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admin Posted - 04/05/2017 : 12:30:44 PM
No surprise.

It was basically a "fait accompli" when he was hired April 2016...

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mrscharf Posted - 04/21/2017 : 11:46:04 PM
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Originally posted by admin

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Originally posted by mrscharf

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Originally posted by KCMavsDad

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Originally posted by mrscharf

Does anyone know who the other seven candidates were?

We will be cheering from afar next year. We retired and moved to Minnesota. We plan to see the Mavs when they come this way to play SCSU and hopefully Duluth.

“Do or do not... there is no try.” - Yoda

I thought that when people retired they moved South not North...

"Drop the puck Morrison"



I think my compass is broken

“Do or do not... there is no try.” - Yoda



We'll miss you, Mike.

Hopefully we'll run into you at a game up there next season!



We'll miss being being there at Baxter.

“Do or do not... there is no try.” - Yoda
admin Posted - 04/20/2017 : 10:39:47 PM
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Originally posted by mrscharf

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Originally posted by KCMavsDad

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Originally posted by mrscharf

Does anyone know who the other seven candidates were?

We will be cheering from afar next year. We retired and moved to Minnesota. We plan to see the Mavs when they come this way to play SCSU and hopefully Duluth.

“Do or do not... there is no try.” - Yoda

I thought that when people retired they moved South not North...

"Drop the puck Morrison"



I think my compass is broken

“Do or do not... there is no try.” - Yoda



We'll miss you, Mike.

Hopefully we'll run into you at a game up there next season!
mrscharf Posted - 04/20/2017 : 5:54:39 PM
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Originally posted by KCMavsDad

quote:
Originally posted by mrscharf

Does anyone know who the other seven candidates were?

We will be cheering from afar next year. We retired and moved to Minnesota. We plan to see the Mavs when they come this way to play SCSU and hopefully Duluth.

“Do or do not... there is no try.” - Yoda

I thought that when people retired they moved South not North...

"Drop the puck Morrison"



I think my compass is broken

“Do or do not... there is no try.” - Yoda
NYFlyer Posted - 04/20/2017 : 11:00:49 AM
Heard from another coach inside the department that it was Gabinet from the start. The others had to beat him out. What that meant, don't know...
admin Posted - 04/20/2017 : 09:35:22 AM
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Originally posted by NYFlyer

Mrsscharf... mavpuck admin said they know...




Yep. I heard the other names from various people the past couple weeks...

Because they were relayed in confidence, I don't really want to share on a public forum like this.

Some of the names are ones we've talked about. Others would be a surprise to most fans -- a couple fairly big names in there.

I don't know how the process was handled (formal interviews vs. casual conversations).

I still believe that Gabinet was the front runner for the job. My gut instinct is that the university has been leaning that direction as its "future path" since Gabinet was hired as an assistant last year.
KCMavsDad Posted - 04/20/2017 : 08:45:30 AM
quote:
Originally posted by mrscharf

Does anyone know who the other seven candidates were?

We will be cheering from afar next year. We retired and moved to Minnesota. We plan to see the Mavs when they come this way to play SCSU and hopefully Duluth.

“Do or do not... there is no try.” - Yoda

I thought that when people retired they moved South not North...

"Drop the puck Morrison"
NYFlyer Posted - 04/19/2017 : 12:41:04 PM
Mrsscharf... mavpuck admin said they know...
West O Mike Posted - 04/19/2017 : 12:23:20 PM
We know it was 4 head coaches and 3 other assistants. It's pretty clear that Mike Hastings was one; after that, it's all speculation. I suspect Mike Guentzel was probably one, but it's all speculation after Hastings and Gabinet.

Blog: http://huskermike.blogspot.com
mrscharf Posted - 04/19/2017 : 11:48:10 AM
Does anyone know who the other seven candidates were?

We will be cheering from afar next year. We retired and moved to Minnesota. We plan to see the Mavs when they come this way to play SCSU and hopefully Duluth.

“Do or do not... there is no try.” - Yoda
nousefouraname Posted - 04/18/2017 : 3:48:35 PM
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Originally posted by NYFlyer

No use...

My point was that a "broke athletic department" is already out of money, hence "broke". With that said, whether they have any fans left is of no matter based on the fact that they are already broke and have no hope of recovering via use of funds. They have to take the low road and "hope" for the best. Once again, I will say that "hope" is not a strategy. I believe that Gabinet is a risky proposition. I also believe that people respond in situations of stress and either meet the challenge or don't. History and experience can be an indicator of response. I have also seen people thrown into a seemingly impossible situation and they came out on top. Interested in the outcome here. As I said, he has two years. A lot of questions to be answered. As to the Athletic Department... it's a business. They spent a lot of money and the return is weak. The Baxter lost money, that drives the bus. Good money after bad. We can't be surprised unless we say, "yeah! I'll pay more for tickets!". Personally, I think the answers are more complex than a hockey coach. I also think that Trev is trying to find the solution. I don't think much of Kemp, the program has HIS signature on it. Success or Failure has Kemp all over it. So, and I am not saying that it is you, blame Trev all you want, but it's Kemp's show.




I see. Well, we will find out.

I guess one certainty is that a broke athletic department isn't going to change their fortunes if the situation gets worse and more fans jump ship.
West O Mike Posted - 04/18/2017 : 1:03:10 PM
Don't worry... the "Trev is dreamy" crowd will buy up all of the extras.

Blog: http://huskermike.blogspot.com
Quinn Posted - 04/18/2017 : 11:45:55 AM
Ladies and gentleman: New UNO marketing campaign for hockey:



bet season ticket sales are going to drop even more...




Quinn

NYFlyer Posted - 04/18/2017 : 11:01:13 AM
Didn't see any stats... anyone know the salary? He might have been out of our commission only + a snack salary cap...
Quinn Posted - 04/18/2017 : 09:44:59 AM
nmu hires Grant Potulny -- much more upside than gabinet imo...

Gabinet: 6 months of training wheels. if nmu can hire potulny I'm even more disappointed in the gabinet hire.

gabinet -- super cheap with training wheels -- not the coach I want in the NCHC.

what potulny has done:

Potulny has never been a head coach, but has now been an assistant for eight years with the Gophers and also was the assistant on two gold-medal World Junior Championship teams.

Potulny started in 2009-10. Here’s Minnesota’s eight years with Potulny as an assistant:

2009-10: Missed NCAA tournament. Missed Final Five.
2010-11: Missed NCAA tournament. Missed Final Five.
2011-12: Won WCHA. Reached Frozen Four.
2012-13: Won WCHA.
2013-14: Won Big Ten. Reached Frozen Four.
2014-15: Won Big Ten.
2015-16: Won Big Ten. Missed NCAA tournament.
2016-17: Won Big Ten.

Quinn

NYFlyer Posted - 04/18/2017 : 09:19:01 AM
No use...

My point was that a "broke athletic department" is already out of money, hence "broke". With that said, whether they have any fans left is of no matter based on the fact that they are already broke and have no hope of recovering via use of funds. They have to take the low road and "hope" for the best. Once again, I will say that "hope" is not a strategy. I believe that Gabinet is a risky proposition. I also believe that people respond in situations of stress and either meet the challenge or don't. History and experience can be an indicator of response. I have also seen people thrown into a seemingly impossible situation and they came out on top. Interested in the outcome here. As I said, he has two years. A lot of questions to be answered. As to the Athletic Department... it's a business. They spent a lot of money and the return is weak. The Baxter lost money, that drives the bus. Good money after bad. We can't be surprised unless we say, "yeah! I'll pay more for tickets!". Personally, I think the answers are more complex than a hockey coach. I also think that Trev is trying to find the solution. I don't think much of Kemp, the program has HIS signature on it. Success or Failure has Kemp all over it. So, and I am not saying that it is you, blame Trev all you want, but it's Kemp's show.
admin Posted - 04/15/2017 : 3:33:46 PM
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Originally posted by Bad Man Jose

Broke athletic departments can't afford for their paying customers to "move on" which is why this hire better work.



Very true, BMJ.

I think we all agree that the past two seasons left something to be desired, and a change was in order.

I, like many of you, was of the mindset they should have hired a more experienced coach to take the helm at UNO. I don't say that because I am being mean or judgmental. Rather, I say that because I wanted someone proven in the NCAA.

It is possible that Gabinet will turn out to be a terrific head coach, and be here the next 20 years.

I'm hoping it turns out that way, because his success is vital for the program moving forward.

But it was a risky move...
nousefouraname Posted - 04/15/2017 : 2:16:37 PM
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Originally posted by NYFlyer

So even though you disagree with everything, you're staying just to complain? Because the "broke athletic department" doesn't really feel one way or the other about it. "Broke athletic departments" are "broke", so whether or not paying customers move on, they're still broke, right?




This makes zero sense from a logic perspective. I'm having difficulty following the syntax you used, but I think I have an idea of what you are saying. I totally disagree with you.

He had a valid point. You can both love something and vehemently disagree with the direction it's taking. That's why I chimed in and used the "America: love it or leave it" analogy. It's the perspective of some that you either need to be "all in" or "all out". That's a terrible stand to take.

The fact of the matter is UNO can't afford to lose paying customers. Period.
NYFlyer Posted - 04/14/2017 : 11:35:23 AM
So even though you disagree with everything, you're staying just to complain? Because the "broke athletic department" doesn't really feel one way or the other about it. "Broke athletic departments" are "broke", so whether or not paying customers move on, they're still broke, right?
nousefouraname Posted - 04/14/2017 : 11:24:25 AM
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Originally posted by Bad Man Jose

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Originally posted by NYFlyer

Who cares. We have a coach. Support him or move on. Crying over a subjective "issue" really doesn't serve any purpose. Their schedule looks doable. You never know...



Broke athletic departments can't afford for their paying customers to "move on" which is why this hire better work

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"On the roster, I’m listed as a goalie, so my job is to keep the puck out of the net at whatever cost it may be.” -Ryan Massa



fair assessment.

The "love it or leave it" mentality doesn't work here. You can't draw lines in the sand on a small fandom that supports a broke athletic department.
Bad Man Jose Posted - 04/14/2017 : 11:08:25 AM
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Originally posted by NYFlyer

Who cares. We have a coach. Support him or move on. Crying over a subjective "issue" really doesn't serve any purpose. Their schedule looks doable. You never know...



Broke athletic departments can't afford for their paying customers to "move on" which is why this hire better work

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"On the roster, I’m listed as a goalie, so my job is to keep the puck out of the net at whatever cost it may be.” -Ryan Massa
NYFlyer Posted - 04/14/2017 : 09:12:37 AM
The loss of Brady will save us 1, if not 2 goals against a game. Snuggerud was good offensively, but just average on D. You're right, we need an assistant that can RECRUIT. Unless Gabs has an in with the Junior "A" and Major Junior coaches. Major Juniors get stipends, so are viewed as "paid" and ineligible for NCAA play. But the coaches can give information on potential players out front. Yes, this is the first time I mentioned a players weaknesses but the facts are the facts. If Quinn can get away with crappin' on the program and not get called out, this seems inbounds to me...
NebFan1 Posted - 04/13/2017 : 12:26:36 PM
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Originally posted by NYFlyer

Who cares. We have a coach. Support him or move on. Crying over a subjective "issue" really doesn't serve any purpose. Their schedule looks doable. You never know...



At this point, I think the more pressing issue is the assistants who get hired, and what Gabinet's actual strategy will be.

Everyone mentions the power play last season, but no one talks about the atrocious defense, which was the reason this team finished in the bottom half of the conference.

Does anyone know who was in charge of defense and the PK unit?

The fact that we lose Snuggerud and Brady won't help the fortunes on the blue line.



NYFlyer Posted - 04/13/2017 : 09:44:21 AM
Who cares. We have a coach. Support him or move on. Crying over a subjective "issue" really doesn't serve any purpose. Their schedule looks doable. You never know...
Quinn Posted - 04/13/2017 : 08:22:00 AM
Did they ever release a list of candidates they "interviewed"??

other than calling mike Hastings collect (which was a 5 minute phone call) what other names were uncovered during this "national search??"

I'm still waiting my explanation from Lying trev and Lying John Christensen -- hey trev and John -- why don't you come out and admit the truth?? -- gutless cowards....

Quinn

HockeyNutz Posted - 04/12/2017 : 8:30:06 PM
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Originally posted by admin

I would say it's pretty important to get at least one seasoned assistant.

Someone who has an established track record of recruiting/coaching players in D-1 hockey.

Denver -- which just won the national championship -- has former Alaska-Fairbanks head coach Tavis MacMillan on staff as an assistant. Between his time at UAF and DU, he spent 7 years as a scout for Atlanta/Winnipeg.

Be a good idea to get someone with experience.



Smart idea, since they are losing Montgomery
swayze Posted - 04/11/2017 : 6:42:08 PM
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Originally posted by Bad Man Jose

I was personally tired of Blais coached teams swooning late in the season, but if you were going to pay Gabinet $250K for a resume full of nothing, we should have paid Blais the $340K and let him walk on his own next year.



If they had left Blais in place next season, and if the Mavs had ended up making the NCAA regionals, then they would have had an awfully difficult time dismissing him as head coach.

This way you get the young coach in, with a young team full of Blais recruits, and it gives him a core group of talent for a couple seasons until he settles in.
NYFlyer Posted - 04/11/2017 : 09:26:50 AM
The best, BEST, part of Gabinet's contract is the performance incentives. "Deliver and thou shalt go to the promised land." Personally, I think all athletes should be paid the same... multiplied by the winning percentage of their team!
Bad Man Jose Posted - 04/11/2017 : 08:20:17 AM
I was personally tired of Blais coached teams swooning late in the season, but if you were going to pay Gabinet $250K for a resume full of nothing, we should have paid Blais the $340K and let him walk on his own next year.

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"On the roster, I’m listed as a goalie, so my job is to keep the puck out of the net at whatever cost it may be.” -Ryan Massa
West O Mike Posted - 04/10/2017 : 9:49:06 PM
quote:
Originally posted by admin

Denver -- which just won the national championship -- has former Alaska-Fairbanks head coach Tavis MacMillan on staff as an assistant. Between his time at UAF and DU, he spent 7 years as a scout for Atlanta/Winnipeg.

Be a good idea to get someone with experience.


That helped, I'm sure...but Jim Montgomery spent three years in the USHL (winning two Clark Cups) immediately prior to being hired by Denver. No doubt his familiarity with high school and USHL players gave him a jump on recruiting; he'd spent the last three years scouting and coaching these guys.

Eight years ago, UNO followed up the Blais hire by hiring Mike Hastings as an assistant. If it's true that Trev found money for assistants, perhaps Trev can put a push on for one of those assistants that they interviewed last month.

Blog: http://huskermike.blogspot.com
TW37NE Posted - 04/10/2017 : 7:04:39 PM
Definitely. An assistant with a solid record as a recruiter would do nothing but help Coach Gabinet as he establishes his credentials in the NCAA

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