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Hammy
07-10-2012, 08:56 PM
Ok, I have asked what Nick will do. From what I have been told it comes down to playing time at the NHL level.

That's pretty much stating the obvious.

Hammy
07-10-2012, 09:01 PM
Of course. But loading up the Wild's lineup and salary cap is welcome if (and its a big if) it gives Haula even a bit of a chance to stay.

That's assuming he doesn't try to exploit the loophole in the NHL CBA that allows a guy to do what Justin Schultz did. He could do that after this next season and become a free agent. A decision like that might make sense for him since the Wild's depth at forward is pretty strong on the NHL level and in its prospect pool.

While the next CBA that is currently being hashed out could have that loophole eliminated, it is something he could consider if nothing does change.

5mn_Major
07-11-2012, 01:22 AM
That's assuming he doesn't try to exploit the loophole in the NHL CBA that allows a guy to do what Justin Schultz did. He could do that after this next season and become a free agent. A decision like that might make sense for him since the Wild's depth at forward is pretty strong on the NHL level and in its prospect pool.

While the next CBA that is currently being hashed out could have that loophole eliminated, it is something he could consider if nothing does change.

Ya that's a good point that JDUBBS1280 also made.

HarleyMC
07-11-2012, 03:40 AM
It's summertime and my ride is lookin' pimped this year. But let's pause for this important announcement:

http://i594.***********.com/albums/tt28/harleymc1/Countdown.jpg

goldy_331
07-11-2012, 07:28 AM
It's summertime and my ride is lookin' pimped this year. But let's pause for this important announcement:

http://i594.***********.com/albums/tt28/harleymc1/Countdown.jpg

I wish someone would post a good pic of the new scoreboard. Why doesn't Jup get on that?

Driftryder
07-11-2012, 01:13 PM
The top ten moments from the 2011-2012 Gopher Hockey season is on Gophersports... some great memories for sure.

http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/Top-10-Moments-2012.html


#1


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6NbS4w_l2o&feature=player_embedded#!

Driftryder
07-11-2012, 01:17 PM
This was one of my favorites and probably the loudest Mariucci was all season, what a great move by Schmidt.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTad4UQDcgE&feature=relmfu

5mn_Major
07-11-2012, 01:54 PM
This was one of my favorites and probably the loudest Mariucci was all season, what a great move by Schmidt.


Definitely not ready for the next level. :)

Hammy
07-11-2012, 06:35 PM
Ya that's a good point that JDUBBS1280 also made.

My bad. I didn't see anybody mention it. I guess I must have overlooked it. :)

Koho
07-11-2012, 09:18 PM
Speaking of glass. What's the breakdown?
I'm guessing Scooby's breakdown is:
Bjugstad commits to coming back -glass at 23%
No Bjugstad - glass at 2%.
Bjugstad comes back, they win the season title, win the last WCHA final five, Bjugstad a finalist for Hobey and the Gophs are a night away from playing for the National Championship against a team for which half the players just came down with the flu and both goalies have broken legs - glass at 51%.

HarleyMC
07-11-2012, 10:09 PM
Zach Budish tantalizes devoted Illinois college hockey fans and coils off a sizzling 5 hole wrist shot during the Hockey City Classic announcement at Soldier Field on Wed. Will more Flatlanders from Illinois show up for the games? Maybe...I'm still puzzled on the marketing concept behind this location.:confused:

http://i594.***********.com/albums/tt28/harleymc1/BudishinChiTown.jpg
*courtesy of Golden Gopher Hockey

HarleyMC
07-11-2012, 10:30 PM
I wish someone would post a good pic of the new scoreboard. Why doesn't Jup get on that?

Here you go!! Notice the lasers on the bottom. AND we're already beating Ohio State 5-1 (of course, no big deal Ohio St. always sucks at hockey:D). This is what it will look like. Apparently the Mooch won't get its board until after the William's board is installed sometime next month. Age before beauty I guess.

http://i594.***********.com/albums/tt28/harleymc1/scoreboard.jpg

state of hockey
07-11-2012, 10:49 PM
That has been out for a while, it is a rendering.

4four4
07-11-2012, 11:40 PM
Rumor has it Jake Guentzel will not be recruited by his dad. Supposedly, for what ever reason Mike doesn't want to coach his son. Thanks Harley. Sorry Mike. ;)

UND92UMNLaw99
07-11-2012, 11:56 PM
Interesting takes on Bjugstad and Rau on this thread about the Florida Panthers development camp:

http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showthread.php?t=1222489

- Bjugstad is described as a "man among boys" and dominating the prospect camp. Looks better than Huberdeau even. This makes me think that we should be prepared to see him sign with the Panthers and announce he is not returning to the Gophers. If he does return to the Gophers for this season, it sounds like he is fully healthy and ready to dominate.

- Rau is mentioned a few times in that thread as well. Sounds like he is having a good camp. I think we'll see an even better Kyle Rau in 2012-2013, and he was already pretty good as a freshman.

- In other Florida Panthers news, they signed Peter Mueller. Not sure if this necessarily means that Bjugstad has less of a chance of making the Panthers this year ....

5mn_Major
07-12-2012, 12:29 AM
Interesting takes on Bjugstad and Rau on this thread about the Florida Panthers development camp:

http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showthread.php?t=1222489

- Bjugstad is described as a "man among boys" and dominating the prospect camp. Looks better than Huberdeau even. This makes me think that we should be prepared to see him sign with the Panthers and announce he is not returning to the Gophers. If he does return to the Gophers for this season, it sounds like he is fully healthy and ready to dominate.

- Rau is mentioned a few times in that thread as well. Sounds like he is having a good camp. I think we'll see an even better Kyle Rau in 2012-2013, and he was already pretty good as a freshman.

- In other Florida Panthers news, they signed Peter Mueller. Not sure if this necessarily means that Bjugstad has less of a chance of making the Panthers this year ....

Nice. Here's a couple of other highlights:

Scrimage 1:

First half over.. 2-0 white.. Goal and assist by Bjugstad. Beaulivillier with other goal.. Rau, Trocheck, Matheson all looked solid

3-0 Bjugstad with another goal.. #puttingonaclinic

And Britain on white has been great .. Id say best red play has been Rau

But there was no one even close to nick bjugstad. It wasnt even fair for the other kids. He literally and figuratively towered over everyone. He was a man amongst boys. The play he made at the end of first scrimmage where he stole puck and blasted a wrist shot for a goal 20 feet out gave me chills. This is the center the panthers have needed since its inception. Remarkable.

Scrimage 2:

Best players of the first period, 0-0..
Bjugstad still..
Wade Megan and Steven Hodges both really impressing me..
Brittain very solid..
Matheson is gonna be really good

Bjugstad could easily have 2 right now of not for a few big saves from Volken

Post camp grades from one participant:

Development camp grades, not based on potential overall skill, but just on this weeks performance, in my opinion...

11 (top rated prospect) Jonathan Huberdeau: B. I was looking for him to dominate more, we know his skill set, but his skating didn't seem too great and didn't really make a difference on the ice like I hoped.. Sort of like in preseason last season, you didn't really notice him, then he got the puck and made something happen.. I think he definitely still needs to gain weight.

39 Nick Bjugstad: A+. Before this week Huberdeau was our clear cut #1 prospect, now I'm not so certain of that.. Not based on Huberdeau being downgraded, but because this kid just has IT. His puck protection is absolutely unreal, you CANT take the puck off his stick, has good shot, plays defensive and physical. Had a pretty big hit on Petrovic.

53 Josh Birkholz: B. Solid camp for him.. Seemed to be one of the more vocal leaders out on the ice, joking around with Hubs and co, which is a good sign because I know he's been known to have attitude problems. Really great shot, quick release, very accurate. Probably a long shot, but just one of those guys I've always like the potential of.

98 Kyle Rau: B+. Very solid camp, played against Bjugstad the whole time, played pretty physical.. Had a nice full speed hip check on Matheson yesterday, was really nice. No scoring, except in shootouts, but he created chances with his speed and tenacity.

Nice write up. Agreed about Bjugstad. I thought some of you were overrating him a bit, but seeing him in real life really changed my mind. He's such a beast and definitely looked better than Huberdeau, today imo (or at least more dominant.)

HarleyMC
07-12-2012, 01:38 AM
Rumor has it Jake Guentzel will not be recruited by his dad. Supposedly, for what ever reason Mark doesn't want to coach his son.

Tell Mark, Mike thinks it's a good idea too!;)


Interesting takes on Bjugstad and Rau on this thread about the Florida Panthers development camp:

http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showthread.php?t=1222489

- Bjugstad is described as a "man among boys" and dominating the prospect camp. Looks better than Huberdeau even. This makes me think that we should be prepared to see him sign with the Panthers and announce he is not returning to the Gophers. If he does return to the Gophers for this season, it sounds like he is fully healthy and ready to dominate.

- Rau is mentioned a few times in that thread as well. Sounds like he is having a good camp. I think we'll see an even better Kyle Rau in 2012-2013, and he was already pretty good as a freshman.

- In other Florida Panthers news, they signed Peter Mueller. Not sure if this necessarily means that Bjugstad has less of a chance of making the Panthers this year ....

Tallon has already gone on record stating Huberdeau (19) has nothing more to prove in juniors. Because he's under 20 he can't play in the AHL or ECHL. Despite whatever happened in development camp the Panthers know what this kid can do at 19, he had an amazing 225 pts. in 136 games last season (inc. playoffs). Tallon is very high on Hub. and I suspect he'll get his dream contract after training camp in Sept. Now with the acquisition of Mueller, the probability of B-jugs returning to the Gophers increases.

Tiggsy
07-12-2012, 11:02 AM
http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/071212aaa.html


Enough said. :D

ScoobyDoo
07-12-2012, 11:03 AM
http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/071212aaa.html


Enough said. :D

Wow. Glass stays where it is then. Nice.

4four4
07-12-2012, 11:08 AM
Wow. Glass stays where it is then. Nice.

Awesome!!