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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Aeros Round-Up

It's kind of unusual for August to have much news, but there's been a trickle of things coming down the wire in the last few days that, if you don't have Twitter, you might have missed.

John already covered the dates and David Burke's hiring as the Aeros new President. A little more on Burke (who I desperately want to call Burkie, a la Brian Burke) is that he's on Twitter! Which I think is pretty cool.

You can follow him at @DBurkeAeros if you so choose.

Between his and Kassian's twitter feed, which is really funny stuff, consider making the leap to the dark side. I put together a quick and dirty Aeros-centric list of follows that shouldn't overwhelm anybody to keep up with, if you just want to dip a toe in: http://twitter.com/#!/list/3rdIntermission/aeros-essentials

You do have to create an account to view it, it looks like, but I promise, it won't turn you into a hipster doofus.


Anyway, on to other news:

It looks like the Aeros will be announcing the assistant coaches pretty soon. On the defensive end, they're hiring recently-retired defenseman Mike Van Ryn, who played for Torchetti in Florida. Knee injuries pretty much spelled the end of his career a bit early, but he should still have plenty of fire in the belly to bestow upon the Aeros' youngsters.

Also, Sebastien LaPlante is the other assistant coach that is reportedly coming into the fold. He played on Torchetti's team in San Antonio and has most recently been assistant coaching the team at Northeastern University, where he played his college career.

So, lots of new blood in the mix this season and I'm excited to get things going... in September. Still not quite recovered from playoffs.

22 comments:

Forecheck said...

OK, so who is Burke replacing? I didn't know that any of our execs left.

Still no word on Robbie?

Ms. Conduct said...

I believe he's replacing Jamie Spencer, who tried to do the job from Minnesota but I think lacked something in doing so. Now they'll have someone local running the show, which I think is a very good thing.

Forecheck said...

who tried to do the job from Minnesota but I think lacked something in doing so

Which is probably why I never heard of him.

Please sign Robbie, please sign Robbie, please sign Robbie....

John Royal said...

In fairness, Jamie is the one who made sure we got to see replays for every game, and not just those games on Friday and Saturday.

Ms. Conduct said...

Yeah, I wasn't knocking Jamie. He did some good things. But I think the team realized they needed leadership in the FO that was local. Not fly-in/long distance. It just wasn't a great idea from the start.

All just conjecture on my part, of course.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the replays....one of the best things anyone has done for Aeros fans.

alw02 said...

Anybody concerned about the non-winning record of the new coaching staff.

John Royal said...

How come I'm not on the essential twitter list?

Forecheck said...

@Ms - But if I sign up for a Twitter account, wouldn't that make me a twit?

@ALW - Yes....

@John - I guess that means you are essentially not a twit.

Ms. Conduct said...

John, Because you do your Aeros tweeting on the T3I twitter. Andrew doesn't. Also, it's an Aeros Essentials. Not a Ed Wade Is an Idiot Essentials. :)

John Royal said...

That's not fair. It's just not all Ed Wade bashing. I also express my love and affection for Zooey Deschanel on my twitter feed.

y2j77071 said...

Acutally John has a point to an extent he is not always bashing Ed wade with the twitter sledgehammer He also bashes brad mills

Anonymous said...

Just saw that Robbie Earl is headed for Europe. I'd like to hear your thoughts on why the Wild chose not to keep him.

Forecheck said...

Robbie is headed for the Riga Dinamo of the KHL.

I doubt the Wild could match the money the KHL is offering these days. But if past experiences continue, Robbie is in for one heck of a culture shock. I just hope he is single. Many North Americans - - particularly the younger ones - - find life over there a little too much to take.

Forecheck said...

And Sully is now a Coyote.....

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/capitals/phoenix-coyotes-sign-forward-patrick-osullivan-to-1-year-contract/2011/08/05/gIQAFiHywI_story.html

Anonymous said...

@FC nope he is married to Cory!

Forecheck said...

From what I've heard it is harder on the wives than the guys, though in Lithuania there are probably more English speakers and the food and housing are probably better than in the rest of the KHL.

Forecheck said...

Ooops.... Latvia....

Fin said...

Have you ever been to Latvia? Funny how you Americans view Eastern Europe as some hell hole. I would take Riga over Bastrop anytime. Very beautiful in Latvia.

Forecheck said...

Yes, much better conditions in the Baltic States than other places in the KHL. Try finding/affording a decent apartment in Moscow.

artandhockey said...

Riga is a beautiful old city with international flair even after WWII, plus cultural events such as opera, concerts, etc. and shopping western style, for sure. Plus easy access to the rest of Europe for travel and excursion to learn about it. Rather be in Riga than Edmonton;-)!
Just cold in winter, but hockey players like that!

Forecheck said...

THE SCHEDULE IS OUT!!!

Openning Night Oct 9th!