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    Quote Originally Posted by Slap Shot View Post
    Regarding your, "right the ship" remark - this wasn't a last minute decision by Bell nor Motzko so I don't think it needs to be viewed as a sign that things are shaky in Dinkeytown is what I'm getting at.
    Apparently Bell was given some time to land on his feet somewhere. The good news is that this has given Motzko the time needed to bring in the best available replacement. If the decision has in fact been made, we should see an announcement soon.
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    Apparently Bell was given some time to land on his feet somewhere. The good news is that this has given Motzko the time needed to bring in the best available replacement. If the decision has in fact been made, we should see an announcement soon.
    Seems like Guentzel would be available. While you always want the best available, I wonder if not having an alum could limit recruiting to some degree, given you wouldn't have the guy to talk about how the MN legacy makes the Gophers THE team to play for if you are from MN? I never had a problem with hiring the last two head coaches based on them not being MN alums, but not sure I like the possibility of not having a single one on the staff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koho View Post
    Seems like Guentzel would be available.
    Still on the payroll too if I'm not mistaken
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koho View Post
    Seems like Guentzel would be available. While you always want the best available, I wonder if not having an alum could limit recruiting to some degree, given you wouldn't have the guy to talk about how the MN legacy makes the Gophers THE team to play for if you are from MN? I never had a problem with hiring the last two head coaches based on them not being MN alums, but not sure I like the possibility of not having a single one on the staff.
    Motzko's about a month out from the Fall semester, so he's got a bit time to mull over the possibilities for a Gopher alum.

    Not sure about their interest in the job, but a couple Gopher alum/asst coach candidates come to mind. Ken Gernander was the AHL Hartford Wolfpack head coach for years up until two seasons ago. The Coleraine, Minnesota native played for the Gophers from 1987-1991. He has a ton of coaching experience.

    In the spring of 1987, after playing four seasons for the Gophers, Gernander left before graduating to begin an NHL career with the Winnipeg Jets. After 30 years, he went back recently and finished his degree at the University of Minnesota.

    Cory Laylin is a St. Cloud native who played for Minnesota 1988 to 1992 and is currently the head coach of the Hamline Pipers. Prior to Hamline he was the head coach for two seasons of the Brookings Blizzard of the NAHL and was a Hamline assistant to Scott Bell for two seasons.
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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gophers Season Off-Season Thread 2018

    Gophers land Ryan Johnson!

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    Gophers land Ryan Johnson!
    Tell us about him. Is this Craig's kid?

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    Tell us about him. Is this Craig's kid?
    He is and from what I understand he's a rink rat.

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    Haven't looked at GPL yet. Any confirmation from MN on Sampo Ranta to the Gophs? Didn't seem likely they would have any money to offer him.

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    Haven't looked at GPL yet. Any confirmation from MN on Sampo Ranta to the Gophs? Didn't seem likely they would have any money to offer him.
    They just lost Hurley. It's an amazing swap by the new staff.

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    Delicious!!

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    Mother****ing hell. *sigh*

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    He is and from what I understand he's a rink rat.
    Not to many kids that aren't at this level
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    Minnesota has apparently taken advantage of a Wisconsin loss this week. Finnish forward Sampo Ranta was a third round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL Draft this past June and was set to be an incoming forward for the Badgers this fall. However, apparently there was some issue with an English as a Foreign Language test score and he was having trouble getting admitted to Wisconsin. He asked for and was released from his letter of intent as Todd Milewski of the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

    While nothing has been officiall confirmed by the U, several tweets yesterday indicated that Ranta has decided he wants to stay and play in the Big Ten and will be enrolling at Minnesota instead - SB Nation
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    This is a pleasant surprise. Very pleasant, indeed.

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    This is a pleasant surprise. Very pleasant, indeed.
    A welcome addition to the pack. He has a cannon too.


    Ranta and McLaughlin will be the highest ranking incoming Gopher recruits among the Top 50 NA skaters (2018 Draft Prospect Rankings).
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    So, is tBob and company going to add #6 this year or what?
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    He wasn't left much to work with, but with his Ranta pickup and the badly needed fresh voice it's possible they end up in Big Ten contention and trying to win a couple games at tournament time.

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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gophers Season Off-Season Thread 2018

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    He wasn't left much to work with, but with his Ranta pickup and the badly needed fresh voice it's possible they end up in Big Ten contention and trying to win a couple games at tournament time.
    But Ranta is a third rounder, yes? That should have fans streaming through the gates at Mariucci, right? Or is that only for the first rounders? I get confused sometimes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabid Gopher View Post
    So, is tBob and company going to add #6 this year or what?
    I think a lot of success this season will depend on how the players respond to new leadership. If they buy into Motzko and the coaching staff's style and systems, this year's roster could surprise and have a deep run in the tournament. There's some interesting talent coming in. Returning players have something to prove coming off a down year in scoring. Under Motzko, I think the Gophers will be an energized, disciplined and aggressive team around the net.

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