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    Cowgirl wrote:


    This paragraph from the above article would lead one to believe the Gophers are skating on a auxiliary rink at target field this weekend. That’s not the case, is it?

    “The 2022 Discover NHL Winter Classic at Target Field in Minneapolis on Jan. 1 will not just be an outdoor game between the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues, it will also be a celebration of the “State of Hockey.” Part of that celebration will include various hockey teams and clubs throughout Minnesota skating on one of several auxiliary rinks at Target Field. NHL.com is profiling each of the teams. Today, the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.”

    From tonights Rink Live story.

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    Bjugstad and Wild defenseman Alex Goligoski will be the two former Gophers on the ice for the Wild, but there will be a distinct maroon and gold feel to the game, which will be played at Target Field on Saturday night, Jan. 1. A video from former Gopher forward Kyle Okposo about learning to love outdoor hockey on the neighborhood rinks in St. Paul will play on the big screen at some point. And one of the smaller pond hockey rinks in what is normally the baseball field’s outfield will feature a handful of current Gophers on skates before the game.

    For Gophers co-captain Sammy Walker, it will be a throwback to his childhood in Edina, to Saturday mornings when their father would drive Sammy and his two older brothers around in full gear until they found a park with a pick-up game underway, and they would skate outside for hours.

    “We’re going to be skating during pregame and in the first period,” Walker said of their role during the Winter Classic, which was originally scheduled for New Year’s Day 2021 but was delayed 12 months due to the pandemic. With temperatures expected to be below zero at game time, Walker and the other Gophers are planning to dress appropriately.

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    If Lafontaine wears a Minnesota helmet in an NHL game he will have added respect from me forever.

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    Jack got his debut in the 3rd period tonight.

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    davescharf wrote:


    Jack got his debut in the 3rd period tonight.

    His save % so far is 50%. 1 goal on 2 shots

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    Goal was a breakaway

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    1/3 now, .333. Two breakaway goals. No gopher pads or helmet though.

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    maroon_and_gold wrote:


    Goal was a breakaway

    Yes it was. Sounds like the Canes defense is not helping. Ended up with 1 save on 3 shots.

    [media]https://twitter.com/SaraCivian/status/1481812585221705734[/media]

    [media]https://twitter.com/BlueJacketsNHL/status/1481810101623271424[/media]

    [media]https://twitter.com/BlueJacketsNHL/status/1481813607574908930[/media]

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    looks like we cut him loose right before his game went in the tank

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    MATT wrote:


    1/3 now, .333. Two breakaway goals. No gopher pads or helmet though.

    this is his gopher gear with pad skins on the pads and a vinyl wrap on the helmet i’m fairly sure

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    Sometimes we “experts” know what we’re seeing and talking about.

    Two breakaways is rough, though.

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    Oof. Two goals on 3 shots.

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    All a matter of perspective. For example, batting .333 will put you in the hall of fame

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    I can’t judge Laffer tonight. He went in to a 4-0 game. 2 of the 3 shots were breakaways.

    He got some time. That’s what mattered.

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    And we are only half way through the year.

    [media]https://twitter.com/SNstats/status/1481816248992374787[/media]

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    Lafontaine currently has the lowest documented save percentage in NHL history. Hopefully he can get in another game.

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    Bonin21 wrote:


    Lafontaine currently has the lowest documented save percentage in NHL history. Hopefully he can get in another game.

    And not be forced to face more breakaway shots than something more regular.

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    I can’t believe they let the kid play in an NHL game.

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    They didn’t so much “let him play” as sacrificed him like he was just a body. Same reason they signed him. Needed a body. NHL is a very different world and that was a rough welcome.

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    I assumed that he was just a body that they could send to the AHL. I suppose letting him dress for an NHL game may have been part of the deal

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    Bonin21 wrote:


    They didn’t so much “let him play” as sacrificed him like he was just a body. Same reason they signed him. Needed a body. NHL is a very different world and that was a rough welcome.

    And, when the team Captain comes out and says the lack of effort by the rest of the team was embarrassing (matching what any reasonable outside observer would see), it’s definitely NOT Jack’s fault.

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    A behind the scenes story about Laffer and his decision from the Canes Athletic beat writer. A couple of interesting quotes from the story. One from the Canes goalie coach Muzzatti and one from the Michigan St head coach. It seems that a few of the college coaches are saying what Bob would like to.

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    “It’s been comical, reading some of the backlash,” Muzzatti says. “Quite frankly, there’s a lot of people pissed. All these college coaches. It’s like, cry me a river. How about we talk about what these college coaches are doing to kids in hockey? They overcommit. A lot of schools have seven spots and offer 14 kids, then they just weed them out. Some schools will just cut a bunch of guys for no reason.

    “They’ve made it sound like (us signing LaFontaine) was the greatest offense ever, but these guys are looking out for themselves. I don’t think they look out for the kids enough, quite honestly. I played college hockey too, and it was a great experience, but let’s not kid ourselves here.”

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    Michigan State coach Danton Cole — a college teammate of both Muzzatti and Canes head coach Rod Brind’Amour — was blunter.

    “It’s not a good thing and it’s not a good look,” he said. “It’s a weird thing with hockey and the way we are set up. That could happen at any time of the season. It could happen before your first game, it could happen before the NCAA championship, or like this. Maybe it’s time that we look, between the NCAA and college hockey and guys who have a good say in the NHL, and have some kind of agreement.”


    [media]https://twitter.com/SaraCivian/status/1483078843653140481[/media]

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    Wow, nice attitude Canes.

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    Norm wrote:


    Wow, nice attitude Canes.

    Yeah, I thought that too. It’s pretty much a big F you to college hockey.

    College hockey has become the defacto U.S. junior leagues for the NHL. They don’t seem overly concerned about poaching from the college ranks and are downright hostile in their response when confronted about it.

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    streakygopher wrote:


    Norm wrote:


    Wow, nice attitude Canes.

    Yeah, I thought that too. It’s pretty much a big F you to college hockey.

    College hockey has become the defacto U.S. junior leagues for the NHL. They don’t seem overly concerned about poaching from the college ranks and are downright hostile in their response when confronted about it.

    It just shows the lack of class that the Carolina organization has. They should have known that most NCAA coaches/fans will not be ok with this move. You got your player, so just keep your mouth shut.

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    They could have gone with the “extenuating circumstances” explanation.

    Instead, they got personal and nasty. That is indeed low class.

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    Lack of professionalism. Would love lots of NCAA players they draft to choose free agency.

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    All he does is score goals. Now has just as many goals this year in Montreal as the little guy.

    [media]https://twitter.com/CanadiensMTL/status/1483190940172959749[/media]

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    TBoyd also scored in that game. He leads all former Gophers with 9.

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    Keith Ballard is on the spittin chiclets podcast this week, on spotify now

    After the interview RA (not a fan) talked about Lafontaine and said it was an EBUG situation and that he was happy to see him get in a game. Shows how little NHL people see about the situations.

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    Both goalies are available for the Hurricanes. Can’t help but feel like Laf got used for basically $10K worth of time on the roster…

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    Bonin21 wrote:


    Both goalies are available for the Hurricanes. Can’t help but feel like Laf got used for basically $10K worth of time on the roster…

    money talks

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    LaFontaine getting the start tonight.

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    frozen4champs wrote:


    [media]https://twitter.com/mikemorrealeNHL/status/1485705213541502976[/media]

    Well, at least he can tell his grandchildren about that cu- …well…half cup of coffee he had in show.

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    streakygopher wrote:


    frozen4champs wrote:


    [media]https://twitter.com/mikemorrealeNHL/status/1485705213541502976[/media]

    Well, at least he can tell his grandchildren about that cu- …well…half cup of coffee he had in show.

    Can I get a refund on my Canes LaFontaine jersey I ordered? :wink:

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    Jackson Lacombe & Ryan Johnson – You are not ready for professional hockey and you will likely regret the decision if you leave after this season. See Jack’s decision – He’ll probably regret it in five years. See the TJ Oshie interview on Spittin Chiclets – He regrets leaving UND before his senior year and he has never played a game in the AHL. You two are not even close to as ready as he was.

    (Not that I think either of them are really great at the college level this year, either so maybe it’s addition by subtraction.)

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    Jackson Lacombe & Ryan Johnson – You are not ready for professional hockey and you will likely regret the decision if you leave after this season. See Jack’s decision – He’ll probably regret it in five years. See the TJ Oshie interview on Spittin Chiclets – He regrets leaving UND before his senior year and he has never played a game in the AHL. You two are not even close to as ready as he was.

    (Not that I think either of them are really great at the college level this year, either so maybe it’s addition by subtraction.)

    I would love to be a fly on the wall to know exactly what was said to convince him he needed to make this decision. I know nothing, but it almost feels like they made a bit of a threat that he wouldn’t be signed after the season if he didn’t come (or some sort of ultimatum).

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    Bale wrote:


    Bonin21 wrote:


    Jackson Lacombe & Ryan Johnson – You are not ready for professional hockey and you will likely regret the decision if you leave after this season. See Jack’s decision – He’ll probably regret it in five years. See the TJ Oshie interview on Spittin Chiclets – He regrets leaving UND before his senior year and he has never played a game in the AHL. You two are not even close to as ready as he was.

    (Not that I think either of them are really great at the college level this year, either so maybe it’s addition by subtraction.)

    I would love to be a fly on the wall to know exactly what was said to convince him he needed to make this decision. I know nothing, but it almost feels like they made a bit of a threat that he wouldn’t be signed after the season if he didn’t come (or some sort of ultimatum).

    I’m sure signing bonus and promise of NHL ice time now was the biggest draw. But I wouldn’t be surprised if there were threats as you mentioned. Either way I hope he doesn’t look back and regret his decision. But hind sight is always 20/20. I know some want him to fail, but I hope he gets the development he needs to make it the NHL longer term, and with at least a few wins for the record books. :)

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    The real Thrill.

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    All he does is score goals.

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    Wheeler with a 5 point night. 2 goals 3 assists

    [media]https://twitter.com/NHLJets/status/1492691479822839817[/media]

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    frozen4champs wrote:


    streakygopher wrote:


    frozen4champs wrote:


    [media]https://twitter.com/mikemorrealeNHL/status/1485705213541502976[/media]

    Well, at least he can tell his grandchildren about that cu- …well…half cup of coffee he had in show.

    Can I get a refund on my Canes LaFontaine jersey I ordered? :wink:

    Gave up 9 goals on 41 shots??? Wow.

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    Pitlick joins Pitlick in Montreal with Pitlick in their pipeline

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    Everything that has happened was beyond predictable.

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    Tweet gone.

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    Lets see if this one stays up

    [media]https://twitter.com/GopherHockey/status/1495527779227652102[/media]

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    Pitlick >> Caulfield

    :D

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    Rem now has 10 goals on 29 shots this year.

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    Goalies have nightmares about facing Rem!!!!

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    If you’re into random stats, his 25% shooting percentage in his career is the highest of any NHLer with 20 shots or more since 2000.

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    We didn’t need him :wink:

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    Goals are so overrated. Who needs goals? :D

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    Goal scorers are a dime a dozen.

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    There’s quite a few hockey players in the world who could score 20 in the NHL if they were willing to give up 40 to do it.

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    San Jose was dumb enough to let Alex Stalock play in an NHL game. He gave up 6 goals in a little over 2 periods of play. On the bright side, he’s still only the 2nd worst goalie from a Minnesota school to play an NHL game this year.

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    The Chicago Wolves and Iowa Wild are playing on NHL network. Laffer just gave up a goal from the blue line….

    [media]https://twitter.com/IAWild/status/1500583092821630977[/media]

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    J22 appears to be smarter than every NHL GM and also apparently a former NHLer based on ripping every player that made a wrong decision.

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    Talk about dedication for keeping the streak alive.

    [media]https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/1501358026690809859[/media]

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    Rem Pitlick scored his 12th goal of the year tonight.

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    EDIT: Should’ve looked in Early Departures thread first

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    J22 wrote:


    There’s quite a few hockey players in the world who could score 20 in the NHL if they were willing to give up 40 to do it.

    Reminds me of how a coach put me in my place. 😬

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    I remember watching Rem for the first time on that trip to Alaska that they took under Lucia. Wicked, accurate shot that seemed to find the back of the net every time. It was obvious I was watching a real star in the making.

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