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Tailing the Komets

Here's what Colin said

Updated 4:02 p.m. with David Franke's reaction below.

The Komets gave him permission to look around after meeting with him in May and saying the second year of his contract would be invalid. A European agent put his name out and HC Alleghe called and began negotiations. Chaulk said the team greatly reminds him of the Komets in that it's a small town that is used to winning.

``It was really a slow process, a lot like when I signed here in Fort Wayne. When David called me, I was at a time in my life where I was looking for stability and a place to call home. I knew if I came to Fort Wayne that call-ups would not be something they would be excited about. That didn't bother me because they paid me very well and treated me very well. I know that I've never been treated anywhere better than I was in Fort Wayne.''

He said the money is essentially the same as what the Komets offered, but he was looking for more stability. He's also concerned about selling his house and leaving had nothing to do with the coaching situation. He did want a no-trade clause, but the UHL has eliminated those at its recent meetings.

``I had a two-year contract, and the Komets broke the contract,'' he said. ``It's been a very stressful two months on my marriage, my family and me personally.

"There is 99 percent of me that believes the Komets would never trade me, but Gretzky got traded. I came to Fort Wayne for stability and for four years they gave me that, but now I feel there is some doubt.

``We've had very calm negotiations with the Komets, and I don't have any ill feelings. It's been a great relationship.''

Chaulk said he hopes to continue running hockey schools in Fort Wayne during the summers, and said he has a list a mile long of people to call and thank.

His favorite memories in Fort Wayne are winning the Colonial Cup in 2003, Game 7 against Rockford in 2005 and the birth of his daughter Ava here. ``There must have been 50 fans who gave us something for the birth of our daughter. It was unbelievable.''

``I can't thank the Komets, the Franke family, the Fort Wayne community, Fort Wayne junior hockey and the fans enough for the courtesy they have give me and my family. I'm extremely appreciative.''


``I think we tried to do our best. Colin can make more money in Europe than he can in AA hockey here in the United States. Colin is going to be 30, and he's never tried Europe before and this is something he's thought about doing for a couple of years and now is the time to jump.''

``We wish him nothing but the best. It's going to be weird not having  him on the team, but this is what goes on in business.

``It opens up a lot of money for us on the cap. If he came back he would have eaten up a lot of our weekly cap amount. This will give us some flexibility to maybe go after some different players. We would have liked to have had Colin here, but now we'll have his money to spend on a couple of players.'''

Posted in: Komets


Fri, 07/07/2006 - 3:25pm

I wasn't just looking at goal scoring. Trust me as an ex goalie I put a strong value on defence too. I think like all fans we tend to overvalue our own players. For several years fans in Toronto would not have taken Wayne Gretzky and Mario in a trade for Doug Gilmour (ok I admit I was one of them LOL )

Fri, 07/07/2006 - 3:27pm

Awhile back on intotheboards they had an article from the Kalamazoo Gazette asking their players who they thought was the best player in the league and many of them said Colin Chaulk. Sure Bouchard and Belanger put up points and are great scorers. But Chaulk is the complete package, not a one dimensional player. I hate when people say anyone is replaceable, that is complete crap. Players like Colin Chaulk do not come around very often. Just ask either Bobby or Danny Stewart or Sean Venedamn what kind of player and person Chaulk is and how respected he is among his peers.

Fri, 07/07/2006 - 3:39pm

Tony, you said that you dont just look at offensive numbers and yet you named two guys who are at the top of the list of one deminsional players... I would actually like to hear the 4 to 5 other guys you think are better all around players. I am sure that if you could persuade Chaulk to stop playing defense and become more one dimensional that he could score100 to 125 pts in a year...as long as he didnt have to play with Frawley and Rumble...lol

Fri, 07/07/2006 - 3:42pm

Also Guys like Bouchard, Belanger, Nelson, etc... have always been surrounded by quality offensive talent and been able to stay on lines for the entire year together. Puhalski's musical chairs theory for line combos was very scorer freindly...

Fri, 07/07/2006 - 3:58pm

I like Belanger, I think he is a good two way forward. If all I looked at was scoring I would be a member of the DAB cheering squad lol. Hugo also had a better +/- than Chaulk this year.
I would put Mike Oliveira, Olivier Proulx ,
Bootland, Deitsch, for defence a guy like Labenski, etc. I am not saying any of these guys are BETTER than Chaulk but Chaulk is not clear cut ahead of the rest of the better players in the league either.

Hit Somebody!!!
Fri, 07/07/2006 - 4:07pm

Ok guys....this has been one fun "Pissing Match"....do I need to tell you all the story about my college roommate again? He would kill all of you in that game...LOL

Can we all agree that Enema Man is the #2 mascot in the league? Bar None.......

Fri, 07/07/2006 - 4:11pm

yeah, we call agree enema man brings up the rear behind Icy ;-)

Fri, 07/07/2006 - 4:11pm

We must be thinking of different Belanger's...lol

I would not put Olivia Proulx, or Bootland in that group; but I did really like Dietsch and Oliviera. Would like to see Deitsch do what he did for a few years before officially moving him into that "group"....

I still would put Chaulk a good way above any of those guys.

I havent seen that much of him the last couple of years ; but I always thought Sylvain Coultier was in that all around gruop...

Fri, 07/07/2006 - 4:15pm

I dont know Hit....#2 is a crappy position to be in...

Fri, 07/07/2006 - 5:12pm

Sylvain Coultier...wow I remember when the Blackhawks thought he was going to be a stud....shows why they are where they are. Agreed he is very good player at this level.
This is a tough discussion because since these games are not on TV you only get to see the opponent a few times a year and almost always against the Komets. So you don't get a real good perspective on how good they are against different teams/styles. We see Chaulk 40 times a year. So to us he looks great almost every night he players. It also works in opposite which is why Rob Guinn got plastered for his "faults". They look alot worse to people who see him night after night. So maybe I am on my own planet. I liked Guinns game alot more than most and I don't hold Chaulks game as high as most. I don't think he has to take a back seat to anyone in the UHL. I just don't believe he is head and shoulders above the rest of the leagues better players. I think that says something about the "star power" that has come into the UHL in recent years. There really are some very good players in this league.

Sat, 07/08/2006 - 5:50am

Just to clarify my position: I DO think that Claulk was (certainly) in the top 3 players in the league -- ranking depending on how heavily you rank defense.

If you rank "D" highest, he's probably the beat. I'm not saying he shouldn't have been signed. I said BOTH sides were ready to try something different.

It's a moot (not a MUTE point -- God, I hate when people say that) now, because he has signed elsewhere. I wouldn't be surprised to see him back here in a season or two.

Sat, 07/08/2006 - 6:22am

Possible though what will he have left in another 2 years? I think it will depend on how he heals from his injury.

My biggest word pet peeve is loose when it should be lose. I have never seen that until I got online years ago. It seems more people do it the wrong way than right.

Hit Somebody!!!
Sat, 07/08/2006 - 7:29am

I hate it when they call him Blakes...and not Super Fan....LOL

Sat, 07/08/2006 - 7:41am

I know what you mean MAN!

Sat, 07/08/2006 - 1:33pm

Someone on ITC said the Komets have hired Pat Bingham as the coach...this guy says he has an inside source..but if I was that inside source i would surely be ticked off...

Sat, 07/08/2006 - 1:40pm

What does ITC stand for again ????cannot for the life of me remember...

Hit Somebody!!!
Sat, 07/08/2006 - 2:21pm

They stand for nothing really......uh....I mean: In the Crease....LOL

I hope it is Marks.

Sat, 07/08/2006 - 2:56pm

So close in style, I dont think we can lose either way.....

Sat, 07/08/2006 - 2:58pm

I was just wondering how long it would take for somebody to throw something up. Anybody can throw something up, but what does it really matter? There's no proof, and really what we're all waiting for is something official. I could just as easily throw something up saying it's John Marks and it would be just as credible right now.

I personally heard the other day the Komets were going to name Hit Somebody the new coach. They like his aggressiveness and orneriness. He could be THE MAN!

Sat, 07/08/2006 - 3:01pm

Blake, this guy has thrown stuff on the boards before and it was indeed true...I just don't see how he has the right to do this..its very selfish on his part..if you ask me...

Sat, 07/08/2006 - 3:11pm

Hit the new coach....awesome...it will be like Slapshot on ice....now starting at forward the new Komet captain please welcome Ogie Ogilthorpe......lol

Sat, 07/08/2006 - 3:14pm

Komet Warrior could be the equipment manager as long as the guys like Taco Bell as the pre game meal.....pass the hot sauce MAN!!!!!

Hit Somebody!!!
Sat, 07/08/2006 - 6:22pm

Could you all refer to me as "Chief"....?