The NHL Players had had enough. More specifically they have had enough of Gary Bettman. After a long, contentious run as commissioner of the NHL they didn't want him in charge anymore. So, the NHLPA had advised them to go on strike. On January 11th, 2011, the NHL lead voices joined forces in New York to symbolically lay their sticks down in front of Gary Bettman's office. The NHL instantaneously went into lockout mode in the middle of the season. So, it's present day. We are about 2 weeks away from the trade deadline (hypothetically), and the NHL Executives are scrambling to find a replacement commissioner. They decided to take a radical approach and hire a young gentleman with a lot of modern ideas. He has promised to to remake hockey as we know it. So on February 14th, 2011 the NHL voted into office NYSportsfan6230 as the new commissioner of the NHL. He promised instantaneous change, and he quickly delievered. He began by changing the name of the league, it would no longer be known as the National Hockey League, but henceforth would be known as the North American Hockey Association (NAHA). His second order of business would include expanding NAHA to four new cities. He decided to expand the league to 34 teams. These 4 new teams include 2 Eastern Conference teams, and 2 Western Conference teams. These new teams include: the Quebec Nordiques, Hartford Whalers, Portland Blue Devils, and Las Vegas Vipers. Here is your task. The NAHA resumes only a few weeks before the trade deadline, and we pick up from there. Basic Rundown Phase 1 - Expansion Draft The 4 teams will be tasked with removing players off former NHL Rosters. The 30 NHL teams will have a chance to lock down 7 players from their roster. The means that the 7 players they deem to be untouchable will not be eligible to be drafted by the 4 new teams. Order of the expansion picks will randomly be determined. Once determined, teams will be picking in intervals of 5 players so as to make sure the draft moves quickly. For example, if Quebec is first followed by Hartford, Quebec would pick players 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and then Hartford would pick their 5 players. Expansion teams are banned from picking two players from the same team during the same picking round. Meaning Las Vegas cannot pick two players from Anaheim in round 1. Phase 2 - Commencement of the 2010-2011 Season The season picks up 2 weeks before the trade deadline. Teams will use this time to mold their team before the playoff run. Phase 3 - Playoffs Playoff seeding, and round winners will be determined by votes. Phase 3 - Offseason The offseason will then commence. The NHL Entry draft will be held using the 2011 draft class. Free Agency then follows, again using the 2011 free agent class. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED THEN PLEASE SEND ME A LIST OF THE 3 TEAMS YOU'D LIKE, IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE. YOU MAY INCLUDE TEH 4 EXPANSION TEAMS IN YOUR LIST IF YOU'RE UP FOR THAT TASK. Things of Note Salary cap will be set at $59.4M THIS IS NOT A KEEPER LEAGUE. I will determine if it's a keeper league based on league interest after the offseason is finished. I will need a co-commisioner if someone would graciously accept. I am entering my final college semester and will have quite a bit to do, including possibly an internship and work. I will do my best to come on as often as possible, but anyone willing to help would be greatly appreciated. This is my LAST legitimate attempt to create a GM Game. If this doesn't work then I don't think I will give it another shot. I will again be attempting to screen possible GM's to the best of my ability. GM's with a known history in my games will get preferential treatment, will new users will be screened carefully. Lastly, I will only hand out the 4 expansion teams to some of the best GM's I know. I decided this because it is one of the hardest positions in this game. One negative of being an expansion team is that they won't inherit an AHL team. They will have to build their minor league system as much as possible. I can't think of any way to give these new teams an AHL roster, unless someone can come up with something better please let me know. Should we vote to make this a keeper league, the 2nd season winner will be determined using a point system on www.pickuphockey.com Any more questions/concerns feel free to PM myself I ONLY WILL ALLOW GM SIGN UP UNTIL SATURDAY, JANUARY 15TH, 2011. I NEED TO GET THIS GAME UP AND RUNNING BEFORE I START CLASSES NEXT WEEK. Should we not fill up by Saturday, I may have to slow the game down a little bit while I get acclimated to my new schedule. Please sign up if you feel you are committed and ready to have fun. Also, remember this is just a game, so have fun. And a final warning: As I have mentioned I already have enough on my plate, so if you're thinking about signing up make sure you feel you will stay with the game because I really don't want to play babysitter and check up on everyone. This game is only scheduled to last a few weeks, depending on whether it is a keeper league or not, so it should not be hard to maintain activity levels. Thanks for your time, and best of luck to all.