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Tiggsy
05-23-2012, 08:20 AM
Whoever he is this is all his fault.

I think we all blocked him out because he really should still be suspended.

First Time, Long Time
05-23-2012, 10:59 AM
Ooh do we a throwdown? Your point was stating the obvious - I doubt he's stopped growing already, he's not coming in next week and yeah, guys his size with this much talent have flourished before. Regardless, lighten up Francis.

Just to toot my teams own horn, Ryan Lasch managed to put up 180+ points at 5'7" 165.
Cammarata will have no problems, his skill is very evident.

cross cheque
05-24-2012, 08:25 AM
Which ones are those? Put up or shutup.

Standby, here comes the "I'll beat you up/my dad can lick your dad/wanna do something about it?!" just par for Harley's mini golf course.

Koho
05-24-2012, 10:03 AM
I THOUGHT I heard, and this is very vague recollection/urban legend, that he is actually illiterate and that he voices his stories to an underling. If true, kudos to him for making a career in journalism, but there's still accountability.


Urban Legend. Soucheray was telling a story the other day on GL about early in his career sitting near Sid typing away. Souch looked up to this giant of the news world. Then Sid turned to him, Soucheray expecting some words of wisdom, and Sid asked him if he knew how to spell some relatively simple word (Sorry I can't remember the exact word. Something like "college". The story is better when you hear the word.) So not a literary giant, but not illiterate.

Hope Bjugstad is back though. They are stacked without him. But he should be the type of player next year that takes pressure off the rest of the players since other teams will have to focus on him, and still should be able to score that goal at the needed time. A potential Hobey finalist, which is often what you see on a team in the finals.

MinnFan
05-24-2012, 10:39 AM
Urban Hope Bjugstad is back though. They are stacked without him. But he should be the type of player next year that takes pressure off the rest of the players since other teams will have to focus on him, and still should be able to score that goal at the needed time. A potential Hobey finalist, which is often what you see on a team in the finals.

I just hope they come out with the same jump and determination they had last year. That is the element that was missing the previous few seasons. If they are able to do that with the roster they will have (hopefully with Bjugstad) they really should be able to make a run.

mnstate0fhockey
05-24-2012, 10:48 AM
<a href="http://kstp.com/article/stories/s2630446.shtml">Update on Bjugstad</a>

"Gophers forward Nick Bjugstad is regularly working out with his teammates, so undoubtedly is talking about next season. But he's no lock to return. The Panthers, who own his NHL rights, aren't applying much pressure, yet are hopeful he'll sign. A source close to Bjugstad maintains that a decision will be coming soon and it's one he's gone back-and-forth on numerous times. It's hard to say what the call will be. One source this week said he'll be back. Another said he's going pro."

4four4
05-24-2012, 12:11 PM
Urban Legend. Soucheray was telling a story the other day on GL about early in his career sitting near Sid typing away. Souch looked up to this giant of the news world. Then Sid turned to him, Soucheray expecting some words of wisdom, and Sid asked him if he knew how to spell some relatively simple word (Sorry I can't remember the exact word. Something like "college". The story is better when you hear the word.) So not a literary giant, but not illiterate.

Hope Bjugstad is back though. They are stacked without him. But he should be the type of player next year that takes pressure off the rest of the players since other teams will have to focus on him, and still should be able to score that goal at the needed time. A potential Hobey finalist, which is often what you see on a team in the finals.

He has come along way for a fellow with a six grade education. In fact he is stinking rich!

Koho
05-24-2012, 10:57 PM
He has come along way for a fellow with a six grade education. In fact he is stinking rich!
But his wealth appears to be far surpassed in size by his ego. I sure hope he's wrong on this one!

Listen to your Uncle Scott on this one, Nick! You won't ever regret staying if you can win the National Championship.

The Rube
05-24-2012, 11:14 PM
But his wealth appears to be far surpassed in size by his ego. I sure hope he's wrong on this one!

Listen to your Uncle Scott on this one, Nick! You won't ever regret staying if you can win the National Championship.

His ego is unreal. When I was a little Tommy/Johnny/Billy, I met him at some Vikings thing, asked for his autograph (hey, I was a kid!) and he replied, "I don't give out autographs." (insert harrumph-like attitude). Dude, you're denying a 5-6 YO an auto?

mnstate0fhockey
05-25-2012, 11:27 AM
<a href="http://www.goalcrease.com/news_article/show/144813?referrer_id=153332-news">Goalie Matt LaPrade of AAA Colorado Rampage Commits to University of Minnesota</a>

Colorado Rampage Alumni goaltender Matt LaPrade has committed to the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers for the 2012-2013 season. "This is a dream come true" said Matt LaPrade after his phone call from head coach Don Lucia. "Coach Sherman said to stay committed to the process and that everything will work out" LaPrade stated in his phone interview. Matt started this past season with the Bay State Breakers of the Eastern Junior Hockey League and was traded during the season to the Corpus Christi Icerays in the NAHL. During the 2010-2011 Rampage season LaPrade had 7 wins 10 Losses 4 ties with 3 shutouts and his GAA was 2.74 with a .904 save percentage in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League. "We are thrilled for Matt and his family and this wonderful opportunity he has with University of Minnesota." said Director Andrew Sherman. Matt becomes the second Rampage Alunmi to put on the prestigious jersey in Minnesota joining Tom Serratore (2006-2007).

Tiggsy
05-25-2012, 12:33 PM
<a href="http://www.goalcrease.com/news_article/show/144813?referrer_id=153332-news">Goalie Matt LaPrade of AAA Colorado Rampage Commits to University of Minnesota</a>


I don't get it. Why bring in another goalie for next season with Wilcox on the way?

mnstate0fhockey
05-25-2012, 12:49 PM
I don't get it. Why bring in another goalie for next season with Wilcox on the way?

I assume he's replacing Jake Kraemer (who graduated) as the practice goalie.

ScoobyDoo
05-25-2012, 01:24 PM
I don't get it. Why bring in another goalie for next season with Wilcox on the way?


I assume he's replacing Jake Kraemer (who graduated) as the practice goalie.

Correct.

5mn_Major
05-27-2012, 10:16 AM
Read that Justin Shultz is foregoing his sr. year at WI and probably going into free agency. He's taking advantage of a loophole that allows draft picks to go free market if they're not signed in five years. Its the same thing Jas Gregoire and Blake Wheeler did.

This is beginning to look like a great selling feature for all potential recruits. Don't go MJ (unless you want to jump to the NHL immediately). Instead come have fun at a university, develop more appropriately and wait until your a junior when you can sign for the really big bucks. It looks like Bjugs would have two years for this program.

4four4
05-27-2012, 10:31 AM
Read that Justin Shultz is foregoing his sr. year at WI and probably going into free agency. He's taking advantage of a loophole that allows draft picks to go free market if they're not signed in five years. Its the same thing Jas Gregoire and Blake Wheeler did.

This is beginning to look like a great selling feature for all potential recruits. Don't go MJ (unless you want to jump to the NHL immediately). Instead come have fun at a university, develop more appropriately and wait until your a junior when you can sign for the really big bucks. It looks like Bjugs would have two years for this program.

That could change with the new CBA coming up in September.

Koho
06-05-2012, 10:33 PM
Normally I would be disappointed to come to the off-season site and see no new posts and the thread on the 2nd page, but if it means a couple more days that Bjugstad still wants to stay enough that he hasn't left is a good thing.

(Nick, I know a former player who clearly was ready when he left early, had a long, productive NHL career, and even though he only gave up one year of playing for the Gophers, he still says he wish he would have stayed!)

5mn_Major
06-06-2012, 08:37 AM
It was really great for Haula to choose to stay. He has real potential to take it to another level. And its doubly nice for him to come out so early to set the tone for the rest of the team.

mnstate0fhockey
06-06-2012, 09:35 AM
It was really great for Haula to choose to stay. He has real potential to take it to another level. And its doubly nice for him to come out so early to set the tone for the rest of the team.

Couldn't agree more!

5mn_Major
06-10-2012, 03:33 AM
Couldn't agree more!

Don't see that this has been posted. Here's the top 10 rated forwards yet to sign a pro contract from reputable Hockeys Future website: http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/71777/top-10-drafted-ncaa-forwards/

Also, from a local paper...Nick Bjugstad has not yet announced a decision regarding his possible return to Minnesota for another year with the Golden Gophers. He has said that he will make an announcement at the end of his school term, which is now completed.

mnstate0fhockey
06-11-2012, 02:04 AM
Don't see that this has been posted. Here's the top 10 rated forwards yet to sign a pro contract from reputable Hockeys Future website: http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/71777/top-10-drafted-ncaa-forwards/

Also, from a local paper...Nick Bjugstad has not yet announced a decision regarding his possible return to Minnesota for another year with the Golden Gophers. He has said that he will make an announcement at the end of his school term, which is now completed.

Thanks!