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MCWarrior1011
04-09-2018, 10:58 AM
New coach, time for a new thread.

Bradz
04-09-2018, 12:19 PM
New coach, time for a new thread.

I wonder if he will clean house, if so he will need to find a good poacher. 😊

HockeyRef
04-09-2018, 12:33 PM
Love the title of your new thread...wonder if any of his PC recruits will follow him to MC? Hey don't laugh it happens...

MCWarrior1011
04-09-2018, 04:46 PM
Love the title of your new thread...wonder if any of his PC recruits will follow him to MC? Hey don't laugh it happens...

I was thinking (and hoping) the same thing. Someone told me once that Aston-Reese was supposed to go to Brown? Then the Brown assistant (Keefe) went to Northeastern and he followed him

northeastern
04-09-2018, 04:54 PM
I was thinking (and hoping) the same thing. Someone told me once that Aston-Reese was supposed to go to Brown? Then the Brown assistant (Keefe) went to Northeastern and he followed him

yup.. so did Kevin Roy.

MCWarrior1011
04-09-2018, 06:06 PM
yup.. so did Kevin Roy.

Holy $%#$ really? ****, Brown could have been good lol

HockeyRef
04-09-2018, 06:24 PM
I was thinking (and hoping) the same thing. Someone told me once that Aston-Reese was supposed to go to Brown? Then the Brown assistant (Keefe) went to Northeastern and he followed him

It's no secret that when Scott Borek went to PC a dman we were excited about went with him (and subsequently left PC). Players do this all the time...you never know.

MC Alumni
04-09-2018, 08:28 PM
I don't understand this hire at all. 50+ candidates I was hoping for somewhat of a new direction. I don't see how this is a step up from dennehy. But will give him his fair chance before I judge. Just seems like an odd hire considering the candidates.

RENCEB
04-09-2018, 09:29 PM
Sigh. They had a chance to swing for the fences, and this feels a bit like a ground out to second. Is Borek REALLY a paradigm shift improvement over Dennehy? Honest, I want to be excited, and the cover page article is really positive, but I'm not feelin' it. Just down right now. Gallant and Gibson, let's see what this looks like in a couple years, because you're both on the hook for this hire.

BlackI
04-09-2018, 09:34 PM
Probably you will find he is a great hire.

MCWarrior1011
04-09-2018, 09:39 PM
Sigh. They had a chance to swing for the fences, and this feels a bit like a ground out to second. Is Borek REALLY a paradigm shift improvement over Dennehy? Honest, I want to be excited, and the cover page article is really positive, but I'm not feelin' it. Just down right now. Gallant and Gibson, let's see what this looks like in a couple years, because you're both on the hook for this hire.

Gallant wont be on the hook for anything. He gives the college a lot of money. He purchased his say and as long as he keeps cutting checks he will keep having a say. Gibson will get canned if this blows up in their face and he should. All we heard about for a month was how many great candidates they had, NHL guys, and we got this guy. If the people really making this decision were Gallant and Gibson then I am really worried because very clearly neither of them know a single thing about hockey.

Bradz
04-10-2018, 08:04 AM
Love the title of your new thread...wonder if any of his PC recruits will follow him to MC? Hey don't laugh it happens...

Tyce Thompson would be a nice poach, for a number of reasons.

Yuppie Scum
04-10-2018, 08:30 AM
Gallant wont be on the hook for anything. He gives the college a lot of money. He purchased his say and as long as he keeps cutting checks he will keep having a say. Gibson will get canned if this blows up in their face and he should. All we heard about for a month was how many great candidates they had, NHL guys, and we got this guy. If the people really making this decision were Gallant and Gibson then I am really worried because very clearly neither of them know a single thing about hockey.

Not everyone comes into their career and experiences rockstar success levels from day one. Something about this guy must have really impressed the staff and the players involved in the decision. I'm willing to give the guy a chance.

If it does blow up in their face.. ugh, it would take quite a while for the program to recover..

MCWarrior1011
04-10-2018, 08:45 AM
Not everyone comes into their career and experiences rockstar success levels from day one. Something about this guy must have really impressed the staff and the players involved in the decision. I'm willing to give the guy a chance.

If it does blow up in their face.. ugh, it would take quite a while for the program to recover..

I think a big part will be who is on the staff. McMahon tweeted that Curtis Carr is staying on and I think that is good. I wonder who that second assistant will be. It would be awesome if he could get an alumni in there but I am not sure what alumni are in the coaching ranks. Bobby Jay? But he is old and I think you want a young guy to help talk to the kids when recruiting. Maybe get a goalie coach? I think it would be awesome to get Tom Welby or Jim Healy back on the staff like they were in the past for an alumni connection.

NCAA watcher
04-10-2018, 08:53 AM
Not everyone comes into their career and experiences rockstar success levels from day one. Something about this guy must have really impressed the staff and the players involved in the decision. I'm willing to give the guy a chance.

If it does blow up in their face.. ugh, it would take quite a while for the program to recover..

I'd grade him at a B for his time at UNH, which disappointed as he was following an A assistant. He made several notable mistakes that contributed greatly to UNH dropping from top 4 to the middle, but also was instrumental in the couple of high profile recruits like JVR and Farabee. You can see how UNH completely fell apart after he left in 2015 (recruiting and on-ice), and how top level recruits de-committed (Farabee, Ryczek). This shows that he was doing all the work while the Former Coach took early retirement. He then did well at Providence, with the benefits of a higher profile and more engaged coach.

He's not a home-run hotshot. But he's a solid hockey guy, like Dennehy, but perhaps with a better eye toward the sort of recruits Merrimack would attract, and also is comfortable in getting volume more than high-end, so will really help get Merrimack the depth needed for HE.

Nick Papagiorgio
04-10-2018, 09:33 AM
Not everyone comes into their career and experiences rockstar success levels from day one. Something about this guy must have really impressed the staff and the players involved in the decision. I'm willing to give the guy a chance.

You make it sound like no one has ever hired a bad coach in any sport ever.

But I assure you it happens. Someone was impressed with Frank Spaziani once.

northeastern
04-10-2018, 10:01 AM
Borek is a decent recruiter. Pearl would have been a awesome get for 'Mack (given Dennehy's firing), but everything happens for a reason.
Maybe Borek will be on par with Dennehy, maybe even better.. maybe not. But now that he is hired, get behind him. Give him a chance.
I felt same way with the Madigan hire at first, @ NU.. (being honest here). He could recruit & found some strong support staff as well & got things going. Feel good about things now. Anyway, best to 'Mack, i think you guys will be okay.

MCWarrior1011
04-10-2018, 04:10 PM
Borek is a decent recruiter. Pearl would have been a awesome get for 'Mack (given Dennehy's firing), but everything happens for a reason.
Maybe Borek will be on par with Dennehy, maybe even better.. maybe not. But now that he is hired, get behind him. Give him a chance.
I felt same way with the Madigan hire at first, @ NU.. (being honest here). He could recruit & found some strong support staff as well & got things going. Feel good about things now. Anyway, best to 'Mack, i think you guys will be okay.

I personally was hoping for Pearl. Oh well not the end of the world and if I want to keep being a fan I need to give this guy a chance I guess.

MC Alumni
04-10-2018, 07:49 PM
Sigh. They had a chance to swing for the fences, and this feels a bit like a ground out to second. Is Borek REALLY a paradigm shift improvement over Dennehy? Honest, I want to be excited, and the cover page article is really positive, but I'm not feelin' it. Just down right now. Gallant and Gibson, let's see what this looks like in a couple years, because you're both on the hook for this hire.

I think Gibson has done a good job.. j'ai about everybcoaching hire around campus has been excellent since he got to MC. Which leads me to believe this isn't his decision.. maybe Gallant.. maybe Hopey is pulling the strings for hockey decisions (I've heard that rumor in the past).

MCWarrior1011
04-10-2018, 09:15 PM
I think Gibson has done a good job.. j'ai about everybcoaching hire around campus has been excellent since he got to MC. Which leads me to believe this isn't his decision.. maybe Gallant.. maybe Hopey is pulling the strings for hockey decisions (I've heard that rumor in the past).

WHat other big coaching hires have there been? A lot of the big ones he inherited right? And I heard rumors on Hopey too. I am not a fan of his.