First off, thanks to Dave and the "disk team" for all the work they do every year. If it weren't for you guys, my sim hockey league would probably have ceased to exist.
Now for my suggestion. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that the work on the disk usually begins after the Stanley Cup Finals end in June. In most cases, the new disk is then released sometime in mid-October.
Would it be possible to start the disk at the end (or shortly after) of the regular season instead? This way, the team would have an extra 2 months to get in the ratings, test them, tweak them, retest them etc. One possibility would be to take one extra month to do the work and then release the disk in mid-to-late September, before
the new NHL season begins.
I don't mean this to sound ungrateful. The work you've done and continue to do is amazing. I just figured that since the APBA ratings are based only on the stats from the regular season and not the playoffs, there's no need to wait until mid-June to start working on at least the first phase of the disk project.