Morning Free Association, October 20

RIP General Fanager 5/2015-10/2016

This week, we lost another member of our community. By ‘our community’, I mean another sports website.
Those of us who visit http://www.generalfanager.com/ are now greeted with the following message.

A message to our fans:

General Fanager is shutting down.
It is with sadness that we close the doors to this incredibly fun passion project. We launched General Fanager in May of 2015. Along the way, we have come to serve and get to know an incredible base of users that we will greatly miss.
For anyone that ever helped with the site, from those that pitched in on busy days, to those that reported site errors, or helped track down details, or those that promoted our work, or just simply those that routinely typed generalfanager.com into their address bar: Thank you.

– Tom Poraszka
Founder, General Fanager

Alas poor GeneralFanager!
I knew it, Horatio. A site of infinite numbers, of most excellent formulas. It hath borne my arguments on its back a thousand times, and now how abhor’d in my imagination it has become.
My gorge rises at it. Here hung those links that I have clicked I know not how oft. Where be your figures now?

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As you may remember, the hockey world – and the sporting world in general was reeling early last year when salary cap management site CapGeek closed it’s virtual doors. CapGeek was the most reliable source for salary cap information for the NHL as well as the NFL. It was the product of Metro Halifax sports reporter Matthew Wuest, who was the collector of the salary cap information at the site, and had to retire as he was suffering from an extended illness. (He passed away on March 19th 2015)
By this time, CapGeek had become the go-to site for sports contract and salary information. It’s demise left a giant chasm in it’s wake. Several sites emerged, trying to fill the void, most notably GeneralFanager.com,
SpoTrac , CapFriendly.com and NHLNumbers

Fortunately the reason for Fanager shutting down is a much more positive one. Site manager & creator, Tom Poraszka has been hired away – by the Las Vegas AnonymousKnights.
On Monday, Las Vegas franchise owner Bill Foley:

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announced that Poraszka would be hired as a Hockey Operations Analyst
Seemingly, Las Vegas GM George McPhee wants to leverage Poraszka’s encyclopedic knowledge of NHL salary cap and expansion draft rules, as well as his ability to create analysis tools such as the armchair-gm tools formerly found at ‘fanager.

Hiring analysts from the webiverse (hey, it’s a perfectly cromulent word) for analytics work is becoming commonplace in the NHL. You might remember that we have lost analytics site ExtraSkater.com when founder Darryl Metcalf was hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs and WarOnIce shut down due to the Minnesota Wild hiring of founders Andrew Thomas and Alexandra Mandrycky, and site-I-never-used, mc79hockey.com, was yanked as founder Tyler Dellow was hired by the Oilers.

This begs the question – what are the Boston Bruins doing about exploiting analytics and fancystats? Well, I’m hearing that renowned technophile, Jeremy Jacobs has found a high-profile analytics guy to add to the Bruins staff (shown below, planning the Bruins 2016 defensive strategy)

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WHEN WILL THIS CARNAGE STOP?!?
And what are the pay and benefits?
I’m asking for umm…. a friend…

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

After a tough day of napping – I’m tired and need a nap.

the german hammer
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I have to say that we’re very lucky to have dedicated rink reporters within the Bruins organization who present relevant information so that I can complete a Game Day Thread. I will tell you that NJ does not have that or they just elect not to put it out there.

Thread goes up at 6pm.

Miss Muse
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3 p.m. Pacific! smile

Miss Muse
Editor

Morning all!

So excited for this game tonight and the potential return of Patrice!

Also, as Dwight Schrute would say “It is my birthday.”

Miss Muse
Editor

THANKS ALL!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

HAPPY URETERAL EJECTION DAY!

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

Hi there! Happy Birthday!

The London Bear
Member

Many happy returns, Muse

Satan 81's Sister
Editor

Here’s some perfect coffee for your birthday!

phonymahoney
Editor

Good morning, pals (autocorrect just referred to you as a palsy of some sort)! I’m a little late.

A few things:

  • Went for a run at Castle Island last night. My bad knee is feeling it a little bit now, but the run itself felt good.
  • I have to call and make a physical therapy appointment for said bad knee.
  • Happy birthday, Muse!
  • If I recall correctly, today is the 21st anniversary of Travis Roy’s injury. I specifically remember it because I was in ninth grade and went to the circus at the Fleet Center with a whole bunch of kids from school that night, and when I got home, my mother told me what happened. Brutal.
  • On a lighter note, nice to see Laine rip it up last night. Complain about KPD all you want, kids, but goals are FUN.
  • There was something else I wanted to tell everyone buuuuut I can’t remember. Oh well.
  • The London Bear
    Member

    Had a nice walk up to Castle Island when we were over. We watched some ducks catching shellfish in an ingenious way.

    nice to see Laine rip it up last night

    Sweetened by the fact he’s on your Fantasy team, maybe? wink

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    And yes, perhaps I’m glad I took a leap of faith with Laine. wink

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    The seagulls do some crazy stuff with crabs there, too. That’s my beach.

    The London Bear
    Member

    We were a little disappointed to find out what appeared to be a pub was actually a fast-food place. No function beer well without smile

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Patrice Bergeron to make his season debut tonight, per Julien.

    — Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 20, 2016

    GIGGITY!

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    #NHLBruins also announce that last year's Winter Classic uniform will be their new third jersey this year. pic.twitter.com/0CRdFcXxFt

    — Bruins Daily (@BruinsDaily) October 20, 2016

    More giggity.

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    This is like the best news ever.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    The 2010 WC jerseys would also have been an acceptable choice.

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    My #1 I think, but I’m very happy with this.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Absolutely.

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
    Member

    HELL YEAH

    the german hammer
    Admin

    SO, I guess I have a choice when it comes to my Carlo jersey.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    COLIN MILLER FINALLY GETS TO WEAR ONE!

    Miss Muse
    Editor

    AS DOES BRAD…OH WE WON’T GO THERE, NEVER MIND, NOTHING TO SEE HERE,

    the german hammer
    Admin

    Technically, Brad did get to wear one, just after the WC. I’m not sure if Chiller did because he ended up in Providence.

    Miss Muse
    Editor

    Oh god, there’s that word again. You know what I meant! smile

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Miller was a scratch for the games they wore them.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak took rushes together for pregame skate. #NHLBruins

    — Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 20, 2016

    Giggity.

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    I’m quivering.

    the german hammer
    Admin

    I just saw some headline from the NHL app that says that Matt Murray was given a three-year extension in Pittsburgh. Are they hoping/ anticipating MAF will go to Vegas?

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    I guess so!

    the german hammer
    Admin

    Progress report: I am no closer to being dressed. But, I did just find out that the 5th Great Migration in Pokemon Go happened today, so I may go for a walk if I can get dressed.

    Thetallest81
    Member
    Thetallest81

    life sounds hard.

    the german hammer
    Admin

    Update: I’m dressed. Had a hangup over shoes, not in a stereotypical way but a practical way.

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    Well, I’m glad you got moving!

    phonymahoney
    Editor

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    the german hammer
    Admin

    Of course I am.

    the german hammer
    Admin

    It is.

    There are things I’m not mentioning to keep the tone light and, er, festive.

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    Festive! Happy October 20th, everybody!
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    the german hammer
    Admin

    1) Oktoberfest is still kind of happening, just not at my house anymore.
    2) It is a festive time of year because “Nightmare Before Christmas” was on TV last night and it can be played for Halloween and Christmas! Festive!

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    phonymahoney
    Editor

    Perfect!

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