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 NADHL Rules
Posted: Jul 26 2013, 05:56 PM

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Welcome to the North American Dynasty Hockey League, established 2007. Home of the greatest fantasy hockey general managers.

This league is a Head to Head format, where teams will be facing each other on a weekly basis and the stats will be counted on as games won (WINS). Scoring and Standings will be done using Yahoo. Players will/can be managed in a daily basis fashion meaning the roster can be changed on a daily basis if desired by each team.

The moderating team is:

Commissioner, Director of Hockey Operations, Moderator: Colorado Avalanche
Assistant Commissioner, Moderator: Pittsburgh Penguins
Assistant Commissioner, Moderator: Columbus Blue Jackets

These three GMs will be in charge of the setup, running and making important and fair decisions throughout the regular season, offseason and playoffs. Remember we are all here to have fun. We are all experienced fantasy players so we all should know how to conduct ourselves by now.

Salary Cap

The NADHL salary cap will be exactly $22.5 million above the NHL's salary cap per season, if your 25 man roster is above that, you are over the cap. There is no salary cap for your minor league team. This cap will be enforced throughout the season and playoffs with periodic checks from the mods. There will be penalties for any infractions by a GM if they are over the cap. Penalties can vary with the number of times an infraction has occurred; from reducing the salary cap of the team, to loss of draft picks, to the removal of the GM from the league.

There is NO cap floor.

Player salaries are determined using To determine a player's salary, GM's are allowed to take the LOWEST NUMBER when comparing a player's NHL Salary and Cap Hit columns on their capgeek profile page.

Roster Freeze

Trades and UFA signings are not allowed after the trade deadline each season. Trades can resume after the NADHL playoffs end. UFA signings will stay frozen until after the annual NADHL Entry Draft. The trade deadline will be determined before the start of each season. Waiver transactions are allowed during the freeze.

Entry Draft

At a determined date each year we will conduct the entry draft of newly draft eligible players. There will be 8 rounds in the prospect draft. The order will be determined by an NHL style lottery using the 6 non-playoff teams only. Teams who make the playoffs do not partake in the lottery. The playoff teams will be ordered as follows:

7th - Team with fourth best record eliminated 1st round
8th - Team with third best record eliminated 1st round
9th - Team with second best record eliminated 1st round
10th - Team with best record eliminated 1st round
11th - Team with worst record eliminated 2nd round
12th - Team with better record eliminated 2nd round
13th - 2nd place team
14th - League champion

The time limit for each pick is 12 hours, if you own back to back picks, you do not get double the time limit. If you miss your pick, you are skipped and may make it up whenever you wish. If you draft an illegal player the next GM may go ahead and pick, and the draft continues while you decide who you wish to draft instead. If you are skipped in a round, and haven't made up your pick by the time the next pick comes around, you may be skipped without waiting the time limit. If you trade a pick that is on the clock, the trade must be approved before the pick can be made.


Each team will have a 25 man roster consisting of 20 starters, consisting of:
2C, 2LW, 2RW, 6F, 6D, 2G

You must carry those positions listed in that amount, and if you have injuries, you can sign free agents if you're missing a D, G, or F.
Each team will have a bench of 5 players consisting of whatever mix of F, D, G you want. The roster can be changed on a daily basis, meaning that any player can be subbed in at any time depending on the amount of games they play that week. This is solely the decision of each teams GM. Since we will be using Yahoo, it is very easy to do this and it allows daily control of your team.

You may make a maximum of 5 roster moves per week on Yahoo.

Max roster size during season is 100.

Max roster size during off-season is unlimited.


In a Head-to-Head League, your team squares off in a weekly matchup against another manager's to see who can compile the best stats across a number of different categories.

A new weekly matchup begins every Monday and consists of a set number of games based on your league's statistical categories. Each stat category counts as one game, with the win going to the team that finishes the week with the highest total in that category (the cumulative total after each Sunday's games).

So, if in a given week, your team scores more goals than your opponent's, you would be credited with a victory. However, if your opponent's team ended the week with a better GAA than your team, you would be charged with a loss. If the two teams end up tied in a given category, each receives credit for a tied game.

This weekly win-loss total is added to a cumulative season record where each win counts for 1 WIN (TBD), each tie counts for one (TBD), and each loss counts for none. The total of these points is used to determine standings and playoff seedings.

The scoring system will include:

Offense - G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SOG, Hits, Blocks

Goaltending - W, SV%, SO, GAA, Saves

Free Agency

If you want a player who isn't signed or owned by another team in this league simply post the signing and that player is yours. Please note that only 1 player can be signed per 12 hour period per team. UFA signings may be done in the off-season and regular season but not after the trade deadline and playoffs.

To clarify what exactly is a UFA:

UFA Eligibility

All players, regardless of experience, are eligible for Unrestricted Free Agency once they have gone through at least one NHL Draft.

NADHL Entry Draft

Every summer we will conduct an annual draft that mirrors the NHL Draft where new prospects are up for grabs. NADHL Entry Draft eligibility matches NHL Draft eligibility. Players aged 17, 18 and 19 are eligible to be drafted in this league, just as they are in the NHL Draft. If a player just finished his 20 year old season, he can be signed as a free agent once the roster freeze is lifted but cannot be drafted in the NADHL Draft. These rules apply for all players, regardless of whether they played in North America or Europe.

After the draft, league commissioners will pick a date to re-open the league, ending the roster freeze. At this time all players are eligible to be signed. That includes any player who just went through an NHL Draft for the first time, a few times or players who have been in the NHL or Europe for years.


At anytime during the pre-season, regular season and playoffs a team may put a player on waivers in an attempt to send them to their minor league. When a team puts a player on waivers, that player will have a 48 hour period in which other teams may claim him. If that player clears waivers (48hrs) then the player is assigned to that teams minor affiliate or released outright. To post such a waiver, go to the "Waivers Drops" forum and post the player, the salary and whether he will go to the minors or be released out right. Once a player is released OUTRIGHT, he becomes a UFA after 48 hours. Waivers are in effect for players that are "sent down" not called up.

Any player that has a salary of $2M or less can be sent down without going through the waiver process. All players above $2.000001M are subject to following the waiver process.

Waiver Claims

To claim a player off waivers simply start a thread in the forum "Waiver Pickups" that you want the player. However, if that player was on the major league roster, by picking him up off waivers you must put that player on your major league roster. If you pick up a player that was on another teams major league roster, and you want to send him down to your minor system, that player must in turn clear waivers. The cycle starts over again. You can only make one waiver claim per 24 hours.

Waiver Priority

Any team can claim a player off waivers at anytime that player is placed on waivers, however we have a waiver priority order. It is tracked by the commissioners. Once you claim a player off waivers, you lose your current waiver position and go to the bottom of the order.


Every team wants to improve and therefore trading may happen during the drafts, pre-season, regular season and before the trading deadline (TBD). Any team may trade any combination of players and picks to another team as long as all teams involved have at least 50 players in the total roster and not over 100 (excluding players on IR in your Yahoo roster; if an IR player is acquired in the trade, he may go straight to the IR and not count towards the limit) after trading is complete.

Also, if a teams trades a roster player to another team, the other team must place that player on their current roster OR place them on waivers if they have a salary over $2M. If minor leaguers are traded for minor leaguers then there is no worry of this but once a roster player is traded, rosters must be adjusted accordingly, both major and/or minor.

Trades will be approved by an Admin member before they are official. A deal may be rejected if it is deemed harmful to the league or there is suspicion of collusion between 2 or more teams. This is at the discretion of league commissioners. We all want to win trades but we have to understand that if a team continuously loses trades, it could be a potential loss for the league.

If a GM decides to cancel a deal after it has been accepted by the other GM, it can only be done BEFORE it has been approved. Once a trade is fully approved then it becomes completed and irreversible.
Every team must document each of their trades in their team forum

Code of Conduct

When making a roster move on Yahoo, the transaction must be documented on the league website with it, including players first and last names, whether they're going to the minors or pros, and letting us know if they need waivers.
Your team forum must be updated at all times to reflect the players that are in each system. The 25 man pro team thread should reflect all 25 players on Yahoo, same with minors/Juniors, there should be no mismatches.
So to make a roster move, you do 3 things. Complete the transaction on Yahoo, document the move in the Roster moves forum, and update your team forum threads appropriately, this makes keeping track of each team's salary much easier, and it's necessary to know exactly what your team salary is at all times.
Each GM is expected to act with integrity and treat others with respect. Profanity is not allowed when directed at another GM.
Each GM is expected to be active, we all have lives, but everyone has internet and there's no reason you can't check your team everyday.

There is to be no intentional tanking. If the Admin team feels you are tanking, you will lose a 1st round pick. This is not negotiable. It's understood you may be busy and not have time to check your team. If you have a guy playing one day on the bench, then the next day he's starting in your lineup when his NHL team has the day off, that looks fishy. The definition of tanking will be at the Admin's discretion.

IF a team needs some time for personal reasons (sick, vacation etc) then they are to message a league commissioner on the forum or post it in NADHL Announcements.

*Rules are subject to change anytime if deemed appropriate for the best of the league*
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