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Wi.Huskies Fan
03-27-2017, 12:34 PM
I don't want to overstep any bounds or violate any rules, but if it comes out that Red is retiring, would it be acceptable for fans to form a letter writing campaign to Mel to tell him how much we appreciate what he's done and how much the community supports him and to politely ask him to stay in Houghton? I mean, I am sure we could get a huge outpouring of support for him and if he see's that maybe it will make any decision easier.

I will say, he seems to truly love this team, school and community in a way and at a level I have never seen before by a coach. I know Jamie Russell did as well and it showed, but Mel really seems to be at another level. His opening the doors to the ice for fans to come on to celebrate the MacNaughton last year and the Broadmoor this year as well as his interaction with fans and the community and how he brings the team into the community, like I said, I have never seen any coach anywhere this involved and invested in the community and to me it shows a true love and passion for where he is and a belief in what he is doing. I have to think this bodes well for our chances at retaining him until he retires.

Your second paragraph really hit the nail on the head. Very well phrased.
Would the community write letters showing support for him? Not a doubt in my mind if it came to that.

Tech fans are the best in college hockey. I was at the game in Cincy and it shows.
Other fan bases came up to me personally (whether at the bar pre or post game or at the arena between periods) and were impressed with the amount of fans that showed for the weekend and what sportsmanship we have. Proud Huskies fan here.

bigblue_dl
03-27-2017, 01:28 PM
About departures (player, not coach), I don't see Roy being back, in fact, I am guessing he signs in the next few days. I would also not be surprised to see another D-man sign, or maybe even 2 more sign. I expect that we will see a completely new blueline next season, that is very young.

Shirtless Guy
03-27-2017, 02:01 PM
About departures (player, not coach), I don't see Roy being back, in fact, I am guessing he signs in the next few days. I would also not be surprised to see another D-man sign, or maybe even 2 more sign. I expect that we will see a completely new blueline next season, that is very young.
Roy is the most likely target being a junior and there being interest from the Kings in getting him to the pros yet this season. I think it will happe soon or not until after next year.

Auk could also gain interest as a free agent. Might be one of the better free agent options on the blue line although I haven't kept on on silks list to see if he even made it.

Birks seems likely to play one more year since it seems Pittsburgh isn't pushing. despite his status as a sophomore, he's been out of junior hockey f or 3 years now so it seems likely he leaves after next season regardless of what happens this year.

Reinke is amazingly also undrafted and a free agent. I'm still not sure why no one took a chance on him. He could be gone this offseason but seems pretty likely not to last more than 2 years if he improves upon this season.

They all could go or they all could stay. Hopefully we know soon what's going on and none of them sign after the season NHL season is over. Based on what Mel has recruited, he appears to be expecting a couple to leave early and probably all of them over the next 2 years.

bose301s
03-27-2017, 02:07 PM
Roy is the most likely target being a junior and there being interest from the Kings in getting him to the pros yet this season. I think it will happe soon or not until after next year.

Auk could also gain interest as a free agent. Might be one of the better free agent options on the blue line although I haven't kept on on silks list to see if he even made it.

Birks seems likely to play one more year since it seems Pittsburgh isn't pushing. despite his status as a sophomore, he's been out of junior hockey f or 3 years now so it seems likely he leaves after next season regardless of what happens this year.

Reinke is amazingly also undrafted and a free agent. I'm still not sure why no one took a chance on him. He could be gone this offseason but seems pretty likely not to last more than 2 years if he improves upon this season.

They all could go or they all could stay. Hopefully we know soon what's going on and none of them sign after the season NHL season is over. Based on what Mel has recruited, he appears to be expecting a couple to leave early and probably all of them over the next 2 years.
Definitely, and the part about Reinke amazes me, to be honest, to me he may have been our best defenseman and he was only a freshman, that's just crazy.

Shirtless Guy
03-27-2017, 03:51 PM
Matt Roy has signed with the Kings, 2-year entry level contract.

bose301s
03-27-2017, 04:17 PM
Matt Roy has signed with the Kings, 2-year entry level contract.

And the first domino falls...

Can't really be angry with him or fault him, just wish he could have stayed for next years National Championship run ;)

PerkyforPrez
03-27-2017, 04:29 PM
Our two most immediate concerns should be whether or not we still have a coaching staff by this time next month, and whether or not Roy foregoes his senior year (I predict this will depend heavily on the former). Shawhan will undoubtedly apply for the NMU job, and if Red really does hang up the whiteboard, I would peg Mel leaving for Michigan at 60 / 40 (stay / go) until further notice.


As a Lakers fan and a Up'er I can't see why Lord Mel would want to go back to aa. If he were ten years younger then the chances would be different. If Red retires my thought is 90 to 95 percent chance Lord Mel stays in God's country.

John J. MacInnes
03-27-2017, 05:47 PM
Well, that was quick. There's one answered question. Here's the release.

http://michigantechhuskies.com/sports/mice/2016-17/releases/20170327ocgp28

Broseph Stalin
03-27-2017, 06:00 PM
Matt Roy has signed with the Kings, 2-year entry level contract.

Bummer. I was hoping to see him for one more year. :(

No more departures please!

manurespreader
03-27-2017, 06:14 PM
I'm pretty sure there will be at least 1 more, but if they do sign I hope they do it now and not in august. These agents, the way they harass the players, it's out of control.
I don't see Auk as ready to go yet. he still makes too many mistakes.

Huskiefan906
03-27-2017, 07:41 PM
Sad to see that Matt Roy is leaving, but if he is not the prototypical tough talented defenseman, I have never seen one.
I already had him penciled in with Rostagno or Brown to form a new LD/RD pair.

I wish nothing but the best to Matt for a long career. I am now a Kings fan!

giwan
03-27-2017, 07:53 PM
Bummer. I was hoping to see him for one more year. :( No more departures please!

As much as I agree it would be nice to have no more departures, it's things like this that show how well tMel is capable of developing guys. tMel knows this and has this in his plans, but it takes time to get all those recruits ready to step in.

You can look at it as **** lost him or, good for him, who's next to step up. In the long run this is a good thing for the program.

Shirtless Guy
03-27-2017, 07:55 PM
As much as I agree it would be nice to have no more departures, it's things like this that show how well tMel is capable of developing guys. tMel knows this and has this in his plans, but it takes time to get all those recruits ready to step in.

You can look at it as **** lost him or, good for him, who's next to step up. In the long run this is a good thing for the program.

In this day and age, if a drafted player develops, you really can't expect him to stay all 4 years because of the risk to the NHL team on losing their investment if they wait until after he's exhausted his eligibility.

geezer
03-27-2017, 07:56 PM
Congrats also to Tanner Kero on inking the new contract. Assisted on the opening goal tonight.

bose301s
03-27-2017, 08:45 PM
In this day and age, if a drafted player develops, you really can't expect him to stay all 4 years because of the risk to the NHL team on losing their investment if they wait until after he's exhausted his eligibility.

At the end of the day though it's still up to the player, some want to stay, some go. I definitely can't blame anyone who goes considering it's all their dreams to play in the NHL, and if they get the opportunity I absolutely can't fault them for taking it at all.

manurespreader
03-27-2017, 08:51 PM
At the end of the day though it's still up to the player, some want to stay, some go. I definitely can't blame anyone who goes considering it's all their dreams to play in the NHL, and if they get the opportunity I absolutely can't fault them for taking it at all.
Apparently he has already reported to the Kings AHL affiliate in Ontario Ca.

oldish husky
03-28-2017, 01:13 PM
A few months back, the conversation was all about why we had so many D recruits and was there room. Now it's how can we survive losing D early. I submit that in 25 years of coaching, Mel has figured out how to pretty reliably know who will be here 4 years and how many might leave early and has already figured that into recruiting. We are relatively new at this whole NHL draft picks thing, but I doubt the coaching staff will be caught off guard. The program needs to have at least some players of the caliber that can leave early, and demonstrating to recruits that the NHL can be a destination after Tech can't hurt. When players leave after 1 year, like JJ a couple years back, that's tough on continuity, but 3 years and out seems like a good balance between continuity and talent.

JohnsonsJerseys
03-28-2017, 03:47 PM
As Shirtless mentioned, the longer a player goes after they are drafted, the more their NHL club will ratchet up the pressure to get them signed so they don't lose their draft rights. One only needs to look back to last summer to see how NHL teams can get screwed when they don't get college draft picks signed. The Predators used a 3rd round pick in 2012 to draft Jimmy Vesey (Harvard). Vesey played all four seasons and ultimately told the Predators he would not sign with them. Just prior to be coming a free agent, the Sabres gave Nashville a 2016 3rd round pick for the rights to Vesey in the hopes that they could sign him. However Jimmy spurned Buffalo as well and did not sign with them. Vesey eventually became a free agent per the terms of the CBA and signed with the NY Rangers in August 2016. NHL clubs want every prospect they can get their hands on so every player lost in this manner (although fairly rare) hurts the team down the road.

I'm also guessing that Mel has regular conversations with both the players and also the NHL clubs that hold the draft rights of Tech present and future players. I would be very surprised if Tech doesn’t have at least several months notice in most cases that a player will depart early. They will likely not come out and say publicly they know so-and-so is leaving early, but as we’ve seen this season the recruiting indicates they have a good handle on how long the guys are going to be around.

Ryan J

mtu_huskies
03-28-2017, 03:59 PM
A few months back, the conversation was all about why we had so many D recruits and was there room. Now it's how can we survive losing D early. I submit that in 25 years of coaching, Mel has figured out how to pretty reliably know who will be here 4 years and how many might leave early and has already figured that into recruiting. We are relatively new at this whole NHL draft picks thing, but I doubt the coaching staff will be caught off guard. The program needs to have at least some players of the caliber that can leave early, and demonstrating to recruits that the NHL can be a destination after Tech can't hurt. When players leave after 1 year, like JJ a couple years back, that's tough on continuity, but 3 years and out seems like a good balance between continuity and talent.

But even the best plans don't always workout as planned. I think the thought was Keegan Ford would provide some good experience and help with some of the D turnover from this year to next. Ford didn't make it here and that adds to the new Dmen faces we'll have next year.

Shirtless Guy
03-28-2017, 05:31 PM
A few months back, the conversation was all about why we had so many D recruits and was there room. Now it's how can we survive losing D early. I submit that in 25 years of coaching, Mel has figured out how to pretty reliably know who will be here 4 years and how many might leave early and has already figured that into recruiting. We are relatively new at this whole NHL draft picks thing, but I doubt the coaching staff will be caught off guard. The program needs to have at least some players of the caliber that can leave early, and demonstrating to recruits that the NHL can be a destination after Tech can't hurt. When players leave after 1 year, like JJ a couple years back, that's tough on continuity, but 3 years and out seems like a good balance between continuity and talent.we still have too many but it does look better now based on what I perceive for departures over the next couple years.