Buffalo supposedly trades Evander Kane for a conditional 1st/2nd rounder, conditional 4th rounder and Danny O' Regan.
BU-ffalo now owns the top line of the 2014-15 BU team.
Last edited by joen05; 02-26-2018 at 03:16 PM.
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Out of the seniors that we honored on Saturday, how many will be difficult to replace?
Hickey, and ...
McLeod and Diffley's best years were their freshman years. Melanson has only been here for one year after coming over from RPI. Phelps and Olsson have one goal between them. Role players who had reduced roles as their careers continued.
I'll still say that I would like to see more emotion - some fire, and at least a pulse - from David Quinn on the bench. He's not Jack Parker. He doesn't have to be. But when they are taking a half or whole period off, playing with no motivation, it would be nice to see life on the bench.
There isn't any fire on the bench from the assistants, either.
Wherever Albie O'Connell has been, the power plays have tended to be pretty effective. BU's was better than many seem to realize this season. How much does he have to do with coaching the forwards? He is the only former forward on the staff.
Len Quesnelle was a very curious hire. He isn't a BU guy. His tenure as a head coach at Princeton was a disaster. He didn't fair much better as an assistant at UMass. And he had been a scout for the Detroit Red Wings when he was hired. Like Quinn, he was a defenseman in his playing days.
I'm not sure what he offers. It is not obvious, whatever it is. So these points may or may not be unfair to his contribution.
The penalty killing, unlike the power play, has been pretty atrocious. See: Beanpot final, among others.
Brian Eklund has a solid rep as a goaltender coach.
BU does not need a new coaching staff. A different mix, and more of a pulse, is another story.
Wish Montgomery had that spirit. Big time. Come home boy. Unbelieve. I know It is easy. But think about 19 retireed in your own house. He has to know, he has to know. Hardest worker on our team.
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As we all know, despite the potential, not everything was worked out to its desired results across blue-chippers, role players and recruits, due to a combo of:
Blue-chippers not panning out and departing (Bellows, Greer)
Surprise departures (JFK)
Dismissal from program (Collier, MacAfee, D. Lawrence, Fortunato)
Role players departing for more playing time elsewhere (Kurker, Duane, Piccinich, McDermott, Andren)
No-shows for different reasons (Letunov, Sherwood)
Decommitments (Coughlin, MacTavish, Kolias)
Depth players not developing as they became upperclassmen (Phelps, Olsson, MacLeod, Diffley, Cloonan)
There's been some instability around the program in the 5 years since the coaching change. As cited previously, it goes beyond the high turnover rate on the roster. There's also been quite the rotation of assistant coaches besides Albie (Powers, Greeley, Young, Quennelle), hockey ops (3 different individuals in the role in last 4 years), strength & conditioning (3 different S&C coaches in last 4 years).
I think Albie has done a very nice job in his role; ditto with Brian Eklund. The same can be said of the current hockey ops director as well as the S&C coach; each of the preceding S&C coaches left for very legitimate reasons/opportunities.
IMO, the assistant coach position could've been fortified in recent years. Despite being a BU guy and for all of his accomplishments in the NHL/Team USA, I was never convinced Scott Young was a good fit in that role or in the college game. He always struck me as very much a NHL guy and to me, never seemed particularly invested in his job at BU.
And despite being a long-time college hockey coach, I found the Quennelle hire to be a bit curious given he had zero ties to BU and his track record @ Princeton and @ UMASS. I was expecting the hire to be a young, hungry assistant climbing the coaching ladder, ideally with BU ties (i.e. Joe Pereira).
I also believe there's priority placed on developing the blue chippers at the expense of the role players, which may be a factor in why most of BU's role players have either regressed or flatlined since their respective Freshman years. They've often been replaced in the lineup by the next wave of Freshmen, only to see some of those players then subsequently replaced by the following Freshmen class and so on.
You're right that BU doesn't need a new coaching staff, but it needs to fine tune its recruiting philosophy and player development to better manage roster turnover and improve consistency of in-game execution.
Outstanding post Friend_of_BU_Hockey. Thank you.
I will add that Coach Krzyzewski is having a tough time running a "Kentucky" team as well.
My biggest criticism of the coaching staff is how the Blue Chippers are locked into roles, whether they are contributing or not (Bellow's being the exception.) Tkachuk vs. Carpenter is a perfect example. The former has been locked on the first line and the latter has skated multiple games on the third line and most no higher than the second line. Who's the better player? Exactly.
He seemed to have a nice position coaching St Mark's, prior to joining Quinn's staff. Isn't a coaching job at BU a nice spot?
If he wanted an NHL job, couldn't he have had it earlier given his background?
if you walk with Jesus, he's gonna save your soul, you gotta keep the devil way down in the hole
Either way it all comes down to the head coach. Buck stops there.
Since this conversation got started with two people responding my coaching staff statement, I think I will jump back in. These responses have all been about recruiting. I wasn't complaining about recruiting. This coaching staff sucks at coaching, not recruiting. Of course, the reason why they suck at coaching is because Quinn and Albie are both recruiters - it's what they're known for, it is what they excel in, and it's how they got their jobs. We need somebody who can coach on the ice, X's and O's strategies, scout the opposing team and make adjustments. I don't know what Len Quesnelle's role is. Was his hiring supposed to address this deficiency? Because his track record as a coach suggests he can't do it, unless he is a great coach who couldn't recruit?
Last game was what, the 39th game of the season? And we couldn't move the puck up the ice with a man advantage? I don't care what the success rate is, if we can't move the puck up the ice and if we're still lapsing into a stagnant pass-the-puck-around-while-no-one-moves power play, then this coaching staff has failed spectacularly. There is complete disorganization with this team on the ice. The most devastating fact is that this team has not improved, at all, in any facet of the game, since the beginning of the season.
There is no enthusiasm from Quinn behind the bench. I thought the last game was particularly poorly officiated and he doesn't react at all. He doesn't pump up the players. There is rapidly dwindling interest from students, alumni, and the fans in general. I think something has to change.
Good stuff. The BU model of recruiting blue chip studs has its pluses and also minuses. Pluses are you get exciting young talent. Minuses are you get exciting young talent. The players are usually coming onto campus on time (imagine that compared to 21 year old freshman), that means the players are young and going to make mistakes as they mature. Ups and downs are expected. Ideally, you get a mix of young studs and older leadership players but that is increasingly difficult to achieve with players leaving early. The model BU has just needs some fine tuning. Regarding being enthusiastic behind the bench - I think Quinn is patient and realistic. He know the team is young and what to expect. He is steady rather than up and down and thats something young players need.
The frustrating thing is that it's not like they didn't know what they were getting. Quinn was essentially hand picked. It's not like hiring an unknown and then finding out after the fact that he's not quite what you thought he was. Which, to me, supports my argument that they intentionally made a determination to move towards the "NHL farm team" paradigm.
When you land a coach that has been a head coach at the AHL level and an assistant in the NHL, you would probably think you've got someone who knows how to coach.
BU Hockey: The trophy case is once again growing
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