Former Maine Black Bear, D-man Ben Hutton has signed a 1 year/1.5 million deal with the L.A. Kings.
Well a few weeks before the start of the Hockey Season....here's my take on the Regular Season in Hockey East and Frozen Four Picks: Hockey East: (1) BC (2) UMass (3) BU (4) UML (5) Providence (6) Northeastern (7) MAINE (8) UNH (9) Vermont (10) UConn (11) Merrimack --- Frozen Four Teams: North Dakota/Wisconsin/Boston College/Minnesota-Duluth....with UMD winning it all again.
I do realize that I shouldn't talk football much on here, but the Colgate win on the road was a start.
Reed ran the ball well, Fitzpatrick was even better, but Edwards saved the day at last. That guy will play on Sundays next year.
The Maine D was ferocious most of the time, but that 3rd-string Colgate QB delivered some great balls on dire downs and distance, too.
Things haven't gone Maine's way so far, but this is a quality team, and The Bears are certainly still in the mix.
Yeah, I think Nova is tremendous this year, and Maine is just very good. I don't feel too good about our matchup this weekend. I still, over-all, feel pretty good about our season and our chances of making the playoff field, as maybe the 5th seed from the CAA, but we are just not as good as James Madison or Towson or Nova. There are just a ton of really bad fcs teams (not in the CAA unfortunately), though, and I think Maine to be one of the top 24 when all is said and done. I see Ls to Nova and Elon, but we should be 7-4 heading into New Hampshire. 8-4 and we are in, 7-5 and we are cooked. Also, we have to win the 'easy games' like Albany, Richmond, W&M--and I kind of think we will beat Liberty.
I see 7th for the Hockey team. Not enough goal-scoring, tepid defensive play, dumb penalties and very good goaltending will add up to a very frustrating year filled with 2-1 and 3-2 losses. I think this is Red's last year.
Last edited by maineblackbear; 09-24-2019 at 12:50 PM.
As far as football goes, I'm slightly more optimistic than you, in that Maine could win at Villanova if they throw a few wrinkles in the mix, and completely avoid turn-overs. If they win that game, and the others that you cite, it could easily translate into another run in the play-offs.
Hockey..? Not so much. Maine was mediocre (to put it politely) last year, and looks to be worse in '19-'20... (As in, forget about it.)
Does he get his money if he “retires” ? Which would potentially hamstring the school to an even cheaper replacement?
Maybe the retirement payments are spread out over a while to mitigate that? Would’ve been a good thing to think of given his age when he got that extension but with this school who knows
The average of his three highest years of income will be pretty high (lets call it $200,000), multiply that by the 10 years he put in, times .02 = $40,000/year from Maine State Retirement. That wouldn't be attributable to the athletic department.
NESN and Hockey East partner
NESN will broadcast three games from Alfond this season:
16 Nov vs UNH
15 Feb vs UConn
22 Feb vs UVM
5 Oct @ PC
22 Nov @ NU
23 Nov @ NU
7 Dec @ UMass
15 Jan @ UConn
24 Jan @ BC
29 Feb @ PC
Games will be televised on either NESN or NESN+
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