Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Alumni and Practice Notes

Alumni Notes and Links:
  • Matt Cullen was recently featured on in an article titled, "Time was right for Wild's Cullen to go home". The article talks about Cullen returning to Minnesota to play in the NHL and about he has not yet had the freedom to be a major point producer in the NHL the way he was in high school and at St. Cloud State University but may get that freedom with the Wild. 
  • Matt Cullen was also named the Bryant "Who's Hot?" Player of the Week for October 4 through October 10 for the Minnesota Wild. He is the first Wild player this year to get this recognition. You can read more about that here.
  • Former SCSU defenceman Jeff Finger has been placed on waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Many people attribute this as a "cap space" move. Finger's $14-million, four-year contract (signed in July 2008) was quite a bit larger than many people believed Finger should have received. You can read about the situation at The Hockey News and over at The Star.
  • Mark Parrish is also heading to the AHL this season playing for the Portland Pirates. You can read more about Parrish at the Journal Tribune.
  • Matt Hendricks is happy to be playing with the Washington Capitals this season. You can read about him here.
SCSU Practice Notes:
  •  Read Mick Hatten's new blog, "Some notes after getting back from practice".
  • Jordy Christian, who has yet to play this season, has been practicing with the team this week and looks to be playing this weekend against Miami
  • Aaron Marvin, who was injured during the first game of the season and did not play last Saturday, practiced shortly with the team yesterday and was out practicing again today. Should be a sign that he will be playing this weekend.
  • Lines at today's practice: Marvin-Roe-Mosey, Hanowski-Dowd-Festler, MacMillan-LeBlanc-Novak, Reid-Oslund-Christian
  • Bob Motzko, "its a whole new year" in regards to the goalies. Mike Lee will be starting on Friday against Miami. Does this mean that the system of rotating goalies may be out the door? I look forward to seeing what goalie will play on Saturday. It is a little early to be judging Dunn, but early this season Lee is looking a bit sharper. Hopefully this will only increase the competitiveness between these two high-caliber goaltenders.

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