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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:

    Jess Meyers.

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    That’s a good sign even though it may not seem to be. They can fax contracts. The GM doesn’t need to travel to get a signing.

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    While the Ducks signed a key college prospect today when they inked Blake McLaughin, another of their NCAA prospects is still deciding whether he should turn pro or stay in school. Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports that defenseman Jackson LaCombe will likely need a few more days to decide if he’s going to return for his senior season with Minnesota. The 21-year-old was a second-round pick of Anaheim back in 2019 (39th overall) and had 30 points in 39 games with the Golden Gophers this season.

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    I was happy with the progress this team made. I am also happy that fans got to have fun Mariucci again. Hopefully this is a springboard for things to come.

    Favorite Games this Season:

    8.) Wisconsin Beat-Down

    7.) Sweep in Columbus

    6.) Come back at Penn St.

    5.) Silencing the Ralph

    4.) Controversial overtime in St. Cloud

    3.) Putting down the Broncos

    2.) Stomping Michigan at Yost

    1.) UMass win

    Most of all, I enjoyed the buzz running up to the big games. The fan base really needed something to look forward to this year.

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    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

    While NIL is going to be a thing certain places so players can get more money in their pocket, I think it’s going to be a minimal thing for hockey players in general and minimal overall at Minnesota. One thing the NCAA did allow was institutions to reward student athletes for academic performance, it’s optional and only about 20 schools previously indicated they were going to opt-in to this. The reality is up to $2900 cash can be handed out and not every school will do this.

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    Athletics at more prominent educational institutions have become somewhat of a joke.

    I guess I want people to get off my lawn and go to college and honor a commitment they made to that college to play a sport and be a student, not be a free agent making endorsement deals and being paid to play. That’s what the pros are for. 👵🏻

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    I’d be fine with that if the colleges weren’t making people rich based on the player’s performance.

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    Chill Kessel wrote:


    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.

    Someone posted it here around the time that Laffer left but since Stauber left very few Gopher goalie have played in the NHL. I think we’ve only ever had 5 drafted too

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    Yes. The point is, if we can get quality goaltending, we don’t need NHL draft picks. Especially given how goalies get drafted. Jeff Frazee was a second round pick. Wilcox was 6th round.

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    davescharf wrote:


    Chill Kessel wrote:


    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.

    Someone posted it here around the time that Laffer left but since Stauber left very few Gopher goalie have played in the NHL. I think we’ve only ever had 5 drafted too

    Moe, LaFontaine, Wilcox, Patterson, Kangas, Frazee, Hauser, Moen, Callinan, Newman, Stolp, Stauber, Blue, Pietrangelo, Kudebeh, Joswiak, Moen

    That’s the list of drafted goalies that have played for Minnesota since 1970.

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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.

    There were games we got competent goaltending….there weren’t many games our goalie outplayed opposing goalie. We need to find a guy that changes that.

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    Cowgirl wrote:


    bearpaw28 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.

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

    Jess Meyers.

    OK…lol…Ben is 23 thou 😊 silly me…Jess 🤣

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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?

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    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:

    Maybe you saw it but you’re not understanding what he wrote. He clearly recognizes Ben is not coming back.

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    I’m still holding out hope. .1% is still a chance.

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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.

    Without some incredible play by Justen Close the MN St. game would have been 10-1. He played well with terrible support.

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    Ha, what did you think score of Denver game would have been without Chrona?!

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    Ha, what did you think score of Denver game would have been without Chrona?!


    Yeah he clearly outplayed McKay it wasn’t even close.

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    I was going to say that he was no Hobey McKay!

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    Chill Kessel wrote:


    That’s a good sign even though it may not seem to be. They can fax contracts. The GM doesn’t need to travel to get a signing.

    What is a fax? LOL.

    I work with the federal government and even they stopped faxing 6 or 7 years ago.

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    wincav wrote:


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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.


    He wore the A for Team USA I am sure he would do just fine with a college program

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    Snowcool08 wrote:


    https://twitter.com/gopherhockey/status/1513210611936731143?s=21

    Come on Orlando Solar Bears Sign Walker

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    No one really screams captain on the roster for next year. If Cruikshank would have come back and got his play going more he’d be a definite candidate having already wore a C for two years in D1.

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    The longer guys like Faber and LaCombe stay unsigned the longer they give me false hope. Meyers is just taking long because he’s probably weighing offers from like half the league. Johnson is intriguing, from what I’m hearing the possibility of him returning is more likely than what I had imagined. I firmly believe Knies will be back.

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    No one really screams captain on the roster for next year. If Cruikshank would have come back and got his play going more he’d be a definite candidate having already wore a C for two years in D1.

    Koster has shown some spunk and “vocalness” before. Great with the media from what I’ve seen. Seems like an outspoken guy and leader. He’s my pick.

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    glenhogan21 wrote:


    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.

    A lot of questions remain on who of our defense will go pro. Close’s success is directly correlated the D corp in front of him.

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    Close is a solid option but not a world beater by any means. He will rarely win you a game but he will rarely lose you a game too. Because of Close I’m not concerned about goaltending, I’m intrigued. Big difference.

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    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    The longer guys like Faber and LaCombe stay unsigned the longer they give me false hope. Meyers is just taking long because he’s probably weighing offers from like half the league. Johnson is intriguing, from what I’m hearing the possibility of him returning is more likely than what I had imagined. I firmly believe Knies will be back.

    For the guys who do come back, one has to think that the combination of how close they got this year, the excitement around the program down the stretch, and the talent coming in (Cooley as well as the others) will be big factors in their decision to stay. As many have mentioned, the NHL isn’t going anywhere. Why not come back one more year and really go for it one more time. Other than maybe Faber none of the guys mentioned had a completely dominant season. They would be a force to be reckoned with if they all came back. But now I’m getting my hopes up only to watch all of them sign. Damn it :lol:

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    Rau4SkiUMah wrote:


    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    The longer guys like Faber and LaCombe stay unsigned the longer they give me false hope. Meyers is just taking long because he’s probably weighing offers from like half the league. Johnson is intriguing, from what I’m hearing the possibility of him returning is more likely than what I had imagined. I firmly believe Knies will be back.

    For the guys who do come back, one has to think that the combination of how close they got this year, the excitement around the program down the stretch, and the talent coming in (Cooley as well as the others) will be big factors in their decision to stay. As many have mentioned, the NHL isn’t going anywhere. Why not come back one more year and really go for it one more time. Other than maybe Faber none of the guys mentioned had a completely dominant season. They would be a force to be reckoned with if they all came back. But now I’m getting my hopes up only to watch all of them sign. Damn it :lol:


    LaCombe was fantastic in the second half of the season, and Johnson was steady every single game.

    Johnson reminds of Brodin from the stand point that he makes plays with his feet (not in the same class but then nobody is) but doesn’t have the offensive instincts that a guy like LaCombe does. Even so, he’s a shut down defenseman and had a great season. The one thing he lacks is size, but there’s a lot of defensemen in the NHL that aren’t physically imposing.

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    Rau4SkiUMah wrote:


    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    The longer guys like Faber and LaCombe stay unsigned the longer they give me false hope. Meyers is just taking long because he’s probably weighing offers from like half the league. Johnson is intriguing, from what I’m hearing the possibility of him returning is more likely than what I had imagined. I firmly believe Knies will be back.

    For the guys who do come back, one has to think that the combination of how close they got this year, the excitement around the program down the stretch, and the talent coming in (Cooley as well as the others) will be big factors in their decision to stay. As many have mentioned, the NHL isn’t going anywhere. Why not come back one more year and really go for it one more time. Other than maybe Faber none of the guys mentioned had a completely dominant season. They would be a force to be reckoned with if they all came back. But now I’m getting my hopes up only to watch all of them sign. Damn it :lol:

    From Dec-Apr LaCombe was as dominant as 39 and 89. Surprised will be an understatement if the Ducks don’t sign him.

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    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    Rau4SkiUMah wrote:


    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    The longer guys like Faber and LaCombe stay unsigned the longer they give me false hope. Meyers is just taking long because he’s probably weighing offers from like half the league. Johnson is intriguing, from what I’m hearing the possibility of him returning is more likely than what I had imagined. I firmly believe Knies will be back.

    For the guys who do come back, one has to think that the combination of how close they got this year, the excitement around the program down the stretch, and the talent coming in (Cooley as well as the others) will be big factors in their decision to stay. As many have mentioned, the NHL isn’t going anywhere. Why not come back one more year and really go for it one more time. Other than maybe Faber none of the guys mentioned had a completely dominant season. They would be a force to be reckoned with if they all came back. But now I’m getting my hopes up only to watch all of them sign. Damn it :lol:

    From Dec-Apr LaCombe was as dominant as 39 and 89. Surprised will be an understatement if the Ducks don’t sign him.

    No, that’s my point. He was dominant for half a season. Wouldn’t he want to be dominant for a whole season before moving on?

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    streakygopher wrote:


    Rau4SkiUMah wrote:


    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    The longer guys like Faber and LaCombe stay unsigned the longer they give me false hope. Meyers is just taking long because he’s probably weighing offers from like half the league. Johnson is intriguing, from what I’m hearing the possibility of him returning is more likely than what I had imagined. I firmly believe Knies will be back.

    For the guys who do come back, one has to think that the combination of how close they got this year, the excitement around the program down the stretch, and the talent coming in (Cooley as well as the others) will be big factors in their decision to stay. As many have mentioned, the NHL isn’t going anywhere. Why not come back one more year and really go for it one more time. Other than maybe Faber none of the guys mentioned had a completely dominant season. They would be a force to be reckoned with if they all came back. But now I’m getting my hopes up only to watch all of them sign. Damn it :lol:


    LaCombe was fantastic in the second half of the season, and Johnson was steady every single game.

    Johnson reminds of Brodin from the stand point that he makes plays with his feet (not in the same class but then nobody is) but doesn’t have the offensive instincts that a guy like LaCombe does. Even so, he’s a shut down defenseman and had a great season. The one thing he lacks is size, but there’s a lot of defensemen in the NHL that aren’t physically imposing.

    I just commented this but as excellent as LaCombe was the second half of the season he was really fighting it in the fall. Does that weigh in on the decision for him to move on for either party? Not arguing just genuinely asking.

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    Rau4SkiUMah wrote:


    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    The longer guys like Faber and LaCombe stay unsigned the longer they give me false hope. Meyers is just taking long because he’s probably weighing offers from like half the league. Johnson is intriguing, from what I’m hearing the possibility of him returning is more likely than what I had imagined. I firmly believe Knies will be back.

    For the guys who do come back, one has to think that the combination of how close they got this year, the excitement around the program down the stretch, and the talent coming in (Cooley as well as the others) will be big factors in their decision to stay. As many have mentioned, the NHL isn’t going anywhere. Why not come back one more year and really go for it one more time. Other than maybe Faber none of the guys mentioned had a completely dominant season. They would be a force to be reckoned with if they all came back. But now I’m getting my hopes up only to watch all of them sign. Damn it :lol:

    I agree with this sentiment. Think that will be a reason we see Knies back to play with Cooley and make another run at it (and also part of why the Leafs will be comfortable with him staying in that he will be playing with NHL caliber guys, getting PP and likely PK time).

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    I am guessing (with guessing being the key word) is that Lacombe made some mistakes early and most all of them ended up scoring on Laffer so he became hesitant to play his way in the first half. With better play in net, he could utilize his normal style without the risk of making a mistake being such a penalty.

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    Rau4SkiUMah wrote:


    streakygopher wrote:


    Rau4SkiUMah wrote:


    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    The longer guys like Faber and LaCombe stay unsigned the longer they give me false hope. Meyers is just taking long because he’s probably weighing offers from like half the league. Johnson is intriguing, from what I’m hearing the possibility of him returning is more likely than what I had imagined. I firmly believe Knies will be back.

    For the guys who do come back, one has to think that the combination of how close they got this year, the excitement around the program down the stretch, and the talent coming in (Cooley as well as the others) will be big factors in their decision to stay. As many have mentioned, the NHL isn’t going anywhere. Why not come back one more year and really go for it one more time. Other than maybe Faber none of the guys mentioned had a completely dominant season. They would be a force to be reckoned with if they all came back. But now I’m getting my hopes up only to watch all of them sign. Damn it :lol:


    LaCombe was fantastic in the second half of the season, and Johnson was steady every single game.

    Johnson reminds of Brodin from the stand point that he makes plays with his feet (not in the same class but then nobody is) but doesn’t have the offensive instincts that a guy like LaCombe does. Even so, he’s a shut down defenseman and had a great season. The one thing he lacks is size, but there’s a lot of defensemen in the NHL that aren’t physically imposing.

    I just commented this but as excellent as LaCombe was the second half of the season he was really fighting it in the fall. Does that weigh in on the decision for him to move on for either party? Not arguing just genuinely asking.

    I’d say if he was dominant in the fall then struggled down the stretch he’d be more likely to stay but it’s the other way around so the Ducks (and himself) are probably high on 2 right now.

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    I have seen tweets from this guy all year advocating Faber to sign. Probably one of the first to break anything.

    https://twitter.com/mayorNHL/status/1513543904460648450

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    Just search Brock Faber on twitter and there are like 2k tweets from the past 2 days of Kings fans begging him to sign.

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    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    The longer guys like Faber and LaCombe stay unsigned the longer they give me false hope. Meyers is just taking long because he’s probably weighing offers from like half the league. Johnson is intriguing, from what I’m hearing the possibility of him returning is more likely than what I had imagined. I firmly believe Knies will be back.

    Just think what it would be like as Meyers if he does have 10 or so teams courting him. Finding the right mix of contract, pipeline, playing time, and development would be sooo incredible.

    Sure there are teams that might pay more and let you play NHL right away, but they may also be teams who can’t develop talent to save their lives. But do you want to go to a team that has a lot of competition at your position? And then, do you really want to move to Columbus or play for Arizona?

    What is exactly the right mix for him?

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    I am guessing (with guessing being the key word) is that Lacombe made some mistakes early and most all of them ended up scoring on Laffer so he became hesitant to play his way in the first half. With better play in net, he could utilize his normal style without the risk of making a mistake being such a penalty.

    LaCombe isn’t going right to the NHL if he signs other than a few games as a reward for signing. He’ll have to play in the AHL for a while.

    Brock Faber can step right into an NHL lineup.

    Matthew Knies also could step right into the lineup, but it’s tough to get special teams time in Toronto if he goes now.

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    Vegoe wrote:


    ddillon22 wrote:


    I am guessing (with guessing being the key word) is that Lacombe made some mistakes early and most all of them ended up scoring on Laffer so he became hesitant to play his way in the first half. With better play in net, he could utilize his normal style without the risk of making a mistake being such a penalty.

    LaCombe isn’t going right to the NHL if he signs other than a few games as a reward for signing. He’ll have to play in the AHL for a while.

    Brock Faber can step right into an NHL lineup.

    Matthew Knies also could step right into the lineup, but it’s tough to get special teams time in Toronto if he goes now.

    Do the Wild see Meyers as a NHL fit right away, or would he have to spend time in the AHL if he signs with them?

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    Bertogliat wrote:


    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    The longer guys like Faber and LaCombe stay unsigned the longer they give me false hope. Meyers is just taking long because he’s probably weighing offers from like half the league. Johnson is intriguing, from what I’m hearing the possibility of him returning is more likely than what I had imagined. I firmly believe Knies will be back.

    Just think what it would be like as Meyers if he does have 10 or so teams courting him. Finding the right mix of contract, pipeline, playing time, and development would be sooo incredible.

    Sure there are teams that might pay more and let you play NHL right away, but they may also be teams who can’t develop talent to save their lives. But do you want to go to a team that has a lot of competition at your position? And then, do you really want to move to Columbus or play for Arizona?

    What is exactly the right mix for him?


    In the Russo article on the Athletic, he said Meyers had 24 meetings set up for Sunday and Monday. We can presume that’s 24 teams that want to sign him or at least give him their pitch.

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    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    The longer guys like Faber and LaCombe stay unsigned the longer they give me false hope. Meyers is just taking long because he’s probably weighing offers from like half the league. Johnson is intriguing, from what I’m hearing the possibility of him returning is more likely than what I had imagined. I firmly believe Knies will be back.

    Just think what it would be like as Meyers if he does have 10 or so teams courting him. Finding the right mix of contract, pipeline, playing time, and development would be sooo incredible.

    Sure there are teams that might pay more and let you play NHL right away, but they may also be teams who can’t develop talent to save their lives. But do you want to go to a team that has a lot of competition at your position? And then, do you really want to move to Columbus or play for Arizona?

    What is exactly the right mix for him?

    The contract will be the same no matter where he decides to go. Starting in the NHL will be something that he can negotiate, but nobody is going to promise to keep him in the NHL if he can’t cut it. Where his best fit is depends on what level of player he/they thinks he is. Minnesota for example has little need for bottom six forwards, but are desperate for top six centers. If Meyers signs with the Wild, but can’t keep up with either the Kaprizov or Fiala lines, then he’s probably looking at AHL time.

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    Bertogliat wrote:


    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    The longer guys like Faber and LaCombe stay unsigned the longer they give me false hope. Meyers is just taking long because he’s probably weighing offers from like half the league. Johnson is intriguing, from what I’m hearing the possibility of him returning is more likely than what I had imagined. I firmly believe Knies will be back.

    Just think what it would be like as Meyers if he does have 10 or so teams courting him. Finding the right mix of contract, pipeline, playing time, and development would be sooo incredible.

    Sure there are teams that might pay more and let you play NHL right away, but they may also be teams who can’t develop talent to save their lives. But do you want to go to a team that has a lot of competition at your position? And then, do you really want to move to Columbus or play for Arizona?

    What is exactly the right mix for him?

    The contract will be the same no matter where he decides to go. Starting in the NHL will be something that he can negotiate, but nobody is going to promise to keep him in the NHL if he can’t cut it. Where his best fit is depends on what level of player he/they thinks he is. Minnesota for example has little need for bottom six forwards, but are desperate for top six centers. If Meyers signs with the Wild, but can’t keep up with either the Kaprizov or Fiala lines, then he’s probably looking at AHL time.

    to play for the wild, you’d essentially be asking if he can take Gaudreau’s or Jost’s spot (or he moves to the wing on the 4th line). There’s unfortunately not a ton of places to fit Meyers into the Wild’s forward group right now with how they’re constructed. And Fiala and Bjugstad are the only guys on contracts set to expire plus they will bring Rossi up next year in all likelihood

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    J22 wrote:


    Bertogliat wrote:


    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    The longer guys like Faber and LaCombe stay unsigned the longer they give me false hope. Meyers is just taking long because he’s probably weighing offers from like half the league. Johnson is intriguing, from what I’m hearing the possibility of him returning is more likely than what I had imagined. I firmly believe Knies will be back.

    Just think what it would be like as Meyers if he does have 10 or so teams courting him. Finding the right mix of contract, pipeline, playing time, and development would be sooo incredible.

    Sure there are teams that might pay more and let you play NHL right away, but they may also be teams who can’t develop talent to save their lives. But do you want to go to a team that has a lot of competition at your position? And then, do you really want to move to Columbus or play for Arizona?

    What is exactly the right mix for him?

    The contract will be the same no matter where he decides to go. Starting in the NHL will be something that he can negotiate, but nobody is going to promise to keep him in the NHL if he can’t cut it. Where his best fit is depends on what level of player he/they thinks he is. Minnesota for example has little need for bottom six forwards, but are desperate for top six centers. If Meyers signs with the Wild, but can’t keep up with either the Kaprizov or Fiala lines, then he’s probably looking at AHL time.

    to play for the wild, you’d essentially be asking if he can take Gaudreau’s or Jost’s spot (or he moves to the wing on the 4th line). There’s unfortunately not a ton of places to fit Meyers into the Wild’s forward group right now with how they’re constructed. And Fiala and Bjugstad are the only guys on contracts set to expire plus they will bring Rossi up next year in all likelihood

    Yeah, there’s also the question of if Meyers is a center in the NHL or if he will be better off on the wing.

    I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think he will sign with the Wild.

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    J22 wrote:


    upnorthkid wrote:


    J22 wrote:


    Bertogliat wrote:


    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    The longer guys like Faber and LaCombe stay unsigned the longer they give me false hope. Meyers is just taking long because he’s probably weighing offers from like half the league. Johnson is intriguing, from what I’m hearing the possibility of him returning is more likely than what I had imagined. I firmly believe Knies will be back.

    Just think what it would be like as Meyers if he does have 10 or so teams courting him. Finding the right mix of contract, pipeline, playing time, and development would be sooo incredible.

    Sure there are teams that might pay more and let you play NHL right away, but they may also be teams who can’t develop talent to save their lives. But do you want to go to a team that has a lot of competition at your position? And then, do you really want to move to Columbus or play for Arizona?

    What is exactly the right mix for him?

    The contract will be the same no matter where he decides to go. Starting in the NHL will be something that he can negotiate, but nobody is going to promise to keep him in the NHL if he can’t cut it. Where his best fit is depends on what level of player he/they thinks he is. Minnesota for example has little need for bottom six forwards, but are desperate for top six centers. If Meyers signs with the Wild, but can’t keep up with either the Kaprizov or Fiala lines, then he’s probably looking at AHL time.

    to play for the wild, you’d essentially be asking if he can take Gaudreau’s or Jost’s spot (or he moves to the wing on the 4th line). There’s unfortunately not a ton of places to fit Meyers into the Wild’s forward group right now with how they’re constructed. And Fiala and Bjugstad are the only guys on contracts set to expire plus they will bring Rossi up next year in all likelihood

    Yeah, there’s also the question of if Meyers is a center in the NHL or if he will be better off on the wing.

    I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think he will sign with the Wild.

    But a team like the Wild may be able to use a player like Meyers next year when the cap is artificially smaller. Will he get ice time this year? Maybe not. But could he get ice time next year when Fiala is gone? And have two years to play at the NHL level with relatively low expectations for the team to contend?

    Might not be the worst scenario.

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    Probably a good scenario. He is not playoff eligible anyways, so the absolute most he’d play if he signed today would be 10 or so games for anyone. This years rosters probably have slim to no effect/affect (still don’t know when to use which one) on where he signs. It’s all next year stuff, and the Wild do have space next year. I like our chances to keep him in state.

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    Do the Wild see Meyers as a NHL fit right away, or would he have to spend time in the AHL if he signs with them?

    They see him as a player that fits their systems and I’ve heard the deal for him will include the chance to get at least an NHL game before the end of the season. I’m sure if he signs with the Wild though Meyers will understand that he may have to play in the AHL next year as Bill Guerin seems to value that experience for players. He can’t play in the playoffs though regardless of where he signs because no one currently has his rights. I think March 21 was the deadline for that possibility.

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    Would have liked for Grant to stay for his covid year as he is an older guy and was a captain at CC. That said, the Gophers have a couple of guys that play the same game as he does with the Farm Kid, Perbix and Huglen. Best of Luck to Grant. I’m sure he will try to find a team where he can try to win a Champy.

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    Gonna hurt seeing Bonnie wearing new colors next year :(

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    Best of luck to Grant. Curious where he ends up. Clears up forward picture a bit.

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    Not really no one expected him to return

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    Not really no one expected him to return

    You’re right…not many did. Just avoids logjam had he/Motzko looked for a reunion.

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    We still have 6 freshmen forwards (7? Mittelstadt?) filling in 4 spots (3 seniors, Meyers). Still just doesn’t add up.

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    FABER IS BACK

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    And just like that we’re title contenders

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    https://twitter.com/GopherHockey/status/1513638839839084553?t=sirMWQqQTDb3DHAUIIyMXw&s=19

    I guess he didn’t have 1 foot out the door as someone suggested…

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    Let’s go!

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    That makes a beautiful day even better!

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    https://twitter.com/gopherpucklive/status/1513636047489486856?s=21

    Best of luck to all 3. Jonny seems to be a really good teammate but I’m sure he wants to play, which I don’t blame him. Maybe he can blossom like Burke did at Bowling Green.

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    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    https://twitter.com/gopherpucklive/status/1513636047489486856?s=21

    Best of luck to all 3. Jonny seems to be a really good teammate but I’m sure he wants to play, which I don’t blame him. Maybe he can blossom like Burke did at Bowling Green.

    Brinkman is an interesting one. Mayberhe knows more about who additionally is going to be back and sees who’s coming in? Makes you wonder what a guy like Fish will do

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    Kind of bummed to hear about Sorenson. Saint Louis Park legend! :mrgreen:

    Ah well best of luck to him!

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    frozen4champs wrote:


    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    https://twitter.com/gopherpucklive/status/1513636047489486856?s=21

    Best of luck to all 3. Jonny seems to be a really good teammate but I’m sure he wants to play, which I don’t blame him. Maybe he can blossom like Burke did at Bowling Green.

    I’m really going to miss seeing him in maroon and gold. I agree, it’s understandable he wants to play but still, I wish he would have stayed to be a veteran player who offered some depth. I know he wasn’t the most talented player on the team but I appreciated the guy’s hustle and work ethic. Hopefully he decides to stay but I feel like if a player is good enough to go then they’re as good as gone once in the transfer portal and he is definitely good enough to play somewhere else. Can’t blame him but this was my concern with the modern transfer portal. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

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    Faber only having been here 2 years gave me hope that he’d return, even though I kinda figured he’d be most likely to leave with the Olympic clout and whatnot. Glad to see it.

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    upnorthkid wrote:


    frozen4champs wrote:


    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    https://twitter.com/gopherpucklive/status/1513636047489486856?s=21

    Best of luck to all 3. Jonny seems to be a really good teammate but I’m sure he wants to play, which I don’t blame him. Maybe he can blossom like Burke did at Bowling Green.

    Brinkman is an interesting one. Mayberhe knows more about who additionally is going to be back and sees who’s coming in? Makes you wonder what a guy like Fish will do

    Hopefully Fish stays. Sooner or later guys are going to have to realize that regardless of the transfer portal teams need depth players. Can’t fault the players for wanting to play however.

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    Hopefully Faber returning is an incentive to LaCombe and Johnson to come back for their senior years.

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    Rau4SkiUMah wrote:


    Hopefully Faber returning is an incentive to LaCombe and Johnson to come back for their senior years.

    You wonder if the players talk among themselves about these things? “If you stay I will stay” ??

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    https://twitter.com/GopherHockey/status/1513638839839084553?t=sirMWQqQTDb3DHAUIIyMXw&s=19

    Hey Alexa, play “I’m so excited”…

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    Kind of bummed to hear about Sorenson. Saint Louis Park legend! :mrgreen:

    Ah well best of luck to him!

    Me to. I really liked his hustle.

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    If Brinkman were to transfer to Mankato he would actually lower their average age even though he’ll be a 5th year senior.

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    wincav wrote:


    Rau4SkiUMah wrote:


    Hopefully Faber returning is an incentive to LaCombe and Johnson to come back for their senior years.

    You wonder if the players talk among themselves about these things? “If you stay I will stay” ??

    I wouldn’t be surprised. That’s the way it sounded with the Michigan guys last summer.

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