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  • Jesus, all this portal mayhem...

    I think the most important aspect of the whole deal will be whether Maine is viewed as a feeder-school or a destination-school by talented guys in the portal.

    Barr is making Maine a more attractive option (by far) than Red ever did, but I don't see that as a done deal just yet. Not even close, really.

    I'd hate to be a college coach right now. What a cluster- ***k.

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    • Originally posted by Sparkee View Post
      According to this rumor website it is likely Breen, Ostman, and Charbrier will get pro offers. Evidently Ostman had an offer last season and opted to come back. https://www.prohockeyrumors.com/2024...w-centers.html
      I really don't see any of them as legit NHL prospects, except for maybe Breen as a 4th-line guy for a cup of coffee or two on a bad team.

      Victor will never see the ice in The Show, ditto Charbrier.

      Wish all of them well; I've been wrong before.

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      • Originally posted by Sparkee View Post
        According to this rumor website it is likely Breen, Ostman, and Charbrier will get pro offers. Evidently Ostman had an offer last season and opted to come back. https://www.prohockeyrumors.com/2024...w-centers.html
        Chabrier over Breazeale, makes no sense.

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        • Originally posted by Fishman'81 View Post
          Jesus, all this portal mayhem...

          I think the most important aspect of the whole deal will be whether Maine is viewed as a feeder-school or a destination-school by talented guys in the portal.

          Barr is making Maine a more attractive option (by far) than Red ever did, but I don't see that as a done deal just yet. Not even close, really.

          I'd hate to be a college coach right now. What a cluster- ***k.
          Seems now Maine is favorable as far as a program on the rise, a ncaa playoff caliber roster, young roster, with a couple of ringers looking for a center and power play unit mates, good coach with history of developing players, success at roster building where he’s been, strong fan base playing in one of, if not the, best atmospheres, renovations upgrading lockerooms, weight rooms, theatre room, recovery pools, etc…

          The down side is I don’t know how Maine competes with NIL. Because I had heard nothing but was surprised to hear Maine had three players getting NIL. The only one discussed was Brazeale getting NIL through a deal with US Cellular. I would think the Nadeaus would be prime for being the face of some local Maine businesses. LL Bean? Old Town Canoes? Irving? Hannaford? IDEXX? Etc…

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          • Originally posted by Fishman'81 View Post
            Jesus, all this portal mayhem...

            I think the most important aspect of the whole deal will be whether Maine is viewed as a feeder-school or a destination-school by talented guys in the portal.

            Barr is making Maine a more attractive option (by far) than Red ever did, but I don't see that as a done deal just yet. Not even close, really.
            Been thinking the same thing.
            Switching out players of similar skill aint getting you there.
            Maines not getting the players if NU, MN, WI, QU etc etc list is quite long, are interested.
            Picking up a gem like Scott is the only hope, but whats the chances.

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            • Originally posted by NorthMike View Post

              Chabrier over Breazeale, makes no sense.
              I think they are not looking at play in their own end, evidently. If you are looking at who mans the point better on the power play Charbriere wins. He reminds me of Rob Michel where the offensive talent is there but the mistakes in his own end will take time to go away. But for a pro frame and a guy that can log a lot of minutes, lug the puck, and play sound defense Brazeale wins. He’s gotta work on that first pass under pressure from deep in his own end though. Then again, they all do.

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              • Originally posted by Fishman'81 View Post

                I really don't see any of them as legit NHL prospects, except for maybe Breen as a 4th-line guy for a cup of coffee or two on a bad team.

                Victor will never see the ice in The Show, ditto Charbrier.

                Wish all of them well; I've been wrong before.
                By pro offers it includes AHL, which is who Houle just signed with… San Jose’s AHL team.

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                • Originally posted by Sparkee View Post

                  By pro offers it includes AHL, which is who Houle just signed with… San Jose’s AHL team.
                  Throw Houle into the above mix..?

                  Pick of the litter, IMO.

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                  • Originally posted by Sparkee View Post

                    Seems now Maine is favorable as far as a program on the rise, a ncaa playoff caliber roster, young roster, with a couple of ringers looking for a center and power play unit mates, good coach with history of developing players, success at roster building where he’s been, strong fan base playing in one of, if not the, best atmospheres, renovations upgrading lockerooms, weight rooms, theatre room, recovery pools, etc…

                    The down side is I don’t know how Maine competes with NIL. Because I had heard nothing but was surprised to hear Maine had three players getting NIL. The only one discussed was Brazeale getting NIL through a deal with US Cellular. I would think the Nadeaus would be prime for being the face of some local Maine businesses. LL Bean? Old Town Canoes? Irving? Hannaford? IDEXX? Etc…
                    How does that work for Canadien or for that matter other foreign players on the NIL...because of visas...green card are they not able to benefit from NIL..??

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                    • A Brendan Walsh type to protect the brothers? Sign me up!

                      Maine Hockey: I want to believe
                      43-21-4 (.662) in games I attended over 4 years as a student
                      104-47-14 (.669) in that time
                      3x FROZEN FOUR

                      11-20-2 in games I've attended since. (2-2-1 under Red)

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                      • I understand the Portal to a point..but when does this end...this year,another year..?..pretty much a disruptive way to maintain a roster each and every year...and with incoming recruits ...the bigger named schools get to slice and dice the lesser schools[imo]....start to improve team and then bam...you lose one,two or more key players.

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                        • Originally posted by 9twenty View Post
                          I understand the Portal to a point..but when does this end...this year,another year..?..pretty much a disruptive way to maintain a roster each and every year...and with incoming recruits ...the bigger named schools get to slice and dice the lesser schools[imo]....start to improve team and then bam...you lose one,two or more key players.
                          It isn’t going to end. The transfer portal is a change the NCAA made. The biggest aspect is that a player no longer has to sit a year. Once there is no penalty to switch then the number of transfers have gone up tremendously.

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                          • Originally posted by 9twenty View Post

                            How does that work for Canadien or for that matter other foreign players on the NIL...because of visas...green card are they not able to benefit from NIL..??
                            Essentially foreign student athletes can make passive money through endorsements. They can’t make active money. They can’t do anything which requires labor, such as speaking and appearing at events, autograph signings, etc… So anything that can benefit by having the student associated with it. Like LL Bean could have Nadeaus on some ice skates they sell, or some clothing, etc… Or Old Town Canoe could have a version of the canoe called “Boija NC”.

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                            • Originally posted by AMC View Post

                              He kicked a guy in the face while he was on the ground. He made his choices.
                              He didn't start the fight but he ended it.
                              I swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell.

                              Maine Hockey Love it or Leave it

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                              • Originally posted by NorthMike View Post
                                Picking up a gem like Scott is the only hope, but whats the chances.
                                Isn't that how Maine has typically operated?

                                Find the unheralded gems that play with a chip on their shoulder because the bigger schools didn't want them. Even dating back to the Walsh days those have been the type of players that Maine has had success with.

                                Obviously that strategy works best if you're using those guys to round out a roster alongside a few blue chip guys, rather than relying on it solely.

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