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  • BlimpGuy
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    Re: MSU Spartan off-season - the grand flame-out

    Originally posted by Arwen22266 View Post
    Who would leave? Where would they go?
    My two thoughts would be Rowe or Tropp. I know Rowe has said he is definately staying, but he may have said that before he received any offers. He obviously talked with Comley about them, which would lead one to think he is considering them. I would also think pro teams would want to hold off on the underclassmen for at least another year, but I could be wrong.

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  • gomsuman
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    Originally posted by UMICHhockeyRULZ View Post
    I'm thinking Tropp would go to the Charlestown Chiefs...
    i am thinkin you guys need to get over that

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  • UMICHhockeyRULZ
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    Re: MSU Spartan off-season - the grand flame-out

    Originally posted by Arwen22266 View Post
    Who would leave? Where would they go?
    I'm thinking Tropp would go to the Charlestown Chiefs...

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  • Arwen22266
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    Originally posted by BlimpGuy View Post
    I heard Rick Comley say on the radio that Rowe has been receiving offers from NHL teams and that Tropp still may yet decide to sign with Buffalo. He also mentioned that it is likely another player will leave early.
    Who would leave? Where would they go?

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  • owslachief
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    I don't think he'd don a Sabre's uniform for 2 years, but if anyone leaves early
    it'll be Tropp. I'd still be stunned if Buffalo gives him something he'd want.

    The problems we're seeing in our building are one-part mediocre finishes and 2 parts AD administrative ****-ups.

    As far as my crystal ball is concerned, MSU won't enjoy a better finish NEXT season if this team doesn't focus on SKATING. The puck possession game doesn't begin if we can't get to the ****ing puck.

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  • BlimpGuy
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    I heard Rick Comley say on the radio that Rowe has been recieving offers from nhl teams and that Tropp still may yet decide to sign with Buffalo. He also mentioned that it is likely another player will leave early.

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  • Arwen22266
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    Re: MSU Spartan off-season - the grand flame-out

    Originally posted by STATEdude3 View Post
    It is really sad how apathetic people have become to a program that is only a couple years off of great success.
    I will repeat my comment from a few weeks ago: People have become apathetic simply because there has been no further success. When I have to sell my CCHA finals tickets twice in the last three years, something is wrong.

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  • gomsuman
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    i know it was really sad...

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  • STATEdude3
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    Part of the reason we always play so well against Michigan at Munn is because of the energy in thw building. As soon as that matchup materialized I predicted we would lose.It is really sad how apathetic people have become to a program that is only a couple years off of great success.

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  • gomsuman
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    well...on the notes of statedude3... the athletic department better not ignore and underclass the hockey team next year, it was ridiculous. Just because basketball and football are doing well hockey has been kicked to the curb (so to speak). Also the student section/ fans need to do a little more in helping out. The atmosphere in the arena is a big deal even thought it may not seem like it. When it is quite the players understand what is going on. And player wise what about Dean Chelios, not to take away from any other players(freshman, sophmore, junior, or seniors) who all did a great job this year. But in the games that we really needed it Chelios played good. Ex-Michgan at the joe. And i think with a couple more years he could become a above-average if not dominant player because he was willing to take and give out hits and could handle the puck. we'll just my opinion but all in all we can't just be happy with a good start, we HAVE to finish next season well.

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  • STATEdude3
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    I have been so focused on hosting people for the Frozen Four I did not get a chance to finish collecting my thoughts on the end of the season. I will warn you that this is going to be a VERY long message. here ya go...


    Freshman Class: The freshman class looked to have a lot of promise in the first couple months of the year. I think in the week following the GLI the coaching staff started to do too much changing of lines and messing with lineups and that may have affected the mental makeup of some of the young guys. Guys like Hayes and Golembiewski were not "great" but they did provide solid minutes, and then all of a sudden they disappeared.

    Tory Krug is going to be a special player at MSU. I think he could wear the A next year, and really be a Dryamond Green type of catalyst for the hockey program. We saw glimpses of what can be for Derek Grant. I think he had his hot streak early in the year, and we may have expected him to keep up a pace that is just not possible for a freshman. Grassi and Josepher developed very nicely on the blueline. I get nervous when they get caught up together on the same side of the ice, but positional play improves with experience.

    Sophomore Class: I am so torn about this class that it drives me crazy. I want to expect great things from this class, but I just don't see them developing. I really hope guys like Perlini and Nill get stronger over the summer. This class showed flashes of brilliance with the puck in open ice, but not much strength on the stick or toughness in the corners.

    Junior Class: This class was exactly what we expected, and what we needed this year. This class failed us tremendously in 08-09 but lead by a refocused Corey Tropp and the leadership of Jeff Petry, they did not disappoint. But now they have to step up like seniors do.

    With Petry gone we need to see AJ Sturges actually step up and play. I understand there have been some things going on that prevented him from seeing the ice, but it's time to change that. He should be healthy and we are going to be severely undersized on the blueline without him.

    Andrew Rowe had a great season and did more than I think was expected of him. I think putting him on a line with Grant and Leveille is important to keeping his stat line up. Andrew Rowe is the most consistent player on our roster going into next season and he will be the x-factor for success.

    Departing Seniors: First, what can you say about Nick Sucharski? He is a quiet kid that always left his best effort on the ice. He has been one of my favorite Spartans since exploding against Maine in the 2007 Frozen Four. I hope he has success in the future.

    Jay Sprague was a fundamental part of the development of Nick Sucharski. The two worked great together during the 2007 season and I hoped it would be a great tag team for the future. It really sucks that injuries took the toll that they did, but it was great to see him come back late in the year and have one last chance to wear the Green and White.

    The hardest job in all of sports is being a full time backup goaltender. Athletes are competitors by nature, and I'm sure it wasn't easy for Bobby to ride the pine for 4 years. But that shows his character and commitment to being part of a program. I'm glad we got to have him around.

    Justin Johnston: I'm not sure what to say...I've said all I need to about the situation that occurred on senior night. All I will say is thanks for your time in East Lansing.

    COACHING:Everyone on here knows I have been a major supporter of Coach Comley. When he came in I warned everyone that he was not going to have us winning 30 games a season. However I did expect to compete for the CCHA title each season. I am pleased with the way he worked with a young team this season, however I am not satisfied with the way things ended.

    Good coaching means developing young talent and grooming players during the year so they are playing at their best at the end of the season. In the Comley system we generally see the team play slow to start the season and finish strong. For some reason it happened the other way around this year.

    We have now gone 3 years without making it to The Joe in the CCHA playoffs. That puts us on par with WMU. I don't expect to win the tournament each year, but we have got to stop losing playoff games at home. I am not ready to join the "Fire Comley" camp quite yet, but I will say that we need to make a run at the CCHA playoff title this year AND we absolutely must make the NCAA tournament. It has been 30 years since we missed the NCAA tournament 2 years in a row. If it goes 3 years then that is far too long.

    The Fans:I was generally pleased with the renewed interest in MSU hockey after the winter break this year. The promotions, though not highly advertized were fairly successful. It was nice to see the corners fill in, and I was happy that I had some people in Section O with me for the first time in a few years!

    The students, lead by aallenpollreisz were good. I would like to a group of students carry his passion into next season and work to help make Munn a more formidable environment. Those of us that were at Munn in the 80's and 90's know exactly how loud it can be in there--but back then it all started with the students.

    I hope the athletic department gets their head out of their asses. Back in the day hockey mattered because basketball and football were stagnant. However now the hockey program has to fight for attention. There is no reason however for them to ignore the program as they have. I admire Mark Hollis for his great work accross the board. But the glaring problem is the complete lack of regard for the hockey program. It is unacceptable that a program with our tradition and potential is completely forgotten by the administration.

    Overall:This program is loaded with quality players who carry themselves well in the community. Our 28 man hockey roster did more community service hours than the 100 man football roster. These are good kids, but we need to develop them into good hockey players. The coaches and strength and conditioning staff needs to build an effective summer program that builds strength and toughness. We were badly beat in the corners this season.

    Next season I expect us to finish in the top 3 in the CCHA, make it to The Joe and make the NCAA tournament. Anything less than that and I will be very disappointed. From 2006 to 2008 we were one of only 3 programs that went to the Regional Finals 3 years in a row. We are not that far removed from success. However it feels much more gloomy right now. I feel like we are in a critical point in Spartan Hockey history, and we need everyone to step up and do their part.

    I will do my part as a fan and be in my seat come October.

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  • owslachief
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    Originally posted by streaker View Post
    Yeah, leave it to you or Gomer to come up with a snappy MAC fanbase comeback. The effort at Munn personified the pathetic fan interest. Then again, Lloyd Comley used the "youth" excuse.
    Originally posted by Arwen22266 View Post
    The fanbase, I am starting to think, is responding to what has now been three consecutive seasons of relative mediocrity. Do you think I like having to sell my finals tickets for the second time in three years? Um, no.

    It begins to look like MSU caught lightning in a bottle in 2007 and doesn't know how to find it again. What's the answer? I don't know, and I'm starting to wonder if Comley doesn't either.

    Good luck to the remaining teams the rest of the way. May the best team win, and may they win cleanly.
    You've got to wonder what other creative ways the people who pretend to market MSU hockey can shoot themselves in the foot. And just in time for their playoff weekend with Michigan.

    For the 09/10 campaign, the gimmick was to NOT give season ticket holders their playoff seats (for the first time in eons). Just let them have first crack at purchasing them

    Nice job, Hollis.

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  • Nevergoodenough
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    Originally posted by owslachief View Post
    Did you notice the goalie mask?
    I did, and that looks sweet. (Not really a good match with the sweater, but still a good looking lid...) The catcher and blocker look familiar too.
    Last edited by Nevergoodenough; 03-26-2010, 09:34 AM. Reason: added info

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  • owslachief
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    Did you notice the goalie mask?

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  • Gomer
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    Jeff Lerg now 1-0 as a pro =)

    http://tdevils.wordpress.com/

    *****http://tdevils.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/lerg3.jpg******

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