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AMC
04-11-2010, 12:42 PM
Yeah, the thread title sucks. What of it?

btb91
04-11-2010, 12:44 PM
Yeah, the thread title sucks. What of it?

I would not say that. Kinda fits actually.

Cross Check
04-11-2010, 12:47 PM
I think I'd be pretty excited for next season if I were a Maine fan. Assuming you find a way to solidify the goaltending situation, the offense looks to be downright scary.

sandiegoblkbr
04-11-2010, 12:59 PM
Yeah, the thread title sucks. What of it?

I like it! :)

mainer64
04-11-2010, 01:04 PM
Brings back alot of memories of my youth!

mainetwentytwelve
04-11-2010, 01:08 PM
Is it october yet?

btb91
04-11-2010, 01:25 PM
Is it october yet?

Hey, I at least want something of a summer first. By late August, I will be saying the same.

amherstblackbear
04-11-2010, 04:51 PM
I think I'd be pretty excited for next season if I were a Maine fan. Assuming you find a way to solidify the goaltending situation, the offense looks to be downright scary.

Well, there's a new goalie recruit on the boards. Kids fairly high up the CSB list, so he must have potential. If Darling gets his head on straight and does everything he needs to do, there could be a spirited competition for playing time next year.

Whitehead's still got some work to do [/understatement], but there are enough encouraging signs that I'm anxious for October. Been a few years since I've written that. :)

UncleRay
04-11-2010, 05:14 PM
Seems like man-up time for Darling. And he's probably fortunate that the sheet hit the fan when it did - during his sophomore year instead of his senior or pro-level year when this could have killed his career. If he gets squared away, he has the chance to come back for two more years, and show the pros what he is capable of. Here's hoping he's successful.

gusforhobey89
04-11-2010, 08:33 PM
Seems like man-up time for Darling. And he's probably fortunate that the sheet hit the fan when it did - during his sophomore year instead of his senior or pro-level year when this could have killed his career. If he gets squared away, he has the chance to come back for two more years, and show the pros what he is capable of. Here's hoping he's successful.

Agreed 100%. The kid's got great size and athleticism, once he gets his act together he's got great potential. I know we all hope the best for him.

If things don't go his way, it looks like we have 1, maybe 2, solid up-and-coming goaltenders, who can only improve over the next 3-4 years and get Maine hockey back on the map nationally. TIMMAY'S got the program back on track. Can't wait til October!!!

sandiegoblkbr
04-11-2010, 11:51 PM
TIMMAY'S got the program back on track. Can't wait til October!!!

I wouldn't consider missing 3 straight NCAA Tourneys as "back on track".......:rolleyes:

walrus
04-12-2010, 05:41 AM
I wouldn't consider missing 3 straight NCAA Tourneys as "back on track".......:rolleyes:

the expectations have been lowered. 2 games above .500 is all it takes for some to be happy

ck1969
04-12-2010, 08:35 AM
the expectations have been lowered. 2 games above .500 is all it takes for some to be happy

Happy because it seems to be headed in the right directiion, not satisfied. There's a difference. ;)

GoMaine24
04-12-2010, 08:40 AM
I said it all year prior to the suspension....

"There are nights Darling looks unbeatable, and nights he looks....well....distracted...."

Finding out the details of his suspension made a LOT of sense.

He DOES have a brain up there and has to realize....if nothing else.....the Coyotes are probably NOT impressed with his antics. If he cleans up his act and plays with his reputation and future on the line....along with this french kid pushing him....I say he emerges better than ever.


Some say goaltending inconsistency, some say defense....but I actually struggle to find a huge weakness in next years team. (OK, Head Coach :rolleyes: )

I am NOT worried about goaltending...at all, actually.

The D got a pretty bad rep for their end of the year run...but lets not forget how banged up they were. By the end, they were dressing everyone healthy enough to play, and of them, Dimmen was on a bad knee and Hegarty was probably playing with a concussion. Van Dyk was playing without Banwell consistently for the first time in his 3 years...I mean, it was just a mess. We had a 5'8'' freshman forward playing D for us in a playoff game for heaven's sake. I love Matt to death....but c'mon....that was a telltale sign that we weren't under normal circumstances.

TRUTH IS....we have 5 seniors/juniors anchoring next year's D-Corps....and more than any other position.....EXPERIENCE goes the farthest with D in college hockey. Mediocre nobodies can look like fairly significant players by their upperclass years on the blueline, and I'd like to believe our five are better than that to begin with!

Dim and O'Neill will be a premeir pairing in our league. Ban and Van play best together and they'll be reunited, barring health, playing approximately 100 games together as D-linemates by the end of the year. Hegarty led our D-Men in +/- even though he was kind of quiet. Cornell looks like a hardnosed, real MAINE D-Man. Pryor is an NHL draftee who is coping with injuries, but obviously could be an impact player with health. They just verballed with the EJHL's D-Man of the year....and I think Nemec exceeded everyones expectations this past year. I really don't see where the problem lies in D.

A presentable *at very least* defense, on top of returning eight 20+point scorers (not even including Joey Diamond), and two NHL draftee goalies competing for time????

Pressures on, Timbo, because anything short of a trip to Minny will be a failure with this caliber team.

KnowItAll
04-12-2010, 08:54 AM
I I really don't see where the problem lies in D.

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COrnell hit someone at the Garden and Banwell hit a couple guys out at UMass.

other than that, it was poke check and watch the guy in the crease get off a one timer.

I am glad that a few of them know how to (and are allowed to) jump into the offense, but they cannot all fit into the Lundin 8-TOTAL-penalty minutes in 3 years mold

KnowItAll
04-12-2010, 08:56 AM
Pressures on, Timbo, because anything short of a trip to Minny will be a failure with this caliber team.

AND against the current calibre of opponent.

College hockey is really watered down compared to just 5 years ago.
all the scorers are underclassmen, and almost everyone who CAN leave early does.

Maineiak
04-12-2010, 10:37 AM
Happy because it seems to be headed in the right directiion, not satisfied. There's a difference. ;)

I agree.

amherstblackbear
04-12-2010, 10:58 AM
I said it all year prior to the suspension....

"There are nights Darling looks unbeatable, and nights he looks....well....distracted...."

Finding out the details of his suspension made a LOT of sense.

He DOES have a brain up there and has to realize....if nothing else.....the Coyotes are probably NOT impressed with his antics. If he cleans up his act and plays with his reputation and future on the line....along with this french kid pushing him....I say he emerges better than ever.

I am NOT worried about goaltending...at all, actually.


You're assuming rationality.

Everything that you write about Darling next season also applied to this season. If he let his ultimate goal (NHL) direct his daily/weekly goals, he wouldn't have had the problem that he did this year.

Maybe he'll get over it. I hope he does. But I wouldn't feel comfortable relying on him. I just wouldn't. I would give him a chance to prove himself. And if he does, he could earn his way back into a rotation -- but not a full-time #1 position. It wouldn't be fair to the rest of the team to put them in a position where what happened this year could happen again.

My question is: In that event that Darling does everything he needs to do, who takes the other half of the rotation? Who becomes the #3 "spare" goaltender?

BassAle
04-12-2010, 11:02 AM
Happy because it seems to be headed in the right directiion, not satisfied. There's a difference. ;)

if Maine loses that second quarterfinal game in overtime to lowel then everyone would have though the season was a disaster. After escaping Lowel they manage to win vs BU, who had a down year, and lose to BC and now everyone thinks Timmay is doing a great job? Do we raise banners for not getting blown out by BC?

This season was a disappointment. I don't give a **** where we were picked to finish in hockey east. This team _should_ have been in the NCAAs - all they had to do was take care of business against some teams they should have easily handled.

mainetwentytwelve
04-12-2010, 11:42 AM
if Maine loses that second quarterfinal game in overtime to lowel then everyone would have though the season was a disaster. After escaping Lowel they manage to win vs BU, who had a down year, and lose to BC and now everyone thinks Timmay is doing a great job? Do we raise banners for not getting blown out by BC?

I agree with this 100%. But at the same time it was very promising to see them battle back from being down 1 game to 0 vs lowell and during that game 3 coming back twice to send it into overtime where they finished it off. That and anwering BC time after time in Boston showed that they didn't give up, are mentally tough, and maybe even Timmay is doing something right... :eek: Lots of promise for next year... but thats what Lowell thought coming into this past season