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Tailing the Komets

Chaulk eager to be ``piece of puzzle''

Posted in: Komets


Mon, 01/03/2011 - 8:53am

Do we have to pay Kanye West royalties if we change the words to his song to "Colin Walks"? :-)

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 10:29am

Only if Kayne finds out about it

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 11:51am

And Kanye too! Haha In all seriousness though, it'll be good to see him on the ice again. Hope he can help.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 11:55am

I am glad that Colin Chaulk is back in town ready to contribute his skills for the K's.

The K's are 4-0-2 in their last six games. Still, I hope that the Franke's don't become complacent in their attempt to improve this team. While the last six games have shown vast improvement on their record, there are still "holes" on this team that need some attention.

Some would say that the K's need to get tougher. Ideas have been thrown around here for some time on how to accomplish that feat. I won't belabor that point as one opinion is just as good as another and there are some factors that enter in to this.

However I do believe the K's need a defenseman who can clear the slot and "stays at home" playing his position. The amount of goals given up recently has been discouraging and no one can count on the K's consistently outscoring the opposition. As fans we can't let the recent success in the win-loss column influence the need for continual improvement. My hope is that the Franke's aren't either.

The Komets also need a power forward. A guy like Syro comes to mind but I only use his name here as an example. The K's need a player who is not afraid to crash the net, to stand in front of the goaltender on the power play, and has the "soft hands" to create scoring chances and bury them.

The penalty kill unit needs to improve. The addition of Chaulk, plus Lardner, will help stabilize the penalty kill. A defenseman willing to clear the slot would be nice also. However I can't help feeling that this is a "system" problem and maybe Al Sims will have to either change his philosophy or get everyone to play a simple, yet aggressive, approach.

One thing we need to remember that as skilled as Chaulk is he takes a lot of "hooking" penalties as he likes to play with his hockey stick up. I think we need to realize that until he gets used to the refs in this league and the way they call games, he will find his way to the box. Obviously when he is in the box he can't play on the penalty kill unit. (Just some food for thought).

Injuries will put a damper on every team throughout the season. Getting Shrock and Thomas back will help immensely. I am hoping that Podshendyalov's injury is, as Al Sims, says "minor". Sometimes, I must admit, I'm not sure how severe an injury may be, or if the Franke's aren't using the IR as a means to keep from paring down the roster. It is part of the game, I know.

This team still may be two or three players away from being real solid. Here's hoping that the Franke's keep vigilant in their efforts to improve the roster and not use the recent success as a means to relax that goal.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 12:13pm

Nicely said Alan! I wish everyone was as clear headed at you are! Sometimes people have a hard time seeing the bigger picture.

Go Komets!

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 12:39pm

Shaf wants to play again and is practicing with the K's now! Another puzzle piece? Agree we need someone(s) willing to take the banging in front of the net and stronger, faster, more physical D men.

No-Touch Icing
Mon, 01/03/2011 - 1:22pm

What's the word on #88? Wouldn't mind seeing him in a Ks uniform...

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 1:34pm

Depends on what his ahl team does, right now there in lazy place do probably no playoffs for them, but then he can get called up so very slim chance.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 1:43pm

I'm wondering if Podshendyalov was on the ice this morning and what his status is.

JB, are you sure Shaf wants to play again or is his presence on the ice part of his "teaching the pass" responsibility that he agrred to do recently.

Janice, thanks for the kind words. Hoping everything is going well for you and your family.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 1:57pm

Alan....Good post today. Janice/Ellie your awesome. I have always enjoyed Shaf and have always believed his hands to be his greatest hockey skill. While I would love to see him play again. I have to admit I am concerned that he would not be able to keep up with the overall speed of the league. Alan, look on your swing out front. I left you something.

No-Touch Icing
Mon, 01/03/2011 - 1:59pm

He's with the Marlies and they're in third place in the north division of the western conference. I'm just curiuos to see if he comes back after their season is done. Probably a fat chance. I think he's too talented for this level.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 2:35pm

Alan, a D-Man that fits the description you gave was at practice today but did not skate as for as I can tell. I do not know his health or if he is looking to play hockey again, but if he is I hope he comes back to the K's very soon!

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 2:40pm

Hodgman leads the Marlies in points (8g-13a-21pts) There is no chance he is going to move down in leagues this season.

Blake Sebring
Mon, 01/03/2011 - 2:47pm

I believe he also has another year left on his contract. No way he'd risk that.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 2:52pm

Does the D-man have a name, Shaun?

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 3:57pm

I just learned that the former Komet that I saw today is injured and will not be available this season.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 4:05pm

Ah..That explains who it was...Too bad, he's a fun one to watch

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 4:08pm

Jack. Thanks for the gift! I wondered where it came from. Hope everything is OK as we have not seen you at the games recently.

Friendship is an important thing and you are a true friend to my family and myself. Thanks again.

Tue, 01/04/2011 - 2:13am

JungleMonkey, it was Brent Henley.