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MadCityRich
04-05-2017, 02:04 PM
Granato got robbed for the coach of the year. Montgomery wins coaching a team to the F4 that was a preseason #3. Big whoopty ding. Granato did awesome things with an under-talented mentally defeated group of players.

I agree, Tim. That's exactly what I told Mrs. MCR. If you coach 'em up to what you're expected to do, what did he do to earn COTY? I figured Tony was a shoe-in.

KaMiGo
04-05-2017, 05:54 PM
I agree, Tim. That's exactly what I told Mrs. MCR. If you coach 'em up to what you're expected to do, what did he do to earn COTY? I figured Tony was a shoe-in.

I wouldn't have argued with Granato winning it, but personally I thought the turn-around from Western Michigan was at least as amazing (maybe even a bit better).

In the 6 years Murray has been there, the team has records of:
21-14-6
19-11-8
19-16-5
14-18-5
8-25-3
22-13-5

I don't pay attention to them, so I can't say for sure what happened in the past 5 years, but it was certainly a downward trajectory. Going from 8 wins to 22 (and making the tournament) over 1 year is pretty good.

Looking at the draft status of the WMU roster, I'd say that they may have done more with less than what UW did this year.

And sure, you can argue that Murray dug himself out of a hole that he created vs Granato coming in and doing this in his first year.

I could see valid arguments on either side.

ExileOnDaytonStreet
04-05-2017, 06:37 PM
While we may not agree with it, I think I can understand biasing the vote a little more towards on-ice results than general improvement. And by that measure, it's hard for a coach of a powerhouse program to win without getting an at large bid (at least) when others are following a 2-3 seed season with a 1 seed season.

ExileOnDaytonStreet
04-05-2017, 07:04 PM
The rumor mill says that Gwoz is a finalist for the Sparty job.

If that comes to pass, that would mean that half of the Big Ten will be coached by a Badger alum.

Timothy A
04-05-2017, 09:44 PM
The rumor mill says that Gwoz is a finalist for the Sparty job.

If that comes to pass, that would mean that half of the Big Ten will be coached by a Badger alum.

That would suck. He's got the goods to make something succeed over there.

solovsfett
04-05-2017, 10:57 PM
The rumor mill says that Gwoz is a finalist for the Sparty job.

If that comes to pass, that would mean that half of the Big Ten will be coached by a Badger alum.

Kinda sweet. I'd love to see Wisconsin stomp on Gwoz's teams for a change. Although I don't foresee him being there long IF he gets the job.

EDIT: Also... Michigan may be in the market for a coach soon. That would leave Jeff Jackson and Lucia as the "old lions". And gwiz if he's at msu

Will this league be 7 .500 teams because they kick the crap out of each other? Or will 2-3 coaches rise above?

The next 3-4 years are going to be very interesting.

GBBadger14
04-12-2017, 12:32 PM
Per UND, the Sue come to Madison November 3/4.

Also, per Milewski, UW and Michigan Tech are pushing back their contract to later seasons (tbd), so they will not be going to Houghton next season.

KaMiGo
04-12-2017, 01:26 PM
Per UND, the Sue come to Madison November 3/4.

Also, per Milewski, UW and Michigan Tech are pushing back their contract to later seasons (tbd), so they will not be going to Houghton next season.

Well that kind of sucks, I was looking forward to a possible trip to the UP.

The Long-Term Schedule doc (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ovDh4VaSo9nmk7zgsspyUBDBPbl0AdnNcAWKUZ5Jhbs/edit?usp=sharing) has been updated.

GBBadger14
04-12-2017, 01:57 PM
Well that kind of sucks, I was looking forward to a possible trip to the UP.

The Long-Term Schedule doc (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ovDh4VaSo9nmk7zgsspyUBDBPbl0AdnNcAWKUZ5Jhbs/edit?usp=sharing) has been updated.

FWIW, someone in the schedules thread said UW will make the return trip Merrimack next season, which presumably takes the place of the Tech trip.

MadCityRich
04-12-2017, 10:10 PM
Of course we all know there are 10 Badgers in the NHL play-offs, let's not forget about the Madison area players as well. Nick and Jordan Schmaltz, Phil Kessel,Galchenyuk with Washington was raised in MKE I think, but he played MJ in Canada. Anybody else from around the state?

MadCityRich
04-12-2017, 10:15 PM
Well that kind of sucks, I was looking forward to a possible trip to the UP.

The Long-Term Schedule doc (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ovDh4VaSo9nmk7zgsspyUBDBPbl0AdnNcAWKUZ5Jhbs/edit?usp=sharing) has been updated.

Sucks. I love the UP and was looking forward to staying in Houghton/Hancock for a few days. Always a fun weekend there, but to Mass.? **** no.

KaMiGo
04-13-2017, 10:57 AM
Looking through some of the scheduling info for this year, it looks like we might have a 4-year rotation started with Merrimack.

They came to UW in 16-17. According to this (http://www.themackreport.com/news/merrimack-wisconsin-2016-17-dates-set-for-november/) article from Merrimack about the scheduling of the 16-17 dates, they are expecting UW to visit in 17-18 and 19-20. I can't imagine that the administration would have done a 1-for-2 with a mid-level Hockey east team. It would certainly have to be a 2-for-2.

I expect it will be
home in 16-17, 18-19
away in 17-18, 19-20

I have updated the Long-Term Schedule (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ovDh4VaSo9nmk7zgsspyUBDBPbl0AdnNcAWKUZ5Jhbs/edit?usp=sharing) accordingly.

Although all of this may be thrown out with the revised needs of conference scheduling. I'll update the doc accordingly as I get any information.

Timothy A
04-13-2017, 01:36 PM
Of course we all know there are 10 Badgers in the NHL play-offs, let's not forget about the Madison area players as well. Nick and Jordan Schmaltz, Phil Kessel,Galchenyuk with Washington was raised in MKE I think, but he played MJ in Canada. Anybody else from around the state?

I know you have a connection with the Kessels and I'm sure they are nice people, but Phil and Amanda go to you-know-where.

MadCityRich
04-13-2017, 05:18 PM
I know you have a connection with the Kessels and I'm sure they are nice people, but Phil and Amanda go to you-know-where.

;) I get it, I'm cool!

WiscDC
04-13-2017, 05:46 PM
Of course we all know there are 10 Badgers in the NHL play-offs, let's not forget about the Madison area players as well. Nick and Jordan Schmaltz, Phil Kessel,Galchenyuk with Washington was raised in MKE I think, but he played MJ in Canada. Anybody else from around the state?

Galchenyuk plays for Montreal, first of all. Second...the Milwaukee connection is pretty much limited to "he was born and (presumably) learned to walk there." He was born in Milwaukee, but moved to Europe when he was four, learned to play hockey in Russia, moved to Chicago at 15, and then was off to the OHL.

GBBadger14
04-14-2017, 02:07 PM
Via the latest Milewski article, it looks like UW plays 1 and 1 with Merrimack and BC next year instead of 2 at merrimack. I'm assumig they came to a deal with those two school similar to the other deals they've done with the eastern teams.

"The Badgers also have contracts to play two games against Northern Michigan at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon, two home games each against St. Lawrence and Mercyhurst and single games at Boston College and Merrimack in the 2017-18 season."

MadCityRich
04-14-2017, 02:22 PM
Galchenyuk plays for Montreal, first of all. Second...the Milwaukee connection is pretty much limited to "he was born and (presumably) learned to walk there." He was born in Milwaukee, but moved to Europe when he was four, learned to play hockey in Russia, moved to Chicago at 15, and then was off to the OHL.

Oops, I knew that. :o I was seeing red jerseys in my mind, I guess!

KaMiGo
04-17-2017, 05:22 PM
Looking through some of the scheduling info for this year, it looks like we might have a 4-year rotation started with Merrimack.

They came to UW in 16-17. According to this (http://www.themackreport.com/news/merrimack-wisconsin-2016-17-dates-set-for-november/) article from Merrimack about the scheduling of the 16-17 dates, they are expecting UW to visit in 17-18 and 19-20. I can't imagine that the administration would have done a 1-for-2 with a mid-level Hockey east team. It would certainly have to be a 2-for-2.

I expect it will be
home in 16-17, 18-19
away in 17-18, 19-20

I have updated the Long-Term Schedule (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ovDh4VaSo9nmk7zgsspyUBDBPbl0AdnNcAWKUZ5Jhbs/edit?usp=sharing) accordingly.

Although all of this may be thrown out with the revised needs of conference scheduling. I'll update the doc accordingly as I get any information.

With Milewski's article (http://host.madison.com/wsj/sports/college/hockey/badgers-men-s-hockey-wisconsin-adds-to-incoming-freshman-class/article_f9dd400d-0a94-5b17-a2cb-86cb3af01519.html) stating that we were doing 1 game each at BC and Merrimack I got curious and sent out some questions.

I got confirmation from UW that this is another 2-team agreement with Merrimack and BC. I din't get all of the details, so here is what we know and what I am assuming:
We know:
We hosted Merrimack in 16-17
We go to Merrimack/BC in 17-18
I assume:
We will host BC in 18-19
We will go to BC/Merrimack in 19-20

I'm glad to see that the administration is being creative with these 4-year agreements. It keeps a lot of new faces coming through and keeps some of the upper tier teams coming to Madison fairly regularly.

I have updated the Long-Term Schedule (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ovDh4VaSo9nmk7zgsspyUBDBPbl0AdnNcAWKUZ5Jhbs/edit?usp=sharing) accordingly

dtrumbower
04-20-2017, 11:34 AM
Sucks. I love the UP and was looking forward to staying in Houghton/Hancock for a few days. Always a fun weekend there, but to Mass.? **** no.

Kids goes to Tech, was hoping to stay with him and watch the games. Oh well. I'll have one at Tech and one at NMU next year. Guess I better get some more RED gear to wear.

GBBadger14
04-20-2017, 07:21 PM
Here's a cool story about the three former Badgers playing for the Rangers and there time in Madison, including a MM sighting!

<a href="https://www.si.com/nhl/2017/04/20/rangers-nhl-playoffs-wisconsin-derek-stepan-ryan-mcdonagh-brendan-smith">LINK</a>