Weekend reading: Duluth, Pearson, UND, USA Hockey, PSU, lawsuit

Here is a look at Minnesota-Duluth’s expected 2012-13 roster and likely line combinations according to the team’s radio guy.

With Red Berenson looking to coach Michigan until he is 76, if not longer, Michigan Tech coach Mel Pearson made the right call moving to Houghton.

UND’s Derek Forbort’s potential was on display at a recent NHL camp. Here is a review of Brock Nelson and Danny Kristo as well. T.J. Oshie signed a $21 million contract with St. Louis.

USA Hockey announced that Josh Brown (Robert Morris) and Trent Palm (Minnesota-Duluth) have been named intern coaches for the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., for the 2012-13 season and Ryan Breen (Providence) has been selected as the third recipient of the Brendan Burke Internship.

Joe Paterno‘s statue should be taken down by Penn State, which should expect very harsh penalties, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

College Hockey News expressed support for The Michigan Daily and its reporter, who are targets of a lawsuit from the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL.

Thursday reading: Year in review, WMU, NCHC season ticket prices

Here is the Mankato Free Press beat writer’s look back at the past year and the huge changes to the college hockey landscape. Seeing it all in a few hundred words is a good reminder of how different things became so quickly.

A big change for Western Michigan is the financial commitment the Broncos must make as a member of the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The story linked does a good showing that as part of a four-part series on the WMU athletic department budget.

Of interest to other NCHC fans is a box comparing season ticket prices for the eight member schools in the WMU article:

NCHC Season Ticket Prices for 2012-13

    • Denver: $360 – $624
    • Miami: $275 – $565
    • Nebraska-Omaha: $235 – $415
    • Colorado College: $149 – $409
    • Minnesota-Duluth: $400
    • St. Cloud State: $325 – $400
    • North Dakota: $390
    • Western Michigan: $190 – $210

Wednesday reading: Wisconsin, Mercyhurst, UMass, Gadowsky

Oft-injured Wisconsin forward Jason Clark has left the program after a strong performance in the Islanders development camp.

The Badgers athletic department gave out more than $1 million in bonuses to coaches last season.

The Mercyhurst coach got an extension through the 2015-16 season.

New UMass coach John Micheletto, pictured, knows he has a tough task ahead. Here are more links with reactions from UMass players.

Former Tiger Guy Gadowsky is talking at a coaches conference later today. Here is an update on the Kitchener lawsuit against The Michigan Daily student newspaper.

The Florida brass are not concerned about Nick Bjugstad‘s development slowing by staying another season at Minnesota.

Tuesday reading: Prosser, Rau, UND, UMass, Berenson

Here is where former Tigers Nate Prosser and Chad Rau, pictured,fit into the Minnesota Wild’s depth chart.

Grand Forks Herald columnist Tom Miller points out that all eyes will be on the performance of the major sport coaches at North Dakota as the Sioux nickname controversy fades. The major contract extensions will put added pressure on them to produce championship teams.

UMass makes its coaching hire official.

Michigan coach Red Berenson signed a contract extension hrough the 2015-16 season.

Monday reading: Labosky, UMass, Howe, Carle, Cullen, Tech, UVM

Please, Tiger fans, do not make a “Big Lebowski” reference when you first meet 2013/14 CC commit Dan Labosky. He’s nice about it, but he is getting tired of hearing it. Here is a feature and Q&A on the Benilde-St. Margaret’s standout.

The fourth time is the charm: Vermont associate head coach John Micheletto accepted the UMass head coaching job on Sunday and may be announced officially as early as today. Three previous offers were made, reported by various media, and subsequently turned down.

CC goalie Joe Howe participated in the Wild’s prospect development camp, where DU’s Jason Zucker has performed well.

Former SCSU standout Matt Cullen, brother of former Tigers Mark and Joe, had a foundation that recently donated $1 million to help children.

Former Denver player David Carle starts up his assistant coaching career in Green Bay.

Michigan Tech picked up a BCHL commit. Good news for the Fairbanks tournament. Bemidji State added a volunteer assistant coach.

Vermont signee Zemgus Girgensons decided to sign with Buffalo before donning the Catamounts uniform. The Riga, Latvia native was the 14th pick in the 2012 draft and put up 104 points in 100 games at USHL Dubuque.

Fargo Force defenseman Butrus Ghafari, a Western Michigan signee, turned down chance  to play for the U.S. NTDP, per Force assistant Jesse Davis via Ryan S. Clark of the Fargo Forum. He is on the USA U-17 Team that will compete in the Five Nations tournament next month.

In the pros: Schultz heads to ECHL Trenton

Former Tiger Stephen Schultz has signed with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL. He is entering his second full professional season, and spent the majority of his 2011-12 campaign in the AHL with the Texas Stars. No contract details were announced.

The 5-foot-11, 185 pound winger tallied 11 points in 34 games with Texas last season, and also had a brief two-game stint in the ECHL with Idaho. The 2011 graduate played in five AHL games after his senior season at CC ended but could not find a regular role in Texas. His AHL contract expired at the end of this past season.

Trenton is the ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and the AHL affiliate of the Adirondack Phantoms where Mike Testwuide recently signed a two-way deal.

Cloquet standout forward considering Colorado College

Karson Kuhlman, a high-scoring forward who isn’t above blocking the occasional shot, has scored 107 points in his first two seasons. Photo by Tim Kolehmainen

From Minnesota Hockey Hub …

Straight-shooter seems to sum up Karson Kuhlman pretty neatly, and we aren’t just talking about his scoring prowess on the ice.

The Cloquet/Esko/Carlton sniper is about as candid as they come, and he recently talked to the Minnesota Hockey Hub about topics ranging from his playing future (Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota and Colorado College all have caught his attention) to his most embarrassing moment (being “pantsed” as a youth soccer player).

Kuhlman, who will be a junior for the Lumberjacks this season, already has 107 career points. According to Cloquet coach Dave Esse, himself a former Lumberjacks standout, Kuhlman is on a scoring pace that would have him surpass legendary former Cloquet players such Corey Millen, Jamie Langenbrunner and Derek Plante.

Click here for the rest of the article and the Q&A portion.

In the pros: Bidwill signs with Colorado Eagles

Arthur Bidwill saw a chance to move up a level in pro hockey and return to Colorado. He gladly took it.

The former Colorado College defenseman said he signed a one-year contract recently with the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles.

“After last season (in the Central Hockey League) ended I was looking for the best fit,” he said Friday. “It is great that I get to stay in Colorado. I really enjoyed my four years at CC. I know the Eagles have a really good fan base. It will be fun.”

Bidwill played four postseason games with the CHL’s Allen (Texas) Americans, with former teammate Brian McMillin, who recently re-signed with the franchise. Bidwill’s season ended early with a knee injury in the playoffs. He he fully recovered by the team awards brunch in May.

Bidwill did well in his short time in the CHL, finishing plus-7 thanks in part to the slower, more controlled pace on the NHL-sized sheets of the CHL, especially when compared to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. He knows the ECHL (which used to be an acronym for East Coast Hockey League) will be a step up in speed and skill.

“I do not know really what to expect,” he said. “I hope I can contribute. I know I will go in, work hard and then we will see what happens.”

The preseason starts Oct. 5 with the Eagles hosting the expansion franchise San Francisco Bulls with the regular-season opener at home against Alaska, which has Tim Hall on its protected list, on Oct. 12 at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland.

Updated weekend reading: J. Schwartz, PSU, lawsuit, Gophers

Former Tiger Jaden Schwartz knows he needs to get stronger and work harder to overcome a size disadvantage in the NHL.

The ECAC’s Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete of the Year Award went to her former Yale teammate, who led efforts for bone marrow registration. Hughes has been instrumental in the founding of the Mandi Schwartz Foundation and organizing the annual “White Out for Mandi” fundraising hockey game at Ingalls Rink.

Here are some details from the outdoor doubleheader at Soldier Field next February. The pairings are as reported before with CCHA foes Miami taking on Notre Dame and WCHA rivals Minnesota versus Wisconsin.

The last two times Wisconsin played in an outdoor game, the Badgers reached the NCAA championship game, winning once. That also bodes well for Boston College which played the Badgers each time in 2006 and 2010.

The likelihood of NCAA sanctions against Penn State remains a real possibility. It is unclear how that would affect the ice hockey programs there. Former Nittany Lions star Matt Millen, now an ESPN analyst, is being ripped for his pro-Paterno analysis of the report.

The likelihood of the Kitchener lawsuit against the student-run Michigan Daily resulting in any actual damages paid is unlikely, according to this student press law center article. The paper said it plans to defend itself.

Here is a look at Minnesota’s strengths and weaknesses headed into the 2012-13 season.

A New Hampshire assistant captain was hurt at the Capitals’ development camp. It does not appear to be serious. The Wildcats play at CC over Thanksgiving weekend.

UMass had another coaching candidate turn down its head job. A UNH assistant with college head coaching experience and Air Force associated head coach Mike Corbett may be the leading candidates now.

NHL free agency: Bachman re-signs with Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed restricted free agent goaltender Richard Bachman to a one-year, one-way contract for the 2012-13 season worth $625,000.

Bachman, 24, posted an 8-5-1 record with a 2.77 goals against average and a .910 save percentage in 18 games with Dallas last season. Bachman earned a win in his NHL debut on Dec. 10, 2011 at Los Angeles, and recorded his first career NHL shutout on Dec. 12, 2011 against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Bachman became the first rookie goaltender in Dallas Stars history to win his first three NHL starts, and the first to start seven consecutive games. He was also the first goaltender in Dallas Stars history, and the third in franchise history, to shutout the Rangers (also Gilles Meloche and Gump Worsley).

Bachman represented the United States for the first time in his career at the 2012 IIHF World Championships, stopping 17 of 19 shots en-route to a win over Kazakhstan in his only appearance at the tournament.

Originally drafted in the fourth round (No. 120 overall) by Dallas in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Bachman spent two seasons at Colorado College before making his professional debut with the Idaho Steelheads, Dallas Stars’ ECHL affiliate, during the 2009-10 season. Bachman was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team in 2009-10 and finished as runner-up for the ECHL Goaltender of the Year award.

Prior to his tenure as backup goaltender last season for the Stars, Bachman spent two partial seasons and one full season (2010-11) with the Texas Stars, Dallas’ affiliate in the American Hockey League. In 78 career games with Texas, Bachman posted a 39-29-6 record with a 2.37 GAA and nine shutouts.

Here are the remaining available free agents (all unrestricted) as of 2 p.m. Mountain on Thursday: They are (name, 2011-12 team): Mark Cullen (Florida); Kris Fredheim (Wild); Trevor Frischmon, (Islanders); Richard Petiot (Tampa Bay);  and Colin Stuart (Sabres).