Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wednesday Fillers

  • Three more recruits for the U of M hockey team, as Roman Augustoviz reports.
  • Also from Roman, it looks like the U will be short-handed again this year for the World Junior Championships, which take place around the Christmas holiday. Jordan Schroeder makes a bid for his third tourney, joined by incoming freshmen Nick Leddy and Zach Budish. College hockey should take a page out of the NHL's book and consider stopping play during the Championships. At bare minimum, it should at least suspend league play in order to not penalize those who are short-handed due to the valuable international experience.
  • The Timberwolves released their schedule yesterday. My initial guess is 20 wins - anyone take issue with that?
  • Personnel-wise, the Wolves signed free agent C Ryan Hollins to an offer sheet. He is a restricted free agent who played last season in Dallas, averaging 3.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game with the Mavs and the Charlotte Bobcats. Dallas has until August 10 to decide to match the offer, which appears to be likely, as Mavs' owner Mark Cuban posted the move on his Twitter account with the message, "congrats to Ryan Hollins; wish him the best w twolves."
  • No word on a Wolves' coach yet, but it appears Kurt Rambis, LA Lakers' assistant, is the favorite.
  • A reminder to follow my Twins and WCHA pages on the Examiner portal. Also, I'm on Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to check those out as well. A programming note on Twitter; that tool was very valuable in covering last week's MLB trade deadline.
  • I'll be away from the grid the rest of the week, so check back again next week.

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