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Posts posted by shep

  1. It's interesting that you're willing to credit good team defense when the goalies play well, but when the Sioux lose, it's the goalie's fault.

    Case in point: Watch the tape of Potulny's game-winning goal in the Final Five championship. Keep an eye on the mistake Bina makes that gives Potulny more time and space in front of the net.

    And how about Matt Greene turning the puck over to Vanek? And how about McMahon losing the faceoff in the Sioux zone and the D-men allowing Riddle to get behind them? Are those mistakes Jake's fault, too?

    Blais' formula for success is quite simple:

    1. Limit the opposing team to 25 shots on goal.

    2. Have a goalie who stops at least 90 percent of those shots.

    3. Have an offense that averages at least 4 goals per game.

    There were six games during the season in which the Sioux held opponents to two or fewer goals, and yet they were 0-4-2. The most important loss of the season was a game in which the Sioux didn't score a single goal!

    And yet we still blame the goalies. ;)

    All good points especially the last two, but that doesn't make me want to see Brandt in net in a really big game.

    It's just that when a Bina or Greene makes a mistake like that, I'd love to see the goalie, in a big game, step up and save the player and the shot, that's all.

    Call it a feeling in the pit of my stomach, or whatever, but I just don't see him as a goalie who will be a part of a NCAA champion. The goalie, as Denver proved, is so integral to a team going all the way and I just have a non-objective view about Brandt.

    I hope he proves me wrong, but for now, I'm hoping Parise really steps up next fall.

  2. Because this year he got the money and is still playing now with the shot at a Stanly Cup ring. If the Devils manage to repeat for the cup I have a feeling that "void" of no NCAA ring will vanish quite quickly.

    Besides, had he waited, he maybe wouldn't get the $$$ because of a new CB agreement. I say any player offered cash this year is gone regardless of age, team, or previous decisions. You just don't know if it'll be there in October.

    He maybe could go play in Europe if he's locked out from the NHL. I think they'd find ways to keep playing.

    I'm not sure the CB will alter the amount the team's can pay in bonuses to players, but maybe you're right.

    That would be the only reason to take the money and run, now because I don't know if you can just ship your players to Europe because of labor troubles here.

    Haven't we had enough outsourcing of American jobs already? ;)

  3. I hope it's not Brandt if only b/c it's gonna take me a year to get past the memories of that debacle v the GOOFS in the WCHA title game.

    On one goal, he coughs up the puck like an old drunk hocking a loogy, and for the GWG he gets stuffed!!


    I know one game doesn't make a career, but he was shaky throughout the season, and though I love a good stat, how much of the GAA is based on solid team D and how much is the goalie? Yes, Save Percentage is a nice number too, but it doesn't factor in any way, quality of shot/saves, so a dump-in from center ice counts the same as stopping a breakaway.

    Besides, I can't recall the last senior goalie to lead the team to a NCAA title. Eddie was a frosh and Karl was a Junior.

    Thus, his "experience" means little.

    Also, I wish Blais would pick one and stick with him for more than a weekend.

  4. Shep- All your points are good points for those who are border line. Parise like P. Martin and D. Hale will never see minor league ice unless there is a lockout next year. Even then, I'm guessing he is a player that would be considered "locked out".

    I am worried about a lockout, but I don't know what you mean about "locked out."

  5. Shep,

    Speaking of college hockey players and classes..........you wanna tell them your Darren Jensen story? Statute of limitations has probably expired by now.


    Gather around my chair here you young'uns as I regale you with a tale of yesteryear.

    Seems we (DJ and I along with Rick Zombo and my friend Barry) were all in the same accountin' class at UND back in a time most of you can't remember but that we like to call the 80's. It was a mysterious time with no recognizable fad other than a pet rock and a Rubik's cube and strangely enough a band called the Flock of Seagulls was darn popular.

    But I digress.

    The night b/4 the final, Barry, Darren and I are studying and DJ realizes this aint sinking in so he starts talking about getting some assistance shall we say.

    Long story short, he doesn't trust Barry, who is seated next to him in class, to be his source of info and asks me to provide any help I can, and rather than create a whole academic investigation, I'll leave it at that except to say I got a B on the Final and he got a C.

  6. In an earlier thread, we had fun at Doug Woog's expense speculating on whether or not he'd be able to pronounce the names of our recruits. I know Spirko is "Sper-o" but how does Zajac pronounce his last name? I did some internet research and came to the conclusion that, if he's Polish, like the Pope, it's "ZAH-yonts." Can someone confirm or correct this?

    Yes, I can confirm that the Pope is indeed Polish.

  7. He doesn't look like a fighter.

    Doesn't look like a fighter?"

    I'm not sure what a fighter looks like, other than the absence of a few front teeth, but I'm hoping the Sioux recruitment techniques are more sophisticated than viewing a few pictures and drawing conclusions from them.

    Beyond that is fighting truly a necessary skill in the college game anyway?

    Do we really want our guys to be suspended for a game or two every couple of weeks because they exercised their right to fight?

  8. Blake Wheeler?

    Sounds like the name of a soap opera character.

    "Who's looking after this patient?"

    "It's Dr. Blake Wheeler."

    "Thank God. Blake Wheeler is the finest obstetrician in the country. He'll easily deliver Summer's triplets. Now we just need to figure out who the fathers are."

  9. Shep, I think you mean Michael Ontkean, who was in the TV police drama "The Rookies" & "Slapshot" and not Paul Michael Glaser who was in "Starsky and Hutch" (on TV) but not "Slapshot."

    My bad.

    You're right. I knew a Michael was involved.

    Regarding the notion of "not having to go to class" allow me to say that I skipped more than I went, and still enjoyed the college life. In fact, that's why I enjoyed the college life.

  10. What makes you think players develop better by playing 40 games against lower-level college competition rather than 80 games at a higher level AHL or ECHL competition?

    That's a fair point.

    I guess I've had a stereotypical view of minor league hockey ever since I saw Slapshot and the Paul Michael Glaser character (The Zach?) didn't appear to enjoy the situation that much.

    But I guess there is some benefit to it.

  11. Again, all I'm wondering is if we could determine whether that 100 K he's making at 19 will turn into more if he waits until he's 20 to start taking it.

    I wonder about waiting the extra year AND getting the same money if not more b/c of your development.

    Ok, what I'm really doing is the whole "Stay in school" thing OK? I mean, seriously where are these guys gonna find this many college girls to drool over their every move?

    Scranton? Wilkes Barre? Hershey?

  12. Maybe they don't pay for the dental work when the teeth get smacked, but they do pay for years afterward.

    Look I'm all in favor of getting paid to play a kids game, but I just wonder about the timing of taking the money, leaving school (which has to be a ton of fun for these guys) and then riding a bus to Scranton every other weekend because I didn't make the big team.

    I'm just wondering about the value of the extra year in school and development.

    (I know, I know, what if he gets hurt that year.)

  13. You really gotta love the sport to take a few hundred a week to have your teeth bashed in on a regular basis. The dental costs alone can be astronomical.

    I just wish God had given me the power to use my right arm as a middle reliever, come into a game in the low pressure situation of the 7th inning and pay me a quarter mil annually.

    Now that's a good gig.

    I know the signing bonus is forever, but it would have been there next year too. I just wonder if in the long run you could say that going early is better or waiting a year is better. I wonder if any researcher, toiling away at less than 80 large a year, has done some research on this.

  14. If they all received 3 mill that would be a relevant point.

    However, many of these contracts (Minus signing bonus) are not guaranteed and a player in the minors takes home 80 grand a year which is less than what they had in mind when they signed the deal and really a lot worse way to make 80 grand than sitting behind a desk wasting time on a message board.

    I'm just saying there are no guarantees in life and in hockey.

  15. I'm not suggesting that Zach is going to end up in a Travis Roche situation as I really think he more favorably compares to the Johnson, Hrkac, Blake trilogy of former Sioux, guys who became solid NHL'ers (at least in Johnson and Blake's cases) but who didn't dominate as they did in college.

    I just wonder when a young man signs that professional contract if he's truly aware of all the pitfalls inherent to it, and if he ever considers taking another year of development at the college level to better prepare for the pro game.

    Does anyone remember Gord Sjerven or Howard Walker or all the others who left early never to be seen again? I wonder if they feel it was too early. I just hope Zach can make a name for himself b/c that million dollar contract turns to 80 grand if he's in the minors, and it is worth a heckuva lot more than 80 grand to have the goons in the minors whack at you all season.

    Just a thought for any other players who may be reading this and wondering about the fruits of the NHL.

    For the record, I thought Roche was the best skating/stick-handling defenseman to ever play here, and I was in school when James Patrick was dominating the ice.

  16. No offense, I'm a huge Sioux Hockey fan, but of all the things that SI can cover these days (MLB season opener, NCAA BB Final Four, upcoming pro FB draft) I doubt that naming a college hockey POY is gonna bring a huge announcement even on their website.


  17. Except the women...you couldn't beat Scorin' Noren. Or maybe that was just the amount of "work" required.

    Selke had quality chicks. And no one could party better than West Nation!! :p ...after the Walsh crackdown two years ago

    All this talk has me sliding down nostalgia lane, but I'm concerned...they had a crackdown at Walsh???

    Please tell me it isn't so. Walsh is what it is. A place for Freshmen to "learn" about the college life. No crackdowns, just "learning."


  18. Look, I'm not ready to proclaim him the next Travis Roche, but before everyone starts hopping on the Devils bandwagon because of Z's sudden relocation there, we had better take a collective deep breath if only to see if there is NHL hockey next season.

    Also, it sure would have made his stay here a lot more memorable had they won a title. Someone said they had an unlucky night. Dave Tippett, Tony Hrkac, Ed Belfour, et al had unlucky nights, too, but that didn't keep them from the title.

    I don't blame Z for no title, but I don't claim him to be the "god" others think. He was here for only two years.



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