Exit Cooper Marody Comment Count

Brian April 8th, 2018 at 1:43 PM

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[Ryan McLoughlin]

The writing was on the wall for this as soon as Edmonton traded for Marody's rights earlier this year:

Even though his departure was more or less expected, Marody is a big loss for a team that now loses its entire top line and often struggled to put up points with 2-4. Michigan's incoming class is large and old but might not have many instant impact guys to pick up the slack; M will be banking on roster-wide improvements to maintain their scoring punch.

Comments

crg

April 8th, 2018 at 9:16 PM ^

Doesn't have to be "the nature of the game" - if someone was expected to be a captain and leader of their team and decides to bolt for the first payday that comes along, what does that say about their character?  Everybody buys into "the team, the team, the team"... until it becomes inconvenient for them.

Bando Calrissian

April 8th, 2018 at 10:49 PM ^

Especially when the nature of bolting for the pros is significantly different than football or basketball. These guys are drafted. They know where they're going. They have conversations and relationships with the teams who own their rights.

Dragging their feet  on signing a contract can mean getting traded. It can mean losing an opportunity. It can mean missing a roster slot. These guys aren't leaving on speculation--they know exactly what the score will be, and when it's time to go. When it's time, it's time.

crg

April 8th, 2018 at 11:32 PM ^

I understand the economics of it and I'm not saying that any of these guys are wrong for the choices they make. However, these choices do show where their priorities lie: their teamates and school that has an established camaraderie (who spent time developing them also and could benefit from senior leadership) or the big payday 1 year sooner with the corporate entity that is no different from any other in the league.

lhglrkwg

April 9th, 2018 at 6:14 AM ^

This is a lifelong dream for these guys and most of them only get a handful of years to be a professional. I think it makes sense for them to go as soon as their NHL team is willing to take them rather than losing that year to try to appease random fans speaking in platitudes

crg

April 9th, 2018 at 7:48 AM ^

I never said their motivation should be to appease fans (that is your assessment of my comment). I'm saying that 1) many/most of these players are highly competitive and maybe they would like to actually win something major while in college (thus leaving a legacy there in addition to anything post-college) and 2) the school and program spent considerable time and resources developing them and their teammates have spent time training together as a unit - may be those groups would also appreciate (and some would say deserve) having the seniors return so they can have an even stronger run for a championship the following season. There is also the argument that people who go to college should be encouraged to actually graduate, but this seems a strange concept to many. This is not an arguement that they should delay graduation and employment to stay in school (e.g. a 5th year FB or BB player), but that they should finish the task at hand (i.e. complete their full college term) before moving on to the next task.

Alton

April 9th, 2018 at 12:01 PM ^

Okay, let's say you are a Michigan hockey coach recruiting Quinn Hughes.  Mr. Hughes tells you "I would like to play for Michigan, but I consider a full stay there as 2 years, not 4, so expect me to leave with some eligibility left."

Do you want him on your team?  Or do you tell him to go somewhere else?

 

crg

April 9th, 2018 at 1:25 PM ^

It all depends on what the intention of collegiate sports should be. If this is just a temporary layover en route to pro leagues, where the players go as soon as a team takes them, then we are already there. If the players are intended to be students first and athletes second - as should be expected for a top-tier academic institution - then yes, it would be better to finish the degree. Besides, this is not an all or nothing proposition; the nhl will still be there next year, and staying for a senior year will likely only improve draft stock (in addition to having another shot at championships, helping to lead the younger players, and getting a degree - and being a free agent not locked into a single team). Even for the (very, very minor) chance of career altering injury , there are insurance options for that.

gpmurf

April 9th, 2018 at 12:31 PM ^

Well, I can tell you what that conversation looks like from a parent's point of view. I have a girl starting to field college hockey interest so I don't have to have that actual conversation. but if I did, and she knows this, it would look like this:

"Sit down junior, let's talk. You have two avenues here. School A want's you to play for them. They are offering you a scholarship and opportunity to represent them for four years. There will be good times and bad times. The other opportunity is Junior Team A also wants you just as badly. Both are excellent opportunities and both will develop you considerably on your journey to your dream of playing professional hockey."

"If you choose college, it is a four year committment. Outside of some significant internal turmoil I expect you to complete the four years you agree too. It is the right thing to do and failing to do so will reflect very poorly on you. Further, I will be extremely disappointed in you if you leave early. Your committment is to the team and your teammates. The expectations are not the same in Juniors."

"Juniors offers you the same development opportunity without the committment. I would expect you to get and give the same effort and development in juniors as I would in college but the long term committment is not part of the deal. I will expect you to complete full seasons, however, and depart in the off season."

"Now, I don't give a EFF which you choose. I want you to do what is best for you but remember; one comes with a considerable and binding committment from you. No go represent your team, yourself, and this family to the best of your ability."

If you want to do one to three years just go the junior route. If you commit to a college program you should actually be committing. I don't think enough parents of the talent, however, do have the talk. Like I said, I don't have to have that talk. I get to just sift through the interest emails and smile for now.

Bando Calrissian

April 9th, 2018 at 1:03 PM ^

Hockey is not field hockey. Your daughter does not have potential professional options, nor does she have a professional franchise holding her draft rights while she's a student-athlete. But it is a nice helicopter parent red herring.

gpmurf

April 9th, 2018 at 1:09 PM ^

My daughter is an ICE HOCKEY player on a AA boys travel team. Try again.

 

Fortunately, I am also a helicopter pilot but that has no affect on my parenting.

 

Your anger and judgement are both wholly misplaced.

 

Want to develop with no committments? Go Juniors. It's the better route for you.

Kevin13

April 9th, 2018 at 12:24 PM ^

for any DI hockey player is to someday make it to the NHL. When you have been drafted and are being told you are now ready to play in the league and be paid, why would you not go?  He has put his time in developing and he's not going to change his status with NHL teams by sticking around one more year. It's the nature of the business and when your time comes you need to move on.

Good luck to him and I appreciate his time he spent at UM playing his butt off.

rob f

April 8th, 2018 at 7:33 PM ^

in the NHL. Thanks for gracing the ice at Yost for Michigan!

As time goes by, we'll transition into seeing Mel's recruits step into the roles he's recruited them for. I'm very optimistic about the future of Michigan Hockey, even as valuable current players move forward with their own careers.

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