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owslachief
04-19-2017, 11:57 AM
$5 says Chris Luongo comes home, too.

GFM

I'm not taking that bet. That's a savvy choice.

UMICH
04-20-2017, 12:50 AM
And Mel was in East Lansing yesterday.

What, if true, does that have to do with anything?

gfmorris
04-20-2017, 11:32 AM
I'm not taking that bet. That's a savvy choice.

Chris is a solid recruiter, a really good guy, and knows his stuff.

GFM

Spartanforlife4
04-24-2017, 03:49 PM
Two weeks tomorrow and no news yet on assistants. Maybe it's too much to follow his words literally when he said it in a general sense, but after the way the last regime followed timelines I'd like the new one to be in the ballpark.

davyd83
04-24-2017, 04:18 PM
Two weeks tomorrow and no news yet on assistants. Maybe it's too much to follow his words literally when he said it in a general sense, but after the way the last regime followed timelines I'd like the new one to be in the ballpark.

Not everything happens on fans desires timelines. Would you prefer he rushed the situation and made a less than stellar choice so your times is mer? It's possible there is a USHL assistant involved that's still in playoff mode.

gfmorris
04-24-2017, 04:43 PM
Not everything happens on fans desires timelines. Would you prefer he rushed the situation and made a less than stellar choice so your times is mer? It's possible there is a USHL assistant involved that's still in playoff mode.

I agree. I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't Luongo and an up-and-coming USHL/NAHL guy.

GFM

Pirateasaur
04-25-2017, 10:10 AM
I agree. I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't Luongo and an up-and-coming USHL/NAHL guy.

GFM

Cole mentioned he wants an assistant that primarily focuses on recruiting and one that spends most of his time coaching. Did Luongo fill one of these roles at UAH?

gfmorris
04-25-2017, 11:34 AM
Cole mentioned he wants an assistant that primarily focuses on recruiting and one that spends most of his time coaching. Did Luongo fill one of these roles at UAH?

He held both roles, each in different seasons. John McCabe did more of the recruiting for us, but Lou went out and got a lot of guys. Then he obviously was HC here, a situation that ... well, Lou got screwed really hard.

GFM

Spartanforlife4
04-25-2017, 04:30 PM
Q&A with Danton Cole. (http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2017/04/25_QA-With--Danton-Cole.php)

Decatur Spartan
04-26-2017, 07:28 AM
Two weeks tomorrow and no news yet on assistants. Maybe it's too much to follow his words literally when he said it in a general sense, but after the way the last regime followed timelines I'd like the new one to be in the ballpark.
Maybe interviews. And then contract negations not just with MSU, but with the institutions they maybe leaving. Could be many stumbling blocks to overcome. And it's not even May yet. Now, if it goes into June, then I'd be worried. It will come.

Pirateasaur
04-26-2017, 10:34 AM
Q&A with Danton Cole. (http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2017/04/25_QA-With--Danton-Cole.php)

A lot of content to enjoy. Coaching really seems to be in Cole's career wheelhouse.

I am going to be amped for next season all summer. Last year It was within
a few days of the exhibition that I started thinking about hockey. It feels
good to know a fresh start is here.

I hope we can get some more technical details about systems Cole intends to install. Hockey news gets sparse in the summer, though.

gfmorris
04-26-2017, 10:36 AM
I expect that Danton is talking to people at AHCA. Also, that Q&A with him is very, very Danton. If you like what you read, you'll like what you're getting. I'm pretty sure that MSU will become my #2.

GFM

aallenpollreisz
04-26-2017, 01:03 PM
Looks like we're trying this again:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So, I just got some interesting Spartan Fund mail. Apparently, the athletic department is getting serious about the Munn expansion again. <a href="https://t.co/m4snLo4Wj8">pic.twitter.com/m4snLo4Wj8</a></p>&mdash; A. Allen Pollreisz (@anthony_allen_p) <a href="https://twitter.com/anthony_allen_p/status/857279877678084096">April 26, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Unrelated: I'm surprised I haven't heard any snide remarks about my bedding. (Well, yet.)

Spartanforlife4
04-26-2017, 05:30 PM
I expect that Danton is talking to people at AHCA. Also, that Q&A with him is very, very Danton. If you like what you read, you'll like what you're getting. I'm pretty sure that MSU will become my #2.

GFM

How is his relationship with UAH? I wouldn't mind seeing UAH on the schedule, and as a prior coach I'm sure he wouldn't mind going down to Huntsville for a weekend.

gfmorris
04-26-2017, 08:56 PM
How is his relationship with UAH? I wouldn't mind seeing UAH on the schedule, and as a prior coach I'm sure he wouldn't mind going down to Huntsville for a weekend.

He left on good terms, but the entire administration has turned over since he left. That said, we'd certainly welcome MSU to our building.

GFM

owslachief
04-26-2017, 10:06 PM
Looks like we're trying this again:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So, I just got some interesting Spartan Fund mail. Apparently, the athletic department is getting serious about the Munn expansion again. <a href="https://t.co/m4snLo4Wj8">pic.twitter.com/m4snLo4Wj8</a></p> A. Allen Pollreisz (@anthony_allen_p) <a href="https://twitter.com/anthony_allen_p/status/857279877678084096">April 26, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Unrelated: I'm surprised I haven't heard any snide remarks about my bedding. (Well, yet.)

Sweet. I need to sink some $eriou$ into something big this year. Maybe I can get a 30' pane of glass in my name.

John J. MacInnes
04-27-2017, 08:30 AM
One interesting thing in the mailer from Spartan Fund - the original Munn renovation plan seems to have been resurrected.

The rendering on the mailer shows that Breslin is west of the expansion. That means this new construction would be on the Munn Field/south side of the arena, which is opposite of the current locker room location. That lines up with the plan to "flip" the building. In that plan, the home locker room and bench would also move to the south side of the building. That would also mean the penalty box is moving along with it, and the visiting/assignable locker rooms would all be relocated to the north side. That also would mean a change to the club seat/suite level layout - the existing press box would be cleared to allow for the club to be expanded (since this is a much more popular option than buying a suite), and the center four suites on the north side would be repurposed as the new press area. That also would require the re-cabling of most of the arena and a new camera platform on the north side as well.

There were a few prior proposals for locker room renovation before, but they always hit a roadblock thanks to the massive amounts of concrete underneath the arena that made it cost prohibitive and structurally unsound to complete the work in those areas. That, along with the desire to "show off" the new areas made it more feasible to put expansions on ground level above where the locker room proper would be. And with the pine stand on the north, it was much easier to expand on the Munn Field side.

wsummers
04-27-2017, 02:55 PM
One interesting thing in the mailer from Spartan Fund - the original Munn renovation plan seems to have been resurrected.

The rendering on the mailer shows that Breslin is west of the expansion. That means this new construction would be on the Munn Field/south side of the arena, which is opposite of the current locker room location. That lines up with the plan to "flip" the building. In that plan, the home locker room and bench would also move to the south side of the building. That would also mean the penalty box is moving along with it, and the visiting/assignable locker rooms would all be relocated to the north side. That also would mean a change to the club seat/suite level layout - the existing press box would be cleared to allow for the club to be expanded (since this is a much more popular option than buying a suite), and the center four suites on the north side would be repurposed as the new press area. That also would require the re-cabling of most of the arena and a new camera platform on the north side as well.

There were a few prior proposals for locker room renovation before, but they always hit a roadblock thanks to the massive amounts of concrete underneath the arena that made it cost prohibitive and structurally unsound to complete the work in those areas. That, along with the desire to "show off" the new areas made it more feasible to put expansions on ground level above where the locker room proper would be. And with the pine stand on the north, it was much easier to expand on the Munn Field side.

I believe I read at one time that the pine stand was on a Native American mound and therefore would not be disturbed...if I am remembering correctly that could explain why expansion to the north isn't possible.

John J. MacInnes
04-27-2017, 03:26 PM
I believe I read at one time that the pine stand was on a Native American mound and therefore would not be disturbed...if I am remembering correctly that could explain why expansion to the north isn't possible.

Believe it or not, it's actually a dune and is therefore protected. When you walk through there and kick at the ground a little, the sand is evident very quickly.

Pirateasaur
04-27-2017, 08:39 PM
Believe it or not, it's actually a dune and is therefore protected. When you walk through there and kick at the ground a little, the sand is evident very quickly.

Sometimes it feels like Munn is built on a cursed Native American burial mound.