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    Scratch the concept of new glove due to a wrist injury. Elbow, not wrist.
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    Cassie talked about it during a game he played with it. She said it's not like the old ones that you needed to put a rock in it or use baby oil. It's seems to be odd that he would make the change during the year. It could be the new one supported his wrist better? Or the new one made his wrist sore. Don't know if it's even the same hand that he injured or what. I was projecting it as a cause or effect of the injury. Unrelated if it's his blocker hand. I guess I made the leap because you tend to use the trapper more freely, so it would be subject to more poking and bending.
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    I agree with your asessment. There is something else that occured in the last month of play. Rittich changed his trapper. There was no mention why, but he hasn't been stellar since he switched. Other things played into his game stats, but it may not be a coincidence that he had an injury and was using a new glove.
  4. Well you could say that next season would begin after this one actually finishes. I'm not saying when, just that they are as likely to finish this season as cancel it. Too many things tied to it. Let's say it's November that teams could begin play. I know it's problematic, but the alternative is a wasted season and a bunch of loose ends to figure out. Draft, deals tied to season, UFA's, lost revenue, player exoerience tied to the expansion draft....
  5. Ya know it's hard to put a finger on the team. I watch other teams play, and it's not all roses with them either. I do believe that a good coach would be able to figure out how to make the lines work. And that's what I see. A lack of cohesion with the lines. A lack of having the right lines out against the opposition. You tend to see better games when on the road because the coach has to line match as if he will face the best line every shift. Whether he short-shifts the bottom 6 or the players on the ice recognize the opportunity/challenge is not known. A case in point. A home game. 4th line out with 3rd pairing against a lesser line. We get owned for the entire shift. Is it any wonder? We play the worst when we try to physically dominate. Forget your assignment and just hit a player. If that's a forecheck, great, or to do it to dislodge the puck, awesome.
  6. I've pretty much written off the season anyway, but just speaking from what we might expect. I'm just pointing out that there are many scenarios that could come into play to finish it. Owners expect a finish to the season. The NHL is losing a ton from advertizing. If there is a way to finish the season, they will make it happen. The two lockouts in recent decades were not cancelled seasons already begun; one was the entire season, the other was a shortened one that still awarded a cup. I hope they can get a real coach too.
  7. The season will be done when the cup is awarded. You won't be able to play next season unless that happens. If this extends to the summer, then most likely the season extends to the summer. And that means that the draft occurs after the season and playoffs are done. Pending RFA, UFA's etc. would need to continue as if the season was still happening. Sure, that means decisions will need to be made and agreements extended, but how else do you do it? The CHL and other leagues will not be starting until next season. Perhaps the Memorial Cup and Calder Cup don't get awarded, but they have to pause until the NHL is done. This is a business impacted by COVO for sure, but the implications of cancelling the rest of the season and not playing for the cup have far reaching implications. Not just the NHL and arenas.
  8. We can go round in circles about Lindholm. He was brought here to be a top 3 player. He's in the same realm as Monahan, just wasn't as prolific at scoring. Then again he didn;t have Gaurdreau setting him up in the Carolina years. I would argue that a offensive first player like Hamilton was only going to get you a top 6 C. You're not getting a Draisaitl or Aho or Courtier. More likely a Nylander level player. If you want, that mans Ferland + rights to a pending FA Fox gets you Hanifin. The Canes were trying to trade Hanifin, so I think he is what he is.
  9. If we are rating BT overall, he has some highs and lows. But no more than any GM. Holland is being viewed as brilliant, but I beg to differ. Stevie Y has done a good job. Others have been good and bad as well. Now to your point about the needs of the team. He added to places where the need was going to be; defense, LW, depth C. Hamonic was a bit of tainted good; not as good as he looked early in his career. But Ras and Kylington are solid. Have to remember that Kylington is stll just a NHL rookie. Buried because of the odd mistake in a game. His skating could tirn him into a top 4. Nets is the area where effort was put, but not enough understanding of how to develop. Gillies should be better than he is. Parsons should not be in the ECHL. Wolf is a killer in waiting. Better development would make a difference. The attempts to get a starter was falling back after missed deals; MAF, Bishop (twice). Even so, Rittich is no slouch. Just not quite ready for 50 games. What we got for Fox is Lindholm and Hanifin. Costs us Dougie too, but that was what it cost to get a top 3 player like Lindholm. At worst a #2C or RW. AT a young age. They ain't cheap.
  10. I'm not a tin foil hat guy, but.... I was reading a fiction novel (Task Force series), and it was entirely about the use of a virus to defeat the West. This was something more akin to Ebola for speed and impact, but it was a flu virus. It had one difference and that was one vaccine simpy made the person an immune host; they got sick but got better and didn;t display symptoms. The concept was to infect a person, and have them die a bloody death on a cruise ship, the virus becomes airborne as a result. And this would be limited to the west to begin with, and would slowly impact other countries. Those other countries would have enough time to close borders etc. Pure work of fiction, but it's not far off what has happened as far as spreading. As crazy as it sounds, open borders have allowed this to become a pandemic. We're about 2 months too late in stopping this from entering. Or at least isolating once they entered.
  11. I agree. Even if he is in game shape, we have Hamonic, Forbort, Kylington, Gustafsson that are battle tested. We may need all four of them if the season plays out. Based on who is fully capable, I would see Valimaki below the following: LD - Gio, Hanifin, Forbort, Gustafsson, Kylington RD - Brodie, Ras, Hamonic, Stone Why would we call into service a guy that has not played in a year.
  12. I think the fact he never played a single game plays into it. However, if the season is delayed long enough, he might be ABLE to play. Holding him out, even if healthy, shouldn't enter into the calculation of pro experience. Just my take.
  13. Yeah, I;m not suggesrig he will be a stud. Fox was an offensive D-man that pit up big numbers in a weak division. This guy is more of a defensive D-man. Who knows. We could use a defensive D-man for a chamge.
  14. Some context: 2019-20: Captain for second straight season.2018-19: Named the team's Most Valuable Player by his teammates ... Finalist for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference's Player of the Year ... Also a finalist for the league's defensive defenseman of the year and an honorable mention all-conference pick for the second straight season ... Awarded with the Archie Krum Memorial Athletic Scholarship, given to the player who demonstrates leadership qualities, high academic standards and athletic excellence ... Tallied 17 points with five goals and a dozen assists in 35 games ... Earned NCHC Defenseman of the Week twice (Oct. 29 and Dec. 10) ... Missed his first games of his career, sitting out the Feb. 1-2 series at Denver ... Had played in all 105 career games up to that point ... Scored a pair of goals in the win over Minnesota in Las Vegas, Nev. (Oct. 27) ... Added a goal and an assist the following Friday in a 5-0 blanking of Wisconsin ... Finished the season with a +7 plus/minus rating ... Blocked 33 shots ... Took just one penalty the entire season ... Named an American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Krampade Division I All American Scholar ... An NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete and NCHC All-Academic member ... Earned third varsity letter. 2017-18 (Sophomore): Named an All-American Scholar by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) … Tabbed as an All-NCHC Honorable Mention … Also named to the Named to NCHC Academic All-Conference Team and was chosen an NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete … One of three finalists for NCHC’s Defensive Defenseman of the Year Award … Received UND’s Archie Krum Memorial Athletic Scholarship as the “player who demonstrates leadership qualities, high academic standards and athletic excellence” … Also won the team’s Plus/Minus Award after leading the team and ranking sixth among NCHC defensemen with a career-best plus-14 rating … Earned a spot on the University’s President’s Roll of Honor during both the fall and spring semesters … Ranked sixth among NCHC defensemen with a career-high 29 points, more than doubling the 12 he notched as a freshman ... Ranked fifth among NCHC defenders in assists (22) and sixth in goals (7) … Five of his seven goals came at even-strength … Ranked second on the team with seven points (all assists) during the month of March ... Had an NCHC-leading four assists during the NCHC Quarterfinals and was a plus-3 ... Collected two helpers both nights against Omaha, including assists on both game-winning goals .... Added an assist in each of UND’s two games at the NCHC Frozen Faceoff … Had six multi-point games on the season ... Ranked second on the team with 55 blocked shots … Earned second letter.2016-17 (Freshman): Tied for fourth among NCHC rookie defensemen in points (12) and ranked fifth in assists (10) and plus/minus (+5) ... Assisted on Austin Poganski’s GWG in UND’s 1-0 NCHC Frozen Faceoff semifinal win over top-ranked Denver (March 17) ... Had two assists and was a plus-3 in UND’s 5-2 win at Miami in the regular-season finale (March 4) ... Blocked 52 shots, second-most on the team and a total topped by only one other NCHC freshman defenseman (Omaha’s Ryan Jones, 57) ... Scored his first career goal (the GWG) in a 5-1 win over #18 Western Michigan (Dec. 9) ... Collected his first college point with an assist in a 5-4 win over #18 Bemidji State (Oct. 22) ... Was a season-best plus-4 in a 5-2 win at Colorado College (Jan. 27), tying for a team season-best ... Had a goal and two assists in UND’s sweep at Omaha (Jan. 6-7) ... Had a goal and an assist in the series finale for his first multi-point game … Earned first letter.Before UND: Spent the 2015-16 season with the BCHL’s Penticton Vees, where he was a teammate of future UND teammates Dixon Bowen and Tyson Jost … Served as an assistant captain and racked up three goals and 37 assists in 57 games … Ranked fifth among BCHL defensemen in scoring and fourth in assists … Received Penticton’s Unsung Hero and Best Conditioned Athlete awards … Spent the 2014-15 season with the USHL’s Fargo Force and had 10 assists in 46 games … A 2014 graduate of East Grand Forks Senior High School … Led EGF Senior High to a state championship in 2014 under head coach and former UND forward Tyler Palmiscno.
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