July 28, 2010

Gophers offseason turmoil

Gopher fans have no reason to celebrate this offseason.

First off, Schroeder left, which no one was surprised about. In fact, I think it was surprising he came back for another season at all. But regardless. Then, there was the Kangas "twittergate" issue. For those of you who don't know what was going on, someone created a fake twitter account using Alex Kangas and was saying things like "I'm leaving". Kangas, to do damage control, went onto Gophers Puck Live fan forum to clear his name. THEN there was the news that a Gopher defenseman was going to be suspended for marijuana possession. Turns out it was Josh Birkholz, who then decided to turn pro, heading to Everett, Washington, and the WHL. THEN the rumor that Leddy was leaving was confirmed, as the Blackhawks made the decision to bring him in early.

Top it off with Hill staying, much to the chagrin of Gopher fans everywhere, and the fact they had to bring in Max Gardiner early, and you're looking at a Gophers team that is in turmoil.

Yet I still think they are a middle of the pack team.

Thoughts?

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why does every blog rip on Hill? Never a real reason given!

Anonymous said...

part of the dislike of Hill was from this past season when he stated that he doesn't tell the players to do anything, he just "encourages" them. The other part is he's ostensibly the defensive coach and that part's been going downhill for several seasons.

Twitch Boy said...

Easy:

12) Tech
11) UAA
10) Mankato
9) UNO (WCHA n00bs)
8) CC, what the heck

Anonymous said...

I think UNO might surprise some people.

Goon said...

I am going to agree with Anonymous, I don't see UNO finishing 9th in the WCHA, not with the incoming talent and current players as well as who is coaching that team.

Brandon said...

to the Anon...because Hill simply sucks as a coach. When Lucia was out in early 2009 due to illness, the Sioux decimated the Gophers up in the Engelstad. Hill was and is always unprepared for what coaching is.

Twitch, the WCHA writer and I called it exactly as you did.

Goon, what's your early preseason picks? I have Bemidji at 6, UNO at 9, Gophers at 7, and Duluth at 5

Goon said...

1 UND
2 SCSU
3 UMD
4 DU
5 WISC
6 UMN
7 UNO
7 BSU
7 C.C.
10 MSU-M
11 UAA
12 TECH

Anonymous said...

I don't think the gophers will even be in 6th place. I call for 8th... at best

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is my first time reading your blog. I have to say that you seem like a giant turd!

Brandon said...

thanks for visiting, Anon. I'm pretty awesome, actually.

Anonymous said...

Yeah - I love the sunglasses in your pic. You could be on Miami Vice!

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Anonymous said...

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