Tuesday reading: Engelstad, CC seniors, Kerdiles, commits, web poll

As part of its NCAA deal, the Ralph Engelstad Arena removed some Sioux references (though certainly not all). Courtesy GOON’S WORLD.

The seven CC seniors have stepped forward into the leadership roles nicely through the first two weeks of the season.

Badgers freshman Nic Kerdiles will serve his suspension and stay at Wisconsin, easing fears he would bolt for the WHL.

Bemidji State adds a commit while Minnesota added two. Here is the weekly WCHA web media poll:

Team Pts Previous Record High Low
1) Minnesota (9) 141 1 3-1-0 1 2
2) Denver (3) 131 3 2-0-0 1 3
3) North Dakota 123 2 1-1-0 2 4
4) Minnesota Duluth 96 4 2-2-0 4 8
5) Michigan Tech 87 8 2-2-0 3 9
6) Colorado College 80 5 3-1-0 4 10
7) St. Cloud State 72 7 2-2-0 4 9
8) Nebraska Omaha 67 6 2-2-0 4 10
9) Minnesota State 52 10 2-0-2 5 11
10) Wisconsin 46 9 0-2-0 6 12
11) Bemidji State 24 11 1-1-0 9 12
12) Alaska Anchorage 17 12 2-1-1 10 12
Representing Name Publication Twitter
Alaska-Anchorage, Taylor Hall College Hockey News @thall907
Bemidji State, Troy Mills The Beaver Pond
Colorado College, Joe Paisley, Paisley Hockey @Paisleyhockey
Denver, Mike Chambers, Denver Post @MChambersDP
Michigan Tech, Tim Braun, Tech Hockey Guide @TBraunTHG
Minnesota, Dan Myers, Minnesota Hockey Magazine @1DanMyers
Minnesota Duluth, Bruce Ciskie, The Ciskie Blog @BruceCiskie
Minnesota State, Chris Dilks, Western College Hockey @ChrisDilks
Nebraska-Omaha, Matt Semisch, Radio Free Omaha @matthewsemisch
North Dakota, Eric Burton The Hockey Writers Combine and Goon’s World @goon48
St. Cloud State, Jeremy Larson, Husky Hockey Time @jclarson02
Wisconsin, Andy Johnson, Bucky’s 5th Quarter @andyjohnsonB5Q

Monday reading: Mankato, UND, Air Force, pro decisions

In college hockey news, here is a roundup of recent Mankato program news.

UND’s Joe Gleason did well at the Chicago development camp.

The Gazette’s Frank Schwab continues to work his butt off. Here is an update on the three Air Force players in NHL camps this summer.

Some college players talk about the challenge of deciding when to turn professional. Former Badgers defenseman Justin Schultz, pictured, knows that all too well.

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.

Friday reading: Duluth, SCSU, UMass, outdoor games, CC free agents

Three former Minnesota-Duluth defensemen signed NHL contracts.

St. Cloud State is bringing in a Finnish forward this fall along with other updates on the Huskies.

UMass is turned down for the second time this week. The search committee for a new head coach is now regrouping. This story suggests why the job may not be all that attractive. Here is more from the UMass fan blog wondering what the deal is.

Some outdoor hockey games will be played in a 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre in Croatia, pictured, by some European leagues this Sept. 14 and 16. The facility has hosted a number of big-time music acts over the years and seats 5,000.

Here is the updated list of former CC Tigers testing the waters of free agency as of 11 a.m. MT this July 6th.

They are (name, 2011-12 team):  Richard Bachman, (Dallas): Brian Connelly (Calgary); Mark Cullen (Florida); Kris Fredheim (Wild); Trevor Frischmon, (Islanders); Richard Petiot (Tampa Bay);  Brett Sterling (Blues), and Colin Stuart (Sabres).

From the GF Herald Twitter feed: Brendan O’Donnell, who missed the second half of the season after shoulder surgery, is playing at Tampa’s development camp.

Thursday reading: Slavin, Parise, Suter, DU, Tech, UMass job, Trouba

Tigers 2013 signee Jaccob Slavin, pictured, says he plans to play three years at Colorado College before turning pro.

Suddenly, the Minnesota Wild matter after the signing of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, both former WCHA standouts.

With Suter signed, Denver alumnus Matt Carle found a new home in Tampa Bay.

Another former Badger joined the Wild too. Former Michigan Tech captain Brett Olson is at the Wild development camp.

Holy Cross’ Paul Pearl is said to be the lead contender for the open UMass coaching job. Here are some of the other likely candidates.

Accidents look the lives of this former Sacred Heart captain and Denver’s Ted O’Leary recently. My condolences to their friends and families.

The Kitchener Rangers are upset about the $200,000 payment reportedly offered for Michigan signee Jacob Trouba. His family has since denied it. This is not the first time the CHL teams have been accused of offering big money and nothing has come of it.

NHL free agency: Wild land Parise, Suter

Reports from credible sources say both top free agents Zach Parise, a former North Dakota standout, and the top available forward, will be joined by the top available defenseman, former Badgers standout Ryan Suter of Nashville in St. Paul.

If so, this is a HUGE day for the Minnesota Wild franchise. You may want to buy your season tickets now, because they will sell quickly once this is confirmed. FYI, The Wild will need that ticket revenue to pay those two.

ESPN reported both deals are for 13 years and $98 million, which locks them up through the 2024-25 season and would carry a salary cap hit of $7.538 million per campaign.

Here is an updated version of the story from nhl.com. Here is some excellent detail from the Wild beat writer, who also suggests how both their significant others played a big role in coming to the Twin Cities.

NHL free agency: McElhinney to Columbus, North Dakota, Duluth

It looks like former Tiger Curtis McElhinney will be contending for the No. 2 role in Columbus as a veteran backup. All the other netminders are 25 or younger on the team’s NHL roster while the “In The System” goalies are 20 and 19.

From NHL.com …

The Columbus Blue Jacketshave signed goaltender Curtis McElhinney, 29, to a one-year, two-way NHL-American Hockey League contract, club Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced Sunday. McElhinney will earn $750,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level.

McElhinney, 29, has appeared in 69 career NHL games with the Flames, Ducks and Senators, compiling a 19-26-4 record with a 3.09 goals-against average, .899 save percentage and two shutouts. He was 1-0-0 with a 1.67 GAA and .944 SV% in two games with Phoenixin 2011-12, while going 10-13-0 with a 3.04 GAA and .907 SV% in 25 games with the AHL’sPortland Pirates. He was acquired by Columbus from Phoenix, along with two draft picks (second round in 2012 and fifth round in 2013), in exchange for Antoine Vermette on February 22, 2012 but did not appear in any games due to injury.

A native of London, Ontario, McElhinney was Calgary’s ninth pick, 176th overall, in the 2002 NHL Draft. He has appeared in 156 AHL games with Omaha, Quad-City and Portland and has posted a 74-62-5 record with a 2.39 GAA, .904 SV% and 13 shutouts since 2005. He was named to the AHL Second All-Star Team in 2007 after going 35-17-1 with a 2.13 GAA, .917 SV% and seven shutouts in 57 games with Omaha. Prior to his professional career, he spent four seasons at Colorado College, where he registered a 62-16-8 record with a 2.32 GAA and nine shutouts in 91 career games. In 2003, he was named to the WCHA First All-Star Team and NCAA West Second All-American Team, while being named to the WCHA First All-Star Team and NCAA West First All-American Team in 2005.

Here is a link to all the North Dakota free agents and where they and former Minnesota-Duluth players have signed as of Monday morning.