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Tailing the Komets

Lots of stuff today

First, here's video highlights of the game March 22 against Bloomington from Otto Boschet and the gang.

Second, there's a story about Michael Franke's opinions on the economic turmoil in the minors right now, and....

Third, there's today's story about Hodgman's signing.

Posted in: Komets


Wed, 04/01/2009 - 8:16am

I thought it was Jay Holladay not Kevin Holladay that was released recently.....just messin with ya Blake

Blake Sebring
Wed, 04/01/2009 - 8:33am

I knew I was going to screw that up sometime this year. Kevin Holliday was a great guy I had a lot of fun with when he played here. Jay, too, for that matter. LOL.

Blake Sebring
Wed, 04/01/2009 - 9:28am

You could have said you were just Josh'n me.

Wed, 04/01/2009 - 12:54pm

I would like to pick up on the riff concerning travel and how our model is superior.

I'll start with 3 statements:

1. Kudos to the Frankes for all they have provided Fort Wayne. Credit given where credit is due.

2. This isn't about the IHL/AHL argument. I am happy with what we have. Many of our players are interested in Ft. Wayne for more than a meal ticket, and our players aren't picked-off at the whim of the parent club. Not sure that would be true in the AHL.

3. The analysis below is limited. Maybe I chose a bad example, but here goes.

The Komets play five teams with an average travel distance of 210 miles.

I compared our travel to the AHL Binghamton Senators who play 40 road games. 32 are against teams in their division with an average travel distance of 180 miles (twice they stayed overnight, reducing actual travel below 180 miles, but adding hotel cost). Six more were driving games to teams outside their division, average of these is 301 miles. Two games were a single trip by plane (presumably) to San Antonio and Houston.

Assuming this is a fair example (and I haven't checked other AHL examples) it doesn't seem much different. So my question is; "Why is our arrangement so superior to the AHL's?"

Wed, 04/01/2009 - 1:43pm

Well, I don't follow the AHL, but I was looking at the plan (at present) for next year's ECHL, and some of it sounds downright crazy. This year, Cincinnati and Dayton were playing teams in New Jersey and New York, which is bad enough. But next season, they want to put the Reading Royals in the same division as the Florida Everblades? Good Lord...

I don't have a problem with having just 6 teams in the IHL. That's about all that's in a division in the larger leagues anyway. And I would agree that keeping things regional is the best way to go. But the Frankes have to understand that people are going to continue to have panic attacks whenever they read about players not getting paid somewhere or a team not having enough pucks to practice with. Until there are more than just 6 teams in the IHL, people are going to worry about its vulnerability.