Thursday, January 14, 2010

Roster Update

Per Brent Wagner of the Lincoln Journal Star, Coach Jimmy McGroarty is trying to trade injured defenseman Garrett Clement to another USHL team, possibly including a draft pick in the package.

Clement had a lot of hype coming in, but only played in three games for the Stars before going out Dec. 12 with an injury. He is a skilled offensive defenseman and should find a home somewhere in the league. Hopefully we get something of significant value in return. Would love to see a top goal-scorer come here, but unfortunately we aren't in the position we have been in the past where we can take a top player from a lower team. Instead, we're in the opposite position.

Also noteworthy, apparently Coach McGroarty asked each of Lincoln's top players if they want to be traded to teams (probably to get more exposure on a better team), and they each said no. That should say a lot about these boys wanting to play in Lincoln and compete under Coach McGroarty. Go Stars!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

when is the trade deadline?

Layla said...

Feb 6th is the trade deadline and Feb 10th is the roster freeze.

Anonymous said...

After reading Brent's article in today's paper, it seems there could be a trade in the wings. If in fact players were asked if they wanted to be traded and said no (which shows a lot of character in my opinion), and yet there is still talk of it, and once again, it's before a game. Does anyone else think this is bad timing? Haven't these players been through enough instability and lack of inconsistency due to injuries, previous trades, different players in and out of the line up?! I don't think now is the time that we have to "keep the players on their toes!" I agree that it's probably in the organization's best interest to start looking towards the future and possibly adding players for next year; however, I don't think this needed to be made public in a newspaper article. Just my humble opinion.

Anonymous said...

Trades are going to happen. We will see some new players between now and the end of the season. The problem I see with the current coaching approach is: Lets ask a good/2nd year player if he wants to be traded. What do you think his response is going to be? Oh yes, please trade me to Alaska. I really want to play in Alaska. Or no thanks, I will continue to play here. I am amazed that Jimmy actually asked these guys if they wanted to be traded. He instead should have looked at the BEST options for the player, as well as the team. He then could have approached a veteran player and said; Hey, I have this great opportunity for you at ....... it will help you in your search for a D1 school scholarship. The transition, though brief, will help in your continued hockey development. The trade will also give the Stars organization the ability to obtain a high draft pick/player for next years season. This would have given the current players the ability to look to better themselves, as well as help the Stars organization. I guess my main issue is that the only players with D1 offers now, came to the Stars with D1 offers. What about the other players? Is the coaching staff fully promoting these guys to D1 schools? Haven't heard anything about Bruno or Hibbs. They are without a doubt your best two D men. As others have stated; this is a developmental league, lets work on getting these guys D1 scholarships. We owe them that.
GO STARS
TONIGHTS THE NIGHT

BellTolls said...

Anonymous at 5:03, what USHL clubs play in Alaska?

Anonymous said...

Bell, The point is you don't ask a vet if he wants to be traded. Of course he is going to say NO. He wants to be loyal to his team. If he says yes and angers the coach he could end up anywhere. Could have been handled better, thats all.

BellTolls said...

I understand what you're saying, but first you complain about them being asked if they want to be traded, and then you question whether the coaches are promoting these players well to D1 schools. You do realize that the purpose of asking them if they want to be traded is to see if they want ice time with a better team with better players around them so college coaches can better evaluate them. So basically, he is doing his job of trying to promote them to college scouts by asking if they want to be traded. It's the same reason Geoffrion was traded last year, to get more ice time and get a scholarship.

Anonymous said...

Bell, Don't agree. Know Geoffrion very well. Lets just say thats not true, and leave it at that. Once again, not complaining, just saying it could have been handled better.

BellTolls said...

OK, bad example then. I don't know the behind the scenes story, only what coach said publically about it. However, I do believe Jimmy asked the vets this year if they want to be traded for their best interests.

Anonymous said...

Well it won't matter anyway. We are going to get on a roll and make the playoffs. That would be the best way to show D1 schools what these young men are made of. Could make up some ground tonight, the way the other games are panning out.
GO STARS
ONE GAME AT A TIME

BellTolls said...

Yep. As it stands, we are up 4-1 and the three teams right ahead of us (Sioux City, Des Moines and Tri City) are all trailing. This could be a fresh start over for the last half of the season. Lots of home games. We can certainly do it. Need to bring this type of energy every night though. It can be done!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Hibbs being one of our best d-men but the other is either Rush or West. Noticed that once again the game in Omahole is after we play a tough game and they have a night off-who approves these schedules anyway?

Anonymous said...

I guess we could ascertain that Garrett Clement was asked whether he wanted to be traded or not and he said "yes." I also find it strange that the coach would go around asking everyone if they wanted to be traded. Who runs the team here, the coach or the players? And now that all who want to stay are on record for saying they want to be here, the coach has a major shake-up coming? Nice to know his group is all on board with him so he can deal them away whenever an opportunity presents itself