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  • Originally posted by NCAA watcher View Post
    More up and coming coaches getting their feet wet. While he may be getting teed up to be a Jackson replacement down the road, he's replenishing the pool that got fished pretty hard the last four years with Barr, Keefe, Mayotte, Strand, Nightengale, Naurato.
    Add some, lose some
    Originally posted by NCAA watcher View Post
    12-01-2022, 07:52 AM Dan, a name to add to your list of replacements, Dan Muse, who took over Nightengale's job as HC of the USA U18 team. Won NCAA championship as assistant at Yale (and recruited well for an Ivy), won a USHL championship with Chicago, then was NHL assistant for Nashville past three years before taking over USA job. A Mass guy from Canton, and still only 40 years old
    https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/79096/dan-muse
    Named assistant for NHL Rangers
    The Souza record:
    15-16 10th place
    16-17 10th place
    17-18 11th place
    18-19 8th place
    19-20 9th place
    20-21 10th place
    21-22 9th place
    22-23 10th place

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    • The Dan Muse signed by the Rangers went to Yale, not UNH.

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      • Doubt anyone is following Andrew Poturalski's post season with the Firebirds but they lost in Game 7 (AhL) in OT...in a goal by Mike Vecchione
        (who I thought was a Providence Bruin but must've gotten traded) Potsy came back from a pretty bad knee/leg injury to finish out
        the season was really pulling for them!

        Remember all the controversy about him going to Union? The hokydad posts?? And we all know how that went for them that season in 2014...not to mention that fateful game that when TvR was injured at the Whitt. Sometimes I wonder if he and Pesce had stayed through their Senior year...with Pots, and (gulp) Foegele, deSmith...
        how the 'Cats might have fared. Oh well, water under the proverbial bridge.

        Woulda coulda shoulda!
        Last edited by HockeyRef; 06-22-2023, 10:52 AM.
        Here we go 'Cats!!

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        • Poturalski would have won the Calder Cup three years in a row with three different teams. Benton Maase was a member of the winning team.

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          • At this rate, no doubt Poturalski will see his name included with the other nearly-greats in the AHL Hall of Fame ...

            AHL Hall of Fame announces Class of 2020 | TheAHL.com | The American Hockey League

            Darren Haydar, Robbie Ftorek, Denis Hamel and Freddie "The Fox" Thurier. Legends in their own (lunch)time.

            Snives, this is where you ask the trivia question about what Ftorek said in the dying moments of the Mass HS title game to a semi-famous teammate ... ;-)
            Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
            Montreal Expos Forever ...

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            • Benton Maas played 2 games for Hershey during the regular season. He did not play for them in the playoffs. He spent most of the seasonin Charlotte.

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              • Originally posted by lindah View Post
                Benton Maas played 2 games for Hershey during the regular season. He did not play for them in the playoffs. He spent most of the seasonin Charlotte.
                Linda, any chance we'll be seeing UNH Hockey again on NHPTV/CH 11? Has this even been discussed in recent years?

                Just askin' out of a sincere interest ...
                Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
                Montreal Expos Forever ...

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                • Saw an interesting and familiar name come up in potential DRW pre-draft trade discussions. Yzerman has a ton of room under the salary cap, and is mulling over a bunch of different options, including this one ...

                  Red Wings Linked to Four Possible Trade Scenarios (detroithockeynow.com)

                  The story: Pesce is a right-shot defenseman with one season left on his contract. The Hurricanes haven’t been able to re-sign him and they plan to trade him if they can’t reach an agreement. He is a critical defensive player on one of the NHL’s top defensive teams. The ‘Canes first choice is to sign him.

                  Why the Red Wings are interested: This is a effective defender making $4.025 million for one more season. He will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.

                  Negative to the deal: Pesce wants a long-term deal for more than $6 million per year. That’s problematic for the Red Wings and other teams. Pesce only reached 30 points for the first time this season.


                  The author considers Pesce-to-DRW a longshot, but confirms there is interest. Apparently, there is a lot of interest across the league in a guy who has become a top four defender on one of the NHL's best teams. As of this very moment - and arguably for at least the last two seasons - Pesce is clearly UNH's top NHL alum, and could hold that crown for a long, long time, considering the lack of top-end talents coming through UNH lately.
                  Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
                  Montreal Expos Forever ...

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                  • Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post

                    Linda, any chance we'll be seeing UNH Hockey again on NHPTV/CH 11? Has this even been discussed in recent years?

                    Just askin' out of a sincere interest ...
                    There have been no discussions. Livestreaming seems to be the Present and Future.

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                    • Chuck Murray maybe Maine will come into UNH this year and sweep them and get your coach fired lol you can thank us later.

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                      • Originally posted by grooverider View Post
                        Chuck Murray maybe Maine will come into UNH this year and sweep them and get your coach fired lol you can thank us later.
                        I'm all in for some "short-term pain leading to long-term gain", groovy. Whatever it takes to get UNH (and UMaine) playing meaningful hockey games against each other again. A couple of 7-2 drubbings would do fine for me, but maybe sneaking in a super-painful 3-2 OT loss would be more historically fitting? Either way, I'm game.

                        Problem is, the scuzz-bucket clown running things in Storrs has figured this out, and tanked a pair to his protegee last winter, likely for the sole purpose of keeping MS7 in a job (or, maybe UConn just wasn't that good?). No doubt, as sure as the ink dries on a potential MS7 extension, Luce will return to dealing regular beatdowns to his former assistant. So if Ben Barr can balance that out next year, I'd take it as a personal favor.

                        I've always had much love for the UMaine-iacs, even in the "worst" of times, this just proves why ...
                        Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
                        Montreal Expos Forever ...

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                        • La Liga Strangiato - INTRODUCTION

                          It's a beautiful weekend morning on the shores of Bow Lake in rustic New Hampshire, as the former coach awoke early to greet his guest for an afternoon of fishing. Coach's guest on this date would be his successor to the job that had made Coach a legend in his adopted home state during a career that lasted almost 30 years at the other end of Route 4 - miles away both physically and politically from the community better known as "Antiques Alley" which he now called home. The men exchanged warm greetings, having lived in (and sometimes out) of each's social circles for the better part of Coach's career in Durham. The pair had grown closer over the last decade or so, as Coach's career wound down, and he tabbed his former player (and budding coach in his own right) as his successor, so the younger man viewed Coach as sort of a "father figure". It was a relationship mocked by many - including the younger man's most recent boss before returning to his alma mater - but one that both men valued as they grew into the next chapters of their respective lives. In a word, they were ... paisan.

                          After some small talk and the usual chit-chat about how family and other shared friends were doing, the older man led his former apprentice out to the dock, and they embarked on Coach's Boston Whaler Conquest cabin cruiser to the open waters of the lake do some fishing, sampling out of Coach's wine cellar, and chatting about the travails of the younger man's efforts to carry on Coach's legacy at the big school 30 minutes east of today's rest and relaxation. These had been moments to savor in past meetings of the pair, but on this occasion, the younger man seemed to have something on his mind, which his mentor quickly picked up on:

                          DU: So Mikey, you seem a little tense today. You haven't caught a friggin' thing. What's up?
                          MS7: Well ... it's mostly about the job ...
                          DU: Yeah, it can really wear you down if you let it. You gotta have guys working for you that you can trust ...
                          MS7: ... well, you see, that's kinda where I might have a problem.
                          DU: How's that?
                          MS7: Well ... it's with our new boss ... she's -
                          DU: ... yeah, she's not paisan. By the way, how's good ol' "Blue Skies" doing??
                          MS7: - no idea. Haven't chatted to him for years now, ever since the last extension. But ...
                          DU: No worries, Mikey. I'll tell him you said "hi". He's coming next week to repaint the dock.
                          MS7: ... no, the Princeton lady won't extend me. AND she wants me to fire one of my guys!
                          DU: So you fire one of your guys. I mean, Stewie's a nice guy, but Jeff is paisan ...
                          MS7: No, no - I get that, trust me. But I don't wanna fire anyone.
                          DU: So don't fire anyone. Don't let that broad tellya what to do with your staff ...
                          MS7: ... but if I don't fire one of the guys ...
                          DU: ... or you can fire that guy from Alaska. He's rich, plus that rebound in Anaheim, never forgave ...
                          MS7: ... then she is gonna fire ME!!

                          Coach slowly turned the boat and brought the engine down, found the middle of the lake, made sure no one else was within hearing distance, and dropped anchor.

                          DU: Mikey, listen to your Uncle Dick carefully. I read that stuff you sent me a coupla weeks ago, I mean, real weirdo stuff, makes me realize how happy I am to be outta the racket now. Are you SERIOUSLY thinkina doing that?!?
                          MS7: I dunno Coach ... it feels like the walls are closing in. Marty is gone ...
                          DU: I toldya I'd say "hi" to the little papah-pushah next weekend?
                          MS7: ... no, I mean as a rubber stamp boss, like you had most of your career. Someone who understood ...
                          DU: Yeah, the whole paisan thing, I follow ya ...
                          MS7: ... anyway, I gotta contract, it runs out in a year, and I got no guarantees.
                          DU: So go approach some otha school, get a betta offah, like I did with the palookas out in Amherst ...
                          MS7: But Uncle Dick ... you had leverage. I got none of that going for me.
                          DU: Y'know, kiddo ... ol' Uncle Dick still knows some people who know people, and they do contracts too ...
                          MS7: We can't do that. So I'm kinda desperate, and I'm running out of ideas, so ...
                          DU: Mikey ... I love ya, you are paisan, but you got the wrong guy. I don't know nothing about turf ...
                          MS7: ... I didn't expect you to understand, I just want your blessing ...
                          DU: ... I know lotsa stuff about ice, I even know guys who can put you on ice ...
                          MS7: ((( rolling eyes, understanding he's on his own now )))
                          DU: ... I'm a GD hockey coach. I can only do so much.
                          MS7: Brian Mac said you told him the same thing ...
                          DU: Just go out, win some games, get your boss drunk, take some snaps, and presto - extension!! ;-)

                          Coach lifted anchor, and reeled in another catch while eventually turning his Conquest back towards the dock. After finishing off a coupla more bottles while watching highlights of the '98 and '99 NCAA Tourneys, the younger man arose to bid his host goodbye. The older man watched his former apprentice leave, arms folded casually across his chest. Thinking to himself, he felt for the man, but knew the kid would have to deal with this on his own ...

                          NEXT UP ... MS7 TAKES A TRIP TO THE LOCAL DEPARTMENT STORE, A NEW IDEA TAKES ROOT ...
                          Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
                          Montreal Expos Forever ...

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                          • Originally posted by d.gerry View Post

                            If we now call scheduling competitive teams a "bold move" we are in a world of hurt. C'mon, playing the Q for a pair of games at home (most likely getting spanked in the process) is not the type of bold moves we need, but nice try. What is really bold about this? So now we can tell recruits, "Look! Look! We played the defending National Champions!" Yeah, that'll move the needle.
                            But, if we somehow get a split with the NC’s, this bold Hail Mary scheduling move by MS7 could earn him a contract extension, like it or not.

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                            • Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post

                              I'm all in for some "short-term pain leading to long-term gain", groovy. Whatever it takes to get UNH (and UMaine) playing meaningful hockey games against each other again. A couple of 7-2 drubbings would do fine for me, but maybe sneaking in a super-painful 3-2 OT loss would be more historically fitting? Either way, I'm game.

                              Problem is, the scuzz-bucket clown running things in Storrs has figured this out, and tanked a pair to his protegee last winter, likely for the sole purpose of keeping MS7 in a job (or, maybe UConn just wasn't that good?). No doubt, as sure as the ink dries on a potential MS7 extension, Luce will return to dealing regular beatdowns to his former assistant. So if Ben Barr can balance that out next year, I'd take it as a personal favor.

                              I've always had much love for the UMaine-iacs, even in the "worst" of times, this just proves why ...
                              Chuck we can all agree that UNH and Maine being relevant is great for college Hockey and Hockey East. Cheers my friend it will turn around eventually.. I think we have the right guy now for the job up north.

                              Scott

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                              • Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post
                                At this rate, no doubt Poturalski will see his name included with the other nearly-greats in the AHL Hall of Fame ...

                                AHL Hall of Fame announces Class of 2020 | TheAHL.com | The American Hockey League

                                Darren Haydar, Robbie Ftorek, Denis Hamel and Freddie "The Fox" Thurier. Legends in their own (lunch)time.

                                Snives, this is where you ask the trivia question about what Ftorek said in the dying moments of the Mass HS title game to a semi-famous teammate ... ;-)
                                Probably best to limit that trivia question about Cap Raider to once per year? But what I have found surprising is Casey DeSmith moving up quickly on the Cats’ all-time NHL games played by goalie Ty Conklin. CDS also leads NH-native UNH alums in NHL games played by a widening margin, 134 to Paul Thompson’s 24.

                                Speaking of Bow Lake, name the UNH alum from Melrose who played in the most NHL games.

                                Last edited by Snively65; 06-25-2023, 05:46 PM.

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