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Tailing the Komets

Boulay, MacMillan updates

The Komets waived rookie defenseman Brian Boulay on Monday and revealed forward Brad MacMillan suffered a broken hand during Saturday night's fight against Muskegon. MacMillan said he'd like to try playing through the injury, but General Manager David Franke said it's very unlikely MacMillan will play this week, though he will not be placed on injured reserve.

MacMillan said he hurt his hand on his last punch against Muskegon's Scott Gabriel.

"I guess I punched too hard," MacMillan said. "Right on that last uppercut I threw, I hit him funny. I didn't think it was broken until the next day when it blew up on me. The doctor said it will take three weeks to heal, but I want to play."

After the regular season finishes Saturday night, the International Hockey League roster deadline is Noon, Monday, with the waiver draft on Tuesday. To qualify for the playoff roster, a player must participate in at least six IHL games this season. The Komets could wait until the waiver draft to see who becomes available, but they could be picking last if they can clinch the regular-season title, and usually defensemen are a priority for every team.

Franke said he's already got a list of players who would be eligible, and said he's made a couple of calls. Former Komet Ryan Jorde was released by Flint this week, but the Komets already have the league limit of seven veterans. Rookie Vince Tarantino tried to skate in practice Monday, but his hip injury will not allow him to play in the playoffs.

The Komets say they released Boulay to allow him to go home to handle some personal issues.

"He had some personal issues that came up over the weekend, and he wasn't sure he was going to be able to make the commitment and we weren't able to wait and see if he could come back or not," Franke said. "We can't be in that situation when the final roster is due. We understood where he was coming from. We felt that parting company was the best thing for him to get back home and get things squared away."

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Hit Somebody!!!
Mon, 04/06/2009 - 8:55pm

Yikes....that is all I can say. The roster worries me.

Blake Sebring
Mon, 04/06/2009 - 8:58pm

C'mon, after all they've been through this year, this is probably a good omen. This is nothing. Things were too calm with everybody healthy. David and Al were relaxing too much and getting complacent. LOL.

Hit Somebody!!!
Mon, 04/06/2009 - 9:03pm

Still worried....

Could Legault come off IR early, is that not a possibility?

Ryan Potts?

Mike Field?

Dylan Row?

Mon, 04/06/2009 - 9:13pm

Pascal Morency?? Just kidding!!

Hit Somebody!!!
Mon, 04/06/2009 - 9:23pm

Blake, how does the IR work....could Legault come off early? Is that out of the question?

Blake Sebring
Mon, 04/06/2009 - 9:30pm

Not until April 29.

Absolute worse comes to worst, they could go with five defensemen or play O'Connor back there. They did it often enough this season. I think they'll find somebody in the waiver draft. They've been through so much worse this season, I sure wouldn't panic over this.

Mon, 04/06/2009 - 9:31pm

One word....Luciano

I know i know,not possible

Bring back Pottsy!!!!

Mon, 04/06/2009 - 9:32pm

I'm not worried.

Blake Sebring
Mon, 04/06/2009 - 9:36pm

Oh, sure, Burgee, like we'd trust your judgment now!

Good night everyone, I'm bushed.

Mon, 04/06/2009 - 9:41pm


Hit Somebody!!!
Mon, 04/06/2009 - 10:05pm

I think there are 3 decent options right now....

Dylan Row

Mike Field

Ryan Potts

Last time Potts played, he looked really good for us. He was a part of that 10 or 11 goal game at Muskegon where he camped in front of the net very nicely. I say bring him back, and move someone to D if need be. Hopefully we won't need to. We could sweep both playoff series, it could happen.

Hit Somebody!!!
Mon, 04/06/2009 - 10:22pm

Dylan Row is playoff elgible.....he played 6 games this season in the IHL. 3 for us...3 for K-Zoo.


Charlie Crawford
Tue, 04/07/2009 - 3:26am

Bets of luck to Boulay. I hope he gets everything taken care of. I think we will be ok, we have been through worst, and I am sure they will pick someone up.

Tom Needham
Tue, 04/07/2009 - 8:16am

Best to wait until the waiver draft, no need to make a decision until then.

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 11:08am

HS seems really worried. Why would we need to move someone to defense. we have 6 healthy dmen...relax take a deep breath...you will be ok...promise

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 3:29pm

i think potts is our best option if we can sign somebody.

Hit Somebody!!!
Tue, 04/07/2009 - 3:44pm

We have 10 forwards.....6 defensemen....2 goalies.

That leaves no room for error. If someone else gets hurt, we will skate a man short. MacMillan cannot play with a broken hand, what could he do? This is a worry.

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 4:03pm

Hit, buddy, seriously, back away from the ledge. It's bad, but it's not catastrophic. Catastrophic is Burgee turning traitor and drinking with Jim Hawthorne. You scum! (By that I mean Burgee, not Jim.) They've been through 100 times worse this season and have thrived. They'll figure something out. Honest. They LOVE adversity. Heck, Guy was getting rusty only playing 25 minutes a night anyway. And besides, I think Mac can still play, he just can't fight, and who fights in the playoffs anyway? Are you going to be brave enough to tell him he can't do it? Show a little faith. They've certainly earned it this season.

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 4:13pm

HS is certainly justified in being concerned, lest we forget that both Bertram and Pence suffered rib injuries during the playoffs last year. With the intenisity of the playoffs, injuries are probably more likely than usual, so there is always risk. Cutting it so close does put us at a potential disadvantage. But we can still cover some bases before then, so we'll see.

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 5:01pm

Hit I have some valium left over from some recent surgeries you can have. I hung with Hawthorne, anythings possible. Traitor.....I bleed orange and black AND I don't drink, just ask BAM24.

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 6:08pm

He doesn't drink milk.

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 7:00pm

Burgee where were you when you hooked up with Hawthorne? How did you know it was him? To me, he looks totally different in that picture.

Blake Sebring
Tue, 04/07/2009 - 7:41pm

Chuckie Cheese.

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 7:58pm


Tue, 04/07/2009 - 8:30pm

Called me for tripping in the ball pit, I knew it was hawthorne then because I elbowed the little kid, wasn't even close to being a trip! I didn't recognize him either, some friends introduced him to me. That smile in the picture is actually a very long drawn out laugh, I just had to get the picture because everyone that knows me and my feelings towards refs would not believe it! I'm still laughing, I think it ruined me. I'll never be able to boo him again cause I'll just bust out laughing.