Tuesday reading: Cecere, NHL free agency, Guentzel, Bjugstad, AFA

Future Tiger Garrett Cecere (2013 commit) is getting some attention from NHL scouts.

Seven former Tigers remain NHL/AHL free agents  (as of 10 a.m. MT) after Joey Crabb (Capitals), Curtis McElhinney (Columbus) and Toby Petersen (Dallas) signed on Sunday and Monday.

Jack Hillen joined Crabb on the Caps on Tuesday morning.

Here are some details about Crabb’s deal and the $200,000 pay raise from the Anchorage Daily News.

They are (name, 2011-12 team):

Richard Bachman (Dallas): Kris Fredheim (Wild); Trevor Frischmon, pictured, (Islanders); Richard Petiot (Tampa Bay); Brett Sterling (Blues), Colin Stuart (Buffalo), and Mike Testwuide (Flyers).

Colorado Springs’ Ben Holmstrom (Flyers) is also available.

Jake Guentzel, younger brother of former Tiger Gabe, is considering Colorado College. Nice kid. I met him during his visit while he was watching a practice last November. He is forgoing his senior year of high school to go to the USHL which means he could develop more quickly.

Former Badger Justin Schultz hates how Lebronesque his decision became.

Minnesota’s Nick Bjugstad will decide after the Panthers’ development camp if he will return to the Gophers.

UMass fans lick their wounds after being turned down by the Quinnipiac coach.

From  the academy …

The Air Force hockey team is proud to announce the five members of the Class of 2016, as announced Monday by head coach Frank Serratore. The class of 2016 includes two forwards and three defensemen.

26, Ben Carey, F, 5-11, 160, Centennial, CO / Wenatchee Wild (NAHL)

Played two years of junior hockey for the Wenatchee Wild of the NAHL … Led the Wild in scoring in 2011-12 with 57  points (27-30-57) in 60 games … led the team with 14 ppg and was second with a +16 … tied for 11th in the league in goals and 16th in points … third in the league in power-play goals … scored six points (2-4-6) in eight playoff games … in 2010-11, was fifth on the Wild with 43 points (19-24-43) in 57 games … fourth on the team in goals and fifth in points in 2010-11.

44, Max Edson, F, 5-8, 170, Hermosa Beach, CA / Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL)

Played two years of junior hockey for the Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL … Played 33 games in 2011-12 at forward and scored 15 points (6-9-15) … In 2010-11, played 54 games at forward and scored 19 points (10-9-19).

8, Max Hartner, D, 6-0, 195, Greenwood Village, CO / Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)

Played three years of junior hockey for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL … Played in 38 games in 2011-12 on defense and scored 10 points (1-9-10) … Played in 44 games on defense in 2010-11 and had 12 points (6-6-12) in 44 games … team captain in 2011-12 and 2010-11 … helped lead the Gamblers to the USHL regular-season and playoff championships twice … In 2009-10, scored three points (1-2-3) in 24 games.

10, Jesse Ramsey, D, 5-11, 175, Rogers, MN / Kenai River Brown Bears (NAHL)

Played three years of junior hockey with the Kenai River Brown Bears of the NAHL .. the top scoring defenseman, and third overall on the team,  with 38 points (11-27-38) in 60 games in 2011-12  … ranked fifth in the league in points by a defenseman … 11 goals tied as the second most in the league by any blueliner … played 57 games at forward for the Brown Bears in 2010-11 and had 21 points (5-16-21) … began his junior career in 2009-10 with the Wenatchee Wild of the NAHL and played 16 games, scoring four points (3-1-4) … played the final 38 games of the 2009-10 season with the Brown Bears at forward and scored 19 points (3-16-19) in 38 games.

77, Trevor Waldoch, D, 6-2, 175, Forest Lake, MN / Austin Bruins (NAHL)

Played two years of junior hockey for the Austin Bruins of the NAHL … Played in 60 games on defense in 2011-12 and scored 27 points (9-18-27) in 60 to rank third on team among defenseman … Played 48 games in 2010-11 on defense and scored 25 points (5-20-25) in 48 games.

Tuesday reading: Bachman, Crabb, Dineen, league news

Former Tiger Nick Dineen assisted the opening goal in a 4-2 Game 5 win over Reading that helped the top-seeded Elmira Jackals complete the comeback from down 0-2 in a best-of-five ECHL playoff series against No. 8 Reading.

Richard Bachman of the Dallas Stars was added to the U.S. national team roster for the upcoming world championships in Finland and Sweden in May.

Joey Crabb may get caught up in the Leafs annual summer purge. Do not worry about him. After doubling his NHL career totals this season, he will be an attractive mid-level free agent for someone.

USCHO announced its all-USCHO teams, which included Air Force’s Tim Kirby but not first team All-American Jaden Schwartz.

Alaska-Anchorage named its captain and assistant captain. CC’s captains will be announced during its annual banquet May 6.

Here is the NCAA advertisement for the MSU-Mankato head coaching job. Former CC, UNO and current Minnesota assistant coach Mike Guentzel is another strong candidate for the job if he so desires. Here is why the job should be attractive in a market where only 59 such jobs exist.

Updated Thursday reading: News, previews and updates

CC will need to show more of this competitive fire for all 60 minutes to win at Minnesota this weekend.

There’s been some good beat work this week. Here’s my attempt to catchup with all of it.

Here’s an update on CC’s opponent, Minnesota, including lines and injuries and CC’s preview notes.

North Dakota’s injury troubles continue and other updates.

The emotions of the league race are heating up of late with UNO coach Dean Blais commenting on Dominic Zombo‘s one-game suspension and some harsh words after the incidents involving Minnesota and North Dakota.

It’s not just in the WCHA. Yale’s coach was reprimanded and the CCHA handed out some suspensions as well.

Nebraska-Omaha leans on its good penalty kill.

No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth plays at home for the first time in 63 days, which makes its recent 14-1-3 run all the more impressive.

The new-look WCHA will have a 28-game conference schedule in 2013-14. That may limit the Big Ten and NCHC’s chances at lining up a lot of nonconference games with them.

Minnesota State in Mankato is looking to improve the Verizon Wireless Center so the men’s and women’s hockey teams can make that arena their home seven days a week, instead of just game days. It’s great to see the state and school investing more in the program.

St. Cloud State goalie Nathan Hardy is profiled. Here’s North Dakota’s preview notes.

The Gazette has started doing daily podcasts including this one on Jeff Collett moving up to the top line at right wing. Here’s Wednesday’s podcast about Gabe Guentzel facing his father. This story deals with how the CC coaches are trying to motivate the Tigers out of their 2-3-1 idling since winter break.

Here’s an update on Alaska-Anchorage’s academic troubles including a correction and the WCHA players of the week. Here are preview notes for Alaska Anchorage’s trip to Wisconsin.

Saturday’s lines: No. 10 Union at No. 5 Colorado College

Union

LW-C-RW

Hatch/Zajac/Simpson

Carr/Welsh/Sullivan

Yanovitch/Bodie/Novak

Ikkala/Bennett/Coatta

LD-RD

Bodie/Stuart

Julseth-White/Vasaturo

Gostisbehere/Coburn

Goalies –– Grosenick/Stevens

 

Colorado College

LW-C-RW

Skalbeck/R. Schwartz/Rapuzzi

Krushelnyski/Dineen/Winkler

Eveland/Civitarese/Collett

Wamsganz/Hall/Taft

LD-RD

Guentzel/McDermott

Harstad/Marciano

Stoykewych/Boivin

Goalies — Thorimbert/Howe/Lockwood