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Gandalf the Red
04-16-2015, 10:31 AM
Exactly. There are kids on the team that are not D-1 type guys, it sucks to say it but it's true and next season looks like it will be worse.

Honestly I'm not sure how next season could possibly be worse. The seniors are gone, and besides Rumpel that might be addition by subtraction. Sorry to be mean, but there wasn't much talent there. The main question is goal tending, and I will give that the benefit of the doubt until I see how it shakes out. The freshman class isn't horrible, and the soon to be sophomores will be much improved.

And we have Mike Eaves back so good things are bound to happen between the team putting hay in the barn, Apollo 13 training at space camp, and puppies crapping in various places.

Timothy A
04-16-2015, 12:22 PM
Exactly. There are kids on the team that are not D-1 type guys, it sucks to say it but it's true and next season looks like it will be worse.

There's no way next year's team will be worse. I agree with Gandalf's assessment and most importantly there will be 2 new coaches behind the bench. The goaltending will be in good hands; and the shots allowed will be down, helping young Mr. Olpilka out. I see double digit wins Baby!

Is there any info on how Grunwald looked in practice last year? Will Miller or Grunwald be the back-up?

GBBadger14
04-16-2015, 12:36 PM
Honestly I'm not sure how next season could possibly be worse. The seniors are gone, and besides Rumpel that might be addition by subtraction. Sorry to be mean, but there wasn't much talent there. The main question is goal tending, and I will give that the benefit of the doubt until I see how it shakes out. The freshman class isn't horrible, and the soon to be sophomores will be much improved.

And we have Mike Eaves back so good things are bound to happen between the team putting hay in the barn, Apollo 13 training at space camp, and puppies crapping in various places.

Don't forget turning the ship around! Unless of course it's already at the bottom of the metaphorical ocean.

solovsfett
04-16-2015, 12:44 PM
There's no way next year's team will be worse. I agree with Gandalf's assessment and most importantly there will be 2 new coaches behind the bench. The goaltending will be in good hands; and the shots allowed will be down, helping young Mr. Olpilka out. I see double digit wins Baby!

Is there any info on how Grunwald looked in practice last year? Will Miller or Grunwald be the back-up?

I love the optimism but where does the scoring come from? Who sets up Besse? I see *at least* 5 guys in the projected line-up that really shouldn't be playing starting roles for UW. I hope the defense improves because brother they're really going to need it

markwojo
04-16-2015, 02:04 PM
I love the optimism but where does the scoring come from? Who sets up Besse? I see *at least* 5 guys in the projected line-up that really shouldn't be playing starting roles for UW. I hope the defense improves because brother they're really going to need it

Agree....we are not going from being one of the most impotent offenses in the entire nation to even mediocre when you subtract Zullnick, & Labate who were two of the top 3. While I like Malone and think he comes in a can be productive (how productive?....not seeing a 40 point guy especially w/o much surrounding cast), Freytag and Kunin (if he makes it in) are only 18 and I don't suspect they are going to be dynamic offensive forces. Freytag was tied for 101 in scoring in the USHL at 15 & 15 for 30 points in 49 games....if he went for 10 and 10....that would probably be really good. Kunin was 10 goals and 4 assists for 14 points in 20 games....that don't scream impact offense to me. We were awful with a senior goalie that was among the most decorated in school history....to expect a true 18 year old frosh to come into the mess that is currently the Badgers and not miss a beat is a wee bit optimistic to say the least.

Chuck Schwartz
04-16-2015, 02:44 PM
Agree....we are not going from being one of the most impotent offenses in the entire nation to even mediocre when you subtract Zullnick, & Labate who were two of the top 3. While I like Malone and think he comes in a can be productive (how productive?....not seeing a 40 point guy especially w/o much surrounding cast), Freytag and Kunin (if he makes it in) are only 18 and I don't suspect they are going to be dynamic offensive forces. Freytag was tied for 101 in scoring in the USHL at 15 & 15 for 30 points in 49 games....if he went for 10 and 10....that would probably be really good. Kunin was 10 goals and 4 assists for 14 points in 20 games....that don't scream impact offense to me. We were awful with a senior goalie that was among the most decorated in school history....to expect a true 18 year old frosh to come into the mess that is currently the Badgers and not miss a beat is a wee bit optimistic to say the least.

I agree with all of this for the most part. The biggest jumps you have to hope for are from Cameron Hughes and Adam Rockwood. I have quite a bit of faith that both will take substantial leaps forward next season. I could see both doubling their point totals from year 1 to year 2. The other thing you have to hope for is more offense from the back end, especially Kevin Schulze and Jack Dougherty. Those two have the ability to be 20-point guys if they continue to run the top PP.

I'd say by default there has to be more scoring from sheer luck as there's no way you can possibly be as bad as last year. But then again who knows.

ExileOnDaytonStreet
04-16-2015, 02:59 PM
Law of averages says its **** near impossible to be as bad as last year.

WiscTJK
04-16-2015, 03:10 PM
There's no way next year's team will be worse. I agree with Gandalf's assessment and most importantly there will be 2 new coaches behind the bench. The goaltending will be in good hands; and the shots allowed will be down, helping young Mr. Olpilka out. I see double digit wins Baby!

Is there any info on how Grunwald looked in practice last year? Will Miller or Grunwald be the back-up?

Do we know for sure there will be new coaches? there has not been anything official from the university. Now I say that facetiously, but why hasn't there been an official press release on the coaches?

Almington
04-16-2015, 04:10 PM
Do we know for sure there will be new coaches? there has not been anything official from the university. Now I say that facetiously, but why hasn't there been an official press release on the coaches?

Likely because new coaches have not yet been hired. With the contracts to the assistant coaches expiring in June (IIRC), Eaves may have been told to slow the process so as to not have to pay 4 coaches for 2+ months.

Gandalf the Red
04-16-2015, 04:49 PM
Law of averages says its **** near impossible to be as bad as last year.

This was part of my thoughts too. Is Bucky headed to the playoffs? Hell no. Can they win 10 games? I am very hopeful. Is that good enough? Also no, but as long as they get some time practicing in Zero G, they will be ready for Tampa...just not at the Frozen Four.

Chuck Schwartz
04-16-2015, 05:29 PM
Likely because new coaches have not yet been hired. With the contracts to the assistant coaches expiring in June (IIRC), Eaves may have been told to slow the process so as to not have to pay 4 coaches for 2+ months.

Even still, it wouldn't be hard to send a press release saying that the assistant coaches contacts will not be renewed when they expire this summer. Saying nothing just seems odd to me.

gwhinwi
04-17-2015, 07:33 AM
Even still, it wouldn't be hard to send a press release saying that the assistant coaches contacts will not be renewed when they expire this summer. Saying nothing just seems odd to me.

Does Eaves have any pets? Perhaps he's trying to convince Barry to cut out the middleman and just bring in actual puppies as his assistant coaches that will show the players how not to crap on the carpet.

Chuck Schwartz
04-17-2015, 08:33 AM
Does Eaves have any pets? Perhaps he's trying to convince Barry to cut out the middleman and just bring in actual puppies as his assistant coaches that will show the players how not to crap on the carpet.

Hahaha.That's funny. Somewhat? related... there is a theory floating out there he could fill one of the spots with his son Ben. He coached at D3 St. Olaf last year.

WiscTJK
04-17-2015, 09:26 AM
Hahaha.That's funny. Somewhat? related... there is a theory floating out there he could fill one of the spots with his son Ben. He coached at D3 St. Olaf last year.

Eaves can't be that stupid to hire another coach with no experience, even if it is his son. Unless he knows next year is his last and he figures he will get his kid some experience. It would be another disaster hire....

Wisko McBadgerton
04-17-2015, 10:26 AM
I'm not advocating for it but one thing you might get with Ben is a good price. I believe the assistants made around $230k between them last year. Say a guy like Ben takes only $80k, that would leave $150k in that budget for a top assistant, which would probably be pretty competitive dollars for anybody that's not currently a head coach.

The Hallucination
04-17-2015, 11:21 AM
Does Eaves have any pets? Perhaps he's trying to convince Barry to cut out the middleman and just bring in actual puppies as his assistant coaches that will show the players how not to crap on the carpet.

I've never coached anything in my life, or played hockey, but I've house trained foster dogs before, maybe I can be the new assistant.

bucky15
04-17-2015, 11:22 AM
Pipe dream:

Flyers take Eaves off our hands.

WiscDC
04-17-2015, 11:29 AM
Pipe dream:

Flyers take Eaves off our hands.

I'm still going with my pipe dream: The Badgers nab Mike Babcock, who is about to be a free agent. Just show him Babcock Dairy and Babcock Drive, and he'll be convinced.

bucky15
04-17-2015, 11:32 AM
I'm still going with my pipe dream: The Badgers nab Mike Babcock, who is about to be a free agent. Just show him Babcock Dairy and Babcock Drive, and he'll be convinced.

If your pipe dream happened, Canadian's heads would explode.

Eaves has a history with the Flyers and they just let go their staff.....still a pipe dream.

Timothy A
04-17-2015, 12:23 PM
Hahaha.That's funny. Somewhat? related... there is a theory floating out there he could fill one of the spots with his son Ben. He coached at D3 St. Olaf last year.

Positive side of the ledger....Ben's DNA is part his mom's and part MM's......Negative side of the ledger.......Ben's DNA is part his mom's and part MM's. There's no way I want to see MM Jr as a coach. UW needs to spend big money on 2 experienced assistants. Break the freaking bank. There's reason for UW to go on the cheap.