Tuesday, July 26, 2016

DU's Trevor Moore Signs with the Toronto Maple Leafs

The two top lines in the NCHC last season are now missing 2/3 of their players. So, that means we can turn the page and move forward. With the signing of DU forward Trevor Moore, two players remain of the famed CBS and Pacific Rim lines. One from each team.

With good play comes rewards.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Twins Fire GM Terry Ryan

Monday proved to be a busy news day. Probably, the most newsworthy item of the day, the Minnesota Twins have parted ways with General Manager Terry Ryan.Seriously, if I had been the owners, I'd a fired him after the month of May.

Jack Roslovic Signs with the Winnipeg Jets

The Miami University RedHawks will be minus another top player. Monday, 19-year-old forward Jack Roslovic signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Winnipeg Jets. Roslovic was drafted 25th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. More than likely, during the 2016-17 season, Roslovic will play with the London Knights of the OHL.

Clayton Keller Still Committed to BU

According to the Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News, Boston University freshman, forward, Clayton Keller is sticking with the Terriers ,for now. I imagine that the Windsor Spitfires will make a serious push for Clayton's services.
One of the great battles for talent this year has been between the Boston University Terriers and the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires. The prize? Arizona Coyotes first-rounder Clayton Keller. And it really looks like BU has a stranglehold on the St. Louis native’s services.

All my intel says Keller is sticking with the NCAA route now that his exemplary career with Team USA’s National Team Development Program is finished. This weekend, Keller made another pretty good indication what his intentions are by playing at the Chowder Cup in Massachusetts on a team loaded with players bound for the 2016-17 Terriers roster.

Along with Keller, the Boston Jr. A Knights squad included Charlie McAvoy (BOS), Kieffer Bellows (NYI), Dante Fabbro (NSH), Chad Krys (CHI) and Jake Oettinger (2017 draft).
You can bet on this, where ever Keller goes, he won't be there more than a year or two.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Where Have I Been

It's been a busy summer. Recently, I was hired to be the College Hockey News guy at the Hockey Writers. So, I will be spending less time here and more time over on here.
The Past week and half I've been busy.
Get ready for the like-minded talk again: Minnesota State Applies to the NCHC.
The Boston College Eagles have had a tough summer.
B.C. Recruit Michael Campoli Hurt at the Sabres Development Camp.
The Eagles have also had seven early departures this summer.
There's could be some changes to college hockey, there's a proposal from the Power 5 schools to give athletes more time off: Power 5 Conferences Announce Agreement on Flex 21.
Apparently, the same eastern hockey coaches aren't enamored with the new 4-on-4 proposals: College Hockey Coaches Lukewarm to 4-on-4 O.T.
Former Fighting Sioux Defenseman Derek Forbort has re-signed with the L.A. Kings.
Phil Kessel played the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a injured hand and it didn't slow him down.
Apparently, the Great One convinced Milan Lucic to sign with the Oilers.
The Bentley University Falcons are getting a new hockey arena.
Stating Monday, I will be on vacation. I am going to take some time off and enjoy my new boat.

Mark Mondry : UND should replace fans' Sioux gear with Hawks gear

I saw this letter from the editor by Mark Mondry and I couldn't let it slip by without some comment. First, this is a silly idea. I mean seriously, the University isn't going to spend millions of dollars replacing Fighting Sioux jersey's, t-shirts and gear. The university is in a budget crisis. Second,  there are a lot of people that wouldn't agree to this. I know I am not turning over my Fighting Sioux jerseys. .
UND should be required to buy back the officially licensed Fighting Sioux gear that the university made millions from.
While I understand that the NCAA backed UND into a corner, the reality is the fan base has been left with merchandise that is now obsolete.
At the very least, the university should replace existing Fighting Sioux gear with new Fighting Hawks gear, enabling the transition.
I honestly can't believe that a graduate from UND would come up with this.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Arizona Coyotes, Arizona State University in the Same Arena?

Could the Arizona Coyotes and the Arizona State University Sun Devils end up in the same hockey arena when it's all said and done. Sure, looks like it's very much still a possibility. The Sun Devils need a place to call home and the Coyotes aren't happy with their current home. Also, the Sun Devils current arena situation is "one" of the reasons why they don't have a conference to call home.
Mike Sunnucks, Biz Journal -- A potential arena venture involving the Arizona Coyotes hockey team and Arizona State University is still in the works.

That arena could be part of a larger development adjacent to ASU’s main campus in Tempe on the Karsten Golf Course off Rio Salado Parkway just east of Scottsdale/Rural Road.

The Coyotes are also looking at developing a potential new arena on the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community land next to Scottsdale.

That includes a site at McClintock and McKellips roads across from the Big Surf water park. That site was previously home to the Scottsdale 6 drive-in theaters.

The National Hockey League franchise could also be considering another Salt River site near the juncture of Loops 101 and 202. That reservation land is off McKellips Road east of the Loop 101.

But very knowledgeable sources tell the Phoenix Business Journal that a Coyotes arena venture with ASU at the Karsten course is still very much in the mix.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Moving Forward with the New Logo

Like many University of North Dakota fans, I have been pondering the new Fighting Hawks logo and kind of wondering how the University is going to use it. While this works for some teams and uniforms, I can't figure how the hockey team would utilize this new logo, maybe on a hockey helmet. The new wordmark looks decent.

While many UND sports fans don't like the new logo, I think there are some possibilities. This was on @SiouxTradition's Facebook page. As I've said in the past, this logo would look good on a football helmet. If they fill in the letters and clean it up a bit. The concept could work. Feel free to share your thoughs.

One Person's View on UND's New Nickname

I was wondering how long this would take? Erich Longie has penned this letter to the editor in today's Grand Forks Herald. Thoughts?
Some people are getting irate about the Herald's constant coverage of the ongoing non-controversy. Not me. Each story is a reminder of a hard-fought victory over a deeply embedded racist tradition. I will never get tired of hearing or reading about it. Sort of like my Lakota relatives who every year celebrate their victory over Custer at Greasy Grass, 150 years ago.

In closing, what this really comes down to is this: a few hardcore and racist Fighting Sioux nickname fans just can't stand to let American Indians "win one."

In their eyes, we committed an unpardonable sin by not only standing up to their racism but also winning. And they can't let that go, any more then can they let their racism go.
When I first came to Grand Forks in the fall of 1993,  the controversy surrounding the Fighting Sioux nickname was coming to a head. I heard many of the same points that have been brought up in Longie's victory lap. Each has his own opinion. It's a bit over the top to call the #foreversioux and #siouxforever camps racist. So, are the Sioux were Silenced people racists, too? Many of those folks are Dakota.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Miami's Jack Roslovic not Headed to the OHL

Recently, rumors surfaced that Miami RedHawks forward Jack Roslovic was leaving the RedHawks and headed to the London Knights of the OHL. Usually, it’s a bad sign when a top recruit is traded to the London Knights. Let's just say, they’re very good at getting their draftees to sign. This time, the NCAA has won over the CHL.

RedHawks fans will be happy to know that Roslovic isn’t going to be heading to the OHL after all.
Tim Campbell, Winnipeg Free Press -- In the OHL, the Flint Firebirds, who drafted him in 2013, dealt his rights to the London Knights for a pick and potentially two more if he plays in the junior league.

As of Monday, though, Roslovic said he’s remaining at Miami.

"When I got traded, Basil McRae (London GM) called, and it was news to me," Roslovic said. "As of now, I like Miami. We’ll see what goes on throughout the duration of camp but as of now, back to Miami it is."
To repeat, "as of now", Roslovic isn't going to the OHL.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Vesey and Eichel Would Make a Great Combination

When I read this article, I get the impression that former Harvard Crimson and Hobey Baker Memorial Award recipient Jimmy Vesey has limited interest in joining the Buffalo Sabres.
Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Glob -- The sight of the Vesey-Eichel combination (with Nick Lappin, AHL Albany, filling out the trio) would have Sabres fans fogging up every pane of glass in the arena’s three rinks, just thinking what it might be like if they were to team up in Buffalo. The Buffalo fandom embraced Eichel in his rookie season, and will spend these next six weeks sending vibes down Route 90, hoping that he can recruit a fellow Bay Stater 450 miles west to the City of Good Neighbors.

“He’s told me they have a young team, and stuff like that,’’ said Vesey, constantly set up by velvety feeds from Eichel during the scrimmage. “And that it’s a good place to play, with passionate fans. But he said he’s not going to harass me or anything . . . obviously, it’s my decision and that’s that.’’
Now, as a hockey fan, I would love to see what Jack Eichel and Jimmy Vesey could do on the ice together. Reading this article, I get the impression that Vesey would like to test the free agent market and see which teams are interested in him. There's a chance he could end up playing on the hometown Bruins.

I am not a Sabres fan, but I am interested in seeing how they fair on the ice this season. Looking at some of the Sabres signings, they have the possibility to be a decent hockey team this year.

An Interesting Read on P.K. Subbans Departure from Montreal

Last Friday, after the Free Agent Signing Period began, I watched in shock as the P.K. Subban was traded from the Montreal Canadiens to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber. After reading this article, it appears there's a few moving parts in this trade.
Jack Todd, Montreal Gazette -- Of course no one is saying so for attribution, but Subban is gone because the club had issues with his character, which is subtly different than character issues. Somehow, Subban had made himself unpopular in the room and in the executive offices through what would appear to be an excess of personality.

Subban was too ebullient. He was too happy after losses. He may have stayed out too late at night. He may have joked that Drew Doughty was going to win the Norris because he had a better supporting cast.

That Subban’s behaviour never included the sort of very real character issues you get with the Raising Kane Brothers (Patrick and Evander) didn’t matter. He was cocky and brash and a little too involved in his own world, so he had to go.

Whatever Subban was like in the room or in the clubs after hours, when the puck dropped, no player on this team battled harder. Subban gave this team all he had every night, so if he wanted to bounce around the room and crow after a loss, he has earned the right. If some of his teammates worked half as hard, there would not have been so many losses to mourn in the proper fashion.

Subban has played in 434 NHL games and has scored 63 goals and 278 points. Subban is ranked 10th all-time on the Canadiens for points by a defenseman.

Weber, on the other hand, has played in 763 games and has scored 166 goals and 443 points. Weber is ranked first overall on the Predators for points by a defenseman.

Looking at this deal, it would appear that the trade is basically a wash. Weber is three years older than Subban. Last season, both players scored 51 points. Over the course, they’ve averaged about the same number of points per game, .Subban has averaged 629 PPG, and Weber has averaged .580 PPG.