Yea, I’ve been a little off my game after lawsuit threats, rankings complaints, and other issues that stole a bit of my Daily Dish thunder. Sometimes one must throw caution to the wind and let it rip… today is going to be one of those days.
NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Both Fairbanks and the Magicians punched their ticket to the division finals with relatively easy series wins over Janesville and Springfield. Now we get to see if the Minnesota boys are going to get up for the task of facing an Ice Dogs team that expects to make it to the Robbie finals season after season. I’m thinking that Coach AJ’s boys are more than just a “happy to be here” kind of team.
Johnstown had an all-out war with the Generals, needing a full five games to put the Boston team away. Jamestown and New Jersey battle tonight to see who gets to face the Tommies in the division finals.
Aberdeen and Minot got past Austin and Bismarck to set up a showdown. There’s a respectful rivalry between these two teams that will make this series more like a chess match than anything else. Both Scott Langer and Marty Murray know a thing or two about what it takes to have success in this league. I’ll say this now; the winner of this series must be considered the Robbie favorite.
Meanwhile in Texas, both series (Amarillo-Corpus Christi and Lone Star-Shreveport) will be settled tonight and it’s really anyone’s series to take in the final.
CHEERS AND JEERS
This won’t be pretty and we’re going to stick with the jeers this week.
-The NAHL’s Kenai River Brown Bears continue to lead the level of play in decisions that lead the rest of the game scratching their heads. Nothing against new coach Kevin Murdock, I’m sure he’s going to be a suitable head coach someday, but does anyone really believe that his first gig as the man should be at the helm of a North American Hockey League team? Quick, what’s the common denominator in the last five-years of Brownies’ playoff-less hockey? Nate Kiel. With so many qualified coaches available, why would the organization turn to yet another unproven coach? The burning question, is it true that this club exists purely to give Fairbanks a leg-up on the competition? Is Kiel just a puppet for Rob Proffitt? Prove I’m wrong to even ask the question.
-Mankato State Golf Coach Bryant Black must think he’s a slick operator. You see, Black also serves at the general manager of both of his dad’s teams that compete in the NAHL (Chippewa) and NA3HL (New Ulm). We’ve been forced to talk about Black before when he decided to try and demand compensation from teams, a rung up on the ladder of development, from his 3HL team. In a move that should get him suspended from the league, Black traded one of his 3HL players to Canton for the #6 overall pick in last week’s NA3HL draft. No problem right? Not so fast, Black never talked to the player before making the trade and KNEW the player was going to a Canadian Junior Hockey League team. How do I know that? Because it’s the exact same player we were referring to the last time this fool left a black mark on the league. So, let’s get this straight; why should ANY player trust a guy that’s less than honest with his league partners and tries to demand cash for players moving up the ladder? Poop on a stick.
Speaking of dipsticks, when is Minnesota Wilderness owner Chris Trapp going to realize that GM/Suit on the Bench Dave Boitz is a fraud? Boitz is well known as a coach-killer after running off guys like Corey Millen (now at Air Force Academy) and Tim Madsen (now at St Scholastica). Earlier this season it is rumored that an assistant was let go via text message and the other is seeking other opportunities at any level of play. Then there are the billet issues where several houses will be unavailable next season if Davey boy is still in charge. This once proud franchise is getting flushed with Boitz at the helm. Trapp better hire a plumber before it’s too late.
Let’s close with this gem from the east coast crew.
For all those that are being recruited to play in the nickel league, pay attention. When being offered a free2play player agreement, go ahead and write in your own addendum stating that the agreement is void (and 100% refundable) if the team makes similar agreements with more than 20 skaters and three goalies. We are hearing about 40-60 players being promised free2play roster spots. That math simply does not add up.
That was fun… and even somewhat refreshing.