• Twitter
  • Facebook
News-Sentinel.com Your Town. Your Voice.
Tailing the Komets

Auger activated

David Starenky is going on 10-day IR retroactive to Tuesday. David Franke said J.M. Rizk will likely be activated for Friday's game. The Komets didn't want to start out playing him three games in three nights.

Posted in: Komets


Primeval Forest Primate (formally JM)
Thu, 12/29/2011 - 1:09pm

Why don't they just cut Starenky rather than waste his time? Its obvious he's in Al's doghouse. He sits the bench when he is active, despite outplaying Lovell. Then he gets to play the IR shuffle again. If they don't deem him worthy of ice time perhaps they should cut him loose. Yeah, the guy has take a couple of boneheaded penalties. I'd rather have a young guy who is over exuberant than a vet that doesn't have the speed to keep up and is constantly turning the puck over.

Thu, 12/29/2011 - 1:54pm

I've got to agree with you, PFP (formally JM). Especially considering that tonight and tomorrow night I would expect "toughness" to be a priority.

Anyone going on a 10 day IR is really going on for 14 days because of the "All-Star" break. ( I put that in quotation marks because it really isn't an all-star game when the ground rules require to have a rep from all the other 13 teams, meaning some well deserving players get snubbed). This type of game is meaningless and is just another game that may cause injury.

Getting back to Starenky....he'll never get better without playing time. If you don't value him, then let him go and find his future somewhere else. Funny thing. They played this game with Podshendyalov last year and then this year couldn't wait to get him signed.

Who's next. I've lost count but if Rizk comes back tomorrow, do they need to make another move?

Thu, 12/29/2011 - 2:17pm

I agree with both of you guys and I expressed my view on this a few topics back. I don't know why anyone like Starenky; a good physical young prospect who can skate and play a regular shift, would ever want to come here. Sims has a track record of just sitting them on the bench as soon as they take a penalty. The difference with Starenky is that he can skate and pass and he probably has more upside than anyone on the team. That is a rare combination at this level of hockey. It appears that he will never get a chance to develop that unless we experience a rash of injuries. If I were him, I would want to be traded to another team that would give me a chance to play and develop my skills. There are other players that I would have sat or dressed as the "extra skater" before him: Lovell, Thomas, Mele, or Henley. Unless he is truly hurt, which I highly doubt, I really don't understand this move.

Blake, since so many of us have similar opinions on this, can you shed some light on why the Komets made this move?

Thu, 12/29/2011 - 3:09pm

They also have Tristan on IR 30 days and I am not sure when he is able to come off. It is just part of the game ask the player go on IR or be cut they will go on IR. I like Dave I think he provides more Grit on the blueline but Sims is going to stay ture with the Vets look at Nick his backup has played what maybe 3 games? I think it comes down to a trust issue that they just don't totally trust what Dave is going to do on the ice and that is something earned over time. What I don't like about the IR rule is when the 10 day period is up they don't have to activate the player he can stay there as long as they want him to. My guess the next player going on IR next will be Thorne another rookie

Thu, 12/29/2011 - 5:46pm

The Rush would take him in a minute.

John McNeill
Thu, 12/29/2011 - 6:11pm

Starenky is riding the pine because of some bonehead penalties that did NOT have to happen. David will have to learn to be more discipline if he wants to play more shifts.

Thu, 12/29/2011 - 6:44pm

What player on this team hasn't made boneheaded penalties that didn't have to happen? I've even seen Chaulk and Henley do them without being banished to the bench for any significant amounts of time. At least Starenky has the excuse that he is young and still learning.