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.

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.

Monday reading: SCSU, Wisconsin, Sweatt, NHL, Dark Star, Dimmen

St. Cloud State added a goalie and here is an analysis of the Wisconsin schedule.

Here is more on Ryan Lasch‘s deal with Anaheim from the St. Cloud state beat writer.

Living in Colorado means I never had the chance to hear or meet Twin Cities radio personality Dark Star. Judging from this article, I definitely missed out.

Here is a list of some college players, including Devils captain Zach Parise, who battling for the Stanley Cup this week.

Former Tiger Bill Sweatt is the fastest skater in the Canucks organization.

Colorado Springs native Jeff Dimmen, a former Maine defenseman, is the only area tie to the AHL’s Calder Cup Finals. Dimmen plays for Norfolk, which has a 2-0 lead over Toronto.

Here is the remaining series schedule (times Mountain):

  • Thursday, June 7 – Norfolk at Toronto, 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 9 – Norfolk at Toronto, 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 10 – Norfolk at Toronto, 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 13 – Toronto at Norfolk, 5:15 p.m.
  • Friday, June 15 – Toronto at Norfolk, 5:30 p.m.