawks organization (who by the way, declined to comment on the league's early retirement reimbursement policy and also shuddered at the name Kovalchuk). They're beginning to make it known that just about any of their pro roster are available in trade talks in search for some goal scoring. "That's not to say we're selling by any means.. our record is better than that.. but we're open to value adds.."

With that said I wouldn't at all be surprised to see the point-less P.K. Subban shopped as he just does not appear to be meshing well in the Windy City. One team I think would make for an interesting match are the San Jose Sharks. Gabriel Landeskog and the $6M salary tied to Brent Seabrook for P.K.? That might finally even get the Sharks a trophy, no?

Have a Happy New Year everyone. Don't do anything Dwayne would do.

- Friedge

"Next Year ODW Will Be A Lot Faster..."

Monday, December 4th

Elliotte Friedman

Board Approves Opening Day Waivers Changes

On Monday morning, what was meant to have been DAY 2 of the regular season, the Commissioner put the league on notice.

"We are going to be onto Day 4 of a process that involves teams taking THIRD and FOURTH line players, or in some cases, HEALTHY SCRATCHES. There will be changes forthcoming. Next year Opening Day Waivers will be A LOT faster."

The Commissioner and the Board have agreed that next season the league will revert to claim by proxy, rather than the LIVE! "draft style" format.

"This should be a fun process where trades could occur. Instead GMs have ruined it by being under prepared and in certain cases, intentionally delaying the process in favour of trying to source out a deal that never happened."

Next year GMs will be required to submit a list of players in preferrential order and the results will be done and posted within an hour.

Not the process the league wanted, but the process it deserves.

...5 picks still to go.

Introducing: Trophies

Friday, December 1st

Elliotte Friedman

It's Time To Pay Attention.. Trophies Have Arrived!

"This will be the next big thing in simulated hockey.." a source with knowledge of the NSHL's latest endeavour told reporters prior to the press conference.

On Friday morning the Commissioner released preliminary details on what the league is simply calling Trophies.

"Anyone who has played a video game in the past decade has some understanding of accomplishment "trophies" - and hopefully some kind soul out there can explain it to Joe.." the Commissioner joked.

The new idea allows GMs to stake a claim to a "trophy" based on a particular accomplishment achieved during the season. For each accomplishment, only one "trophy" is available so it's based on a first come, first served basis.

As an example, one "trophy" would be awarded for "a 5 game point scoring streak". The first GM to e-mail in with the reference that their player has achieved this would claim the "trophy" and the associated prize money that goes with it.

In addition to "trophies" for an accomplishment, there are four levels of "trophies": bronze, silver, gold and platinum which get increasingly harder to achieve and therefore come with greater reward.

Using the example above of a point scoring streak, the "trophy" levels are:

Bronze - 5 games
Silver - 7 games
Gold - 10 games
Platinum - 15 games

The league will be releasing a more detailed list of available "trophies" in the coming days.

Have an Idea For a Trophy? Submit it Early!

The league will be constantly accepting ideas to add additional "trophies" and levels from GMs as more ideas come up.

The only requirement will be:

A GM must submit a "trophy" idea at least 5 sim days prior to being eligible to claim it.

Decent ideas will be rewarded, but the league says they're not going to reward a team for a wise GM sitting on a milestone.

Feel free to talk up on the Twitter using #NSHLTrophies to get your ideas or questions heard!

Here's $10 Million Bucks

Sunday, November 26th

Elliotte Friedman


This year the league will give away $10,000,000 cash to one GM. One out of twenty GMs, not bad odds eh?

Actually, the five Board members are ineligible, so it's one out of 15 GMs. Even better!

Between now and the Trade Deadline each GM may submit one "big idea" to the league with the goal of improving the NSHL in some way in mind.

All submissions will be posted following the Deadline where GMs will be allowed to ask questions & poke holes in other ideas until the end of the season. Submitting GMs will have one final opportunity to freshen up their original ideas based on the constructive feedback they've received.

At this year's #NSHLAwards the league (including the Board) will vote on which idea they'd most like to see implemented and that GM will receive $10,000,000 cash.

Get NSHL brainstorming and #GetNSHLCash.

#NSHLJerseys 4 Sale

Wednesday, October 25th

League Set to Introduce New Revenue Stream for #NSHL17

After months of speculation, the league finally unveiled plans to dip into jersey sales as a new form of revenue that's open to all twenty franchises. On Wednesday, the Commissioner spoke at a press conference about the potential new income source.

"We have entered into the hockey jersey market and we are extremely excited about it. All of our teams have been signed up under a new deal with Adidas that will allow them the opportunity to generate revenue off jersey sales. We think this is a terrific venture for our clubs and will help grow the game in all of our markets and even outside of our markets significantly over the next 12 months."

According to the league's plans, following the completion of the pre-season teams will be allowed to name three (3) players whose jerseys they want to market. Each of those three players will then have their jersey sales tracked and at the end of the year there will be incentives for the top teams in total sales.

How Will Jersey Sales Be Tracked?

STHS maintains a stat called "Star Power" which is based on the player's value to their team in games (using 1st, 2nd and 3rd Star nominations throughout the season). The league will take this number and multiply it by the agreed upon price for a team jersey ($150) to determine jersey sales.

Once a team has named their three (3) players at the start of the year, they may not change them.

In the event of a trade involving a player named, the team can elect to cash out then and there for the sales to date (minus a 10% early withdrawal fee), or can maintain the amount in the bank and hope to apply it to end of season incentives. The jersey sales a player makes may not be transferred to the new team as the names have already been printed.

Gretzky traded? You can take his $1M sales to date and cash in (pocketing $900k) or keep the $1M "in the bank" and hope it plus your other sales net you a bonus at the end of the year.

Captain & Alternates Bonus

If a team's Captain and or Alternates are the ones they elect to have jersey sales tracked for, a bonus is applied. 10% additional sales for their Captain and 5% additional sales for each Alternate.

Gretzky's your Captain? His $1M sales is now $1.1M.

Captains and Alternates must be maintained and recognized in the simulator throughout the year to qualify (you can't say they're your Captain for the benefit of jersey sales and then not actually name them your Captain in the sim).

Best Player Wins, No?

The "Star Power" statistic is based on game-to-game results and those 1st, 2nd and 3rd Star nominations (as we understand it from STHS). That means it's not just a statistical "points-based" category, so the player who wins the Art Ross isn't gurantee to do the best. Yes, it helps. Of course it does, people want to buy the jersey of the guys that score.

As a point of reference, the top 30 skaters and top 10 goalies based on "Star Power" from last season are listed below (with potential figures if they were named Captain or Alternates).

Yes, you will see some of the big name Award winners at or near the top, but Boston's Patrice Bergeron at number one over league MVP Tyler Seguin may surprise some folks.

Official Rule Changes

Sunday, June 25th

List of Confirmed Rules Changes

Added Sunday, June 25th:


A player claimed off waivers following the Trade Deadline is ineligible to play in the playoffs.

Section: XIV

A team may submit more than one waiver claim at a time, however the team must prioritize their claims from highest priority claim to lowest priority claim.

Section: IX

If a team with multiple claims is successful at claiming a player, they lose priority on any other player on their list.

Section: X

IIHF Contracts

An IIHF contract is a minor league only, one (1) year, two-way deal with a guaranteed 10% Signing Bonus with no future rights regardless of age.

Section: II

One-Way Contract

Any player signing a contract that is 35 years of age or older is automatically given a one-way contract regardless of their salary.

Section: IV

League Average Salary

For reference purposes to rules within this rulebook, all averages are rounded up to the nearest $10,000 for ease of use (however both versions will be available).

Section: VI


The minimum wage for any player that signs who is not coming off of the prospect list is $500,000 per season.

Section: VI