deviations from Yahoo! default rules underlined
Each team will have a roster of 16 players, with slots for 2 Centers, 2 Right Wings, 2 Left Wings, 4 Defenseman, 2 Goalies, and 4 Bench slots. There will be a total of 3 Injury Reserve spots available throughout the season.
The league will utilize rotisserie scoring. Teams are ranked in each stat category independently, with the highest accumulated stats receiving the highest scores. The maximum points each team can earn in each category are equal to the total number of teams in the league. The sum of scoring from each stat category determines the ranking of all teams in the standings. The team with the highest overall points at the end of the regular NHL season is the winner of that Keeper League year.
The stat categories being used in this league are Yahoo! default categories: Goals, Assists, Plus/Minus, Penalty Minutes, Power Play Points, Shots on Goal, Wins, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage, and Shutouts.
Maximum Player Games Allowed
The number of games for each Forward and Goalie positions that will be counted in the scoring will be set at 164. 328 Defensemen games will count.
The first year draft will consist of a 16-round draft, with the draft order being randomly determined by Yahoo!. It will be a snaking draft, with the first team of each round drafting last in each subsequent round and vice versa. The second team of each round will draft second to last in the next round, and so on.
After the first year, the draft will become a 7-round non-snaking draft with the draft order determined by the standings of the previous season, in reverse, with the team with the lowest score drafting first. In case of ties in draft positioning, their drafting orders will be randomly determined.
Each team will designate 9 players from their current team as players that they will each keep, and their remaining players will reenter the draft. Each team’s first round pick from the previous year are barred from keeper status. (For an exception see Trades section.) Players on the Injured Reserve that are kept count as a keeper. Keeper player designations are due from each team’s GM to the League Commissioner within 2 weeks prior to the draft. The League Commissioner shall determine the deadline for keeper player designations. Failure to do so defaults the offending General Manager’s keepers to their 3rd to 11th best players as rated by Yahoo! prior to the draft.
In case of league expansion, existing General Managers must declare their keepers no later than 2 weeks prior to the draft. All non-keeper players, excluding those drafted in the 1st round in the previous year, will become available in an Expansion Draft for the new General Manager(s) to choose 9 players (each) from. All undrafted players will then reenter the regular draft, where the position of the picks of the new General Manager(s) in every round will each be randomly determined.
During the Season
General Managers can set their rosters every day, with the cutoff point for every player at about 30 minutes to the commencement of their game that day.
Players dropped from a team’s roster during the course of the season are subject to waivers. When a player is waived, there is a 2-day period during which any of the other teams can claim him. At the beginning of the season, each team’s waiver priority position is determined by their draft position in the first round, in reverse order. Claiming a player off waivers drops that team’s waiver priority to the bottom. Unclaimed players become free agents after 2 days, and can be claimed without any penalty to waiver priority. There are no numerical limits to waiver transactions (adding and dropping waived and free agent players) throughout the season.
There are also no numerical limits to the number of trades you can make in a season. Pending trades are subject to the approval of over 50% of the General Managers not involved in the trade for a period of 2 days. General Managers are notified of the trade and can either disapprove or approve/abstain from voting on the trade. You are also allowed to trade away and for picks in upcoming drafts, provided that equal numbers of picks from the same years are swapped.
Example of an allowable trade: Michael Cammalleri and 2010 6th and 7th round picks for 2010 1st and 2nd round picks.
Example of an unallowable trade: Michael Cammalleri and 2011 4th round pick for 2010 2nd and 3rd round picks.
Trading for another team’s first round pick allows a General Manager to designate that player as a keeper for the following season only. If kept until the end of that season, that player must reenter the draft at the conclusion of the following season. In addition, first round picks traded in this fashion cannot return to their original teams via trade for two seasons.
There is no trade deadline.
Rules of Fair Play and Sportsmanship
Each team’s General Managers shall play their own team to the best of their abilities. General Managers shall endeavor not to abuse the waiver system to supply another General Manager with talent.
Minimum Goalie Games
Since 2 of the 4 goalie stats are averages, it is sometimes to the advantage of a General Manager to play a very small number of goalie games in order to secure the top spots of those two categories to the detriment of the remaining categories. While it has some merit and risk to it, this league shall make this practice illegal. Therefore, each team is required to play a minimum of 1 goalie game per week. Failure of a General Manager to do so will result in the forfeiture of their next draft’s 1st round pick. That pick will become the last pick of the last round. In addition, each of their picks in the remaining rounds will automatically become the last pick in that round. All other team’s draft picks shall then move up as a result of this. Teams whose 2nd round picks become 1st round picks via this penalty are exempted from being barred from being named a keeper in the future. In case of extreme player injury issues and other considerations, the league reserves the right to pardon the offending General Manager with a greater than 50% vote.
Failure to follow these rules can result in loss of draft pick positioning and can result in disbarment from this league. All penalties will be assessed and ratified by a two-thirds vote of the remaining General Managers.
Changes to Rules
All changes to these rules shall be ratified by a two-thirds vote of all General Managers.