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ExileOnDaytonStreet
05-18-2015, 08:38 AM
Unless Oz wants to talk to North Dakota first...

Gandalf the Red
05-18-2015, 09:18 AM
Unless Oz wants to talk to North Dakota first...

Wow Hakstol leaving UND, I'm surprised. The Flyers could have done us all a favor and hired Eaves.

Oz could reunite w/ the Schmaltz brothers.

markwojo
05-18-2015, 09:21 AM
I would imagine this week brings some clarity to the assistant coaches search. Oz is free to talk with Rockford eliminated and Fred Harbinson at Penticton finished up at the RBC Cup this past weekend also.

UWisco
05-18-2015, 10:30 AM
It might be foolish of me to think this, but do you think Boeser thinks about going elsewhere with Hakstol leaving UND? I know he already signed his NLI.

Bonin21
05-18-2015, 10:46 AM
No

solovsfett
05-18-2015, 11:02 AM
Unless Oz wants to talk to North Dakota first...

If OZ goes to nodak there should be hell to pay for one Barry "I'm not a hockey guy" Alvarez. Oz>eaves any day of the week.

Also, my head will explode scanners-style if oz goes to nodak

Wisko McBadgerton
05-18-2015, 11:02 AM
It might be foolish of me to think this, but do you think Boeser thinks about going elsewhere with Hakstol leaving UND? I know he already signed his NLI.

I'm at least sure every UND recruit's phone will be ringing but I suspect UND will probably hold their class together. It would be really interesting though if Eaves suddenly calls Dan Boesser about that assistant job now...

Wisko McBadgerton
05-18-2015, 11:07 AM
If OZ goes to nodak

You can keep your head for another day at least. Brad Berry has been named UND HC.

Timothy A
05-18-2015, 12:08 PM
Birdman will have to build a staff in Philly, maybe he should give Mike a call.

solovsfett
05-18-2015, 12:18 PM
You can keep your head for another day at least. Brad Berry has been named UND HC.

Heh,...now that I think of it OZ as coach at UND would likely have been enough to motivate the alumni to take slap shots at cement-head Barry

KaMiGo
05-18-2015, 05:10 PM
Thought I would pass along some information that others might be curious about.

Season ticket renewal packages should be shipping by the end of this week.

Online renewal should be live at 8:30AM on Friday the 22nd. Season ticket renewers should also be able to order tickets to the Blake Geoffrion Hockey Classic and reserve your spot for the meet-and-greet session afterwards at this time.

BGHC tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday the 25th.

I would encourage everyone to pick up some tickets, and get them early. Last year's event was a lot of fun and looks to be even better this year. Show them that there is support for this event and that there is justification for moving this to a larger venue (perhaps the Kohl).

Pavelski and Stepan as team captains, John Buccigross will be the host, full rosters available here (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blake-Geoffrion-Hockey-Classic/1727653580794558)

gwhinwi
05-18-2015, 07:27 PM
Nice to see Robbie Earl in the lineup. He had one of the best games I ever saw at the Kohl Center with his hat trick over UND.

Chuck Schwartz
05-18-2015, 09:39 PM
As Wojo said, this week is very important. Guessing we won't hear of a hiring this week, but it's possible and I'm guessing something happens in the next 10-12 days before USHL camps start. I believe when it was reported that Eaves went up to Penticton for that recruiting trip, it was to recruit Fred Harbinson, and not Jost and Fabbro. Source I talked to said when Eaves was in town there were no games going on and the boys weren't even there. Maybe he did end up seeing them, but everything I've heard is that it was a sales job on Harbinson. Now that Penticton's season is over, we may hear more on that front.

In terms of Osiecki, just because I've heard that he told Wisconsin no, doesn't mean that's a final answer. As others pointed out, they technically haven't even been able to talk to him yet. There are so many second, third and fourth parties with channels of communication on these things that sometimes it's hard to separate facts. Coaches like Eaves will call agents, former players, anyone they trust to get ideas and information on potential coaching hires. You'd be shocked who gets called for information.... With Wisconsin's wide net of alums in the game there are lots of rumors and speculation that can get intertwined with the facts.

I still think Luke Strand from the Madison Capitols would be a slam dunk hire if Oz and/or Harbinson don't work out. I'm biased because I've known him my entire life but he's got some traits that would make him a logical choice. One, he has a ton of experience in relevant jobs. He's a Wisconsin guy, has coached and been a GM in the USHL and knows the up and coming players. He's also an outstanding coach that has spent time at the professional level in the AHL. And more importantly, he's the life of the party wherever he goes. I've never met anyone that didn't like him. He's hilarious, down to earth, and would be an elite college hockey recruiter. If Eaves ends up going with Strand, I'd bet my unborn son that Shuey gets the Caps job given his ties with Sagissor.

I've heard of at least three names that haven't been talked about publicly that either Eaves has reached out to, or they have reached out to Eaves. Unfortunately I was not given permission to pass those names on publicly. Two of the names will probably not excite the fans. The other was a pretty well respected assistant coach that has a national championship under his belt. I think he'd be a solid hire, but he has no ties to Wisconsin or the program.

Also, Don Granato said no. Can't remember if I said that or not. I could see him making a move to the NHL if Tony gets a shot at a head job (San Jose?)

ExileOnDaytonStreet
05-18-2015, 09:46 PM
but he has no ties to Wisconsin or the program.

That isn't as important as it normally would be for me. Although I suppose some local flavor on the staff might help give us better results from our own backyard.

GoBucky!
05-18-2015, 10:34 PM
Badgers men's hockey: Don Granato not a candidate for staff opening; Mark Osiecki unlikely as well

Read more: http://host.madison.com/sports/college/hockey/badgers-men-s-hockey-don-granato-not-a-candidate-for/article_9c292d83-9f8b-5063-8d77-3d788c3bb4ca.html#ixzz3aYHhvN3d

Chuck Schwartz
05-18-2015, 11:16 PM
Badgers men's hockey: Don Granato not a candidate for staff opening; Mark Osiecki unlikely as well

Read more: http://host.madison.com/sports/college/hockey/badgers-men-s-hockey-don-granato-not-a-candidate-for/article_9c292d83-9f8b-5063-8d77-3d788c3bb4ca.html#ixzz3aYHhvN3d

You're welcome, Bags.

Timothy A
05-19-2015, 07:08 AM
Badgers men's hockey: Don Granato not a candidate for staff opening; Mark Osiecki unlikely as well

Read more: http://host.madison.com/sports/college/hockey/badgers-men-s-hockey-don-granato-not-a-candidate-for/article_9c292d83-9f8b-5063-8d77-3d788c3bb4ca.html#ixzz3aYHhvN3d

I was a little shocked to read that Eaves wanted the top assistant to help ID the 2nd assistant coach. Maybe that's a good idea? I'm a little surprised Donnie thinks of himself has a head coach candidate only. Definitely sounds like Oz is out, Eaves said he just couldn't wait, which is bull because he STILL hasn't hired anyone yet. It's almost Harbison or bust at this point.

Wisko McBadgerton
05-19-2015, 07:16 AM
Badgers men's hockey: Don Granato not a candidate for staff opening; Mark Osiecki unlikely as well

Read more: http://host.madison.com/sports/college/hockey/badgers-men-s-hockey-don-granato-not-a-candidate-for/article_9c292d83-9f8b-5063-8d77-3d788c3bb4ca.html#ixzz3aYHhvN3d

Here's the OZ interview:

Hi OZ so u wanna mayB come back?

hiya. um... lol... IDK... prolly not

gwhinwi
05-19-2015, 07:26 AM
Here's the OZ interview:

Hi OZ so u wanna mayB come back?

hiya. um... lol... IDK... prolly not

It is fun to think of Eaves soliciting future assistant coaches as if he were a 14 year old girl using a cell phone to text for the first time.

Actually, that doesn't seem that far from reality.

Wisko McBadgerton
05-19-2015, 07:54 AM
I was a little shocked to read that Eaves wanted the top assistant to help ID the 2nd assistant coach. Maybe that's a good idea? I'm a little surprised Donnie thinks of himself has a head coach candidate only. Definitely sounds like Oz is out, Eaves said he just couldn't wait, which is bull because he STILL hasn't hired anyone yet. It's almost Harbison or bust at this point.

I'd think it makes sense to want to get the top guy in place first. You obviously want chemistry, plus you want a second asst. to be strong coaching and recruiting in areas where perhaps the first isn't so much.

Donnie has been a HC for most of the last 20 years from juniors to the ECHL and AHL. And he has a pretty good job right now as far as jobs in hockey go. I'm not really surprised he looks at it that way. I think if he's not here, the best place for the him to be (as far as UW is concerned) is right where he is. While he's probably not really doing any steering, it's definitely a good thing that UW coaches have a good relationship at the NTDP.