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  • IrishHockeyFan
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    Not sure if the season thread needed bumping back to the top, but Brett Blatchford signed an AHL contract and made his debut with the Chicago Wolves yesterday. Congrats and good luck.

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  • IrishHockeyFan
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    Originally posted by Freddie View Post
    If he WAS going to be in those skill contests at FF, he WON'T be now that he has signed a pro contract.
    I believe the requirement is just that the participants have no eligibility left. At any rate he's still listed among the players on the NCAAs release today. His contract with Carolina technically is for next year and the year after that, if that makes any difference.

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  • Freddie
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    If he WAS going to be in those skill contests at FF, he WON'T be now that he has signed a pro contract.

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  • IrishHockeyFan
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    Originally posted by observer85 View Post
    Kyle Lawson signed a 2 year entry level deal with Carolina today.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions/
    Beat me to it. There's also this about that. Also I believe he will be taking part in the Skills stuff at the Frozen Four.

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  • observer85
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    I know of some of the players on this team from their junior years, etc. I am still stunned how a talented group like this could have fallen so far. I read this thread most of the year so I have some understanding of the role that leadership, injuries, etc. played. I thought it is interesting to see the 1st posts of this thread...the optimistic tune...I am hopeful it will be again in the fall of 2010. Kind of like baseball season, at the beginning, every new season each team is 0-0...and there is hope.

    Originally posted by Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres. View Post
    Aah. The first full day of autumn. The leaves are just starting to change. You can find candy corn for sale again. My #20 Christian Hanson Leafs jersey was shipped today. (smiley. hearts.)

    The Drop the Puck thingy is 2 weeks away. The first game is a mere 3 days after that. I'm cautiously quite optimistic about this season.

    ND returns 8 of its top 10 scorers. Also returning are the top G scorer (Calle Ridderwall), the top guy for assists (Kevin Deeth), the top 2 PPG scorers (Ridderwall and Billy Maday), and the top 4 guys in +/-. Deeth (95 points) and Ryan Thang (92 points) will join the century club, maybe even by the end of the first month of the season. It is also quite possible for Kyle Lawson (68), Brett Blatchford (54), Ben Ryan (53) and even Dan Kissel (49) and Ian Cole (46) to reach "3/4 of a century."

    I believe only 2 of us listed potentials for the upcoming season. IHF's pick for surprise stud was Ben Ryan, for impact-laden freshman was Kyle Palmieri and captains were Lawson, Thang, Teddy Ruth and Ryan. My pick for surprise stud was Ryan Guentzel, for impact frosh was Riley Sheahan and captains were Lawson, Thang, Cole and Kissel.

    I know there are a few more posters out there who can take educated guesses. Hell, uneducated guesses are fine.

    Here's to a fantastic season, boys. As the Irish say, "Adh mór ort."
    Originally posted by NDHockey9 View Post
    With a talented team returning and a great group of freshmen coming in, there is plenty of reason to be excited. The above post showed all the scoring returning, but Im excited to have 5 of 6 defenseman back and all have tremendous talent and upside. If the Irish get solid goaltending, they have a great chance to take full advantage of what could be a bus trip NCAA Tournament run to Fort Wayne and Detroit.

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  • observer85
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    Originally posted by IrishHockeyFan View Post
    I think it really depends on the player and the team who either signed him or is showing interest in the case of free agents. Last season Hanson was signed within hours of the season ending and was playing in Toronto not much after that. A couple of other guys were also playing within the week. But Erik Condra didn't sign with Ottawa until the end of summer and Ian Cole was courted by St. Louis until he finally decided to stay in mid-July. If anyone was bound for the NHL as a bit of a bonus for signing (like Hanson last year) they'll go quickly. After this season I think there won't be a lot of interest in any of these guys getting that quick look-see. Perhaps Ian Cole (if he leaves, I'm not implying anything) would be one to go quickly.
    Kyle Lawson signed a 2 year entry level deal with Carolina today.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions/

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  • IrishHockeyFan
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    Originally posted by Irishhockey View Post
    With the season being over, how long before we hear who has signed contracts?
    I think it really depends on the player and the team who either signed him or is showing interest in the case of free agents. Last season Hanson was signed within hours of the season ending and was playing in Toronto not much after that. A couple of other guys were also playing within the week. But Erik Condra didn't sign with Ottawa until the end of summer and Ian Cole was courted by St. Louis until he finally decided to stay in mid-July. If anyone was bound for the NHL as a bit of a bonus for signing (like Hanson last year) they'll go quickly. After this season I think there won't be a lot of interest in any of these guys getting that quick look-see. Perhaps Ian Cole (if he leaves, I'm not implying anything) would be one to go quickly.

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  • IrishHockeyFan
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    This might be of interest to some of you.

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  • Irishhockey
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    With the season being over, how long before we hear who has signed contracts?

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  • Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.
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    Boy does this feel anti-climactic. For the first time in several years, Notre Dame hockey doesn't matter after the first week of March.

    I want to wish the outgoing seniors good luck in their endeavors.

    Ryan Thang finished his career with 115 points. He'll be in the ND record book under the 50/50 club and the century club. He's now in the top spot for GWG with 14. He also moved up to 5th in PPG's.

    Kevin Deeth also joins Thang in the century club and he took over the top spot for games played with 164. Given his size, he was a great agitator who could surprise you with awesome hits. Who would've thought this little chirper was so tough?

    Kyle Lawson tied Brock Sheahan for the number 2 spot for games played. He was an extremely consistent scorer in his career here averaging better than a half a point a game here. He'll move up to 8th place in points by a defenseman with 90.

    Brett Blatchford had his best year for G's this season, doubling his freshman output. 2 of his goals this season were PPG's, his first ever. He'll make it to the games played listing in the record book, finishing his career with 153, tied for 9th.

    Dan Kissel leaves here one of the hardest working players in recent memory. His biggest goal in his career illustrates that point. Skating the length of the ice to blast a shortie past UNH's goalie in the regionals. He leaves here with 57 points in 140 games.

    Christiaan Minella finishes his career here having registered 33 points in 113 games. His best goal was the extra insurance against Michigan in last year's CCHA tourney final. It was a pretty wrister.

    Tom O'Brien leaves here having played in 7 games. That's amazing given who he backed up and that he was usually the 3rd string goalie. Most 3rd string goalies don't even open the door to the bench.

    While this season ended on a sour note, much sooner than anyone would've wanted, these outgoing seniors provided some great memories in their 4 years here. They knew great success here and spoiled all of us in the stands with high expectations and hopes for the future.

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  • Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.
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    Originally posted by joecct View Post
    I'm probably going to get flamed for this, but the minute you invited you know who to give a commencement address, your athletic teams have taken a turn for the worse.


    While I'm never one to shy away from a good conspiracy theory and I would love to find someone to blame for this past season, I don't think even Obama could take the rap for this. And you can't really count a Weis-coached football team. And both the men's and women's bball teams are doing pretty good. So...no, they just stunk. All on their own.

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  • joecct
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    I'm probably going to get flamed for this, but the minute you invited you know who to give a commencement address, your athletic teams have taken a turn for the worse.

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  • IrishHockeyFan
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    Nice honor for Mike Johnson being named to the CCHA All Rookie team. Personally I have been singing Riley Sheahan's praises all year as I think he's been -- far and away -- our standout freshman, but obviously there are quite a few first year players who scored plenty this season and its understandable he slipped down to honorable mention. Still that's decent recognition and here's to more good things to come from both of them in the coming season.

    I think more than individual accolades, a simple statement from Maize over on WCH says all that needs to be said and will be (hopefully) my last post on the 2009/2010 season:

    Originally posted by Western College Hockey
    I guess there's not much to say about the first round except: 1.I can't believe Notre Dame's season is already over, and that a team that talented ended up being so bad.

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  • Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.
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    Originally posted by IrishHockeyFan View Post
    And one has to wonder also, will Cole come back again?
    For reasons which shall be kept to myself, I believe he's gone. I also believe that after being talked into coming back for this season, had he been a captain, he may have bought into the team thing more wholeheartedly. He would have felt more needed. I think he would have made a good leader. And I know he could've led even without that letter (see: Brock Sheahan and Bryan D'Arcy). But we can play this "what if..." game all off-season. It won't change the poo that was the play of this team from October to last night.

    Originally posted by IrishHockeyFan
    Leadership is up for grabs right now, to put it mildly.
    I don't know that anyone left on the team has earned the right yet to an C or A on their sweater.
    I will go out on a lonely limb and state that I think Joe Lavin could be a good choice to wear a letter. He came in the middle of a mediocre season and produced some much needed offense (although it still didn't help much). He was vocal on the ice. He hasn't had the success that some of the players left have had, so his head may not be as swelled (although, one has to believe that those swelled heads should have been deflated on the bus ride home last night). But what do I know? I didn't like Ryan Thang as the C and look how he turned out. Oh, wait...

    It sucks mulling the off-season thread on March 7th.

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  • bronconick
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    Originally posted by IrishHockeyFan View Post
    At least Notre Dame has some company among the bottom 4 in the CCHA. None of us are seeing either the second round or even got the chance to see our teams push it to a third game. The first round of the CCHA playoffs pretty much stunk. Home teams won all 8 games, by the combined score of 43-8. Some awful hockey the last two nights. Only the Friday ND-OSU game was decided by fewer than 3 goals. 4 were decided by 4 or more goals. All series winners scored at least 7 more goals than the losing teams. Real compelling hockey folks.
    Welcome back to the basement guys, beer's in the same place it was when you left........wait. Why are you back? And hell, I'm more excited about Western hockey than I've been in a few years. A 3rd game would have just screwed Alaska, and it's fun to see the smaller guys with a shot at the NCAA's.

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