Monday, 02/11/08

The Rink Rat Rankings: Season 2, Edition No. 14

As much as I emphasize that the Rink Rat Rankings don't behave in the same way as the rest of the rankings out there - most notably, that I don't necessarily drop teams for losses - when the No. 2 team takes three points from the No. 1 team at No. 1's home rink, well...a change is gonna come.

And so it has, as you'll see in this week's Rink Rat Rankings, up to 44 teams with the addition of Providence.

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Sunday, 02/10/08

Stirring the Pot

OK, folks, let's clear something up about Matt Gilroy's high ankle sprain. Jack Parker told it to me on Wednesday afternoon, and I published his exact words on this blog that night.

Gilroy, of course, played for the Terriers in their 6-2 win at UMass-Lowell on Friday, and should be in action tomorrow at the Beanpot.

Of course, I had thought that coaches in New England had adopted the Bill Belichick strategy of saying, "I'm not a doctor" when it comes to injuries, but I guess a lot of folks are less enthusiastic about emulating the New England Patriots' coach after that ill-advised call to go for it on fourth down instead of kicking a field goal last week.

Thankfully, some things in Boston never go out of style...like the Beanpot.

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Thursday, 02/07/08

Good News, Bad News

First, the bad news: after reading a report from Gregg Drinnan of the Kelowna Daily News that Brock Trotter is leaving Denver to sign with the Montreal Canadiens and play with their AHL affiliate in Hamilton, Ontario, I reached out to both the Canadiens PR department and a source very familiar with the team. The Canadiens have no official comment at this time, but based on the other information I've received, I wouldn't be surprised to hear something tomorrow morning on Trotter signing.

Of course, the reports out of Denver over the past week - not to mention Trotter's absence against Minnesota State last weekend - lead us to believe that this move isn't entirely Trotter's choice. If that's the case, then obviously, it's very unfortunate. I really like Trotter's game, and Trotter was very nice when I spoke with him in person last year around this time. I do hope that Trotter can overcome whatever issues forced him to leave Denver and have a successful career as a pro.

Now, moving on to someone who will almost certainly have a successful career as a pro, and just happens to play for a protégé of Denver coach George Gwozdecky...Miami's Ryan Jones.

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Wednesday, 02/06/08

Massachusetts Misery

When Jerry York sat down for his press conference after a win over Boston University in the Beanpot on Monday, there was still a hint of sadness from the previous night.

I believe his exact words were, "I'm still kind of bummed out about our Pats. This takes a little sting out of it."

Lucky Eagles, getting to lose that sting.

Sunday night, I had the privilege of joining the River Hawks of UMass-Lowell for their improvised Super Bowl party on their way back from Burlington after their game against Vermont.

You can click here for that video, including an interesting revelation from head coach Blaise MacDonald.

Of course, those trifles are nothing compared to the news out of Blaise's old stomping grounds at Boston University this afternoon...

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Tuesday, 02/05/08

Maybe I Don't Know Beans, But...

As weeks of college hockey go, this one pretty much has to top the list.

On Friday, of course, the weekend slate is headlined by No. 1 Miami and No. 2 Michigan. But the week started last night with the first day of the Beanpot tournament.

Now, if you've been a fan of college hockey long enough, you know which of these two events is going to get more media attention. And if you're a fan of college hockey west of the state of Massachusetts, that probably bothers you just a tad.

(Of course, if you're far enough west, you're probably upset that Miami and Michigan are No. 1 and No. 2 in the polls in the first place, but that's another story altogether.)

"East Coast Bias!" the screams rain down.

"Who cares?!"

"The Beanpot is overrated."

I've certainly heard this enough times, and I do understand why it can be frustrating the way the Beanpot resonates.

But after three-and-a-half Beanpots, I also understand that the Beanpot is special.

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Monday, 02/04/08

The Rink Rat Rankings: Season 2, Edition No. 13

The championship game was considered all but a formality, wherein the mighty team from New England would fulfill its destiny and cap off a massive win streak.

The underdogs hadn't been the best team during the regular season, and came from a conference that was considered a step behind, but pulled things together in the postseason.

The underdogs pulled ahead for good late in the game on a botched defensive assignment.

Am I talking about the 2007 Frozen Four or Super Bowl XLII?

Just saying.

Now, for the Rink Rat Rankings, up to 43 teams this week with the addition of Merrimack and Vermont.

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Saturday, 02/02/08

Well-Kept Secret

So there I was, sitting across the street from South Station, having just learned that my plans for the afternoon had fallen through. I had the entire afternoon ahead, and I wasn't sure what to do.

In sending an e-mail back to my colleagues in New York, I noticed the BC was hosting Vermont for a women's hockey game at 2 p.m.

Perfect.

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Thursday, 01/31/08

To Tie Or Not To Tie?

With the Beanpot coming up this Monday, I'm getting ready to head to Boston once again, and I had a great time talking about the Beanpot last night during my regular appearance on Hockey On Campus on 1510 The Zone in Boston. Of course, one of my favorite parts of the Beanpot is the atmosphere in the press room before the game with so many of my wonderful colleagues in the media. It's one of those events where you see so many of the regular faces and it adds to the attraction of the event.

With that in mind, I'd like to write on a subject raised recently by one of those colleagues.

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Wednesday, 01/30/08

A Tale of Two Jeffs

There were some interesting developments in the CSTV.com Hobey Baker Watch this week. For the first time in what feels like forever, someone decided that Kevin Porter shouldn't get his first-place vote this week.

Who got the vote instead? The man most responsible for keeping Porter off the scoreboard this weekend Michigan State goaltender Jeff Lerg.

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Monday, 01/28/08

The Rink Rat Rankings: Season 2, Edition No. 12

We're now over two-thirds of Division I in the Rink Rat Rankings, and more than half of Atlantic Hockey is now part of the rankings with the addition of "God and Country:" Holy Cross, Sacred Heart, Army and Air Force.

And of course, there was all kinds of craziness going on among the nation's top teams, which you folks undoubtedly care much more about.

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