I think you will get your wish.
Had not seen this posted yet (happened yesterday).
Rather than having repetitive content, I'll just direct you to YostBuilt for informative content (which is limited): http://www.yostbuilt.com/2011/01/having-seat-over-there-travis-lynch.html
Not a major commitment, but another spot is filled for next year's class. That makes six. Always nice to see Michigan kids get the nod.
1 year deal, prorated salary of $250K. Only problem is he needs to clear waivers (our position is around 28 I believe so unlikely that'll happen). Another team could claim him, but that doesn't mean he'll play for them. I don't mind this signing. With Osgood's hernia, he's probably done. Those are hard to come back from, especially a goalie. Nabakov has never really been on an elite team (SJ was always a regular season wonder, collapsed in the playoffs) but he's good enough to where I feel like our defense could mask some of his deficiencies. He's also a potential starter if Howard goes down or needs a break before the playoffs. Not a bad deal if this goes through.
From College Hockey News
Western College Hockey Blog has a good summary why this is not smart.
This change moved Michigan up from #6 to #5. Notre Dame is tied for 7th. Western is up to 10th (!), Miami at 16th, Alaska at 18th, OSU and Ferris are tied at 24th.
Basically, the ranking's Teams Under Consideration comparision has been expanded from the top 25 RPI teams to all teams with an above .500 RPI. To put that in perspective...Michigan State is now a TUC...wow.
It's 3:22 AM on a school night and for some odd reason I was struck with insomnia. I was also struck with the effort to put into words how the Big Ten Hockey Conference would be created and managed thanks to an impromptu logo designing session. Below is how I feel the BTHC should be constructed.
14 conference games total
4 games versus main rival Michigan State
4 games versus secondary rival Ohio State
2 games versus each Minn, Wisc, and PSU (6)
|Team||Rival 1||Rival 2|
|Michigan||Michigan State||Ohio State|
|Michigan State||Michigan||Ohio State|
|Ohio State||Michigan||Michigan State|
Obviously, the rivalry series are to maintain the rivalries between teams from the same former conference (CCHA or WCHA...with Penn State involuntarily thrown into the WCHA rivalries)
Top 2 seeds (via conference record) receive first-round byes.
#3 vs. #6 and #4 vs. #5 have a best of 3 series with the higher seed receiving home ice.
Teams re-seed after the first round, therefore the #1 seed plays lowest remaining seed, #2 seed plays highest remaining seed.
Second round is also a best of 3 series, with the higher seed in each matchup receiving home ice.
The Big Ten Championship round is best of 3, with the series played at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI.
In order to help keep the CCHA/WCHA competitive and afloat, each Big Ten conference team will face a significant number of opponents from their former conferences. For Penn State, they could be free to schedule a lot of non-conference opponents from all over the country. Approximately 12 games could be devoted to former conference opponents.
14 conference games + 12 former conference games = 26, which leaves about 5-7 out-of-conference games to fill in.
For Michigan, their 12 former conference games will include all Michigan schools (WMU, Ferris, LSSU, NMU) along with Miami and ND. These can all either be home-and-homes or double homes and double aways with a rotation the following year.
Sample Conference Schedule: Michigan
Bolded dates are conference opponents
10/6/12 vs. USTDP-18 (exhibition)
10/7/12 vs. out-of-conference opp.
10/13/12 @ out-of-conference opp.
10/20/12 @ out-of-conference opp.
10/26/12 vs. Ferris State
10/27/12 @ Ferris State
11/2/12 @ Ohio State
11/3/12 vs. Ohio State
11/9/12 @ Notre Dame
11/10/12 vs. Notre Dame
11/16/12 @ Michigan State
11/17/12 @ Michigan State
College Hockey Showcase - Ann Arbor, MI
11/23/12 vs. out-of-conference opp.
11/24/12 vs. out-of conference opp.
11/30/12 vs. Northern Michigan
12/1/12 @ Northern Michigan
12/7/12 @ Penn State
12/8/12 vs. Penn State
12/14/12 vs. Ohio State
12/15/12 @ Ohio State
12/28/12 Great Lakes Invitational
12/29/12 Great Lakes Invitational
1/4/13 @ Minnesota
1/5/13 vs. Minnesota
1/11/13 vs. Miami (OH)
1/12/13 @ Miami (OH)
1/18/13 vs. Lake Superior
1/19/13 vs. Lake Superior
2/1/13 @ Wisconsin
2/2/13 vs. Wisconsin
2/8/13 vs. Michigan State
2/9/13 @ Michigan State
2/15/13 @ Western Michigan
2/16/13 @ Western Michigan
2/21/13 - 2/23/13 First Round of BTHC Playoffs
2/28/13 - 3/2/13 Second Round of BTHC Playoffs
3/7/13 - 3/9/13 BTHC Championship Round
This prediction of the BTHC may be obvious and not too challenging but I feel this is what may happen and I hope happens. Seeing as the Big Ten is all about inclusion, they may cycle the BTHChampionship round between different cities like Chicago (United Center), Detroit (JLA), Minnesota (XCel Energy Center) as well.
I would like to know your thoughts and your insights into the (inevitable) BTHC.
Bonus Graphic: Our current jerseys with the new B1G logo on the right shoulder
EDITS: Restructured Big Ten conference games, increased number of games vs. CCHA, edited potential Michigan schedule 3/6/11
Nick Lidstrom and Eric Staal are going to be the captains for the NHL all-star game. I'm glad the NHL got this one right and really glad they didn't go with Crosby and Ovechkin.
Open thread for tonight's hockey game.
I understand the game is on Comcast local.
Has any one been able to find a free stream?
I found a pay stream from the Ferris State website -
I've checked atdhe.net, and justintv and haven't found anything as of yet.
Audio is at - http://www.mgoblue.com/allaccess/?media=196979
Any help with a free feed would be much appreciated.