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Tailing the Komets

Komets sign Milam, Smith

The Komets announced Wednesday that they have added two players from the 2011 CHL Champion Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs to the preseason roster.  Defenseman Jamie Milam and forward Brett Smith have agreed to terms and will be in the Komet camp when it opens October 10 in preparation of Fort Wayne's 60th anniversary season.

Milam, 27, will be making his second appearance with the Komets.  The defenseman made his pro debut skating eight games at the end of the 2005-06 season (5g, 9pts) in Fort Wayne before appearing in all five 2006 playoff games (1g, 3pts).  Milam had career highs of 22 goals (2006-07) and 41 assists and 54 points (2007-08) during a stint with Gwinnett of the ECHL.  Milam will be entering his sixth year as a pro after appearing with Bossier-Shreveport the last two seasons.  The Lake Orion, Michigan native collected the CHL Championship last season with the Mudbugs scoring 17 goals and 48 points in the regular season and adding four goals and 12 points en-route to winning the President's Cup in the post season.

Smith, 29, will be starting his eighth pro season when the puck drops on the 2011-12 campaign.  Smith posted 20 goals and 55 points during 2010-11 and registered two goals and 17 points while captaining Bossier-Shreveport to a CHL Championship last year in 21 post-season games.  The center completed six seasons with the Mudbugs last year.  Smith skated in the ECHL during 2006-07 splitting the season with Phoenix and Reading.  The Guelph, Ontario native posted career highs of 30 goals and 63 points in 64 games with Bossier-Shreveport in 2005-06 and advanced to the 2006 finals scoring eight goals and 15 points in 15 playoff games.  (CHL totals over six seasons, all with Bossier-Shreveport:  334gp, 111g, 195a, 306pts, 305pim) 

With the addition of Milam and Smith the Komets' preseason roster reaches nine players.

Posted in: Komets


Hit Somebody!!!
Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:16pm


Here it is:

Chaulk, &&&&, &&&&
Smith, &&&&, PC
Auger, Schrock, McIIrath

Frankie, Cescon
Milam, &&&&
&&&&, &&&&

Boucher, &&&&

Wonder who the goal assassins will be?

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:47pm

Nice signings.... Always good to add championship caliber players to your roster...

Hit, I cant wait to see your lines when the K's announce the 35 guys coming to camp... I can see the conversation now..."I like the potential of Hit's 8th forward line, those guys look scrappy"....

LOL :)

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 1:05pm

I will be very happy to see Jamie Milam back in a Komets jersey. As noted before, Puhalski had him playing as a forward. This guy can play the game and is a scoring threat. He is also a defenseman who, when needed, can REALLY step out of that role and play up front.

Sounds as though Smith is a good acquisition as well. Sounds a lot like Colin Chaulk as he plays both ends of the ice with a solid work ethic.

Three centers signed so far.

I am wondering if the K's have a couple of snipers to announce in the future. Remember, they still need to make up for Lardner's production.

Blake, any word on Mangos?

Auger, Smith, and Milam are nice, solid additions. Good for the Franke's. Congratulations.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 1:38pm

what about kevin ulanski? just curious

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 1:40pm

I think the N/S "uncovering" this story yesterday must have forced the hand of the Frankes. A day later contracts have been signed and approved by the league. :-) Maybe Blake should find some breaking news on some AHL stars coming to the Fort.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 2:14pm

Maybe this means the return of Hartford and Quebec to the NHL!!!



Wed, 07/13/2011 - 2:32pm

The new Bloomington team announced the hire/return of Jason Christie as head coach...

Also announced thier new name: Bloomington Blaze

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 3:12pm

Interesting, there's also a Bloomington Blaze in Bloomington IN, a youth basketball team. Logo, colors, etc. to be announced at a later date. Christie and others to be on a radio show in about an hour as I post this. I wish them luck and success.

Hit Somebody!!!
Wed, 07/13/2011 - 5:53pm

Bloomington Blazing Saddles would have been better.

Blake breaking the news on this one is Kool. (Mudbug Players)

Can't wait to have some news broken that King Kong Henley is back in the fold.

Blake Sebring
Wed, 07/13/2011 - 5:54pm

i've been told that Brent's knees are pretty messed up.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 6:37pm

I said Milam would be a Komet :)

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 6:41pm

They still need a power forward with toughness/grit. Not much size upfront and they need another Dman in the same mold as Cescon

Mr Snufflupugus
Wed, 07/13/2011 - 6:56pm

I am actually sorry they changed names. I thought they had one of the better looking minor league logos.

Thu, 07/14/2011 - 2:45am

Nice logo,but ugly jersey colors

off the post
Thu, 07/14/2011 - 5:27am

Snuff are you serious? Prairie thunder? Yeah.. That's real marketable! Put that right up there with the port huron beacons, peoria prancers and lansing lancers lol

Mr Snufflupugus
Thu, 07/14/2011 - 8:18am

Post.... I said I liked the logo. With the name gone the logo will go too. Any name can be marketable although I am not a big fan of two word names. I am surprised you left of the Flags when you mentioned Port Huron.

But if the Hartford Whalers could market with that name and logo then anyone can....Bring on the brass bonanza.

Mr Snufflupugus
Thu, 07/14/2011 - 8:19am

To finish my thought. Any name can be marketable if the team is competitive. "Tincaps" is not the most inspiring name but give it the awesome logo and for the most part a competitive team and you have a boat load of souvenir sales.

Thu, 07/14/2011 - 9:24am

Hi Snuff, how are you doing?

Everyone has the right to like or dislike a logo, name, etc. Just because "off the post" had an issue with it doesn't make him correct or you incorrect. For instance, you mentioned the Hartford Whalers logo. I, for one, happened to think that the Hartford Whalers logo was one of the cleverest of all.

Having a shape of a whales tail on top, the W for whalers underneath it allowed for the letter "H", for Hartford, to appear inside. I always thought it was well thought out, and like I said, clever.

Another jersey I liked was the old Minnesota North Stars. Much better than the Wild jersey.

Mr Snufflupugus
Thu, 07/14/2011 - 10:34am

Hi Alan,
A looong summer!

I agree with you on all counts. I don't dislike the Whalers logo although I DID dislike when they went all teal color with it. The base green and white I didn't mind. It was the name which "off the post" said had to do with marketability so I was using it as a comparison.
I am also one of the rare few who liked the old V on the Canucks jersey and I loved the Colorado Rockies uniforms.
My point with "off the post" was that in my opinion the marketing of a logo at least in the long term probably has more to do with how well the team does and the logo itself even more than what the team name is.

That being said, growing up with the Jets as my #2 team I was really really hoping they would bring the name back, even if they change the logo as they are rumored to be doing. So go figure ;)