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Tailing the Komets

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Knowing what we know now, and how this season is going, do you think it's a good idea for the Komets to continue try to work out two-way contracts with players in the future the wa

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Sat, 01/10/2009 - 11:24pm

I think they should, not only does it attract players to this league, its good for the league as a whole.

Sun, 01/11/2009 - 12:18am

I feel the same as I did, which is to say that I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, it is good for the players, and I'm glad that the Komets have been able to help guys like Curadeau get noticed. On the other hand, having people called up for prolonged stays in the AHL can wreak havoc on a roster. We shouldn't have more than 2 or 3 people at most on two-way contracts in any given season unless the Komets decide to completely sell out (God forbid). It's just too unpredicatable otherwise.

Sun, 01/11/2009 - 11:42am

One aspect of the old IHL that I liked was the affiliations with NHL teams and watching players make it to the big show and following their careers. I couldn't begin to count how many players I've seen move up from that league.

My wife and I still talk about our first date, a Komet game with Eddie Belfour getting shelled by the Komets, before he made it to the NHL. These kind of things aren't going to happen with this league, at least not as fast and for as many players.

Wendy also has a good point about how call ups can hurt a team and with a total affiliation like they have in the AHL the emphasis is on development, not necessarily winning games. Coaches sometimes have to sit a better player to give ice time to a player the parent club wants to get more ice time.

All and all though I'm for having two ways, it should attract better players and it's a personal thing, I like to see players move up.

Sun, 01/11/2009 - 11:58am

Some 2way contracts on the team are good. It brings better talent to the team at the beginning of the season. The one game that Curadeau played after his first call up - he was skating circles around everyone and using his body to get space for getting his shot off in traffic. He impressed me that game. Silver lining to mid season call ups are the guys get the benefit of some good coaching tips while they are there. Then come down with better skills.