Thursday, July 23, 2009

More on the Jutting deal (updated ... again)

No real surprises on the Troy Jutting contract, which The Free Press first reported in March. This has been pretty much in the works since Jutting won WCHA coach of the year in 2008.

Thursday's Free Press' story on the new contract can be found here.

Some details:

Jutting will make $153,246 this year. According to athletic director Kevin Buisman, that figure is no more of a salary increase than Jutting was allowed under the collective bargaining agreement between MnSCU schools and their union employees. Jutting was conscious of MSU's budget issues during negotiations, Buisman said.

Something omitted from The Freep story: The last IFO contract called for around an 11 percent raise for its members, which is about what Jutting got. He was making around $138,550 on his last contract. There is now a wage freeze at the MnSCU schools.

Jutting is the third WCHA coach to be given a contract extension this offseason, following St. Cloud State’s Bob Motzko, who inked a six-year deal through 2014-15, and Minnesota Duluth’s Scott Sandelin, who recently re-upped for two years through 2011-12. According to published reports, Motzko will earn a salary of $167,000, while Sandelin will earn a base salary of $150,000.

Here are the base salaries of WCHA coaches at public schools, according to recent reporting by The Denver Post.

1. Mike Eaves, Wisconsin -- $229,511 in 2008-09 (contract through 2013-14)
2. Don Lucia, Minnesota -- $222,789 in 2007-08 (2011-12)
3. Dave Hakstol, North Dakota -- $210,000 in 2007-08 (2011-12)
4. Bob Motzko, St. Cloud State -- $167,000 in 2008-09 ( 2014-15)
5. Troy Jutting, Minnesota State, -- $153,246 in 2009-10 (2012-13)
6. Scott Sandelin, Minnesota-Duluth -- $150,000 in 2009-10 (2011-12)
7. Jamie Russell, Michigan Tech -- $116,759 in 2008-09 (2011-12)
8. Dave Shyiak, Alaska Anchorage -- $110,000 in 2008-09 (2011-12)

Denver and Colorado College are private schools and do not have to disclose their employees' salaries. However, it is believed that George Gwozdecky and Scott Owens are among the top-five most-compensated coaches in the league, which would put Jutting's salary seventh in the 10-team league.

Once Nebraska-Omaha and Bemidji State join the league, that salary likely will rank eighth as Dean Blais signed a $250,000/year contract with UNO. Not sure what Tom Serratore is making at BSU right now.

Finally (before I go on vacation), check out this blog post from March to see where Minnesota State stood against other teams in the conference over the last two seasons (Jutting's last contract). In Thursday's story, Buisman talked about how Jutting's teams have performed despite MSU's lack of resources compared to other programs in the WCHA. These numbers could be used to back that up but also show where the Mavericks have come up short -- the postseason.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Jutting contract announced

MSU finally announced Wednesday that it has re-signed men's hockey coach Troy Jutting to a four-year contract extension. Here is MSU's release:

Minnesota State, Jutting Reach Agreement on Contract Extension;
Maverick Men’s Hockey Coach Will Head Into 2009-10 With New Deal in Place

Mankato, Minn. — Minnesota State University, Mankato officials have announced that Troy Jutting, head coach of the Maverick men’s hockey program, has reached an agreement on a four-year contract extension (effective July 1, 2009).

“As the composition of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association changes and we look ahead to league expansion, we are proud to have Coach Jutting back at the helm,” said Kevin Buisman, Minnesota State’s Director of Athletics. “Troy is a veteran coach who understands what it takes to be successful at this level. Our staff does a great job in terms of skill development, as evidenced by the number of players who have moved on from here to the professional ranks recently and that in turn has ratcheted up the quality of new talent we have coming in each year. Off the ice and in the classroom, these young men have generally been great ambassadors for the program. Attendance and interest continues to grow and we look forward to an exciting future with Coach Jutting behind the bench.”

Jutting, who is entering his tenth season at the MSU men’s hockey helm, has crafted a 142-162-44 won-loss record as head coach of the Mavericks. A two-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association Coach of the Year (2002-03 and 2007-08), Jutting has had three players earn All-America honors and nine players earn All-WCHA honors during his tenure. A total of 90 players have garnered WCHA All- Academic recognition under Jutting and two of them (Steven Johns in 2004-05 and Joel Hanson in 2007-08) have been named WCHA Student-Athlete of the Year. Of the 38 former Mavericks who have played professional hockey in the last nine years, Tim Jackman, Grant Stevenson, David Backes, Steven Wagner and Jon Kalinski have become the first players from the program to play in the National Hockey League.

Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

Pro updates

Free Press photo by John Cross

I talked to ex-Maverick and current New York Islanders forward Tim Jackman (pictured above) last week. The first MSU player to be drafted and play in the National Hockey League, it's taken him awhile to settle in at the major-league level. Here's the story from Tuesday's Free Press.

Meanwhile, another former MSU player, defenseman Steve Wagner, re-upped with the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

Monday, July 20, 2009

By the numbers

Minnesota State put out its preseason prospectus this week and there are a few things of interest.

Here are the freshmen and their jersey numbers:

7-Tyler Pitlick, forward
16-Tyler Elbrecht, defenseman
17-Evan Mosey, defenseman
25-Eriah Hayes, forward
29-Eli Zuck, forward
30-Phil Cook, goaltender
35-Kevin Murdock, goaltender

Another newcomer, forward Mike Dorr, who will be eligible to play in January after transferring from Minnesota, will wear No. 18.

Four veteran players are changing numbers this season. Goalie Austin Lee will wear No. 1, James Gaulrapp is switching to 13, Andrew Sackrison is changing to 21 and Tyler Thompson will wear 23.

It appears defenseman Baylor Dieter is no longer on the team. He played in 11 games last year as a freshman, mostly at the end of the year after Channing Boe went down with a broken leg, and was named the team's most-improved player.

The Mavericks have just seven defensemen listed on their roster and 18 forwards. I'll be curious to see if coach Troy Jutting switches one of the forwards to D. Late last season, freshman Joe Schiller practiced with the defensemen.

The Mavericks roster will represent eight states/provinces, including Minnesota (19 players), Alberta (Galiardi, Mouillierat), Illinois (Cook, Mosey), Alaska (Zuck), British Columbia (Irwin), Florida (Murdock), Michigan (Harrison) and Missouri (Elbrecht). ... The Mavericks also have recruits for 2010 from Arizona (Danny Heath) and Oklahoma (Josh Berge).

Friday, July 17, 2009

Bruess speaks, tweets

The Washington Captials are going all out with coverage of this week's pro prospects camp. Trevor Bruess has been posting notes on Twitter

He's also chatted a little bit. A conversation with Bruess can be found here. And here's a clip with former North Dakota standout Joe Finley, talking about Bruess, his former rival, now teammate. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Means completes coaching staff

Minnesota State announced Tuesday that women's hockey coach Eric Means completed his coaching staff, hiring Jon Austin as a full-time assistant and naming Dean Williamson as a volunteer assistant. They will join Shari Vogt, who was hired at the end of June.

Here are bios from MSU's release:

Jon Austin played four years as a forward at Colorado College (1995-99) where he collected 25 goals and 44 assists for 69 points in 142 career games. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA national championship game in his freshman season (1995-96). After graduating from CC in 1999, Austin spent the next three years playing professionally before joining the coaching staff at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault. Austin served as an assistant to Tom Ward with the boys prep team at Shattuck and the native of International Falls helped lead the Sabres to the national championship in 2006. He also has served as an assistant coach with the boys varsity team at International Falls the last two years.

Dean Williamson, who played collegiately with the University of Minnesota from 1987-90, has an extensive background in youth and amateur coaching in the state. The Edina native has worked with boys and girls youth and high school teams in Bloomington, Park Center, Wayzata, Edina and Bemidji over the course of the past 26 years. He led the Edina U12 girls team to the 2009 state championship and has served as and assistant coach with the Bloomington Jefferson High School boys team (2002-03), the Blake High School boys team (1999-2001) and the Park Center High School boys team (1998-2000) and served as the head coach of the boys team at Wayzata High School (1992-95). Williamson, who was a member of the U.S. national team in 1990-91, earned a degree from the University of Minnesota in 1991.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Bruess skating, tweeting at Caps camp

Ex-Maverick Trevor Bruess, who signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals after last season ended, is at the Cap's pro development camp this week. Apparently, he's also one of two players who will be "tweeting" about the camp. Here's a link to the Capitals' Twitter page.

Meanwhile, according to a Philadelphia Flyers Twitter page, MSU defenseman Channing Boe won something called the Trial on the Isle during their camp last week.

Friday, July 10, 2009

WCHA schedule is out

The WCHA released its composite men's schedule today. It can be found here. This will be the 60th season of the the league and its last as a 10-team conference.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Back from vacation ... (updated)

I'm back after several days off. You'd think that this would be the dog days when it comes to college hockey news, but it never really stops. Here are a few nuggets:

The St. Louis Blues will hold their pro orientation camp for prospects this week and two current Minnesota State players are attending, Blues draft pick Andy Sackrison and free agent Rylan Galiardi. Both will be MSU juniors this fall. The camp runs Thursday through Sunday near St. Louis. MSU recruit Tyler Elbrecht is also attending the camp. The defenseman played for St. Louis of the NAHL last season.

The Philadelphia Flyers began their prospect camp Tuesday in Voorhees, N.J., and the weeklong camp also features two players with MSU ties, current Flyers player Jon Kalinski and MSU junior defenseman Channing Boe. Kalinski played 12 games for the Flyers last season, his first year as a pro, and 46 games with the Flyers' AHL affiliate, which is also in Philadelphia. It's good to see Boe is recovering from the broken leg that ended his season last winter.

UPDATE: Justin Jokinen, who will be a sophomore, is skating in the Buffalo Sabres prospect camp this week.

From the how'd-I-miss-this? file ... MSU got a commitment from defenseman Evan Mosey of the NAHL's Wenatchee Wild, the team that ex-Mav Ryan McKelvie helps coach. Looks like a versatile player, as the Illinois native played forward for most of the season before switching to D, where he spent the playoffs. He said he plans on playing defense in college.

Ex-Maverick Brian Kilburg turned pro recently, signing with the ECHL's Ontario Reign, a California-based team that's an affliliate of the Los Angeles Kings. A little Q&A with Kilburg from a blogger who covers the Reign can be found here.

Some more ex-Mavericks are scheduled to be in Mankato next week for a youth-hockey camp put on by the MSU coaching staff. The camp is expected to feature Tim Jackman, Andy Hedlund, Ryan Carter and Shane Joseph.

Speaking of camps, MSU goalie coach Des Christopher and his business, The Goalie Club, are holding a goaltending school at All Seasons Arena in Mankato this week. The camp includes several goalies from around southern Minnesota.

Of course, the big news was the WCHA's expansion, as Nebraska-Omaha and Bemidji State will be making it a 12-team league in 2010. Since MSU plays these schools every year, their schedule won't be drastically different. Here are some thoughts from Tuesday's Free Press.