Trevor Timmins, the Canadiens' director of player recruitment, said yesterday that Pacioretty is physically capable of playing in the NHL, but the smart money says the Connecticut native will be a Wolverine for at least one more season.
Pacioretty, who is projected as a power forward, said as much yesterday when members of the media told him about Timmins's statement. While he said his strength was one of his assets, he also said he might have a way to go before he can battle along the boards with the likes of Georges Laraque.
So that's good news. Sounds like we are going to get one more year out of Patches.
Also, the Division I Men's Ice Hockey committee will recommend that teams be required to have a .500 record or better to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. I like the move. Teams play enough non-conference games that if they're a legitimate team, they should have no trouble compiling a .500 record no matter what conference they play in. (HT: Goon)
In other news, Brendan Morrison has signed a one year deal with the Anaheim Ducks. That's a bummer. He deserves better than that team. One positive is that he'll possibly be able to mentor Andrew Ebbett, who signed a two year extension with the team in June. After a strong season in the AHL (he led the Portland Pirates in scoring), it would be nice to see Ebby get a real chance to play for Anaheim.