And I mean they are not even close.
It is so completely flawed that it takes away from the enjoyment of playing.
There are ZERO teams in the NHL which have hired and fired three separate coaches over the course of a season. Let alone 3 separate teams which have done so in the exact same season. Yeah guys, that happened last season. I am in season 4.
And no, I am not talking about an intern coach here, I am talking about a full blown 3 or 4 year contract to each individual coach.
And don't get me started on the underqualified people whom are hired.
Speaking of which, after 4 seasons, I have won the cup four straight times. I have also smashed the record for most points in a season in 3 of those four years. I have a record of 305-68-31. I am the top ranked GM in the world according to the rankings in the game, and my board fires me today exactly one month after winning the 4th cup. And one day after giving me a positive board review. I can only assume it is because I trade away assets that they deem valuable yet over time prove to be complete crap (record speaks for itself and finances are awesome). Spending all of this time on this game only for it to end in such an impossible an unfathomably unrealistic way just proves that your team spent quite a bit of time in certain areas and spent little to no time in others. And no, I didn't "mod" the game in any way.
I say this because you brand this AI as realistic and keep talking about how it is the most realistic GM game out there. That was debateable before, but in order for something to be considered "realistic" then one cannot have several different major flaws which, like stated, have never once happened in the modern history of the league. Let alone several times with several teams.
It is, pardon the irony, absolutely impossible for one to describe a thing as realistic when there are impossibilities within the thing which is described as realistic. You cannot call something realistic if there are situations which occur that do not, have not or will not happen in "real" life situations. It is a contradiction to the exact definition of the word.
Also, I am severely doubting that any team would have 12 injuries at one time on their roster....especially when those 12 occur to the exact top 12 guys on one team.
So bugs are one thing...when there are several impossibilities that occur with frequency then you should consider your statements about the AI in your machine as 100% false. Not inaccurate, just plain false. Because while it is remarkable in certain areas, that does nothing for the game when things that simply never occur, start occurring.
And the fans and board "raging" over a trade which saw a 6th defenseman and a marginal prospect and a 3rd rounder get traded for a 1st, again...most fans would take that any day of the week. Especially when the defenseman is Ben Lovejoy, the prospect is in Europe after never panning out, and the draft pick became Matt Tkachuk who in the game is now one of the highest rated LW's.
These aren't some "minor" flaws here. I consider things happening which actually never happen to be major. And make the game look 2nd rate. And for all of the patting yourselves on the back going on for your AI, I offer this for some levity.