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    So this was a one line team that got only as far as they did because of Close (yes both of these claims have been argued) and are set to lose a handful of their best players early, but next year they’re going to suddenly have so much depth they don’t need 5th year guys that can offer leadership and experience to come back. Huh.

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    It’s more a matter of who the fifth year guys are, their respective roles, and whether they’d be holding back elite first round talent that could inject the team with much needed talent. And there’s a part of me that doesn’t need to see some of these same guys come back for a fifth year and take on Mankato a third time, I don’t see it ending any differently if they just give it a go with the same top six forward group.

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    The Top 6 will be different even if they come back, and I’m aware of who the 5th year guys in question are. I’m not even arguing the team necessarily needs them back. I’m more mocking the ludicrous tear down of the team because of one loss.

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    It’s not one loss though, they lost to the same team last year and looked listless against Michigan a few weeks prior (and more games than not against them this year), not to mention the struggle to beat in-state opponents or consistently put together games needed to beat tourney teams (they were about .500 against teams that made the NCAA’s). Not bad but not exactly dominant. If the goal is improvement and not clearly being the underdog of the frozen four, I don’t really see how bringing back guys like Walker and Brodzinski to play in the top six and underperform on the PP and disappear against higher end teams is going to result in that.

    Unless Meyers wants to come back or something unexpected happens I kinda doubt any of the fifth year guys will be back so it’s probably a moot point anyhow.

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    I’ll repeat I wasn’t arguing those guys need to be back.

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    I’m just going to leave this out here….

    Twenty-one years ago, the Gopher coaching staff convinced a highly sought after young man to forego the NHL for one year and play his senior year under the premise of “unfinished business”. The next year, that young man led the team to a national championship and won the Hobey Baker award. Ben Meyers has the opportunity to be the Jordan Leopold of his generation.

    If someone could forward this to Ben Meyers, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

    Yes, I know that’s a pipe dream, but you can’t blame a guy for wishful thinking…

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    Why do people keep referring to Brodzinski like he is a senior and will be leaving?

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    g-manpuck wrote:


    Why do people keep referring to Brodzinski like he is a senior and will be leaving?

    Because he hasn’t lived up to SOME people’s expectations as they expected him to score 20-25 goals a year. For me, I hope he comes back. He also seems like a great team mate.

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    frozen4champs wrote:


    g-manpuck wrote:


    Why do people keep referring to Brodzinski like he is a senior and will be leaving?

    Because he hasn’t lived up to SOME people’s expectations as they expected him to score 20-25 goals a year. For me, I hope he comes back. He also seems like a great team mate.

    I would agree with this as well. Also, I thought that the Brodz family and tBob have a pretty strong connection? Anyway, he has one more year and I think he has earned his spot on this team and he just had his best year statistically this season.

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    g-manpuck wrote:


    frozen4champs wrote:


    g-manpuck wrote:


    Why do people keep referring to Brodzinski like he is a senior and will be leaving?

    Because he hasn’t lived up to SOME people’s expectations as they expected him to score 20-25 goals a year. For me, I hope he comes back. He also seems like a great team mate.

    I would agree with this as well. Also, I thought that the Brodz family and tBob have a pretty strong connection? Anyway, he has one more year and I think he has earned his spot on this team and he just had his best year statistically this season.


    Plus the fact if we want to get older, it doesn’t make sense to have our juniors leave if they are not going pro.

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    There are freshmen or transfer portal guys that can contribute more overall than him.

    Gophers of course need to be going after Ashton Calder

    He should be a 4th liner max next year

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    g-manpuck wrote:


    Why do people keep referring to Brodzinski like he is a senior and will be leaving?

    Simply put, he’s the whipping boy du jour. Kinda like Chris Harrington was back in 2002-2006.

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    It’s not one loss though, they lost to the same team last year and looked listless against Michigan a few weeks prior (and more games than not against them this year), not to mention the struggle to beat in-state opponents or consistently put together games needed to beat tourney teams (they were about .500 against teams that made the NCAA’s). Not bad but not exactly dominant. If the goal is improvement and not clearly being the underdog of the frozen four, I don’t really see how bringing back guys like Walker and Brodzinski to play in the top six and underperform on the PP and disappear against higher end teams is going to result in that.

    Unless Meyers wants to come back or something unexpected happens I kinda doubt any of the fifth year guys will be back so it’s probably a moot point anyhow.

    Agree with this take. The getting older idea depends on “role”. If you’re a heavy team looking to grind, definitely get older. Bringing back “skill” guys who can’t beat a tight checking team because they can’t win on the boards or in open ice won’t lead to success. I’d take Blake back as he’s a physical player and can fit that role. Sammy less so

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    Bonin21 wrote:


    There are freshmen or transfer portal guys that can contribute more overall than him.

    Gophers of course need to be going after Ashton Calder

    He should be a 4th liner max next year

    We do not of course need to be going after him just stop. You love the Sioux so much it’s crazy.

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    MNNavy wrote:


    g-manpuck wrote:


    Why do people keep referring to Brodzinski like he is a senior and will be leaving?

    Simply put, he’s the whipping boy du jour. Kinda like Chris Harrington was back in 2002-2006.


    Aside from the whipping boy part, I don’t see the analogy. Harrington was a good, utility-knife-type player (like Andy Brink) who played a pretty solid game night in night out. The fans who suffered the irreversible trauma of witnessing a few of his mistakes wanted more and never let up on the criticism.

    Brodzinski, on the other hand, came in as a Mr. Hockey winner, and we were told he might be the best Brodzinski yet. Well, it turns out he’s a wee slow footed and in his three years here hasn’t contributed nearly to the degree that his pedigree would suggest.

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    streakygopher wrote:


    MNNavy wrote:


    g-manpuck wrote:


    Why do people keep referring to Brodzinski like he is a senior and will be leaving?

    Simply put, he’s the whipping boy du jour. Kinda like Chris Harrington was back in 2002-2006.


    Aside from the whipping boy part, I don’t see the analogy. Harrington was a good, utility-knife-type player (like Andy Brink) who played a pretty solid game night in night out. The fans who suffered the irreversible trauma of witnessing a few of his mistakes wanted more and never let up on the criticism.

    Brodzinski, on the other hand, came in as a Mr. Hockey winner, and we were told he might be the best Brodzinski yet. Well, it turns out he’s a wee slow footed and in his three years here hasn’t contributed nearly to the degree that his pedigree would suggest.

    Brodzinski had to come in straight from high school though as Bob rushed him in to get his guys in for a rebuild that’s turned into 2 (should be 3)banners and a Frozen Four.

    Juniors would’ve helped Bryce but what’s interesting is he scored about a point per game in the small stint he played Senior year.

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    I’m more mocking the ludicrous tear down of the team because of one loss.

    It wasn’t just one loss. It’s the same exact loss as last year. What really concerns me is that I don’t think we could ask for a better D corp, and yet they were helpless against that relentless forecheck.

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    It feels like we will go to the portal for a dmen or two. We already have a logjam at forward so don’t really see a forward added from the portal.

    My gut also says we have a new goalie next year as well. Just doesn’t feel like Boynton will stay.

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    Fish good enough to be a 6 D man next year?

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    bart859 wrote:


    Fish good enough to be a 6 D man next year?

    Yes they’re planning on it

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    So for sure Koester, Staudacher and Fish.

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    Norm wrote:


    Slap Shot wrote:


    I’m more mocking the ludicrous tear down of the team because of one loss.

    It wasn’t just one loss. It’s the same exact loss as last year. What really concerns me is that I don’t think we could ask for a better D corp, and yet they were helpless against that relentless forecheck.

    The defense may not have had their best night, but when you play a highly structured team like UMD or Mankato, they are going to play defense first and react to their opportunities. Every time Mankato got the puck deep and felt they had a chance to come out with it they had two guys go into the boards to fight for the puck and brought in a third guy high looking for the crumbs. Any defenseman is going to lose a lot of those battles, and the team’s forwards have to commit to playing goal line to goal line. They didn’t execute that too well this week.

    Motzko knows more about the game than I ever will, but it felt like his coaching influence was near zero in that game, given that the outcome was pretty much a carbon copy of last year’s game.

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    I would be shocked if all 3 of Faber, LaCombe and Johnson leave. I think we get one for sure and maybe two back so that leaves us:

    LaCombe or Johnsons

    Staudacher

    Koster

    Fish

    Chelsey

    Thomas

    Mittelstadt

    Transfer

    *forgot Mittelstadt

    Also thought I saw somewhere that transfers have to be signed by May 1 to be eligible right away next year. That means lots could be figured out in the next couple weeks.

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    Middlestadt’s?

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    bart859 wrote:


    Middlestadt’s?

    Luke — Yes

    John is the ?

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    I’ve been planning on on 3 of Faber, LaCombe, Johnson leaving so if any come back I’ll be ecstatic. Right now I have something like:

    Staudacher-Chesley

    Thomas-Koster

    Fish-Mittelstadt

    That d group plus 2 mystery players should be good enough to win games with what explosiveness they have up front.

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    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    I’ve been planning on on 3 of Faber, LaCombe, Johnson leaving so if any come back I’ll be ecstatic. Right now I have something like:

    Staudacher-Chesley

    Thomas-Koster

    Fish-Mittelstadt

    That d group plus 2 mystery players should be good enough to win games with what explosiveness they have up front.

    I agree. The youth scares me a little and the limited action Fish has had. Seems like the staff will be looking for an impact transfer on D with a year or two left.

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    Losing three quality defensemen at once could gut their defense for at least the first half of the season. Young defensemen require a longer break in period.

    Depth at the high-flying forward positions is great, but someone needs to get them the puck.

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    streakygopher wrote:


    Losing three quality defensemen at once could gut their defense for at least the first half of the season. Young defensemen require a longer break in period.

    Depth at the high-flying forward positions is great, but someone needs to get them the puck.

    The hope is someone like Chesley can jump in and be solid right away. Kind of “Lindgren-esque”

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    Norm wrote:


    Slap Shot wrote:


    I’m more mocking the ludicrous tear down of the team because of one loss.

    It wasn’t just one loss. It’s the same exact loss as last year. What really concerns me is that I don’t think we could ask for a better D corp, and yet they were helpless against that relentless forecheck.

    They played a bad game, MSU might be the best team out there and they had more experience going in. if the argument is their prospects are shot because they didn’t win one game this year I’m going to disagree, and I’m going to disagree they only got as far as they did because of Close and I disagree a team that was 4th in the country for GPG did so because of only 1 line despite have a PP that was non-existent until the end of the season. If you see it another way that’s fine.

    Looking forward to next year.

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    g-manpuck wrote:


    Why do people keep referring to Brodzinski like he is a senior and will be leaving?


    If he gets pushed down the lineup that might work too but the guy kinda drags his line down.

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    How is this different from athletes getting scholarships? Is that not “financial support” to get an education?

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    Cowgirl wrote:


    How is this different from athletes getting scholarships? Is that not “financial support” to get an education?

    I read it a couple of times and I don’t understand it either. It’s going to take someone like Vegoe to explain it to me :D

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    Scholarships can only be used for school expenses. My take is this is essentially paying them which they can them do with as they wish.

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    I ran into Meyers at a bar last night. He seemed frightened that I knew who he was and offended that I dared talk to him.

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    Cowgirl wrote:


    I ran into Meyers at a bar last night. He seemed frightened that I knew who he was and offended that I dared talk to him.

    Well, you did frighten me when we talked at The Geatest Bar… :wink:

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    frozen4champs wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    I ran into Meyers at a bar last night. He seemed frightened that I knew who he was and offended that I dared talk to him.

    Well, you did frighten me when we talked at The Geatest Bar… :wink:

    First thing Meyers says “do I owe you money?” Not sure how to take that. :lol:

    I had met him a couple years ago. Guess he didn’t remember.

    Funny story. I saw a guy (at this same bar) that I thought was you. Yelled out “your first name” he comes over and (and it’s not you), but his name is also (your first name).

    Turns out he’s the guy who invented uscho. I did not know it was invented by the math dept. at the U of MN in the mid nineties.

    I learn new things every day!

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    Cowgirl wrote:


    Funny story. I saw a guy (at this same bar) that I thought was you. Yelled out “your first name” he comes over and (and it’s not you), but his name is also (your first name).

    Turns out he’s the guy who invented uscho. I did not know it was invented by the math dept. at the U of MN in the mid nineties.

    I learn new things every day!


    He was around Mariucci much more this season after not being around as much over the past 5 years or so. It was nice to have him around again. His spot was right next to ours in the press box this year. Most of the time he is writing code or monitoring the health of USCHO when he is there.

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    Cowgirl wrote:


    frozen4champs wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    I ran into Meyers at a bar last night. He seemed frightened that I knew who he was and offended that I dared talk to him.

    Well, you did frighten me when we talked at The Geatest Bar… :wink:

    First thing Meyers says “do I owe you money?” Not sure how to take that. :lol:

    I had met him a couple years ago. Guess he didn’t remember.

    Funny story. I saw a guy (at this same bar) that I thought was you. Yelled out “your first name” he comes over and (and it’s not you), but his name is also (your first name).

    Turns out he’s the guy who invented uscho. I did not know it was invented by the math dept. at the U of MN in the mid nineties.

    I learn new things every day!

    I’m not sure if it was Lee or Tim but I know Lee went to school in Boston before the U. I forget how I knew him in college though

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    Season just ended 2 days ago and I’m already itching for next year to start. ‘Tis a curse.

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    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    Season just ended 2 days ago and I’m already itching for next year to start. ‘Tis a curse.

    Watch some Wild hockey.

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    So what’s the opinion on the position of the teams that hold the rights to Faber, Johnson, LaCombe and if they would have a good opportunity with their clubs or may come back?

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    Bigbeer wrote:


    So what’s the opinion on the position of the teams that hold the rights to Faber, Johnson, LaCombe and if they would have a good opportunity with their clubs or may come back?

    Neither Buffalo or Anaheim are going to want to let Johnson and LaCombe come back for a 4th year. Playing that 4th year allows them to become UFA next summer. So, I would expect a hard push for those 2 to be signed. Faber is only 2 years in, so he’s a little different, but he’s also the most NHL ready of the 3. LA does have a solid group of right handed dmen though, so they’re probably not desperate to get him signed

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    Honestly there’s not much point in speculating, we’ll find out soon enough. What I will say is that if all 3 D leave that might make next year tough even with all the forward talent coming in so hopefully at least one or even two come back.

    Motzko’s teams so far haven’t ever hit the perfect balance of forward and blue line talent. His first team with Pitlick and Sheehy etc. was clearly carried by the forwards but they struggled with breakouts and possession because the current group of D wasn’t here yet. After that year I feel like the blue line was clearly the strength of the team but they lacked some of that high end forward talent of previous years (Meyers and Knies non withstanding).

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    Jupiter wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    Funny story. I saw a guy (at this same bar) that I thought was you. Yelled out “your first name” he comes over and (and it’s not you), but his name is also (your first name).

    Turns out he’s the guy who invented uscho. I did not know it was invented by the math dept. at the U of MN in the mid nineties.

    I learn new things every day!


    He was around Mariucci much more this season after not being around as much over the past 5 years or so. It was nice to have him around again. His spot was right next to ours in the press box this year. Most of the time he is writing code or monitoring the health of USCHO when he is there.

    He needs to do more than worry…the USCHO board sucks and is 15 years outdated after their last update. Just pathetic…

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    Really good board software is not cheap… I have always stuck with the free stuff. But now it is to the point where the free stuff is getting harder and harder to update. The new board will be simpler and have less features… But after so many years, I just do not have the patience to have complex software that is difficult to work with.

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    Handyman wrote:


    Jupiter wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    Funny story. I saw a guy (at this same bar) that I thought was you. Yelled out “your first name” he comes over and (and it’s not you), but his name is also (your first name).

    Turns out he’s the guy who invented uscho. I did not know it was invented by the math dept. at the U of MN in the mid nineties.

    I learn new things every day!


    He was around Mariucci much more this season after not being around as much over the past 5 years or so. It was nice to have him around again. His spot was right next to ours in the press box this year. Most of the time he is writing code or monitoring the health of USCHO when he is there.

    He needs to do more than worry…the USCHO board sucks and is 15 years outdated after their last update. Just pathetic…

    He did say he’s working on trying to improve it. But I suppose as Jup knows it’s a lot of work to do as a side gig.

    Assuming it’s a side gig.

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    MNNavy wrote:


    I’m just going to leave this out here….

    Twenty-one years ago, the Gopher coaching staff convinced a highly sought after young man to forego the NHL for one year and play his senior year under the premise of “unfinished business”. The next year, that young man led the team to a national championship and won the Hobey Baker award. Ben Meyers has the opportunity to be the Jordan Leopold of his generation.

    If someone could forward this to Ben Meyers, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

    Yes, I know that’s a pipe dream, but you can’t blame a guy for wishful thinking…

    That’s beautiful sentiment…but totally UNrealistic in 2022…sorry. You do realize Ben (whose my favorite player on the team by a wide margin) is literally the same age as Casey Mittelstadt, who is on the 5th year of getting paid vie NHL contract/signing bonuses. :crazy:

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    Also that story is not entirely accurate…I would say it is about 50% true.

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    Chill Kessel wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    Who is in goal.

    What’s on first.


    I don’t know.


    Seriously? NOBODY pitched in on the Abbott and Costello bit? I am very disappointed in all of you.

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    MNNavy wrote:


    I’m just going to leave this out here….

    Twenty-one years ago, the Gopher coaching staff convinced a highly sought after young man to forego the NHL for one year and play his senior year under the premise of “unfinished business”. The next year, that young man led the team to a national championship and won the Hobey Baker award. Ben Meyers has the opportunity to be the Jordan Leopold of his generation.

    If someone could forward this to Ben Meyers, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

    Yes, I know that’s a pipe dream, but you can’t blame a guy for wishful thinking…

    That’s beautiful sentiment…but totally UNrealistic in 2022…sorry.

    Did you miss this part of his post?

    Quote:

    Yes, I know that’s a pipe dream, but you can’t blame a guy for wishful thinking…

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    bearpaw28 wrote:


    MNNavy wrote:


    I’m just going to leave this out here….

    Twenty-one years ago, the Gopher coaching staff convinced a highly sought after young man to forego the NHL for one year and play his senior year under the premise of “unfinished business”. The next year, that young man led the team to a national championship and won the Hobey Baker award. Ben Meyers has the opportunity to be the Jordan Leopold of his generation.

    If someone could forward this to Ben Meyers, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

    Yes, I know that’s a pipe dream, but you can’t blame a guy for wishful thinking…

    That’s beautiful sentiment…but totally UNrealistic in 2022…sorry.

    Did you miss this part of his post?

    Quote:

    Yes, I know that’s a pipe dream, but you can’t blame a guy for wishful thinking…



    Of course not…and a guy can wish…but Lloyd had a better chance of ending up with Mary in D&D…than Ben Meyers returning for a 5th year. If ever a free agent deserves to get paid (at age 23 pushing 24) it’s Ben, time to get PAID. 💰 :dance:

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    bearpaw28 wrote:


    Slap Shot wrote:


    bearpaw28 wrote:


    MNNavy wrote:


    I’m just going to leave this out here….

    Twenty-one years ago, the Gopher coaching staff convinced a highly sought after young man to forego the NHL for one year and play his senior year under the premise of “unfinished business”. The next year, that young man led the team to a national championship and won the Hobey Baker award. Ben Meyers has the opportunity to be the Jordan Leopold of his generation.

    If someone could forward this to Ben Meyers, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

    Yes, I know that’s a pipe dream, but you can’t blame a guy for wishful thinking…

    That’s beautiful sentiment…but totally UNrealistic in 2022…sorry.

    Did you miss this part of his post?

    Quote:

    Yes, I know that’s a pipe dream, but you can’t blame a guy for wishful thinking…



    Of course not…and a guy can wish…but Lloyd had a better chance of ending up with Mary in D&D…than Ben Meyers returning for a 5th year. If ever a free agent deserves to get paid (at age 23 pushing 24) it’s Ben, time to get PAID. 💰 :dance:

    Ben is a Jr. in eligibility. But he’s still not coming back. Would be a Sr.

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    JWG wrote:


    bearpaw28 wrote:


    Slap Shot wrote:


    bearpaw28 wrote:


    MNNavy wrote:


    I’m just going to leave this out here….

    Twenty-one years ago, the Gopher coaching staff convinced a highly sought after young man to forego the NHL for one year and play his senior year under the premise of “unfinished business”. The next year, that young man led the team to a national championship and won the Hobey Baker award. Ben Meyers has the opportunity to be the Jordan Leopold of his generation.

    If someone could forward this to Ben Meyers, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

    Yes, I know that’s a pipe dream, but you can’t blame a guy for wishful thinking…

    That’s beautiful sentiment…but totally UNrealistic in 2022…sorry.

    Did you miss this part of his post?

    Quote:

    Yes, I know that’s a pipe dream, but you can’t blame a guy for wishful thinking…



    Of course not…and a guy can wish…but Lloyd had a better chance of ending up with Mary in D&D…than Ben Meyers returning for a 5th year. If ever a free agent deserves to get paid (at age 23 pushing 24) it’s Ben, time to get PAID. 💰 :dance:

    Ben is a Jr. in eligibility. But he’s still not coming back. Would be a Sr.

    Thanks for correcting me on that, he’s only played 3 years for the Gophers. Ben is the rare player who was arguably the 2nd best of all HS players in 2017 (behind only Casey)…then (still) played 2 full years in the USHL before arriving on campus.

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    ” class=”bbcode_url”>

    JWG wrote:


    bearpaw28 wrote:


    Slap Shot wrote:


    bearpaw28 wrote:


    MNNavy wrote:


    I’m just going to leave this out here….

    Twenty-one years ago, the Gopher coaching staff convinced a highly sought after young man to forego the NHL for one year and play his senior year under the premise of “unfinished business”. The next year, that young man led the team to a national championship and won the Hobey Baker award. Ben Meyers has the opportunity to be the Jordan Leopold of his generation.

    If someone could forward this to Ben Meyers, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

    Yes, I know that’s a pipe dream, but you can’t blame a guy for wishful thinking…

    That’s beautiful sentiment…but totally UNrealistic in 2022…sorry.

    Did you miss this part of his post?

    Quote:

    Yes, I know that’s a pipe dream, but you can’t blame a guy for wishful thinking…



    Of course not…and a guy can wish…but Lloyd had a better chance of ending up with Mary in D&D…than Ben Meyers returning for a 5th year. If ever a free agent deserves to get paid (at age 23 pushing 24) it’s Ben, time to get PAID. 💰 :dance:

    Ben is a Jr. in eligibility. But he’s still not coming back. Would be a Sr.

    Thanks for correcting me on that, he’s only played 3 years for the Gophers. Ben is the rare player who was arguably the 2nd best of all HS players in 2017 (behind only Casey)…then (still) played 2 full years in the USHL before arriving on campus.

    Your point remains true, he’s not coming back. Take the free agency deal and go. It may not be here as lucrative in 12 months.

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    Bob even said himself at 23, it’s time for Ben to move on to the next chapter of life, possibly a sideways shot at Mankato and all the guys playing college hockey in their mid-20s.

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    Congrats Blake!!

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    bearpaw28 wrote:


    ” class=”bbcode_url”>

    JWG wrote:


    bearpaw28 wrote:


    Slap Shot wrote:


    bearpaw28 wrote:


    MNNavy wrote:


    I’m just going to leave this out here….

    Twenty-one years ago, the Gopher coaching staff convinced a highly sought after young man to forego the NHL for one year and play his senior year under the premise of “unfinished business”. The next year, that young man led the team to a national championship and won the Hobey Baker award. Ben Meyers has the opportunity to be the Jordan Leopold of his generation.

    If someone could forward this to Ben Meyers, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

    Yes, I know that’s a pipe dream, but you can’t blame a guy for wishful thinking…

    That’s beautiful sentiment…but totally UNrealistic in 2022…sorry.

    Did you miss this part of his post?

    Quote:

    Yes, I know that’s a pipe dream, but you can’t blame a guy for wishful thinking…



    Of course not…and a guy can wish…but Lloyd had a better chance of ending up with Mary in D&D…than Ben Meyers returning for a 5th year. If ever a free agent deserves to get paid (at age 23 pushing 24) it’s Ben, time to get PAID. 💰 :dance:

    Ben is a Jr. in eligibility. But he’s still not coming back. Would be a Sr.

    Thanks for correcting me on that, he’s only played 3 years for the Gophers. Ben is the rare player who was arguably the 2nd best of all HS players in 2017 (behind only Casey)…then (still) played 2 full years in the USHL before arriving on campus.

    Your point remains true, he’s not coming back. Take the free agency deal and go. It may not be here as lucrative in 12 months.


    I’m sure it would be, but yeah, go get your money kid.

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    Especially if he signs with Da Wild. :dup:

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    For his own development it’s probably best he stays another year, but I have a hard time blaming the kid if he has a clear opportunity to go pro on a competitive team. Money talks.

    Like Lucia once said: He never had a former play say they should have left earlier to go pro. Many said they should have stayed longer. But yep, money is everything. The agent wants to get paid too. Lot’s of pressure to go “Pro”.

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    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    I’ll take a stab at next years captaincy.

    Koster-C

    Knies-A

    Perbix-A

    or u

    Koster-C

    Knies-C

    Bob has shown he likes to do the two captain thing.

    If Faber Stays he gets the C IMO


    Hard to know who shows leadership qualities in the locker room. Some are great players but are not the type to lead.

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    FWIW–

    [media]https://twitter.com/JessRMyers/status/1512793526756651012[/media]

    OR… change the title from “Flight Risk” to “Serious contenders to win it all next season”.

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    Looking back now after a few days to cool off and reflect, I am thrilled with that season. It was a treat to watch. I even got to see them play in person 3 times. Something I haven’t done in years. They also went 3-0 when I was in attendance, outscoring the opponents by a combined 14-3. Things obviously would have gone down differently if I had been able to make it to Boston.

    If you told me we would lose laffer midway (whether injury, transfer, signing, or whatever) I would have said that contending probably isn’t in the cards. Instead, they rallied around an inexperienced goaltender and surprised me, and I imagine many of you as well. Even with a great February run, I did not think a frozen four appearance was realistic.

    Depending on how the departures shake out, I think we can be in a position to be right back in the mix at the end next year. I’m looking forward to another season talking hockey with all of you. As someone living in MN I can’t believe I’m saying this, but October can’t get here soon enough.

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    Biggest question is early departures, right after that for me is goalie. Close story is great, but not sure he’s good enough to beat the top teams. Most of his wins came against bottom of Big10. He was good against Western, not so good against Umass and Minnesota st.

    Watching the top teams have guys that can weather the storm and not surrender goals has me wanting another goalie at least as insurance if Close doesn’t play well. No clue what we have in Boynton or Owen B.

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    Biggest question is early departures, right after that for me is goalie.

    Most of his wins came against bottom of Big10. He was good against Western, not so good against Umass and Minnesota st.

    Yes. Certainly not as much talk about the goaltending.

    I was at one of the Michigan games when the Wolverines won easily. I didn’t think there was much comparison between the goalies and I don’t even know if Portillo is a solid NHL prospect.

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    He’s a third round pick, so he’s not like as highly sought as Carey Price or something but generally teams don’t draft goalies in the third round. Portillo also had one of the highest sv% in the NCAA this year.

    It would be nice to see this program get an NHL caliber goalie at some point though. I think generally you should be fine with league average goaltending if the other parts of the roster are well assembled but you’d think at some point this program could get a goalie who can stick around in the NHL at some point.

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    Doesn’t even need to be an NHL type guy. Remember how good Patterson and Wilcox were for us not too long ago? Patterson is retired and Wilcox got 1 NHL game in mop up duty and is currently a free agent.

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    Armadillo wrote:


    Chill Kessel wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    Who is in goal.

    What’s on first.


    I don’t know.


    Third base

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    I ran into Meyers at a bar last night. He seemed frightened that I knew who he was and offended that I dared talk to him.

    You mean a Gopher player is actually OLD enough to drink alcohol legally at a bar? Who knew? :wink: :conf2: :lol:

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