Its about time sims and franke give in
Thats great he will be playing sat night!!! Lets Go Komets!!!
Hopefully his being here will boost attendance on what is already going to be a special night. The higher the attendance the happier I am.
This is not an attempt to stir the pot. Just a question really:
Wait a minute...everyone said that this was an area that didn't matter. There wasn't a need to address physical toughness because there aren't guys like that in the CHL....right?
No one needed to worry about guys like Mike Sgori. Some people didn't even notice him on the ice.
Now we react to the Evansville game with Franke saying that it is obvious we need more toughness?
If I recall, lots of Idiots and Morans here had the same concerns prior ro the season starting.
What has changed?
Realized that we had plenty of middleweight toughness; but no one to take on the Heavy's....
I will miss the game=Howl at the moon party #13 :(
Which ones are the idiots and which ones are the morans? I know what catagory I'm in.
Hopefully people realize that just because we signed a big guy, you still arent going to see a lot of fights just because we have some toughness. Sims is still here and the team isnt offensively potent yet. Until we are up by 5 goals late in the game or we figure out how to execute a powerplay, I dont think youre going to see all the fighting that is being built up here. Granted, Henley can actually skate and play the game, unlike Mirasty, but Henley isnt going to fight just to fight.
RK, it is all about attendance and not the fighting though. OK, MAN??? That is what makes the big guys happy.
Did they have enough time to get Brent Henley T-Shirts made for Saturday???
That should be the real question here....lol
One cross look at Evansville from Henley and the -I use the term loosely- "officials" will be all to happy to get him off the ice.
The sad thing is, Im starting to think it has been forgotten how many butts long winning streaks can get in the seats.
I think the talent is there. I think the leadership is there. I think they will get rolling.
Are the systems good enough....that is the question IMO.
Will they need changed or tweaked?
There is no reason this team shouldn't dominate this year. Look at us on paper compared to other teams. We should do very well. Will they....let's all hope so.
Frank sadly you are correct. It makes you hope the K's penalty kill is solid this year and makes you wonder how he has managed to be a minus player in a Komets uniform since his average time per game actually spent on the ice isn't usually high.
I am not sure how many extra bodies a regular season winning streak brings here. A 6 game winning streak can be spread out over 3 weeks the way the schedule is here. The hardcore fans that pay attention probably are coming anyway. The casual fan probably doesn't know or care. I think what the Komets need are a couple of true rivalries. Indy and Kzoo could cause good crowds to show up no matter what the records were. I hope Evansville becomes a rival no matter what league the Komets are in next year and maybe they can get one going with Dayton too.
It certainly didn't bring in that many extra bodies when they had that long home winning streak four years ago. As they got close to a record, attendance picked up but then it would slack off again until the next record came up.
I would venture to say that a combination of entertaining team, entertaining league, and winning record is what puts them in the seats.
Price should be considered too.
Along with the economy and time of year. They never draw very well until Christmas no matter what the record is.
... and here come the snide jokes.
I am loving watching the Flyers/Jets game tonight. No brawl YET but 13 goals.
Good Point Blakes.
I sure hope this all has a happy ending guys. I'm excited on one side but very apprehensive on the other. Hopefully Henley is healed and is going to play be able to play without fatigue being an issue.
If you remember the Brent Henley that left FtW was not the same player that came the 1st time. Nobody afraid of him at the end. After the 1st ten seconds in a fight he was done. Totally exhausted from the diabetes. Fighters were trying to build a reputation by claiming wins over a sick King Kong.
I have been looking at some of the fight videos of him over last 2 years and it appears he is back in form. I hope so !
A few weeks ago Blake you stated that there is not much of a difference between the CHL and ECHL. I asked that if CHL teams are picking up left overs from ECHL cuts does the ECHL have better talent. Your response was along the lines of players that have NHL contracts that are sent down to the ECHL knock other non affiliated contracted players out.
Henley was released this week from the Utah Grizzles after playing one game. After he was released the Grizzles have not brought in another defensemen or be assigned one from there affiliate. Is this to say Henley was not good enough in the ECHL but we are excited to see him sign for a CHL team?
Again, I am not trying to start debates but watching carefully on the blog fellow members discuss next year we may head to the ECHL I am trying my best to grasp the difference between the two leagues and talent level and what we may see in the future.
henley himself said they were bringing in affiliated guys.
Thanks Chuckitt! I must have missed that in the articles that have been out in recent days. There loss, our gain I suppose.
KometsPA and I can rejoice tonight. 9-8 final Jets over the Flyers in a game that reminded me of something out of 1984.
"Doug Smail scores the game winner over an outstretched Darren Jensen"
No problem, Andrew
It could be that the team was doing well, which it was, and to be able to bring someone down later they needed his salary to clear the cap, too. It could be a veteran spot they needed. Brent told me that Calgary wanted to send some guys down. More often than not, if a guy made an ECHL team out of training camp, when they are released around this time of the year it's a numbers game. The ECHL is about three weeks in and their rosters usually are still no settled.
Look at it this way: Over the past 10 years or so the Komets have gotten guys like Dustin Virag, Jonathan Goodwin, Sean O'Connor and Bobby Phillips out of the ECHL at about the same time of the year.
It's been my experience that debating ECHL worth vs. CHL or IHL worth is pointless. 1. It really doesn't matter to 99 percent of the fans. 2. Guys go back and forth to the leagues all the time, and they don't seem to do any better or worse depending on the league. Look at Matt Krug and Dominic Osman in Toledo, as recent examples. 3. It isn't so much the skaters that determine the quality of a league, but the goaltenders. CHL might/could/maybe have a few more veteran goaltenders, I don't know for sure. They have the possibility of having more because of the veteran rules. 4. I'd prefer whatever league it is to have more veteran defensemen. To me, that helps establish style of play as much as anything.
It's kind of an endless discussion that neither side can convince the other so it goes round and round. I think it will be interesting to see what the Komets' style of play is going to be this season, because it was obvious last year their style was not that of a CHL team. Whenever they did play at CHL team, those were their best/most interesting games by far.
I'm starting to think that Snuffles is telling us that Henley is going to be penalized. The horse is dead! Ease up.
Blake from what I have seen there is very little difference between the two leagues. Different teams play different styles but you could combine both leagues in to one which may happen next year and you won't notice any difference overall. The top players from each team can interchange without any dropoff and the goaltending is about equal as well.
Snuff, do you catch any ECHL games in Toledo or K-Zoo?
OHIC Update: Revised prediction, Komets win saturday 3-2 after being tied in regulation.