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Hammy
09-22-2014, 10:19 PM
I agree. But Wild is a nice filler between Gopher games, especially with more MN players on team.


I definitely enjoy the Wild games during the season. Particularly during the weekdays where it can be a bit of a sports abyss in the fall/winter (taking a wait and see approach to all the T-Wolves personnel changes).

Red Cows
09-23-2014, 12:23 AM
Hey, Gophs.

What are you guys hearing on your end (if anything) about why Nick Seeler bailed here and transferred there about 3 weeks ago? I couldn't find a single mention that it had even happened here in this thread or on Gopher Puck Live.

I've asked around about this here and its almost like when Coach Blais kicked team captain Alex Hudson off the team a couple seasons ago midway through his senior season. Nobody seems to want to discuss it and won't look you in the eye when you ask about it.

Here is the thread about Seeler's departure at Mavpuck:

http://www.mavpuck.com/mpboard/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=9692

I was at the game mentioned in this thread. Seeler's behavior in this "incident" (whatever it was) was on the bizarre side, to say the least. He just took off and wasn't seen from, again. And he was suspended the following night, as mentioned in the Mavpuck thread, so that was effectively the end of his career at UNO since our season ended the night of his suspension.

This is concerning to me because this seems to be becoming kind of a recurring theme around here. Guys disappearing for what have turned out to be odd or just plain BS reasons once all the facts have come out, like the aforementioned Alex Hudson matter, as well as the Matt White/Preston Hodge headscratcher the following season after Hudson's. I know, definitively, the ridiculous reason why Hudson got booted and the White/Hodge thing played out in the papers here after they got tossed from school in a gross overreaction by the school to the entire matter.

Anybody have any skinny?

5mn_Major
09-23-2014, 09:06 AM
As far as fellow coaches go, Blais has pretty good regard around here.

Driftryder
09-23-2014, 09:47 AM
I am somewhat of a fan. I think the NHL efforts to reduce obstruction has made some improvements to the game. The Wild having former NCAA players has helped my interest. And the skill and intensity level of playoff hockey when you have a close game is pretty fricken' impressive. I may have past the point last year that I would rather watch two unfamiliar NHL teams in a playoff game than two college teams I know little about in a regular season game.

I'm with you Koho, I couldn't stand watching regular season Wild games, talk about clutch and grab, boring neutral zone trap Hockey. No thanks.

It has gotten a bit better, and with more college kids playing I watch a little more now. But still meh (take it or leave it) during the regular season for me.

goldy_331
09-23-2014, 11:43 AM
As far as fellow coaches go, Blais has pretty good regard around here.

Other than a penchant for tossing spare goalies into the closest river when they don't perform. :p

D2D
09-23-2014, 07:07 PM
Very confusing article, but overall good news if I'm understanding things correctly:

Gophers notes: Big Ten Network to carry 27 U games
http://www.startribune.com/sports/gophers/276415081.html

Also, the starting times for most games are now up on GopherSports.com:
http://www.startribune.com/sports/gophers/276415081.html

dxmnkd316
09-23-2014, 07:10 PM
Ummmm. BTN is not broadcasting 27 gopher games from what I understand.


Breaking: @B1GHockey has announced 27 #Gophers' games will be aired by @BigTenNetwork, @fsnorth and @espn networks this year.

One quick takeaway - FSN is broadcasting Minnesota/Wisconsin at 5pm on Jan. 17 (HDM).

dxmnkd316
09-23-2014, 07:32 PM
Yeah after I posted that Strib article on GPL the first comment was this



Considering we're not playing in the Hockey City Classic this season, I'd say there's a few inaccuracies.

D2D
09-23-2014, 08:17 PM
Guess we'll just have to take it week by week...

Koho
09-23-2014, 08:35 PM
I definitely enjoy the Wild games during the season. Particularly during the weekdays where it can be a bit of a sports abyss in the fall/winter (taking a wait and see approach to all the T-Wolves personnel changes).

I have zero interest in bouncy-ball.

D2D
09-23-2014, 09:06 PM
I have zero interest in bouncy-ball.

Yeah, for me it's a negative number.

Slap Shot
09-24-2014, 12:40 AM
I have zero interest in bouncy-ball.

I do in general, but my first U experience was basketball so I love Williams with a passion, and I'd rather the Wolves succeed than fail.

Koho
09-24-2014, 07:20 PM
TV coverage not as bad as first sounded, but pretty slim from Nov-Jan.

Koho
09-24-2014, 07:22 PM
I do in general, but my first U experience was basketball so I love Williams with a passion, and I'd rather the Wolves succeed than fail.

Oh, and poor showing by Wolves just means less of their taking up newsprint and fan interest in the winter, so I am fine with them doing poorly.

Koho
09-24-2014, 10:07 PM
WHOOOOOOOO!!!!! Holl just scored with 0.6left, shorthanded, to knock the Whoiux out.

state of hockey
09-24-2014, 10:39 PM
Bristedt will miss the beginning of the season due to eligibility issues. Sounds like the NCAA doesn't like one of the junior teams he played for in Sweden. Should be back by the end of October, though.

Edit: A MINNESOTAN WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PLAY RABBLE RABBLE!

D2D
09-25-2014, 09:54 AM
Nice pre-season spread in the StarTribune this morning, with five Gophers named to the "Players to Watch" list:
http://www.startribune.com/sports/gophers/277016871.html

Also, in case you missed it, FSN has confirmed their broadcast schedule, which happily exceeds the poor coverage that was rumored earlier:
http://www.startribune.com/sports/blogs/276973921.html

Bonin21
09-25-2014, 10:14 AM
I don't know how Warning is a player to watch over Kloos and Fasching.

D2D
09-25-2014, 11:50 AM
I don't know how Warning is a player to watch over Kloos and Fasching.

Maybe just a case of giving the nod to a senior?

state of hockey
09-25-2014, 12:30 PM
Warning is streaky. Players like that sometimes freak coaches out, including their own.