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|2 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe Desmond was getting a head start on Whacking Day (May 10)||
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Terry Mills||
Loy Vaught was my favorite Wolverine back in those days. His teammate Terry Mills had a pretty decent run with the Pistons in the early-to-mid 90s averaging about 16 points and eight rebounds over a three year period. Then in '96-97 his bio says he led the Pistons in three pointers made (175, 10th in the league) and matched an NBA record by making 13 consecutive three pointers (over a three game span).
|19 weeks 1 day ago||re: Trouba||
Yeah, was gonna say, that one about Trouba being out this weekend was not on my Twitter account as far as I can see. I retweeted Matt Slovin's tweet about Red giving him a day off of practice. Perhaps the OP misread.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||That was the expectation||
Going in to the season the defense was considered this team's strong suit. Then Merrill went down. Even with him injured, there's enough talent there they should have at least been decent. And now with him back taking up seemingly 30 minutes last night (and not allowing a goal while he was on the ice), it was brutal. I wonder if he can play all 60 minutes...
|19 weeks 2 days ago||More than just goaltending||
We've had freshman goalies in the past with fairly good results, other than perhaps Billy Sauer, who crashed and burned about about 10 games. Even then there was enough fire power to carry the team and outscore opponents. But even Billy showed his junior year he could be really good when the team in front of him is doing their job. That's not the case this year.
This year's goalies weren't highly touted and missing out on Jack Campbell and John Gibson certainly caught up to us. With recruits committing so early these days, missing out on Gibson just a few months before joining the team already puts you behind the eight ball because most of the top recruits for the following year have already committed somewhere. Same issue we got right now because the early signing period has already come and gone and most, if not all, of the top goalies for next year have already been snapped up. So don't expect any help in the crease next year, either.
However, the problem this team faces goes deeper than the goaltending (which, admittedly, has had its up and downs). All you have to do is watch Bowling Green's third goal last night in which not one, but TWO Falcons were left all alone in front of Adam Janecyk. That wasn't some one-time fluke; that's the kind of poor defensive breakdown the goalies have had to deal with all season. Maybe Shawn Hunwick can bail us out of a few of those situations, but with the guys we have now, that isn't going to happen.
The offense lacks the firepower. There's no Hensick, Porter, Tambellini, Pacioretty elite forward types. There's no one with a 110% work ethic like Ortmeyer or Hagelin flying around all game chasing loose pucks and laying the body on opponents, who the team can rally around and raise their games. The defense is still in disarray. I wonder if Red might split up Merrill and Trouba to balance out the other defensive pairings (Bennett was on the ice for four goals against last night and Moffie for three). The goaltending is, well, the goaltending.
I definitely felt it could be a down year, thinking middle of the pack CCHA. I never thought it would be this bad, though.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Got it from...||
Shanker said he met with Peppers at his school and talked with him for a half hour or so. When another poster questioned the situation like some of you guys are (e.g. 13 months out, OSU in best position though they're #2 and little hope for Michigan fans, how Derrick Green was an OSU lock last year and now look, etc...), I guess it hit a nerve with Jared because he posted a response that came off rather rude and pissed off and it sparked a bit of a WolverineNation forum war. His reply has since been deleted (wish I had saved it).
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Henry was so strong in his interview to ESPN's folks...||
...that TomVH couldn't quote him due to language, lol. But he told them the same thing, 100 percent Michigan and not looking around.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Wrong school?||
Ishpeming is about 20 minutes west of Marquette and not on Lake Superior. I think you're thinking of Munising, which is 45 minutes east of Marquette, and I know their high school is right next to the lake.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||You think that's impressive...||
You should have seen all the yards he racked up for me in Tecmo Super Bowl.
|27 weeks 5 hours ago||Live bloggin'...|
|29 weeks 7 hours ago||Live blog...||
I'm at the game and live blogging at MichiganHockey.net. Feel free to follow along and chat with others!
|30 weeks 3 days ago||re: Compliance||
@umichcompliance posted that same tweet a month ago and I asked them why U-M can sell a photo of a current student-athlete at the MGoBlue Photo Store. Their answer:
|35 weeks 2 days ago||They had to...||
The Red Wings have a game scheduled Friday night at the Joe (yeah, yeah...lock out...), so they bumped it back a day (w/ NCAA approval). Sucks that the games will be played mid-afternoon rather than prime time, but I guess it's rather fitting for the last season of the GONGSHOW to end in this fashion. The NCAA Selection Show got pushed back to a 9 p.m. start due to this.
|46 weeks 9 hours ago||Hello...||
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Can't wait for the sideline reporter...||
"Henry: I don't really get too nervous before games, but if I don't go to the bathroom before a game, I do get nervous. It's important to note that as long as I had a good bathroom stop, we would win. We don't have state championships for private schools in Maryland; we fight for the conference championship. We were able to win it this year and I have to say that my pre-game bathroom trip was especially epic before that one."
I can already imagine the TV sideline reporter being asked before every game, "On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate Poggi's pre-game piss performance?"
|46 weeks 6 days ago||OHL||
Drinking some OHL Kool Aid. Strong stuff!
|48 weeks 4 hours ago||Yes and no||
Yes, he was Darryl Sittler's kid. No, he never panned out.
Ryan became the poster boy for leaving college early and becoming an NHL bust. Had 9-24-33 points in 35 games as a freshman, then the sophomore slump 9-9-18 in 26 games. Ryan decided to leave Michigan and pursue his pro career after that. His pro career consisted of eight teams over five years in the AHL and ECHL before quitting at the age of 25. He never played an NHL game.
|48 weeks 5 hours ago||Not Patch...||
He asked when was the last time we had a Top 10 pick on the roster not named JMFJ. Patch wasn't Top 10. He went 22nd overall.
Last Top 10 before JMFJ was goalie Al Montoya in 2004 (6th overall to NYR), one year before Jack.
Eric Nystrom went 10th overall in 2002. And Mike Komisarek went 7th overall in 2001.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||For a moment...||
After everything involving Tuley-Tillman, I thought this was going to be Twitter nonsense involving Michigan State fans after Caleb Benenoch decommitted. Glad it wasn't. Good luck to both guys!
|49 weeks 6 days ago||Buying tickets||
My guess...and this is a total guess, not based off any inside info...is if you want the best seats at the Big House, you'll pony up extra money in the form of buying tickets to the GLI and related Winter Festival activities. So those who want to buy the $279 tickets would have to pay the extra, while those buying the $89 seats would not. That would negate the difference in stadium size problem as they're only asking a portion of the fans to buy tickets to the other events, not everyone.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||Red Wings say there will be a public sale||
According to the press release issued by the Red Wings earlier this week:
"Ticketing information for these events as well as the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic (Detroit vs. Toronto – January 1 at Michigan Stadium) is being distributed to members of the Red Wings Season Ticket Holder Family this week. Information on purchasing 2012-13 Red Wings® Season Tickets and thereby gaining exclusive access to 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and 2012 Hockeytown Winter Festival seats can be obtained by calling 313-396-7575. Information regarding public on sales for all 2013 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic and 2012 Hockeytown Winter Festival events will be available later this summer. For the latest news, visit DetroitRedWings.com/2013WinterClassic"
As for having to buy tickets to other events to get Winter Classic tickets (e.g. GLI tickets), I was looking up previous Winter Classic ticket sales and came across stories of the same scam, er... deal. One person claimed to have paid close to $700 for two tickets to the event because they also had to buy tickets to the alumni game and AHL game, not to mention the ticket convenience fees. I read they didn't do that last year. Can't wait for the torch & pitchfork if they do pull that stunt again.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed, but...||
Don't forget the NHL is paying Michigan $3 million to lease Michigan Stadium for the event. U-M, of course, had to do no such thing when they hosted The Big Chill. If the NHL were to sell 100,000 tickets at $30 a piece, they would only break even. I'm not sure how much they're paying for Comerica Park for a week, too, though the Great Lakes Invitational should help offset some of those expenses.
That said, tickets are a lot steeper than I thought they would be. I wonder how this compares to previous Winter Classic ticket prices. I hope the Great Lakes Invitational ticket prices are reasonable. I think I'll be passing on the WC and going to the GLI instead.
EDIT: Just saw they posted the seating price options for the GLI on the Red Wings website, too. Tickets are MUCH cheaper... $18-38.
|50 weeks 11 hours ago||This leak?||
(h/t Michael Spath and Bob Miller at The Wolverine who posted this earlier this morning)
This has been long rumored and they've pretty much done everything save officially announce it.
|1 year 1 week ago||Answers...||
I suppose it also wasn't hard to look very, very good over the past seven years when you consider who Hunwick's competition in net was. Bryan Hogan looked like a Hall of Famer his sophomore year when he beat out the struggling Billy Sauer and put up a 1.97 GAA. But, yes, Shawn did get his second chance and, as I said, he made the most of it and came up huge many a times and deserves all the credit for carrying this team on his back. Hall of Fame worth at some point, just not yet for me.
If I pick two from that list, it's Porter and Hensick. I also think maybe Hunwick and Hagelin need to have their names withstand the test of time a little bit before I'd consider voting them in, if that makes sense. Everyone still remembers Hagelin on senior night, but that'd be like voting in Mike Legg solely for "the goal." And Hunwick, geez, he just ended his career a little over a month ago, so it's easy to get caught up in his buzz and remember all the things he did. Ask me in four or five years.
Porter - Great overall career. A player you could put out in any situation and count on. He emerged from the shadows of the other star players his senior year and led Michigan to one of their best seasons ever at 33-6-4 (T-3rd best winning percentage season, 2nd fewest losses in a season under Berenson). It was like 1996-97 all over again that also sadly ended with a disappointing NCAA semifinal loss, too (though I think you can blame that on someone's Mile High Meltdown in net, not Porter). His 33 goals his senior year is a number that many of our offensive specialists never accomplished, and he won the Hobey Baker to boot. Not just a standout on the ice, but off the ice. As I said, perhaps most importantly, he righted the ship as captain.
Hensick - Offensive wizard from the day he stepped foot at Yost. Could dazzle with the puck and put it right on his teammate's tape, too. Led U-M in scoring three of his four years, getting edged out by Tambellini his sophomore year by two points. Phenomenal senior year and should have won the Hobey. His 222 career points ranks 8th all-time at Michigan. Only player since Bill Muckalt graduated in 1998 to surpass 200 point mark, and I'll be shocked if another player of his skill level stays around long enough to do it again. Yes, had a few character issues and defensive zone issues (as in, lack of), though he worked on the latter his senior year and was even put on the penalty kill and scored a pair of shorthanded goals.
If I have to pick between the two, I go with Hensick. I understand Brian's argument about Porter's lack of personality as a player. I think the other knock is still whether Kevin was really that good or a product of others doings. Playing with Hensick would help anyone's offensive numbers (see David Rohlfs) and I think folks tend to forget his senior year he played with Chad Kolarik, who had a great senior year in his own right. Kolarik was right there neck-and-neck with Porter in scoring putting up 30-26-56 in 39 games. That's four fewer games than Porter, so based on projection they were essentially tied for the scoring lead. Kolarik could have been a Hobey finalist but he pretty much publically campaigned against it and wanted all the attention on Kevin. They were a one-two punch that fed off each other, though I tend to remember Kolarik as being the one showing more offensive flare and personality.
Hensick, despite his minor faults, you absolutely cannot deny his talent level and his production. It was off the charts. He could do all the dirty work, draw the entire opposing teams eyes on him, and setup a teammate perfectly for a goal, or he could do all the dirty work and score on his own as the video Brian posted shows. There's no question about whether he was a product of someone else's doing. He was the cog that made the machine go. If posting 222 career points isn't Hall of Fame worthy, I don't know what is.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Tough choices...||
And I guess it all depends what you want to base it on--a player's whole career or one or two good/great seasons?
I love Shawn and his story is phenomenal. Statistically on GAA and save percentage records he should be included. However, based over the course of a whole career, it's tough. He went from walk-on who was never suppose to play, to magical run when least expected to save Michigan's NCAA tourney streak. But the following season Hunwick was actually LOSING the starting job battle to Bryan Hogan and had it not been for Hogan suffering an injury prior to The Big Chill, we might not be talking about Hunwick being included today. Shawn certainly made the most of his opportunity after that. My biggest knock would be the big rebounds he always gave up. But a good defense helps out and they certainly did that for Shawn at times, too. Hunwick stood on his head many a game, too, and never got the credit he deserved. When I think of Michigan's past great goalies, would I put Hunwick up there with Marty Turco in the first go round of voting? I can't say that I would, but I can't say that I wouldn't, either.
Jack Johnson. Can't do it. LOVE Jack and everything he's accomplished. But the two years he spent at Michigan, the Wolverines were like watching a circus freak show more than a hockey game. Fans went just to chant "Kill, Jack, Kill!" rather than cheer the team. He was obviously very talented, however more times than not Jack acted more like a fourth forward than top line DEFENSEMAN on the ice. I lost count on how many times he and Matt Hunwick left Billy Sauer out to dry due to poor decisions like pinching when they shouldn't or simply just getting beat (totally remember a game at the Joe vs. MSU where the Spartan player won a face off in the MSU zone and skated straight ahead right through Hunwick/Johnson and scored). Sauer may not have been the best goalie, but the year after Jack left I remember predicting in my season preview that it may be addition by subtraction for the U-M defense. Though only remembered for his NCAA semifinal meltdown that season, Sauer did set Michigan's single season GAA and save percentage records the year after Jack left. That speaks volumes to me.
T.J. Hensick is a definite yes from me. His attitude issues aside, the kid was phenomenal his whole career. I don't always hold his attitude against him, either. Yes, it was frustrating to watch Sauer in net his first two years when Hensick was there and perhaps T.J. shouldn't have vented his frustration on national TV during the NCAA playoffs (I remember the reporter asking him about Sauer and T.J., obviously not happy, said something like "I don't know what's going on with him."). But you can also choose to interpret it as the competitor inside him. I remember another short, uber-talented center who was a glory hound and had a feisty attitude named Mike Comrie. Hensick could have left early for the pros but chose to stay. His point total is probably one that won't be reached again by a Wolverine in the modern era of early departures. And is being a glory hound always a bad thing? The hockey team these past few years have had no standouts who could create the magic Hensick could and be a threat every time he touched the puck. I wish we had another Hensick on the team.
Kevin Porter is another yes from me. I think the problem he faced his first three years is that he was a solid winger who was always overshadowed by the likes of Hensick, Andrew Cogliano, Johnson, etc... Porter had 24-34-58 his junior year (Hensick's senior year). Any other year on any other team and you're looking at a Hobey Baker finalist for putting up stats like that. Yet that campaign in his career is totally forgotten because everyone pretty much attributed those stats to playing alongside Hensick. Porter didn't have the flash of Hensick. Maybe he didn't have any highlight reel goals. But what he was, was consistently good at both ends of the ice, and his senior year, with Hensick gone, he went from good to great, proving he wasn't just a product of Hensick. Porter scored 33 goals his senior year, a number the likes of Cammalleri, Hilbert, Tambellini, Comrie, Muckalt, and Morrison never accomplished in one season. And perhaps above all else, Porter and Chad Kolarik brought unity, leadership, and discipline to Michigan hockey once again after the two years of the JMFJ circus freak show that seemed to alienate some of the team as not feeling all inclusive on and off the ice. To me, all seemed right again with Porter captaining the ship, and the Hobey Baker Award capped it off.
Carl Hagelin, I'm sorry to say, I can't do it the first time around, either. Amazing his junior and senior years. Off the chart speed and work ethic at both ends of the ice, like Jed Ortmeyer only with skill. But offensively, Hagelin always lacked that ability to be a major scoring threat. He never had a 20 goal season and never elevated his offense to elite status like we were all waiting for. What he lacked there he made up everywhere else, but it's not enough for me to vote yes for him on the initial ballot.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Alternate jersey||
The alternate jersey is a throwback to the 1945 jersey, which featured that "awful Wolverine."
BTW, it's worth seeing that pic just for the expression on Ted Greer's face.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Dave Brandon tells Angelique...||
Per Angelique's Twitter:
"Spoke to Dave Brandon re: MMB. Said it would cost $400K to transport band (private charters), twice the cost of transporting team to Texas"
Brandon re: MMB: . "I would love to have the band there, but the cost is beyond what we can afford" said the $4.7 payout must go to ADept
Brandon is aware of the (YOUR) outrage: "I'm no happier not having our band down there than anyone else, but it's a practical reality."
Of course the Athletic Department can't afford the $400K to send the band to Jerryworld. I mean, they're only expecting an $11.38 MILLION surplus for 2012...
And sorry, folks, but a $10.98 MILLION surplus ain't gonna cut it!
|1 year 5 weeks ago||More Pee-Wee...||
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Nelson vs. Michigan||
"Nelson had NINE goals scored on him in the two games."
Except he didn't. Nelson lost the opener 5-2. C.J. Motte played in Game 2 of that series and lost 4-0.
Second, that series was played in October. They don't award All-American honors based on how two players faired head-to-head in one game in October.
Nelson gave up one goal or less in 8 of the last 11 games for Ferris. Helped them to CCHA regular season title and NCAA championship game. Sounds like someone I know last year, only his last name isn't Hunwick so they'll give him the honor. Nelson's got solid stats...slightly less than Shawn, but based on what FSU accomplished this season I'm not surprised by the way the voters voted.
That said, Hunwick got snubbed. There's no reason he shouldn't have at least been named West Region 2nd Team All-American over Minnesota's Kent Patterson, who was19th (!) in GAA, 48th (!!) in save percentage, and tied for 1st in shutouts. He was either shutting teams out or giving up 4+ goals per game.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Van Ryn is another...||
IIRC, Mike Van Ryn was named a co-captain at the Dekers banquet following his sophomore year, then the whole summer drama ensued that finally ended in his leaving for the OHL/Van Ryn Rule.
I think Mike was the first captain ("C" or "A") that I recall leaving after being given the honor. Then it happened again the next year or two or something. I know it got to the point where Red finally had enough and he ended up deciding the captains later in the summer for a few years (traditionally they were announced at the Deker Awards banquet).