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  1. Hey Guys, I've been hard at work developing a media network to take the RiverKings to the next level and really give fans 24/7 content, even during the offseason. Recently we launched the RKN (RiverKings Network) which consists of a blog personally written and curated by myself (The Scribe), and launched a brand new, weekly podcast (Crown Talk). The first entry on The Scribe is online now, a piece on Devin Mantha and his tenure/impact on this team over the last five seasons. Check it out here: rkscribe.weebly.com And our first edition of Crown Talk is up, too! I talk about Manthas retirement and who I think might step up as the next captain, plus I predict what the protected list might look like in a couple weeks. Check it out here Podbean: https://t.co/25vbkJ1YIf iTunes: https://t.co/hOLVIWa74m YouTube: https://t.co/TItgdOIXSb
  2. I think in this level of play, making major changes is something that rarely goes your way. How many guys out there in the FHL or overseas are truly more talented than the players that are on this roster? I would venture to say, none. Simply because if they were that talented, they'd have been picked up by one of the teams in this league. As for the current roster, starting with Green, you're absolutely right - he's been improving with every game this season. He was part of a tandem the past two years in Peoria and Fayetteville, and it's easy to see that he's really excelled as the main guy here in Mississippi, using the extra playing time to grow his game. He does have a bad game here or there, like any goalie, you're absolutely right about that. I think once the offense is more comfortable in what they're looking to accomplish and they become more of a scoring threat, the honus will be lifted off this defense and the goaltending, allowing for a bad game or two from one of those units and it not being the end of the world. There's been so many missed opportunities from the offensive side on things like breakaways, shootouts, penalty shots, and unlucky post-shots that I think the game has gotten into the player's heads. Hockey is so much more of a mental game than physical, and I think we (myself included) forget that sometimes. Bottom line, in my opinion, the goaltending and defense have been average to above average while the offense has been much less stellar. Work on the front end of the ice first while the back end keeps the status quo. Get those wheels all moving in the right direction. I don't think bringing in new blood is going to fix that issue simply because we talk all the time about chemistry, and like I said in the previous paragraph - who's really out there that can help at this point? (Aside from getting guys back from the ECHL).
  3. In a simple answer, which is rare for me around these parts, offensive consistency. Once all three lines can get clicking at the same time, they will be a force to be reckoned with. The goaltending is not as bad as their record indicates, nor is their defense (see: Penalty Kill). Once the offensive production becomes more regular, including the power play, the RiverKings will be a team that can steamroll their way through the playoffs.
  4. You guys are too kind! I don't know how I'll be able to get into the office this afternoon with a head this big.
  5. I..... I don't even know how I messed this up, do I not know how to count?!?!
  6. Hi fitter, I totally understand your frustration, I mean I do have to witness every loss with my own two eyes. Just remember that an aggressive shuffling of the roster is kind of what put the RiverKings in this position to begin with. They were aggressively poached; with all their leading scorers, save Mantha, called up to the ECHL. I don't think making changes for the sake of change is the correct way to go about business because the one thing this team desperately needs is chemistry. Sometimes suffering through the losses is necessary to find that gel within the unit. In my professional opinion, it's not a WHO problem necessarily but just an execution problem. The guys have been gripping their sticks a little too tight and haven't found any rhythm as they go about their business still trying to pick up the pieces of those call-ups. I don't think rocking the boat considerably is going to help that cause. Keep in mind, there will be changes coming eventually. Whether that's getting some guys back from the ECHL or another type of addition since the team is currently below the roster limit (they never added a player since the call-up of Dillan Fox). But making MAJOR changes right now may just be a knee-jerk reaction to the recent struggles, which honestly I think just needs some elbow grease and determination to get through.
  7. The start of the most recent downturn can be traced back to the four most recent call-ups (Olivieri, Cote, Tedesco, and Sutliffe). During that time there have been injuries to key players (Grinbergs, Coyne), which added to the backward trend. While that's not an excuse, it's an inevitability in a feeder league like the SPHL. That said, there have been AMPLE strides in the right direction which can't be seen simply looking at the standings. The "next man up" mentality has been running rampant in players like Dillan Fox who's sophomore season is proving to be very successful. Goaltender Tyler Green is still among the league leaders in wins, and Coach Landmesser's acquisitions have been top-notch. Shane Bennett is one of the teams top point scorers since coming over from Fayetteville, Vojtech Zemlicka was supposed to just be a defensive patch while Grinbergs and Coyne healed up and he has five points in seven games and has become a vital piece to the power-play unit. Speaking of special teams, the RiverKings are first in the SPHL in PK - a spot they once occupied during their six-game win streak in November. Two months are in the books and the season has been full of ups and downs, but if players like Fox, Green, Mantha, Bennett, Marcuz and the defense continue their upward trend this team will be a force later in the season. With or without the return of the foursome of ECHL players.
  8. 21 is recovering from a lower-body injury he suffered before the game on @BIR on Friday. His status is still unclear for this weekend's games. 23 is still recovering from his injuries and also questionable for this weekend.
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