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Tailing the Komets

Just talked to David Franke

On a few things:

The Komets definitely want Colin Chaulk back and he said they told him that three weeks ago. They are negotiating some contract points.

``We're looking to make a couple of adjustments, but it's something we've talked to him about and he's fully aware of,'' Franke said. "There's nothing to comment on that.''

What about the rumors of cutting his contract?

``If Colin comes back, he'll receive a very, very fair wage indicative of his performance and his ability. He knows that and knows we want him back. I think he wants to come back, but we'll just see. If he doesn't play here, he'll play in Europe unless he wants to be traded, which I doubt that will happen as he's pretty well entrenched in this city.''

This is what Colin had to say:

``They have offered me a contract, but it was not the contract that was originally signed. I'm looking everywhere I guess, and I'm not really sure what I'm going to do. I'm not saying I'm not going to be in Fort Wayne, but I don't know.

``It's not like I don't have lots of time to think and make a decision. We'll wait to see what these league meetings say. That will play a part in my decision, too.''

Chaulk will have shoulder surgery June 22 for a frayed labrum. Franke said he fully expects Chaulk to be ready by training camp.

``It' s just two-to-four weeks,'' Chaulk said. As for his injured Achilles: "It's good. I'm walking around, but I still can't run yet. I see the doctor on June 12, and if I'm not cleared then, I should be in a week or two after that.''

Franke also said, contrary to rumors, no one from the Komets has talked to goaltender Tom Lawson, but they plan to call and find out what his situation is.

The Komets will be very active in Tuesday's dispersal draft for Motor City, Roanoke and Missouri. The reason more details haven't come out is that the UHL is trying everything to keep Adirondack alive.

Franke said he wants a team that can better take advantage of the new rules with speed next year and expects only four or five players back from last year's team.

``We're really waiting for the summer meetings to see what the landscape is going to be this year,'' he said. ``We're going to take this slow and not jump at anything. There are going to be a lot of players available and we want to make sure we're getting the right ones.''

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Sun, 06/04/2006 - 6:02pm

Tony, while you might have something there....how would one determine which game(s) that a team was over the salary cap? The payroll would have to be reviewed at least weekly, since having a game forfeited could cost a team a division title or a playoff berth. But, since it is something that might actually make sense, it will never get off the ground.

Sun, 06/04/2006 - 6:15pm

Tony --

I believe you aren't making freidns with anybody. Especially the English language.

You employed the rare TRIPLE negative in your post. It's rarely heard outside Arkansas.

Tony E
Sun, 06/04/2006 - 6:55pm

Skate, I have a question, what in the HE-HAW is freidns??? LOL-I had to ask.
So I was in a hillbilly mood tonight. Aint nothin wrong with that nohow ;-)
Groan. Bad headache.
Nite all.

Tony E
Sun, 06/04/2006 - 6:57pm

Bob to answer your question, a lineup/roster complete with scratches is turned in before games. The teams turn in the salaries to the league. If the salaries on that list go over the cap, the game is forfeited.

Tony E
Sun, 06/04/2006 - 7:00pm

one more question. The word forfeit.Why does it break the I before E rule? lol

Mon, 06/05/2006 - 5:39am

This is a great debate we've got going about Chaulk and the Frankes.

I have to have faith the the Frankes want to put a winning franchise on the ice but not at the expense of the franchise it's self. If that means lettign go of some players because they don't fit into the pay scheme anymore then so be it.

I would also hope that everyone is treated as fairly as possible and given a chance if not a choice to make a decision to accept an offer or make a counter offer.

As chuckitt said though, we don't have to agree with how the Frankes conduct there business, we are even allowed to discuss our displeasure on such things as these forums. Bottom line is the fans don't own the team, the Frankes do and they have the right to make any decisions that they choose. Are some favorites not going to come back, sure, but I can't let that stop me from supporting the rest of the team.

Mon, 06/05/2006 - 12:49pm

The JungleMonkey has no friends.

Mon, 06/05/2006 - 1:10pm

How does the NHL and NFL administer their caps?

Mon, 06/05/2006 - 2:44pm

skate, the sophisticated fans i was refering to were you and me and most of the season ticket holders whove been around long enough to know a decent hip check from a trip! im in favor of a hard cap and no limit to vets. up the rookie minimum to five and raise the cap dollars so we can have decent vets who can make a little bit of change and still have the fire!!

Tue, 06/06/2006 - 2:41am

So Skate, if someones opinion differs from yours that means they are not sophisticated fans????? Please explain...

Jungle Monkey
Tue, 06/06/2006 - 4:35am

Sophisticated.... Most of us can't even spell it. Skate is just far and above us. Our comprehension of the game is not even on the same level as his.