Months after General Fanager debuted a tool that helped fans undergo their own mock expansion drafts, the website’s founder has been hired by the Las Vegas franchise.
On Monday evening, the Las Vegas expansion franchise announced that they have hired Tom Poraszka as the team’s hockey operations analyst. And while Poraszka’s name may not ring any bells for hockey fans, his website, General Fanager, certainly will.
As of Poraszka’s hiring by Las Vegas, though, General Fanager is no more. Fans looking to visit the website are no longer met with salary information, but instead a brief message from Poraszka, telling the website’s visitors “it is with sadness that we close the doors to this incredibly fun passion project.”
“For anyone that ever helped with the site,” Poraszka’s message continues, “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.”
The salary cap website contained the details of free agent signings, team salary cap information for years past, present and future, the possession of draft picks for upcoming drafts, and it had quickly become one of the go-to sites for fans looking for salary cap information. It quickly grew in popularity as salary cap websites popped up in the wake of the closing of CapGeek in January 2015, which was the result of CapGeek founder Matthew Wuest’s battle with and heartbreaking passing due to cancer.
General Fanager built on the base that CapGeek had established, and it was this summer that one of the site’s most intriguing tools appeared on the site.
The tool, an expansion draft simulator, allowed fans to tinker with the rosters of the NHL’s 30 teams and establish the protected and unprotected pools of players for the upcoming expansion draft. The tool automatically protected those players who were not eligible to be exposed, allowed fans to see how many players were eligible to be protected per team depending on the protection breakdown and blocked off players who would be impacted by trade or movement clauses. At the end, it would allow for the user to partake in their own expansion draft based on the unprotected pool of players.
Given the tool’s usefulness and how it so clearly helped outline what the possibilities were for the expansion draft, it’s almost a no-brainer why Poraszka has been hired on by the Las Vegas franchise. He’ll likely be an integral part of helping in the expansion draft process for the NHL’s newest club.
With General Fanager closed, yet another hockey analytic tool is added to the list of websites whose founders have gone on to an NHL front office. It doesn’t, however, mean fans are left without NHL salary cap data going forward.
CapFriendly, which provides salary cap information to THN, remains one of the best resources of its kind and provides some of the best features when it comes to team cap information, including Armchair GM capabilities, mock drafts and a deep list of tools, calculators and salary information, including the wages of several of the league’s coaches.
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