You can read the story here.
I guess the only big assumption here is that Syro would've had the same success in the CHL as he had in the IHL. I know the argument will be that the talent level is the same, but look at all the other players who performed well in the past who didn't produce this year for the Komets? Which of our players matched their previous stats with their play this year? Assuming that players who were good in the past would also be good this year is what got us so far behind coming out of training camp to begin with.
Another assumption is that Syro would be allowed to park in front of the net and get the garbage goals. From the stands this season it sure looked like no one was permitted to play that position consistently.
Don't get me wrong, I would have loved to see Syro back this year, but I don't totally agree he was the major missing link or that you can say he had 40 goals last year and his 40 goals this year would've helped the Ks get over the top. Maybe I'm just reading into the article wrongly.
That pretty much covered all the issues. If would of beens and should have beens would have happened we will still be playing hockey. Come on October so the 2011-2012 season can begin. I am ready!
Couldn't have said it better myself, Blake. Only I would have added another tough D-man who was here all year along with Cescon. Krug was here only a short time but liked what I saw.
History records that the last time the Komets missed the playoffs was their 50th anniversary season. That year if memory serves me correctly they had a better record than at least one of the teams who made it in the other division. I think that peeved ownership off, put a chip on their shoulder and they spent the next ten years winning 4 championships.
Next year is the 60th anniversary and you again have a peeved off owner. I think the free rides are over for some of the vets and I think that they will recommit to scouting and recruiting and you will see a very different feel to the team next year.
Jimmy Bonneau,Justin Hodgman,Pascal Morency :)
Mightbite, you really think Hodgman would go back to AA after being in AAA all year? I would love to see it too. But there are a lot of things I would like to see with this team.
He wasn't in AAA all year KK.....He played a couple games in Reading in the ECHL. Also, he has personal reasons to be in Fort Wayne, aka significant other and child here. Not speaking for Justin, but I am guessing there happyness would be weighed into a decision about where to play hockey. I have no doubt that some day he will be back in a Komet jersey....whether that or a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey comes first who can say?
Hodgemans from Toronto. He's not coming back.
Good article; but I think the coaching systems have to be thrown in there as a problem area for the K's this season...
Using the same systems in the CHL that were used in the clutch and grab IHL2 just flat out didnt work. Using the trap against quicker teams, just flat out didnt work... Using the "home run" pass from behind your net against aggresive checking teams, flat out didnt work... And stubbornly using some even in the playoffs was a head scratcher....
I'm sure the K's notebooks were filled this season with what/who worked and what/who didnt.... David Franke could end up with cauliflower ear after this offseason.... I am looking forward to this offseason.
The only thing about the above article that I don't agree with is the premise that the k's had seven players with a potential of scoring 30 goals. I also don't see how Syro would've scored 40 goals.
The reason for my doubt is not a condemnation of skill. The reason is that the schedule was reduced by 10 games this season by the move from the IHL to the CHL.
I went into this season with the belief that the K's had seven players capable of twenty goals each. (Curadeau, Druin, Shrock, Thomas, Naurato, Patrosso, and O'Connor).
My pre-season thought was, and still is, if you give me eight forwards who score twenty goals each, I will win. I will win because it becomes impossible for the opposing team to defend three lines with balanced scoring. By the way, the player I thought that would be the eighth forward was Matt Ward.
By the way, to think that Hodgman would be here next season is a fairy tail. He played some games in Reading this year on an injury rehab. He has a bright future as a solid AHL player and I, for one, would be shocked if he gave that up because of any relationships here.
( If you want to speculate on a player, I would suggest you think about Luciano Aquino.)
I'd rather speculate on getting Robinson, but that's just me. Aquino was always one of my favorites, but I think he also had a great season overseas if I remember correctly.
Aquino did have a great season....almost identical to the single season we had him here. Ditto on the "he won't be back here" sentiment for him, is my guess, only because he seems to have found his niche over there.