I like Thinel for a number of reasons, he breaks up a lot of opposition plays, steals the puck a good few times in every game, he does back check, great vision and passes the puck among the best in the league and has miles more points than Rosehill (different role plays anyway) BUT I think a lot of people see his lack of speed equate to being a poor player and he is far from being that.
Well Mr Muir has paid for 2 crocked imports, unused British players and an import D man to play CENTRE yet we could not sign Craig Moore, John Dolan or Sam Mcluskey, would that have happened at the Big 5 clubs .......................no chance. Would those small changes have made a big difference to Flyers for not a lot of cash...............I think so anyway.
On Todd, I think the club have stood by him above and beyond but it's now time to move on to a more ambitious coach who can lead a stagnating club forwards. (I don't mean Hutchins by the way, (he brings nothing to the team imo).
I believe it's less than that but how many years did Toby do to get to the EIHL, he was giving up a good few times long before the EIHL come along because he couldn't get in the middle. If you were to break the hours down for what he gets you would see that getting to Fife for him would be over an hour plus you have to be at the rink an hour before face off then 3 hours for the game and over an hour home for even £300 would be £50 / hr minus tax (probably @40% rate) and yes I know about expenses for travel but in my experience that did not cover the real cost in a journey hence why one 2 or 3 officials will travel in the one car if possible and even if they travel individually the funds are split between them in proportion to mileage. But Hey if money was the carrot why are people not queuing up for the job, it's easy to get started on the first rung.
PS, Would you have complained if you were a Clan fan at that game for an early whistle.....I think not, it cuts both ways.
The main concern with Referees is the lack of applicants for the jobs. This creates a problem when people retire or even just pack the sport in, as you need at least 3 stripeys in an EIHL game (it actually needs 4 now) some guys get fast tracked to a league above their stature which is not their fault it's just they are actually available. Again a problem raises it's head......experience, it doesn't matter how many times / years you have been on the line when you move to the centre it is an entirely different ball game so basically you start your apprenticeship all over again. What people will not grasp is how different the game is on ice compared to elevated seating in the stands, it is much faster than you think, bodies get in your vision lines, instant decisions have to be made and hockey players can be very sneaky at times. On a personal side be prepared to be without your family / friends at weekends, like travelling and spend many unpaid hours doing the road trips. After all that is said and done I would urge anybody that would like to be involved with the sport to give it a go, it can be a lot of fun, exciting and rewarding (not overly finance wise for everybody). On the finance side I found it funny when being shouted at by an over adoring father that I was only in it for the money once, the payment for that game was £10, I left Glenrothes at 1pm to travel as a passenger (no expences)to Inverness, done the game then to a chip shop for 3 fish suppers for us and it was my turn to pay so £21 lighter and home for 1am .......total losses £11 for a 12 hour shift. Also in the minus column. People also forget that a referee needs kit as well as a player so all new at todays prices that's circa £1,000 including skates but those items will last 2/3 years and you will recoup some of that over a period of time. So there you go..............get involved with the greatest team sport in the World then we can all shout and roar at you from our advantageous seats, you know the ones........where all the experts sit..................lol.
I was at Dundee tonight watching Nottingham coast in the last period to a 4/1 win but Stars were in the game up till the 2nd break (1/2 at that point). I overheard an eejit behind me saying he had it on good authority that Cescon (didn't play tonight) would be gunning for Fox in the Sunday home game next week.........cannae see that myself.
I honestly think you have not understood my comments.....jeez i think its plainly obvious i was praising the lad up. Since this forum started i have stated on many occasions i would prefer to see less imports in the game and more local lads on show but at the same time to me the Great Night Out is not Kestrels level, i think a 50/50 split would be ample to satisfy all supporters needs .......it worked before. On the subject of height i would say being 6ft is an asset in the EIHL and people that disagree have obviously never been run over in a game by somebody that size.....lol.
Chad had a few shifts in Edinburgh and showed a lot of promise, he does have good wheels and worked both ends of the ice well. In the last period he overtook a much larger defenceman going over the blue line cut under him then shielded the puck very well before getting a good shot away, I thought his positional play was very good and showed bags of confidence in the shifts he had, pity he wasn't taller which would help him in the EIHL but lack of size doesn't seem to stop the likes of Garret Milan. On the whole I would say he is a better team player than Gunny and miles more talented than Scoon, getting blooded at this time of year will make him hungry for more action next season.... hopefully at Fife.
It was mooted at the time of the injury he would be out for the season, the management at that point had time to bring someone in.............perhaps the Green light didn't work, or there wasn't anybody that could train well or fit in the dressing room...........either way it tells you something regards the owners ambitions imo.
Bobdee I think your more like Dad dee cos nobody else would fight Todd's corner like you do, nobody on this forum wishes Todd any ill but perhaps someone with more pep about them could turn this ship around because it's not going in the right direction at the moment and to cap it all off (excuse the pun) he shoots himself in both feet with every interview when he states the players do their own thing ......we have heard him say that for 6 years now, he is not strong enough to lead the charge I'm afraid.
He has 6 full seasons behind him very shortly i think he has had more than a fair chance and here is a question, If he were not at Flyers next season which other EIHL team would grab him .....Imo.....Nobody.