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So how's that Anastos hire working out? I guess that's why you don't hire club-level coaches when they've been away from the bench for over a decade. But never mind Mark Hollis, he's a fucking genius!
$322k, down the fucking toilet. If Ron was dead, he'd be rolling in his grave. Shit Penn State will be kicking MSU ass next season.
Pucker up, bitches.
"Put your mother in a straight-jacket you punk ass white boy." ~ Mike Tyson
Most of us don't even care unless they make the frozen four. As long as they don't get our football players in trouble, I'm good.
This post was edited by The Doctor 18 months ago
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In before Rogue Leader
Nucky is on the offensive today. Mods?
I could care less about college in general but if we are going to field a team the least I would expect would be .500 or better
I am going to guess Hollis isn't too happy about this year either
With our decrepit facilities and general sucktitude over the last 5 years, it seems that we'll be a perennial last place team in the Big Ten as well.
I will balance that with a -1.
I can say this about college hockey and college sports in general...they don't have work stoppages and they just play the game.
Besides, this is Michigan and we have college hockey everywhere. I don't understand how a person can live in Michigan, call themselves a sports fan, and not appreciate college hockey.
then why don't you?
New arena will be needed to get life into the program. If not they'll be in 6th place in the Big 10 league.
"This is the strangest life I've ever known"
Jim Morrison (1943-1971)
The apathy expressed here may be why Hollis went with the Anastos hire.
Truth is MSU's facilities are aging and becoming 2nd rate compared to others in the Big Ten (Wisky/Minnie/PSU) and other regional programs like ND and Miami.
MSU is a good defensive team but they can't score goals to save their lives.
So I'm not a good sports fan because I think hockey is boring as hell?
We will become much better in the next few years. We knew this season might be tough sledding and a rebuilding year. Lots of people said so before it even began.
MSU hockey will be back under Anastos.
Yes. I alone decide what sports get to be called boring. Hockey is not on my list.
I don't live in Michigan. I loved going to games however on TV hockey is a brutal game.
I can accept that hockey is much better live than on TV. Sitting near the glass is an awesome experience for any sports fan. I actually like college hockey live better than the NHL. The craziness of student sections can make college games awesome (or terrible if you brought kids).
Anastos got them in the tournament last year so I am giving him at least 5 years to turn it around. They need offense and a new arena.
Anastos took a real mediocre team and got them into the tournament. Everyone around the program knew this would be a rebuilding year - tons of underclassmen. Recruiting really took a hit under Comely (just look at the # of guys we are [or more accurately aren't] putting in the NHL). It remains to be seen what type of long term coach Anastos is, but there is more life in and around Munn than there ever was during the Comely era - moreover, Anastos is kicking ass on the recruiting trail.
I compare it to Steve Lavin at St Johns. He got them into the tourney in his first year, had a poor 2nd year as he played a shit load of freshman, and now its starting to pay off.
While we absolutely need new and better facilities, Anastos will have us competing in the B1G once he's not forced to play freshman 80% of the time and his recruiting rolls in.
TA has 10 f'ing FRESHMEN and is in the process of REBUILDING!
Look down the road at Red's record this season and tell me what a crappy coach he is.
TA needs time.
Do they really need a new arena to win? F no!
Anyone who spouts that hasn't been to Ferris.
Do they need to update Munn, yes, but it's the guts that need updating. The arena itself is fine. Do an add-on like they did with the Brez.
There's a time and a place for everything and it's called college.
This maybe the most ill informed post I've read on this website in a long time.
RBW said it best. I'd repeat everything he said, but that's a waste of time. If you think MSU will continue to struggle in years to come, that's your own opinion, but I'd some reasoning behind it.
Also, if you think Ron Mason had nothing to do with the hiring of Anastos, you're crazy. He was heavily involved in the hiring process when they hired Comley (Mason's hand picked successor who drove the program into the ground) and he was still involved when Comley retired (or was forced to retire before he was fired, depending upon who you ask)
And if the good Lord’s willin’,
I’m a keep on chillin’,
refillin’ and flyin’ high
Crap tastic post. Hockey was the number one sport on campus for many years. Lottery for tickets.
Further, I am a spartan. No matter the sport, I care.
Lastly, you sound like a um fan during the Ellerbe years. Can't have it both ways.
This post is just as craptastic. Number one sport on the campus for many years?!?!?! The fuck you are smoking?
There was a lottery for tickets because there are only a couple of hundred of them. 1/4 of the football student section would fill all of Munn up. Watching games there is great, I had season tickets for 10 years, however I don't even care that they are in last place this year. I'm not interested in them going .500 or just making the tournament. Like I said earlier watching hockey on TV is brutal.
"If Ron was dead, he'd be rolling in his grave." Hilarious.
But, as a once TA skeptic, I am still a believer. The downside, for me, is that TA and his staff play a very entertaining brand of hockey, but it's still mainstream college hockey. Up tempo, defense pinches at the points to keep the puck in, they try back door to the D on offense, and they want to be "responsible" without the puck. That's fine, but they aren't going to surprise anyone with their game plan, breakout, forecheck, or power play scheme. You can see this team coming at you a mile away, as with most teams in college hockey which all want to play this way and try to be successful with this style. But you need the horses to run that race.
We seem to have solved the goaltending question. Jake Hilde is THE answer. Loses are not going to be on his shoulders. He's proven he'll keep you any game and will steal a few along the way. Defense is good enough and will get a lot better. There's a lot of upside, see below. Our Achilles heel is scoring goals---but help is on the way, see below.
Strong evidence exists that TA and his staff will get this program back to where Comley had it in 2006-07 and 2008-09 and where Mason had it for 20+ years.
First, they are recruiting very, very well. At least three high caliber players-scorers committed to MSU for next fall, so there is hope. The guys we have now on defense like Walsh, Boyd, Draeger, Holland, and Jake Chelios are outstanding to solid college players and are all slated to return next season. Lots of upside here. Meanwhile, our best offensive threats are Berry, Darnell, and DeBlouw, each of whom should be back next fall. Two or even all three of these guys are high, high potential players and each are fully capable of 20+ goal seasons. Then consider the likes of Bondra, Sorenson, Wolf, Dean "the Dream" Chelios (who will be back), and even Reimer.
Plus, three incoming guys will help pump up our goal scoring right away. JT Stenglein has 41 points in 31 games so far this season with three USHL teams; Mac MacEachern, former Mr. Michigan Hockey at Brother Rice and Blue's 3d round draft choice, is a big time scorer and was far exceeding his high expectations with the Chicago Steel, but was slowed by a concussion (I'm assuming he'll be fine); and Joe Cox, who we are really, really going to like as a player has 28 points so far this season in 39 games with the Lumberjacks.
Second, although, yes, TA was coaching club hockey the "club" was an organization that he took control of for business reasons called HoneyBaked. It's a hockey factory for high level players and coaches. He's already seeing some of that help him at MSU with the recruits. Connor Wood is on the team now and coming in 2015 is Zach Osbourn. In fairness, as I understand it, he was actually coaching the women's HoneyBaked teams that his daughter played on and helping out with the Midgets. But here's the real reason there is reason for hope with TA and staff at the wheel: Watch the man coach. He and his staff are not losing games because they are not putting the best players on the ice in the right situations. And, at least as far as I can tell, the off season conditioning and team bonding have all been improved under his watch. Also, consider, he did well with the players he had last season in his first year. He sized up the talent and used it well.
So, next year will be a much better measure of TA and staff and, at least on paper, it's looking very good.
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"Those fingers in my hair; That sly come-hither stare; That strips my conscience bare. It's witchcraft." Sinatra
Justin Abdelkader's goal with 18.9 seconds left in the third period broke a 1-1 tie and gave Michigan State the 2007 NCAA Men's Hockey championship over Boston College.
Brian Boyle scored in the second period to put BC up 1-0. Tim Kennedy tied it midway through the third period, and Chris Mueller added an empty-net goal with 1.2 seconds remaining.
Thank you, Denicos.
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