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On 06/10/2017 at 1:54 PM, Cardsblues02 said:

Will we start to see more tertiary logos in the coming seasons? Seems like its about the time that teams would start to have many logos.

 

Yes, there will be some more tertiary marks coming. Typically they're introduced when a new alternate comes out.

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1998 Realignment

In the summer of 1998, the PHL finally underwent a divisional realignment to properly  accommodate franchise relocation and expansion through 1990s as well as future expansion. In the new configuration, each conference will now feature three divisions. Four divisions will include five teams while two will include four teams. The Western Conference will feature the North Division, Pacific Division, and Central Division, while the Eastern Conference will feature the Northeast Division, the Atlantic Division, and the South Division.

 

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Man, that divisional realignment thing is looking good. Interesting to have the Alberta teams with the northern Central teams and New Orleans with the southeastern teams. Can't wait to see the expansion bids.

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17 hours ago, TheHealthiestScratch said:

Off the topic of the league, watching your logo design skills blossom over the time of this thread has been very cool. The progress shown is incredible! Also, Seattle looks great.

 

Thanks man! I really do appreciate that, especially since one of the goals of this project was to improve my skills. I think the accountability that comes with posting on these boards has definitely helped me raise my standards. I'm glad you're enjoying my work!

 

17 hours ago, RightGuard said:

Man, that divisional realignment thing is looking good. Interesting to have the Alberta teams with the northern Central teams and New Orleans with the southeastern teams. Can't wait to see the expansion bids.

 

With the realignment, I really wanted to make the Pacific Division a truly "Pacific" division, so the Alberta teams joined the North Division. It's still a little awkward with Denver in there but depending on who gets the expansion team in the west, Denver could move back to the central. The main reason I did not name the South Division the "Southeast" Division was because of New Orleans. The Sound would probably make more sense in the Central Division, but with at least one of the expansion teams likely headed to the Western Conference, It will probably work better to keep them in the East for now.

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18 hours ago, RightGuard said:

Man, that divisional realignment thing is looking good. Interesting to have the Alberta teams with the northern Central teams and New Orleans with the southeastern teams. Can't wait to see the expansion bids.

Likewise.
I think we might have a good idea, geographically, where these bids are going to be though after seeing this re-alignment. 

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10 minutes ago, mr.negative15 said:

Likewise.
I think we might have a good idea, geographically, where these bids are going to be though after seeing this re-alignment. 

 

My guess would be Houston and Atlanta end up as the expansion teams.

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My predictions for the 2 expansion teams are: Houston (to be slotted into the Central division) and Atlanta (to be slotted into the South division).

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I think Atlanta has a chance to be a relocation city for a struggling team, I think Houston and something like either SLC or Portland out west.

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Ever considered going somewhere outside of the US and Canada? I know it may be a bit early but it could be interesting. In this universe, the European nations seem to be very involved in hockey. I know it is an out there thought, but I remember when people were suggesting Huntsville, AL as a potential expansion site. Is there a chance....?

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On 10/10/2017 at 9:23 PM, Cardsblues02 said:

Ever considered going somewhere outside of the US and Canada? I know it may be a bit early but it could be interesting. In this universe, the European nations seem to be very involved in hockey. I know it is an out there thought, but I remember when people were suggesting Huntsville, AL as a potential expansion site. Is there a chance....?

 

Interesting you should ask, 1998-99 will be the first time that the PHL will play games in Europe. Expansion outside of North America is unlikely for at least the next 20 years though.

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1998 Off-Season

 

1998 Entry Draft

 

The 1998 Entry Draft was historical for a few reasons. Fewer Canadians were selected in the first round than ever before in the PHL draft. Only nine were picked, while Americans outnumbered their Northern neighbors in the first round for the first time ever. Mikael Malmberg was selected first overall out of the Swedish Elite League. Malmberg, a late 1979 birthday, was able to play pro a year early. Big forward Kyle Mathis went second to Edmonton, his hometown team, while Plattsburgh, NY native and former high school star Darren Reid was selected third by New Orleans. Other interesting pics included Anders Almgren, whose father was one of the greatest coaches in Swedish Elite league history, and goaltender Mark Davis, selected 26th by Toronto. Davis had suffered two broken legs at age 13 and was told he would never play competitive sports again. After two years of intense rehab, Davis returned in time to dominate in high school, then play a year in the NCAA, where he shot up the draft rankings.

 

1.      DEN – Mikael Malmberg, D, SWE

2.      EDM – Kyle Mathis, F, CAN

3.      NOS – Darren Reid, F, USA

4.      BOS – Igor Nokavich, D, RUS

5.      DAL – Shawn Marchinski, F, CAN

6.      MIL – Riko Nokalainen, F, FIN

7.      VAN – Pascal Lemaire, F, CAN

8.      CGY – Justin Timmins, F, CAN

9.      LI – Trevor Keller, F, USA

10.   CHI (From MIA) – Alan Morrow, D, USA

11.   QUE – Todd McDonald, F, CAN

12.   DET – Kevin Smith, D, USA

13.   KC – Paul Hrlac, F, CZE

14.   STL – Anders Almgren, F, SWE

15.   PHI – Brett Zink, D, CAN

16.   WPG – Joni Kita, F, FIN

17.   CAR – Chris May, D, CAN

18.   SEA – Sergei Kruev, F, RUS

19.   PIT – Adam Tanzer, F, GER

20.   CLE – Ryan Hardy, G, USA

21.   LA – Patrick Gaines, F, USA

22.   MTL – Jean Pierre Cote, D, CAN

23.   WSH – Luke Moyer, D, CAN

24.   MIN – Jozef Banik, F, SVK

25.   CAL – Ted Brown, D, USA

26.   TOR – Mark Davis, G, USA

27.   NYC – Alexei Bobarov, F, RUS

28.   CHI – Jared Young, F, USA

 

Notable Retirements:

 

 

Niklas Ekberg, F, STL, 1979-1998

Though he was largely overshadowed by David Appleby and Grant Millen, Ekberg still played an important depth role in the St. Louis dynasty of the 1980s, even scoring the winning goals in the 1984 and 86 finals. After other key parts of the dynasty left during the 1990s, Ekberg remained in St. Louis for the remainder of his career, seriving as an important leader and mentor to the younger players on the team.

 

Jakob Martensson, G, PIT, DEN, 1982-1998

Martensson backstopped one of the more powerful franchises through the 1980s. The Pittsburgh Stingers appeared in four Lewis Cup finals through the decade and won it all in 1985 with Martensson playing an important role each time. In 1996, Martensson left Pittsburgh and signed with the Denver Bulls, where he would finish his career.

 

Magnus Swedberg, F, PHI, TOR, KC, 1982-1998

One of the most talented European players in PHL history, Magnus Swedberg played a big role on all three teams he played for. Swedberg helped Philadelphia to a Lewis Cup finals appearance in 1989, but never returned to the championship, playing nine more seasons in Toronto and Kansas City before retiring.

 

 

Notable Trades

 

Chicago trades D Theo Sprouse to Miami in exchange for 1st round pick.Sprouse.png.ebf88dcca33c0e2127c527fd5a6bbe6a.png

The Shamrocks make the first in a slew of cap-related trades over the summer. Sprouse’s departure gets Chicago under the new salary cap while the Stingrays hope his arrival in Florida will mean a return to the playoffs.

 

Washington trades F Maxime Trepanier to Calgary in exchange for D Ben Parsons.

Parsons’ entry-level cap hit is more manageable for the Generals than Trepanier’s $2 Million. Trepanier will give the Wranglers some much-needed depth.

 

Los Angeles trades F Gustav Mattsen to Philadelphia in exchange for F Owen Betts.

In another cap move, the Wizards are forced to part ways with one of their star forwards. Betts adds size and grit to the LA offense, while Mattsen brings speed and a natural scoring ability to Philly.

 

Seattle trades D Olle Ragnarsson to Dallas in exchange for D Luke Ferguson.

In a last-minute move to get under the cap, the Wolves move Ragnarsson to Dallas at the conclusion of the pre-season. Ragnarsson is expected to significantly improve the Desperadoes defense.

 

 

Key Free Agents

 

AJ Vernon signs new 10-year deal with Dallas worth $8 Million/year.

 

Igor Zharkov signs new 6-year deal with Washington worth $7 Million/year.

 

AJ Devries signs new 12-year deal with Vancouver worth $6 Million/year.

 

Jeremy Kitchen (NYC) signs 4-year deal with Kansas City worth $5 Million/year.

The Twisters replace Magnus Swedberg with star veteran Kitchen, who was forced out of New York when the Civics couldn’t afford to re-sign him.

 

Ali Leino (CAL) signs 7-year deal with Calgary worth $5 Million/year.

The Wranglers continue to improve their roster with the addition of Leino, who will be looked at as a leader on the Calgary blueline.

 

Scott Whitmore (TOR) signs 3-year deal with Washington worth $4 Million/year.

Whitmore is released by the Racers, and will now face immense pressure in Washington after the Generals had to move key pieces to fit Whitmore under the cap.

 

 

News

 

The biggest news item in 1998 was the announcement of six cities applying for expansion. Houston, Phoenix, Portland, Atlanta, Tampa, and Baltimore would all be reviewed by an expansion committee beginning in the summer of 1999. Byrd stated that preferably, one western city and one eastern city would be chosen. Among the rejected cities were Las Vegas, San Antonio, Anaheim, Orlando, Memphis, Newark, and Ottawa, where a new arena will finally be built in 2002. Tampa expressed interest at the last minute but submitted a bid that was too impressive for Byrd to turn down. “I believe any of these six markets would serve our league well” said Byrd. “We’ll let the expansion committee decide it from here.”

 

In California the Nuggets finally secured a new arena in the Bay area. The team announced it would be relocating to Oakland in time for the 2000-01 season. The city of Oakland agreed to pay for 60 percent of the construction costs with several conditions, most notably that the team be renamed the Oakland Nuggets.

 

In other arena news two teams announced plans for new buildings. Los Angeles Wizards President Stuart Holly announced plans for a new arena to be built across the parking lot from Inglewood Colosseum. The arena would open in the spring of 2001 with the Wizards moving in in time for the 2001-02 season. The St. Louis Spirits also secured financing for a new arena with the hope it would be built in time for 2001-02.

 

When the 1998-99 schedule was released, the league announced six regular season games to take place in Europe early in the regular season. The Toronto Racers and Chicago Shamrocks would play two games in Moscow, the Montreal Royale would play the New York Civics twice in Stockholm, and the Los Angeles Wizards and Minnesota Lumberjacks would play two games in Prague. “These games will play a big role in expanding our global footprint” said commissioner Darryl Byrd.

 

There was also sad news out of Minnesota, as Bobby Sorel, the legendary Lumberjacks goaltender, was diagnosed with Cancer. In July, doctors determined that Sorel was terminally ill and likely had less than two years to live. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Bobby and his family during this time. Bobby has meant a lot to this organization and this community over the years.” said Lumberjacks owner Gil McCarthy. Sorel stated that he would continue as the team’s goaltending coach as long as he could.

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Sad to see Ottawa got snubbed...but I got a feeling that a team's gonna relocate there in the next few years.

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Sad to hear about Bobby Sorel, but I’m happy to hear about expansion! There will be a Expansion Council held after the 1998-99 season, right? I’m already brainstorming ideas for my character that I plan on using for the council (Assuming there is one). 

 

EDIT: Sorry, didn’t read the expansion council part in your post.

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I just hope we don't overachieve and let the rebuild progress properly, I don't want a half-assed retooling

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Finally, Oakland gets some major league recognition! As if my username isn't a dead giveaway, I'm completely on board with this.

Sad to hear about Sorel though, but at least he's seen the Jacks lay the groundwork for a possible dynasty.

Also, I really hope "last minute bid that was too impressive to turn down" isn't code for "under the table bribery".

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First they're the San Francisco Nuggets, now the California Nuggets and now the Oakland Nuggets. I get the feeling the roundel trend is going to be started a decade early.

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