TO THE HOT TAKE CANNON
So, Jaromir Jagr wants back in the NHL. Apparently he (rather, his people) contacted the Red Wings. The FSD article mentions that the Wings had no problems offensively last year, and therefore aren't pursuing any forwards. I still think Jagr would be a sick pickup. He is 39, but definitely has a few more years left.
Detroit News article confirms that the Michigan hockey team will play an outdoor game against OSU at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Game is set for January 15, 2012:
Michigan coach Red Berenson said Wednesday the game would take place Sunday, Jan. 15.
"I'd never say no to an outdoor game," Berenson said. "It's great for the players and unique for our fans. It's throwback hockey. Our fans get fired up for outdoor games. They travel well."
Berenson and team captain Luke Glendening will be in Cleveland tomorrow for a news conference officially announcing the game.
Red, for one, doesn't think that outdoor games are becoming too commonplace:
When asked if Michigan is playing in too many outdoor games, Berenson said, "It's unusual to think we're playing three outdoor games in three years, but I feel each one is unique. It's so popular and they've gone off so well."
UPDATE: According to an annarbor.com piece, Berenson canceled his planned trip to Cleveland because of what the coach called a last-minute "hiccup":
“If they can’t agree, if all the different people that want to get their fingers in the pie, if they can’t agree, then it’ll just go back on campus, but right now, we’ve agreed to play wherever they want to play,” Berenson said from his office on Friday. “I hope it works out that we play an outdoor game, but it’s too bad. Today was supposed to be a grand announcement.”
So the game is not as set in stone as it appeared the other day, although in a Free Press article Red was quoting as saying:
"I think it's going to happen, but I wouldn't get too far in front of this until they finally announce it."
Per the Twitterz...
MichiganHockey MichiganHockey.netPoster on USCHO saying outdoor game between Michigan vs. Ohio State at Progressive Field in Cleveland could be announced soon.
Annarbor.com reports that a $14 million renovation of Yost Ice Arena will be going before the regents on Thursday for approval:
Improved concourses, new seating and new loge boxes for fans at Yost Ice Arena are among the improvements in a $14 million plan the University of Michigan Board of Regents will consider for approval when it meets Thursday.
The schedule for the construction has not yet been set. Some additional details from the university action request:
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is proposing a project which will replace the spectator seating on the east, south and west sides of the rink, improving accessibility as well as emergency egress. The project also includes improvements to the east and west concourses, conversion of the level four west side media balcony into a series of loge boxes, a new level five on the west side for media, as well as new comer and stair platforms for additional seating. Infrastructure improvements will be made, including upgrading the existing fire alarm system, extending the existing fire suppression system to areas which are not currently protected, and replacing the exterior windows.
The annarbor.com article also had a link to a photo (below) showing the new Yost scoreboard, which is being installed this week.
Apparently Tie Domi (father of recruit Max Domi) has been meeting with the London Knights (OHL) via helicopter
Tie Domi made a visit to London last week. Hunter confirmed the visit. Domi flew in by helicopter, talked with Hunter and left via the same transport method. "No comment," Hunter said. Not about the conversation, Hunter admitted to chatting with the former tough guy. The no comment was about whether Domi flew in by whirlybird or not. "I had conversations with Gilmour and Domi," Hunter said. "A lot of people are talking to them."
For those of us following the saga of Max Domi, I'd say this is one more nail in the coffin for the prospects of Domi joining Michigan. I like that they said "no comment" about the helicopter but are apparently wide open about trading a prospect who isn't tradeable yet but maybe that's common practice up there.
However, adding signing John Gibson, and getting commitments from Zach Hyman and Bryson Cianfrone has certainly made this an easier pill to swallow
The 2-week tournament will have an unusual format:
Week 1--6th place team at 3rd place team and 5th place team at 4th place team (best-of-3 series, Friday and Saturday, plus Sunday if necessary)
Week 2--A 4-team tournament (single-elimination, Friday and Saturday), hosted by the regular season champion.
The good news is that there could easily be a Big Ten hockey tournament at Yost Arena in a couple of years. The bad news is that the 2nd-place team in the conference will not be able to play any conference tournament games at home, while the 3rd and 4th place teams will each have at least 2 home games in the conference tournament.