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  1. That's terribly sad to hear, Michael seemed like a great guy.
  2. It's a bad idea to throw out your whole team regardless of who you are. It's particularly true when you're discussing the first year of a program. This is true in every sport. Frankly, the rate that they churned through new players really held them back last year, but it's part of a building process. That's qualitatively true, as I discussed in the last player signing thread. These guys are a good core that showed promise last year. Milliron had a decent stretch throughout last season where he was a top 3 goalie. I think with a little more development, after all he was a rookie, and any defensive help that he'll showcase that talent. We'll agree to disagree on this point. If you're talking about an established program that's had a level of success it's mostly accurate. However, when you're talking about a program opening their first season in a league you shouldn't be kidding yourself. You will be at the bottom of the barrel, and establishing/building the program's competitiveness is of the utmost importance. Beyond that, any coach who's coming into a season with a "bottom feeder" squad will tell you (off the record, at least) that he's just looking to be competitive night in and night out. Because once you reach that level you can start to work toward excellence. -- I'm very glad to see the Bolts signed these four again. Milliron is a very talented goalie with even more potential growth. Dave Williams was the team's leading scorer. Frank Schumacher was a solid defender, and John Scorcia although hampered by injury averaged almost a point a night.
  3. As Greg says, I'm not thinking of a small adjustment. Honestly, this is more of a discussion than I want to go through . There's no guarantee of success, but I see fairly clear logic in benefits to the NHL through more controlled minor leagues. By establishing minor leagues where essentially all of their developing/young players are stabled the product in those leagues would improve considerably. This should increase both popularity and profitability for those teams. In particular, this could be growth in areas of the United States that haven't been hotbeds historically. I would expect this to drive profits into the NHL too. Certainly there would be an increase to costs due to salary, but it need not be so extreme as hundreds of millions. The league would need to negotiate with the players association across the levels to help standardize, but I wouldn't even see more than $50 mil being spent to reinforce the value of those leagues. Keep in mind, the NHL is netting record revenue over 4 billion last year. This is despite viewership numbers not reaching the 2013-2014 levels. It's a fairly trivial sum if it means generating a stream of new fans, as they're acutely aware of their aging base. As for a less talented crop of players, I don't see why you think that would be the case. I'd expect the average talent level of NHL players to increase in this scenario not decrease. The NHL has the least influence over their incoming workforce of any major sport in the US. Baseball is the gold standard. The NBA has the jokey D League, but it doesn't need it because the NCAA operates as a defacto training ground for their talent pool. The NFL uses the NCAA similarly, but just carries 10 man practice squads to have quick access to potential talent. Risk is all about a lack of control. Obviously they haven't felt the risk is worth addressing in this way, but it would be one of my biggest concerns as a NFL exec. I don't think any league has a competitor as close in skill as the KHL is to the NHL, and that has to be something they keep in mind for the future.
  4. I'd always rather have a new guy with potential than someone who's flamed out at a dozen different jobs in the past. Experience helps, but some people just aren't good coaches.
  5. I'm a big fan of the NBA, but I don't believe the D-League has been an effective operation ever. Whether the changes coming alongside this Gatorade sponsorship will help with that remain to be seen. Even more than the AHL, good players who aren't at the NBA level simply go elsewhere. The $19,000 or $25,000 salaries are laughable compared to any higher level league in Europe. Guys who don't actually have a chance at making the NBA can make $100k playing ball outside the US. It's better competition, and if you stand out you'll get a chance with a NBA squad. It's not news to the NBA either. Last year only 32 guys were even called up, all season long. It's not an inspiring list either. I'd have to do some digging to see if anyone from the D League has managed to be named an All-Star. My inclination is no. Best I can think of are Danny Green and Birdman.
  6. For what it's worth, Driedger went straight up from the ECHL to the Senators ;). It was very much an unusual situation though. Your post does make more sense to me now, thanks. I do wonder if the NHL might feel like it could do better with more "controlled" minor leagues. If the league invested more up and down the ladder, you would anticipate more assignment of their talent into the leagues. Whether that would allow for more success for the NHL is a big question mark. Look at the NBA, they don't even have a single, real minor league, and they're doing just fine.
  7. Rare is a stronger word than I would use. The reality is that over half the teams in the NHL have a player who spent time on an ECHL roster. Guess it depends if we're talking active contracts. I want to say the last Evansville Icemen squad had six guys that were drafted. We had 3 guys who made it up to the NHL in the last couple years. I expected other teams were getting more since we were quite bad.
  8. The notable signing here is Brandon Lubin. While they suggest he was "up in the ECHL" that was only about a week. He was traded to acquire Chase Nieuwendyk (who is on the protected list). It would be more accurate to say they played better, but the point is thankfully accurate. In the last 2 months, they scored 3.15 goals per game compared to 2.46 for the whole season while goals allowed only increased .17. Likewise, while the Thunderbolts didn't generate a lot of wins they had a stunning trail of six OT/SO losses which netted them half their points in that same period. On the season, they averaged .67 points per game (so almost 2 full games to get a tie). In the last two months they had a more respectable .92 while going 3-4-6.
  9. @dalybeauty @PopCultRainman @zchamu Sounded like? She absolutely did. Whether it was poor wording or her changing h… https://t.co/ou2z6ZOVIe

  10. Very entertaining story. I'm almost always impressed by what gets published on Players Tribune though.
  11. You missed some games. I meant to crunch some numbers, but I ran out of time earlier. Please note this is my observation without a double-check, so it's possible I have an error somewhere. Format is Team Total Games (Home - Away): Peoria 13 (7-6) Birmingham 8 (4-4) Knoxville 7 (4-3) Macon 7 (3-4) Mississippi 6 (4-2) Pensacola 5 (2-3) Huntsville 4 (2-2) Roanoke 3 (1-2) Fayetteville 3 (1-2)
  12. http://evansvillethunderbolts.com/view/evansville/news-1/news_486907 The Evansville Thunderbolts have released their 2017-18 full game schedule. The Thunderbolts’ first home game of its second season in the SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League) will be at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 against the Peoria Rivermen at the Ford Center in downtown Evansville. •Saturday, Oct. 21 vs. Peoria •Tuesday, Oct. 24 vs. Peoria •Friday, Oct. 27 at Knoxville •Saturday, Oct. 28 vs. Macon •Friday, Nov. 3 at Roanoke •Saturday, Nov. 4 at Roanoke •Thursday, Nov. 9 at Macon •Friday, Nov. 10 at Macon •Friday, Nov. 17 vs. Peoria •Saturday, Nov. 18 at Mississippi •Thursday, Nov. 23 at Huntsville •Friday, Nov. 24 at Birmingham •Friday, Dec. 1 vs. Knoxville •Saturday, Dec. 2 vs. Huntsville •Friday, Dec. 8 vs. Macon •Saturday, Dec. 9 vs. Mississippi •Friday, Dec. 15 at Pensacola •Saturday, Dec. 16 at Birmingham •Friday, Dec. 22 vs. Roanoke •Saturday, Dec. 23 vs. Knoxville •Friday, Dec. 29 at Peoria •Saturday, Dec. 30 at Knoxville •Sunday, Dec. 31 vs. Peoria •Friday, Jan. 5 at Macon •Saturday, Jan. 6 at Birmingham •Friday, Jan. 12 at Peoria •Saturday, Jan. 13 vs. Peoria •Sunday, Jan. 14 vs. Mississippi •Friday, Jan. 19 vs. Birmingham •Saturday, Jan. 20 vs. Birmingham •Tuesday, Jan. 23 vs. Huntsville •Friday, Jan. 26 at Peoria •Saturday, Jan. 27 vs. Peoria •Sunday, Jan. 28 at Peoria •Friday, Feb. 2 at Pensacola •Saturday, Feb. 3 at Pensacola •Thursday, Feb. 8 vs. Birmingham •Friday, Feb. 9 vs. Mississippi •Saturday, Feb. 10 at Mississippi •Friday, Feb. 16 vs. Knoxville •Saturday, Feb. 17 at Birmingham •Sunday, Feb. 18 at Huntsville •Friday, Feb. 23 vs. Macon •Saturday, Feb. 24 vs. Peoria •Friday, March 2 at Peoria •Friday, March 9 at Fayetteville •Saturday, March 10 at Fayetteville •Friday, March 16 vs. Birmingham •Saturday, March 17 vs. Mississippi •Friday, March 23 vs. Pensacola •Saturday, March 24 vs. Pensacola •Sunday, March 25 at Peoria •Friday, March 30 vs. Knoxville •Saturday, March 31 at Knoxville •Friday, April 6 vs. Fayetteville •Saturday, April 7 at Macon The home schedule consists of 12 Friday games, 11 Saturday games, two Tuesday games, two Sunday games and one Thursday game. All weekend night games — including New Year’s Eve — begin at 7:15 p.m., while the lone Sunday matinee game begins at 3 p.m. Weekday games begin at 6:15 p.m., with the exception of Education Day on Tuesday, Oct. 24, which starts at 10 a.m. Evansville’s promotional schedule will be released at a later date. The schedule is subject to change.
  13. I wonder if they're making a more concerted effort to push games to the weekends. I would prefer that. The toughest stretch last season for Evansville was 6 games in 10 nights. Evansville played in Roanoke on Friday, back to Evansville against Macon Saturday & Sunday. Hit the road on Thursday & Saturday in Roanoke then hopped over to Fayetteville for a Sunday afternoon game. That was following a week where they'd played Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. That had been two at home, two on the road though, so a little easier on the mileage. Maybe not as much on the body ;). I can't imagine how exhausted those guys must've been.
  14. I don't know. It's kind of fun to say Albatros with a terrible French accent. Try it! And I'm going to totally bite on your new division comment. While regular season cross-continent play is simply not feasible, I wish we could see more "one-off" games played. Something like a post-season matchup between the winners of each league (even if it was done toward the beginning of the next season). I know nothing of that European league to say whether or not timelines even align, but it would be something fresh/exciting to me at least.
  15. La Sirena and Le Bernardin are restaurants in New York. La Sirena by Mario Batali is new and recently received a Michelin star. Le Bernardin has been considered one of the best restaurants in the world for a number of years, and has a rating of three stars. Michelin stars, for those who aren't big foodies, are the foremost awards for fine dining. Three stars is the highest rating. We'll file this under a poorly targeted analogy for the audience. The point was simply would someone consider a well-respected restaurant beneath you simply because a better one exists?