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Tailing the Komets

Another Henley Update

This time, just a little one.

He's having his physical late this afternoon with Komets team Dr. Greg Sassmannshausen of Fort Wayne Orthopaedics who did the first surgery on Henley's knee in May 2007.

``We probably won't announce anything until late this afternoon or early tomorrow morning,'' Komets General Manager David Franke said.

If Henley passes the physicals, he is eligible to play Saturday because his immigration status is up to date.

That would give the Komets five veterans and they are allowed six: Colin Chaulk, Brett Smith, Jesse Bennefield, Leo Thomas and Henley, Franke said. Jamie Lovell is not activated yet and won't be for Saturday because of immigration paperwork. He would still fit under the roster. Though he has more than 300 career pro regular-season games, Jamie Milam does not count as a veteran, Franke said, because the CHL only counts games in the elite European leagues as counting toward veteran status.

The Komets also have some roster room to work with because Kevin Beech and Stephon Thorne have not been activated yet because of immigration issues.

On a side note, I don't think the salary cap is in trouble with the removal of P.C. Drouin. That move probably gave the Komets more flexibility to make a move like this. That's also w

BTW, the crowd for Saturday's game is at 5,600 and climbing.

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Thu, 10/27/2011 - 12:59pm

Thanks Blake, sounds like the Iceman are in trouble saturday night lol.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 1:15pm

Sgroi is a nut.....will still yap and wont be afraid to dance with Henley, IMO.... Sgroi = 6'5" 230#

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 1:17pm

Exactly. Sgroi has gone with the baddest of the bad and isn't going to be afraid of Henley by any stretch of the imagination. Should be a fun tilt if it happens

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 1:18pm

Nutzilla vs. King Kong.

So all you fans upset about PC, you got Henley. Lol. Like that was the plan all along.

The 5600 just started climbing faster.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 1:28pm

Neither one are Ryan Jorde, that's for sure.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 1:30pm

Lol we will get to see him this year.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 1:48pm

Can't wait for the game, bring it on, Evansville is a bunch of punks. Komets 4 Evil 1, 8,003 fans, 3 fights and Schebig spills mustard on his shirt. Kromm reacts to fans badgering him because he can't handle that and losing, reminds me of Martinson. AND CHL Refs stink, i haven't found a good one yet! Bring back my Jimmy.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 2:02pm

Mike Sgroi has fought Derek Boogaard and Mitch Fritz. He won't be afraid to tussle with someone as big as Henley.

He's also jumped into a penalty box to beat someone up


kyle hunt
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 2:27pm

Sgroi is not that tough, his only advantage is his size.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 3:55pm

fight him

Hit Somebody!!!
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 4:23pm

Kyle Hunt is a tough guy, should sign him Mighty...lol

kyle hunt
Fri, 10/28/2011 - 5:44am

Might I cant reach him, hence the advantage. Hit, I cant be signed without Might scooping the news first! My point is anybody with his size and any skills at all will do fine against him..glad to have one of those now!

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 10:31am

I've seen Henley play and he is a decent player if the tough guy type of hockey is the type of game you want to play.

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 10:41am

What style would you say Rapid City plays?

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 11:15am

I can't give up all of this years secrets this early in the season.

Mr Snufflupugus
Fri, 10/28/2011 - 11:32am

Frowdawg. You are right that if the coach wants to play a goon style of hockey Henley would be very useful.
Problem is Sims has never coached that way. I think both sides of the "fighting/goon" position would agree that Sims hasn't sent the enforcer out on a mission much if ever. It makes you wonder a bit because if you look back at the Bruins teams he played on the had the likes of Carol Vadnais and Terry O'reilly and even Wayne Cashman was as tough as they come. Those teams went into the corners elbows up looking to take someone out. Those teams would not have allowed someone to get anywhere near the crease in front of Cheevers. But all of those guys could play. There was no Steve Durbano goon on that team. That may be one of the reasons that Sims doesn't make use of a Mirasty type.

And as another posted stated the minute he steps on the ice the officials looks for a reason to take him off.

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 11:39am

You got a point Snuff with the ref's stopping it the minute a player hits the ice. Henley does bring a talent to a team though with his physical style of play other than strictly being a goon type.

Blake Sebring
Fri, 10/28/2011 - 11:53am

Totally disagree. He definitely did coach that way... in the early 1990s when that style of game was allowed. It simply isn't any more because of the rules and the decrease in those type of players.

Mr Snufflupugus
Fri, 10/28/2011 - 11:53am

Is he allowed to be physical? The minute he checks someone he gets sent to the box. Not always his fault. But like most guys his size with his reputation he is a marked man. And with the new emphasis against hits to the head I don't know how he is supposed to check most guys without making contact to their head due to the height difference. We'll see what happens.

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 12:09pm

Agree with Blake, Sims at one time had ultra physical teams and he used the guy regularly...

Although, now I do think he has gone too far the other way and doesnt utilize them properly....

A tale of two era's....

Mr Snufflupugus
Fri, 10/28/2011 - 12:41pm

Blake I wasn't going back to the 90's because of the differences in the way the game is played now. I think Sims has been here long enough this time around to look at his body of work from the last few years by itself.
Knowing how things are and how Sims coaches I never understood the Mirasty signing. Henley clearly has more talent and I believe more heart that Mirasty but it remains to be seen if and how he can be effective in this system, in this league and in this era. At the end of the year I'd like to see Henley have 8-10 points, 150-200 PM and a +/- of at least +5. You can't dress him if he is only on the ice 3-5 minutes a game and still is a - player.

Hit Somebody!!!
Fri, 10/28/2011 - 12:58pm

So now we classify Henley as a Goon??


This is getting rich.

He is a tough, hard nosed defenseman who can skate a regular pairing and has long reach to disrupt skaters with the puck, he will clear the front of the net, he moves the puck well, he will take care of his end of the ice, and if need be, he will take on the other team's bully.

He is a welcomed addition to a team that needs more grit and team toughness, and will boost a young defense that needs some presence.

He is a very good AA player.

Henley or Warner? HMMMM. LOL