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  • Friday, July 22, 2022 8:36 PM
    Message # 12858317

    And don’t tell that there’s too much going on in Omaha.

  • Friday, July 22, 2022 9:33 PM
    Reply # 12858334 on 12858317

    I think we're all on strike until Mel Pearson gets a new contract at Michigan.

  • Saturday, July 23, 2022 7:15 AM
    Reply # 12858542 on 12858317

    I think either Jon should pull the plug on this, or, take a stab at getting it going. See you at Baxter.

  • Saturday, July 23, 2022 7:51 AM
    Reply # 12858551 on 12858317
    1. I’m still around! This is the only place I can post things otherwise I will be reduced to Twitter and read posts from @spomer_hky and his incessant whining or @susannahdunn and her relentless praise of the savior of uno hockey mike gabinet (still the wrong hire in my opinion)

    2. that being said the incoming roster does not excite me and I’m tempted to pick them to finish 7th this year

    3. the annual nchc thread will be posted closer to the season so stay tuned!
  • Saturday, July 23, 2022 9:57 AM
    Reply # 12858624 on 12858551
    Quinn wrote:

    (still the wrong hire in my opinion)

    I'm curious who you think the right hire was. And if your answer is Hastings, I think that would have been the wrong hire.

    I maintain Gabinet would have been the right hire, but Blais losing the team and resigning/getting fired put Gabinet in the seat a couple years early.

  • Saturday, July 23, 2022 10:00 AM
    Reply # 12858625 on 12858551
    Quinn wrote:

    the incoming roster does not excite me

    I'm in the same boat, right now. It's definitely a rebuilding year.

    Once we get closer to the season... once we know if the third goalie is Kucharski, or not... I'll get a post going on the roster, and what we might have.

  • Saturday, July 23, 2022 12:12 PM
    Reply # 12858746 on 12858317

    Chris wrote:


    1. I’m still around! This is the only place I can post things otherwise I will be reduced to Twitter and read posts from @spomer_hky and his incessant whining or @susannahdunn and her relentless praise of the savior of uno hockey mike gabinet (still the wrong hire in my opinion)

      I do enjoy our conversations, reparte’. Always fun, sometimes combative! I agree with you regarding Gabinet, maybe the right hire, definitely the wrong timing. Who? I really don’t know now, seems so long ago and the landscape has faded for me. I just think I would have liked some recruiting changes made to ensure a higher skill set/lower ‘lunch pail’ crew. The defense this year will probably meet my expectations, Lemay and Guevin, but we still lack ‘take it to the net - get out of my way forwards. Something tells me that Gabs kind of ‘lost the room’ ( to use your phrase) last year as well…
  • Saturday, July 23, 2022 12:15 PM
    Reply # 12858748 on 12858317

    Ps: also agree on Dunn’s holier-than-thou evaluations of all things hockey. Sam, not so much, but I get it there too. Twitter kind of sucks for fandom… to much chaff, not enough wheat.

  • Sunday, July 24, 2022 8:13 AM
    Reply # 12859202 on 12858317

    For coaching I still maintain the mavs should have made a run at Guy Gadowsky. 

    always enjoy interacting with everyone here even though we may not see eye to eye.   I don't mind a lot of lunch pail guys on the roster but at some point you have to bring in some major talent otherwise the NCHC will chew you up and spit you out.


  • Sunday, July 24, 2022 10:26 AM
    Reply # 12859277 on 12858317

    No argument from me on either point, Quinn.

    Gadowsky would have been an interesting chase. Would he have come here?

    My only counterpoint would be that once Gabinet came in as an assistant, we all knew he was the heir apparent. That would have been a 400-pound gorilla in the room for anyone coming in to Omaha. I still think that once Blais made his 'early' exit, the only way to buy Gabinet the two or three years I think he needed would have been for Kemp to step back behind the bench. I don't think any other coach would have accepted the position with Gabinet in the shadows.


    As for the player profile, there needs to be some dynamic.

    We have a set type of player, and that makes the players 'interchangeable parts.' Great for depth, not great for strategy.

    Last year, we had Ward. That was it. We spent four years waiting for Weiss to reach his potential. It never happened.

    Anyone stepping up to be a secondary or tertiary scoring threat to create matchup issues. Or maybe the strategy is to roll four identical lines, hoping opponents don't have the depth to offset that. Problem is, it makes us predictable.

    So, I agree. Something needs to change on the roster. It's good to have a style of player, but you need players to separate from the pack.

    (I'm going to highlight this in a post later today.)

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