About the only thing not said already here is that college coaching is more than half about recruiting impressionable High School kids. Coach was doing his job and telling kids, and their parents, on the fence right now, to commit to BC. We are going to be good and you will get to play with future NHL stars! Our kids turn down Pro money to stay here and get a degree. They love my program and the college!
Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Justin Faulk on a three-year, entry-level contract. Beginning with the 2011-12 season, the contract will pay Faulk an average of $750,000 per season at the NHL level or $67,500 per season at the minor-league level. Faulk will receive a $270,000 signing bonus as a part of the contract, and will immediately join the Hurricanes’ top minor-league affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL), for the Calder Cup playoffs.
The max was $900,000. Faulk got $750,000 cap. Max signing bonus of $90,000 per. $67,500 AHL max.
Some kids around these parts grow up skating on ponds pretending to be their favorite NHL stars. Others have big dreams of some day slipping on a maroon and gold sweater.
That second scenario describes what Justin Faulk did as a youngster. But his sights were never on donning a Minnesota Gophers uniform. He always wanted to be a Bulldog.
"From the start I wanted to go to UMD," the freshman defenseman from South St. Paul said Wednesday after Minnesota Duluth wrapped up its Frozen Four practice at Xcel Energy Center. "A month after schools were able to contact me, I decided to commit. I went on a visit right away. It was easy for me."
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Kreider, the Rangers’ No. 1 prospect said he plans to return to the Eagles, but Schoenfeld said the Rangers still hope to sign the team’s first-round pick (19th overall) in 2009. This season was cut short when he sustained a broken jaw when hit by teammate Brian Gibbons’ clearing attempt midway through the second period of a 4-0 victory over New Hampshire on March 4.
“We don’t have a definitive answer on what he’s going to do, but we’ll respect whatever decision he makes,” Schoenfeld said. “I think he’s ready to turn pro, and he’s done just about everything he can do (at Boston College).”
"I don't feel like I'm ready for the NHL ," the Rangers' 2009 first-round draft pick told Newsday by phone from Kosice, Slovakia, where he's playing for the U.S. team in the World Championships. "Another year [at Boston College ] can't hurt."
Kreider thinks what's best for him is to stay put. "The view I take is, if I'm there, I need to be ready and feel confident in my game," he said. "Whether it's trying to make the team out of camp or being the next guy called up from the minors, I have to be ready or they'll just go with someone else. I don't feel I'm there yet."
Without the bonus cushion, the Rangers may have to agree.
Again - let's wait until he gets confronted with a 900k offer. His opinion of his game might change very quickly.
Exactly. I'm also sure Stepan and McDonagh are talking about it with Kreider. They are probably going to get him to change his mind by telling him how great the NHL is compared to college. Also we had this same problem with McDonagh last year, right?
Kreider said "another year". Would prefer he signs this summer but it better be only "another year". The Rangers are having their meetings this week or next week in California. They made Stepan an offer in late May. It took 1 or 2 days to negotiate McDonagh's contract after he enjoyed prospects camp. Unless something has changed,the Rangers haven't made Kreider an offer yet.
I can't disagree with him on his one point. He doesn't want to not make the team, and if he doesn't make the team he wants to be the premier guy to be called-up. I don't think he views himself as that. He certainly is saying he's not ready in his mind for that pressure.
I think he thinks his career is in jeopardy if he jumps to the NHL, doesn't make the team, and the Rangers pass on calling him up during the year for someone like Grachev say.
It's all worth a thought, as this has happened to a few prospects we've had before. Those that have fallen out of favor after being highly touted and careers haven't materialized thereafter.
A couple guesses--Kreider is a Boston area native and might not want to move to NYC yet. Even before he was drafted he seemed to be swept up in the kind of rah-rah college mentality--there are interviews where it was really like a life goal of his to play for a Hockey East team--and the NHL was some kind of farfetched idea. I also have thought there might be a girlfriend whether at BC or somewhere in the area.
Beyond that though his numbers at BC whether people want to admit it or not have been underwhelming--it may be a reason he's not sure. The WJC and WC tournaments he's been more than fine but maybe he feels he needs to become a more consistent contributor before he makes the jump. My own thought is that he could potentially make the Rangers next year if he signed this summer--whether right off the bat or sometime during the season--and that the Rangers feel they can develop his game better and faster than his development so far at BC.
In the end it's up to Chris. It doesn't hurt that Stepan and McDonagh are playing with him right now. Surely playing against other NHL'ers would give him an idea as well.
Seems to me the kid simply wants to stay in College get his education and dominate as he will be the main offensive force. To be honest 11 goals is not alot even though he looks real good in international play
Would love to have him on board but if the kid wants to turn pro the next yr and step right in then fine what can we say its his call
Hagelin and Grachev would get shots on LW which may not be a bad thing