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Tailing the Komets

Have a great weekend

I know I will. Looks like the weather is going to be awesome!

Coming tomorrow I've got some in-depth features on John Marks and Pat Bingham dealing with what kind of coaches Komets' fans can expect depending on who gets the job. I'm more convinced than ever that the Komets can't go wrong with. Everybody: fans, management, players, seem to love both of these guys.

Of course in December that won't stop some of you on the blog from complaining about how we didn't get the other one. LOL. I'm going to be out of pocket, so you'll actually have to buy the paper or look around on the site to find them.

Have a good one.

Posted in: Komets


Hit Somebody!!!
Fri, 06/30/2006 - 1:40pm

Sounds like the next big story is the fate of one Colin Chaulk. He is shopping around for a new team. Has told several people his choice would be K-Zoo. I am at a loss as to why this organization would not bring at least this guy back. He has done nothing but play his tail off for this team the time he has been here. Sack-up Frankes...give the fans at least one guy that we all love.

Fri, 06/30/2006 - 2:08pm

So Drouin is gone. He never seemed to be the force on the ice I thought he should have been with his obvious talent.

Anyway, you DO have to be a little suspect about a hockey player whose nickname is "Peace."

We seem to have too many of those type guys here.

Fri, 06/30/2006 - 5:41pm

I'm with you HS...Chaulker is by far my favorite Komet..Why the Franke's don't bring this guy back is beyond me. I'm beginning to think, Huks will be the only one returning...

Only time will tell..and I don't think Chaulker can play for anyone but the Komets in the UHL, unless the Komets trade his rights.

Fri, 06/30/2006 - 8:00pm

Rob Guinn sign for New Mexico Scorpions in the CHL.

Fri, 06/30/2006 - 8:18pm

I'll drive Rob to the airport. Anyone wanna chip in on gas?

Fri, 06/30/2006 - 8:19pm

I note that both Guinn and Drouin commented on the stability of the UHL. If nothing else, the league is WAY better off as it is now than last year.

It sounds like a bit of sour grapes maybe coming from a couple of guys asked not to return to the unstable league by their old team.

Fri, 06/30/2006 - 8:36pm

good luck in New Mexico Guinner...

Hit Somebody!!!
Fri, 06/30/2006 - 10:49pm

Is it possible to ice the puck in the desert? Guinn may be out of luck if it isn't.

Hit Somebody!!!
Fri, 06/30/2006 - 10:50pm

JM...I will buy his plane ticket.

Fri, 06/30/2006 - 10:52pm

Gheesh. A couple of years from now, the orange tinted glasses will be yelling

History will show his numbers are right up there with any defenceman the Komets have had in the UHL.

Hit Somebody!!!
Fri, 06/30/2006 - 10:56pm

Nice try...not me. I say take him...take the rest of them too. Let us keep Chaulk and Kelly Miller. After that...lets get some new fresh hockey talent that will lace 'em up and come out playing their tails off. Give me a team full of grinders out there and I will root them on until I am orange in the face. It is time we have excitement back in the Jungle.

Fri, 06/30/2006 - 11:02pm

Don't get me wrong, I am not sad that he is going. I just think all things considered, as a UHL defenceman, he wasn't nearly as bad as people made him out to be. He was certainly in the top 10 of D men they have had since joining the UHL.
As for Chaulk, I will keep my opinion to myself rather than start a riot on here. Hard for me to be publicly critical because he is a fellow Leafs fan ;-)

Hit Somebody!!!
Fri, 06/30/2006 - 11:10pm

If you look at just stats on him...ok. If you attend 40 or so games during the season and watch him play night in and night out...you would grow tired of the stupid plays he makes by giving up the puck in his own zone and in front of the net. The constant panicking and icing the puck. The non-physical play that allows guys to go straight to the front of the net wide open. The inability to pass the puck or skate it out of the zone. It was him, and usually 4 or 5 other d-men too. But he was supposed to be the veteran stud d-man that doesn't make those same mistakes over and over again. That is why I would love a guy like Kevin Schmidt, he was not flashy, but he would do the little things that make a huge difference and he was never afraid to play physical. Rant over. Sorry.

Get Used to this New Mexico....Icing...Scorpions!!!!

Sat, 07/01/2006 - 4:09am

bye roberta! you were steady and you played every night, but as for being a vet, you played like a rookie, like a deer caught in the headlights. you never protected your goalie and you always let your man skate in and take a shot without being touched. not the way i was taught to play defense. nice guy, ok lower level player, but not my cup of soup. good luck in a worse league, hope you do well! now use that vet spot ks and get chaulk and dupuis signed!

Sat, 07/01/2006 - 7:09am

I can't argue with the flaws you mentioned. The thing is, many Defencemen in the league have the same problems. That is why guys like Schmidt and Dupuis stand out so much.
Chuckitt, just as an FYI, the CHL is not a worse league. It could be said that there is more talent in that league. Several of those teams are second tier NHL affiliates.

Sat, 07/01/2006 - 7:36am

And they don't have half of the teams disappear at the end of the season. I think overall the CHL is a much more organized league. The talent as I have seen it is equal. You can't base your opinion on Dan Price. Ha! Dan Price, what a loser!

Sat, 07/01/2006 - 7:54am

I saw a couple CHL games in Indy when they were still in that league and I wont say they are any better or any worse than the UHL. I would say that when you get to that level it probably swings back and forth from one year to the next.

Sat, 07/01/2006 - 8:30am

Guys, it's minor league hockey, teams start and fold all the time. It's been that way for 70 years and it will be that way for the next 70, too. Look at the attendance figures. Do you really think there are more than 10 teams in the minors who are actually making any money? No way. That's what minor league sports is all about and always will be.

Good luck to Guinner. I'll miss him a lot even if you guys won't. He's a class act on and off the ice who going to be a tremendous nurse and father someday. No matter what all of you say, that man is very, very tough and I mean that because of playing through those shoulder problems. He has to be tough to suit up every night, oh, yeah, and he plays EVERY night no matter what, too. I'd take him on my team any day of the week.

Sat, 07/01/2006 - 8:32am

The problem with guys like Price is they come into town with internet based hype ( I say this because our two columnists do not hype players, which is a good thing)
Price had over 20 goals/50 points with the Komets and if memory serves me correctly was injured some of the games. Had it been anyone else folks would have been happy with those numbers. If I remember right that team had 6 or 7 guys right around 25 goals. DAB had a bit more. If was a balanced scoring team. Price was slower than I expected based on what I "heard" but really where do these rumours start? I have never heard the Frankes get a player and say "this guy is a sure thing for 40 goals".
The bottom line to me, you can't penalize the player for hype he did not create.

Now, today is Canada Day and that is where I am heading.

Sat, 07/01/2006 - 8:34am


Sat, 07/01/2006 - 12:53pm

I am quite sure Guinn will be a great nurse and father someday. I, however, am more insterested in him being a tough defenseman. When I get to the point I am paying $1,000+ a year to seem him distribute pills, I'll be satisfied.

The moments he really turned me off was a couple of seasons ago when Bruce Watson ran St. Pierre. Guinn BACKED OUT OF THE WAY so Watson could skate to his bench. You think Watson didn't know he OWNED Guinn?

Later that season, Duhart stuck his stick under St. Pierre's mask. Everyone else was up the ice and Guinn backed off Duhart.

Come one, man. Even if you KNOW he's gonna whup your fanny, you GO!

Komet Fan
Sat, 07/01/2006 - 1:02pm

I am sad Guinn is leaving... It is amazing how some Komet fans give a guy like Drouin, who plays half-hearted hockey and has more talent in his little finger than Guinn, a free pass, yet bash Guinn, who plays hurt, never takes a night off, and is a GAMER in every sense of the word.

Sat, 07/01/2006 - 2:54pm

Come on everyone, we all knew the team was going to change over completely. It will be fun to see what kind of team is built. I would love to see Miller back (it appears that he finally grew up!), but beyond that let's just see what happens. I think the coach will have imput into the team.. either will be great. The most important fact if PUL)(*&)(*^ is GONE!

Sat, 07/01/2006 - 3:42pm

I love the guys who give it thier all, play hurt, and make the team better by thier effort......but guinn was terrible. I never saw a guy who made the worst decisions on the ice and would make like 1 good open ice hit every 20 games get so much respect cause he played every game. Dupuis covered his backside sooo many times last year it wasnt even funny. I have no doubt that he is a wonderful individual; but as a hockey player he wasnt one of my favorites....and by the way this is just MY humble opinion...

rob guinn
Sat, 07/01/2006 - 5:35pm

Hello everybody,

First I would like to thank both Justin and Blake for there kind words and support over the past two seasons....I have really enjoyed my time in the Fort. I would also like to thank all the fans who supported me and my efforts on the ice.....for the fans that didn't (hit somebody, chuckitt, JR and the rest) well I guess I'll take the high road here and thank you for your amusing comments on these boards. We as players get a big kick out of you guys and the things you say. You guys pay to watch the game and that is the beauty of sport you get to be a fan and have your favs and your goats. You guys have given me great insight about my game and I will be sure to work on my icings and fight everybody in the central league....(ps. I have forgotten about more fights than all of you put together...so please don't ever question my toughness) and HIT I will take you up on your offer of paying my way to New Mexico...thanks a bunch bud my wife and I appreciate it.

Thanks again to everybody....supportive or not...the Fort Wayne Komets truly have the best fans in minor pro hockey.


Sat, 07/01/2006 - 6:43pm

Rob....My wife and I wish you well with your new club. We enjoyed having you here in Fort Wayne the past few years. I think that you displayed a lot of class under some difficult situations. In my book, you will always be welcome here in the Fort. Good Luck

Sat, 07/01/2006 - 6:56pm

Good Luck in New Mexico Guinner...

Sat, 07/01/2006 - 7:19pm

Mr. Guinn just because you have had a few fights in organized sports ndoesnt mean that you have forgotten more about fights than those on this blog... so it would be a big mistake to question the toughness of those on this blog ESPECIALLY those of us who have fought for our country...... I will leave it at that.

rob guinn
Sat, 07/01/2006 - 7:30pm


You know it is funny....I respect everyone who serves in the forces and would not think of ever comparing that to a game, but you just (in your own way) asked me to respect what you do but you have shown none for what I have done in two seasons in the Fort....For everybody who served or is currently serving stay safe and God speed.

Sat, 07/01/2006 - 7:44pm

You know what Rob I believe you have picked one of the most noble and thankless professions to go into in the world today. So I for one will say thank you. I have many friends in the nursing field and I know a lil about what ur gonna get into. I have all the respect in the world for u in that arena. Good luck in New Mexico...

I never asked for your respect for what I did. I did it for other reasons. I never said that I knew more about hockey fighting than you because you know what I only fought once in my illustrious pond hockey career. lol. Heck I think Gretzky fought twice in the NHL so that makes me lady bing.....