Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
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|21 hours 40 min ago||Agree||
I remember thinking after that game that it would probably be best if he retires. Its been all downhill since, and will probably be really ugly next season. I wouldn't be shocked if Werenski leaves, the London Knights own his CHL rights.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||A Michigan grad should have better reading comprehension||
The argument is that you can't charge people for season tickets, make them pay, then take away one of the 2 or 3 most appealing games on the schedule.
It sucks they're playing State in Chicago but its really not that big of a deal compared to what the bait-and-switch does to the value of the season tickets.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||This is really bad business||
Its appalling that they intentionally bait-and-switched their customers, there is no reason that they couldn't have announced this in advance, or at least been up front about losing a big game against MSU. Its inexcuaable.
Consider that this effectively means that the tickets have increased in price coming off the program's 2 worst seasons in 20 years. Thats also bad business.
I have friends who WANT to take their kids to Michigan hockey games but since its such an expensive ticket and Yost isn't exactly easy to get to for a 7PM (not to mention 6:30) from metro detroit they find themselves going to Whalers games instead. Whats the difference to a 5 year old? The difference to the parents is 100 bucks or so and a lot less driving.
Michigan hockey's popularity isn't a given, especially when you treat your current customers like shit and price out future customers.
One last thing, people who can't get to Yost like going to the Joe and taking that away in lieu of the B10 championship hurts fan accessibility long-term as well.
This whole thing has been grossly mismanaged.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Who's got the Photoshop Skills||
Can someone please photoshop this onto a picture of ICP? This seems like something they'd wear.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||First Goal Saturday||
If its an even strength goal where there was an uncontested one-timer from the blueline and a guy left open in front until late in the sequence, how is it "defended well"? There looks to be a couple mistakes on that play for that to happen.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||This||
You see it become an issue quite a bit. Also putting forwards back there can be bad news as they are slower to react and don't have the instincts around the offensive blue line, as that are is key in transition.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Sinelli DID make a glaring error||
I think it was OSU's first goal on monday but their guy got behind Sinelli on the dump-in, that was almost completely his fault. The flick of the puck over Racine is a really hard shot to stop as chipping a rolling puck is impossible to read. Either it hits the goalie or it doesn't. Sinelli lost his man badly.
Other than that I like him I like him and agree that he should be ahead of Serville and Clare at least until they can get a better feel for what they have with him. As of right now 4 and 6 are known quantities and that "known" isn't very good.
Also I don't think Chaisson's failure to break up that pass is too big of a mistake, its difficult to take away that pass when approaching the passer without putting yourself in a bad position. Its possible he was slow to react but as far as costing the team a goal its lower on the list. Someone could have bothered to cover the shooter?
Reegardless this team is good and they play hard. The D will hopefully sort itself out as Lohan will come back and Downing and De Jong will get comfortable.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Thank you for writing this||
I'm only going because Saturday will be my last game as a season ticket holder and I want to Enjoy the view one last time. I'm also looking forward to saying goodbye to some of the folks that I've sat near for a long time but as I am writing this I've realized they're probably smarter than I am and will have sold their tickets. Oh well. I can only hope all the OSU fans aren't too awful.
Its going to be miserable. Those who stayed are chumps!
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Agree||
I agree about addition by subtraction but I still count 3 wingers on that depth chart that can't be bothered to play defense or backcheck regularily so I still have my doubts. The biggest difference is that they have 5 good centers (Hyman can play C too) and they are all very responsible. Also, with Copp being so prominent I don't think they'll get into funks like they did last year and in 09-10.
Defense is what concerns me, there is no depth. I have zero concerns about goaltending as Racine was very good last year. People don't realize how bad they were defensively in the first half of the season, he was still solid then as well. I think he's ready for the heavy load.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Good preview||
I like the depth. I feel like Selman and Hyman are more well rounded than Lynch and Moffatt. You're not going to see Hyman get lazy clearing the puck or losing too many battles on the boards, and Selman seems to play well in all 3 zones. If Motte is as described those two would make a really formidable 3rd line with him.
I think Lynch is solid but Moffatt really doesn't work as hard as he needs to off the puck or in the defensive end.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||You're missing the whole picture||
The State of Michigan has the 2nd most hockey talent, to Minnesota.
Michigan has this, the USNDP, and Southern Ontario. Minnesota only has their state in their backyard.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Funny thing is||
Brian didn't miss a home game. There's a difference between refusing to cover a team because their play is so bad you can't say something nice and not supporting them.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Why take a cheap shot?||
He called a spade a spade, and only spent half the article doing so. He spent the other half talking about the positives for next year.
The team with the most talent in the NCAA finished in the 50th percentile in RPI and finished 7th in a weak conference. What is he supposed to say?
Thats the position the team put themselves in, do or die. They didn't "do".
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Answers||
- Maybe? The team hasn't imroved or slipped in any specific areas since he left, the issues that led to the do-or-die run in 2010 still exist and Pearson was on the bench for that season.
- College hockey has changed so Michigan won't ever have a superteam like they did from 96-98 again, there is much more parity. Relative to the rest of the NCAA Michigan is in the top 5 almost every year. They also have the best recruiting advantage in the country, with the USNDT 3 minutes away and they are the closest power conference school to Toronto. Think Texas or Ohio State's natural recruiting advantages in football.
- Its not uncommon for top players to leave early in hockey. Trouba leaving wouldn't be a sign of any negativity in the program. He should leave, actually, he's too good to be playing college hockey next year would impede his development. He's a man amongst boys out there.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Agree||
The thing is that Hyman is very good at being a center but also one of the only forwards willing to go into the corners, I think they were forced into playing him on the wing for that reason.
I think he's a dynamic player and the only thing be really lacks is offensive touch. He's going to be a valuable 4 year player.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Playoffs||
I think the key is avoiding having to play a series at Notre Dame. I think it would take an upset in one of the first round series but Michigan can take Western at Lawson, I don't think they can take ND in South Bend.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Thanks Brian||
You're a great friend.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Good times||
Congratulations to Brian and the rest of the staff. A great accomplishment.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||3 things:||
I think Hyman will be a center next year.
Sparks leaving is totally understandable, if the staff wants to play Rohrkemper instead of him, its probably not the best place for him to be playing.
If Nieves is talked about as being "AHL ready" as one of the quotes that was put up here a couple weeks ago said, he's probably going to slide right onto the first line, expecially with the size he has.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||I wouldn't sleep on Iles||
I don't think Iles is an "ECAC Hunwick". He's got a solid background. He was on the U18s and was Campbell's backup at the 2011 WJC. He's probably capable of stealing a game if he gets in the zone and is probably a big factor in Cornell's low GAA.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Agree with this||
Moffie would need multiple seasons in the AHL in order to break into a good NHL lineup. Merrill, on the other hand, proably could see time THIS season if the team who owned his rights was bad enough. The Devils want their players to develop so if he goes pro he'd probably play in the AHL anyways.
With that being said I think he's too good for college but still needs a little time to develop some nuances in his game, I can't imagine he'd be coming back. Spending another 13 months as an amateur isn't going to do him any good. He'll be bored next season. He's already one of the 3 best defensemen in college hockey and if he played the whole season with his head screwed on straight he'd be a hobey contender.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Not the dustbin of history||
You're forgetting about the Gold Cup final
|4 years 38 weeks ago||6 weeks ago this would have been unfathomable||
We got sold out.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Wrong on Findley||
He actually kicked that ball straight into the ground, not the goalie.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Agreed||
In a year after Holden has had a good Premiership season and good Gold Cup we're going to look back and realize he only played 1 minute in the World Cup.
Kind of like Charlie Davies playing 20 minutes in the Olympics, an Under-23 tournament and 10 months later playing great in the Confed Cup and 2 months after that scoring in Azteca.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Sparks and Treais||
A lot of the development of Sparks and Treais would depend on who their linemates are. If they are paired with a good passer who can open space for them to dangle and snipe, they would likely be more productive.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||You've probably already read this, but just in case||
I am super paranoid of stuff like this to the point where I will intentionally book extra segments on trips and longer flights just to get me to elite status. Airlines are the freaking devil.
FWIW I regularily book flights for family members who aren't travel savvy and I won't ever book Spirit again based on your recommendation. Avoid US Airways as well they have done similar stuff to me in the past.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Hockey game||
The casinos will have BTN and if not, Slingbox!
|5 years 13 weeks ago||yeah, that is weird||
I don't think Hogan is very good, but expecting a goalie to play the pass on a 2-1 is ridiculous. I can't believe Red would say something like that.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||One thing that concerns me||
Forcier did not look to be very careful with the ball while scrambling, and I am fearful that a good blitz could cause a fumble or two.