Does Red Gendron Deserve a Contract Extension? Or To Be Fire

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Does Red Gendron Deserve a Contract Extension? Or To Be Fire

Postby Sports Chowdah » Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:45 am

From this weeks Sports Chowdah Newsletter..

There are times where a passionate fan base can be its own worst enemy.

That tends to happen here in New England, where we’ve been blessed with a professional football team that considers anything less than making it to a Super Bowl a failure of a season, along with the Patriots, Celtics and Bruins all producing duck boat parades.

In the aftermath of the University of Maine hockey team’s season ending in the Hockey East quarterfinals, the keyboard head coaches came out of hibernation, begging for Red Gendron’s head on a hockey stick.

Some were begging for him to lose his job. Others are worried the University will give Gendron, who is going into the final year of his contract, another extension.

Let me give you a dose of reality. The Black Bears improved vastly this season. They were picked to finish last in Hockey East, and finished sixth in the conference, earning a home playoff series.

If a few more bounces went Maine’s way, it could’ve been a top four team.

Gendron deserves a contract extension. Albeit a small one. Two years at the most. And this is something the University needs to get done this spring.

A lame-duck head coach is not appealing to recruits. And Maine has some great ones coming in, including forwards Jake Schmidt-Svejstrup and Adam Dawe, who are tearing up the USHL, the top junior league in the nation. Both players have 22 goals. They will be expected to contribute immediately

Gendron finally has talent in Orono and more talent in the pipeline, and doing something foolish along the coaching lines will set Maine back to Square One, and that’s the last thing the Black Bear faithful want.

Gendron is not Shawn Walsh, but Maine fans need to accept the fact that Paul Kariya and Garth Snow are not walking through that door. As is the case in all of college sports, there is parody in college hockey now. Teams will contend for a few years and then face rebuilds.

Maine is one of those teams who will likely contend next year. If the Black Bears don’t finish in the top four in Hockey East and get to TD Garden, it’ll be a disappointment.

The next step is learning how to win, and learning how to beat the top teams in the league. Maine went 0-7 against Boston College, Northeastern and Providence this season, but were competitive against all of them. It’s an encouraging sign. Remember the great Chicago Bulls dynasty? It took them four tries to get past the Detroit Pistons in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. The Black Bears will find a way to get it done.

Elite goaltending helps, and Jeremy Swayman is just that. Toward the end of the season, he showed the typical inconsistency you see from a freshman, but he has the tools to be a special player. And with the Bruins’ goaltending situation shored up for the next few years, expect Swayman to be in Orono a while.

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Re: Does Red Gendron Deserve a Contract Extension? Or To Be

Postby thebam » Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:49 am

Completely agree with this 100%. Definitely trending upward. Keep it going.
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Re: Does Red Gendron Deserve a Contract Extension? Or To Be

Postby Blind Zebra » Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:13 pm

Agreed. 2 year extension. Strong freshman class this year. A case can be made that Maine could've beat Providence if Holway and LaCroix played. Maine's checking line and defense struggled against the Friars.
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Re: Does Red Gendron Deserve a Contract Extension? Or To Be

Postby mainejeff » Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:17 pm

UMaine really has no choice but to extend him...otherwise the program starts at ground zero again.

Football & hoops are where the future is at anyway. It’s more important to direct resources at those 2 programs.
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Re: Does Red Gendron Deserve a Contract Extension? Or To Be

Postby thebam » Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:36 pm

mainejeff wrote:UMaine really has no choice but to extend him...otherwise the program starts at ground zero again.

Football & hoops are where the future is at anyway. It’s more important to direct resources at those 2 programs.

If hockey can get back to the top of the mountain, it will generate a lot of resources . Would still like to see what a hockey game inside the Cross Center would look like/sound like.
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Re: Does Red Gendron Deserve a Contract Extension? Or To Be

Postby mainejeff » Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:17 pm

thebam wrote:
mainejeff wrote:UMaine really has no choice but to extend him...otherwise the program starts at ground zero again.

Football & hoops are where the future is at anyway. It’s more important to direct resources at those 2 programs.

If hockey can get back to the top of the mountain, it will generate a lot of resources . Would still like to see what a hockey game inside the Cross Center would look like/sound like.


I wonder if the University of Maine has ever considered buying the Cross Center from the City of Bangor? :o

New Balance Arena at Bass Park has a nice ring to it. ;)
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Re: Does Red Gendron Deserve a Contract Extension? Or To Be

Postby mario_spaghettio » Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:38 pm

No, he had how many years to make something happen? Maine should be a national powerhouse, not middle of the pack in Hockey East on a good year.
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Re: Does Red Gendron Deserve a Contract Extension? Or To Be

Postby Blackbear28 » Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:45 pm

Great post and I couldn't agree more. I'd like to see Gendron coach another 3-5 years then hand the team over to Guite. Maine just doesn't have the money to pay for a top tier coach, even Sneddon at Vermont is making more money than Red is. Unless someone wants to cut the university a real big check or people fill the Alfond for every game again, consistently being in the top half of Hockey East and occasionally stringing together an elite year is the ceiling for this program.
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Re: Does Red Gendron Deserve a Contract Extension? Or To Be

Postby hoopsisme » Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:28 pm

I will be shocked if Maine hockey ever regains national prominence. The landscape has changed dramatically. College hockey is fun to watch. Just think we won’t see the glory days again.
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Re: Does Red Gendron Deserve a Contract Extension? Or To Be

Postby thebam » Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:56 pm

Blackbear28 wrote:Great post and I couldn't agree more. I'd like to see Gendron coach another 3-5 years then hand the team over to Guite. Maine just doesn't have the money to pay for a top tier coach, even Sneddon at Vermont is making more money than Red is. Unless someone wants to cut the university a real big check or people fill the Alfond for every game again, consistently being in the top half of Hockey East and occasionally stringing together an elite year is the ceiling for this program.

Vermont can afford to pay more because they aren't saddled with the costs associated with football.
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