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Tailing the Komets

Mirasty goes home

The Komets have until 1 p.m. today to turn in their final 19-man roster, but one name will likely not be on the list. Jon Mirasty left Fort Wayne on Sunday afternoon to return to Syracuse, N.Y. where his wife is expecting their first child. Mirasty was left out of the lineup Saturday night during the Komets' final 2-1 win over Colorado before 10,480 Memorial Coliseum fans.
Asked if he had been told he was not being included on the final roster, Mirasty declined to comment about that specificly.
``I'm just glad this season is over with,'' Mirasty said. ``It's been a long and hard one with me. I think signing with Anaheim in the offseason last year was a big mistake. I think I'll regroup this summer and you'll see me next year, hopefully back in the AHL (American Hockey League). I've already heard from some teams."
After being assigned to the Komets from Anaheim, Mirasty played in 19 games earning 40 penalty minutes.
``It's a great organization,'' Mirasty said. ``David Franke runs a good ship here. I think they have their head on their shoulders pretty well. I wasn't' too happy with the way Al Sims played me and the amount of icetime he gave me. I couldn't really play my role and intimidate with the icetime he gave me. I think I played a little bit more at the AHL level. The organizaiton itself is great, and I envoyed my time here. The fans were second to none. I have nothing but good things to say about the organization. It's first class.''
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Hockey Fan for Life
Sun, 03/27/2011 - 5:35pm

Sims needs to go.

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 5:58pm

I second that!

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 6:13pm

I willThird that... there some reasons why he didnt make it as CHL coach in the past. Great for IHL though..

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 6:26pm

It proves one thing, the coach just wants the hype to get fans in the seats. It worked but I am sure the word is out not to come to FW if you are an enforcer. Look what happened to Legault, Woods and now Mirasty. This coach NEEDS to go. Good Luck Jon Mirasty...

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 6:41pm

I do 100% agree that he has to accept a big part of the blame on the way this season went. But now that we crawled and fought like heck out of last place...brought in some needed help, never gave up and finally ended up in 6th place...why do you still feel the best thing for the team is to fire Sims? Is it Mirasty's limited playing time? He still has a good reputation with potential players which can only help in recruiting new talent. Did the Komets have a rough but hopefully eye opening season..YES...but did coach just accept it, and watch his team sink to the lowest depths? Are we seeing players that have stopped listening to Sims or are we having trouble getting players to come and play for Sims? Some say he is a soft coach, ok and if our guys were getting hurt on an abnormal basis compared to other teams than I could see that being a big concern. Was our team getting beat up on any more than any other team? AGAIN I do NOT think Al is totally fault free. I do not think he is the ultimate coach in all the land. I think he is a guy who knows hockey inside and out and has a really good chance of bringing together a team that can compete and win. He deserves another chance with the Komets the team he led to 4 other championships. Even though his record in the CHL was nothing to brag about...this is a different time and team and while we didn't have the team we all wanted or expected...his team also showed us how they stuck together and fought back many times and can fight and win against the top teams.
Could be that I am totally off base and he truly is a clueless coach that has no business coaching hockey anymore in this level. If he is preventing the Komets from winning and if he is such a lousy head coach that his players have lost respect and stopped listening than yes, he needs to go. Maybe he is toxic to this team and the sooner he is gone the better.
I just can't seem to see how the mistakes or decisions he has made this year have some people jumping up and down for him to be fired. I know I am probably in the minority though...I usually am lol.

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 6:46pm

I'd say Sims has overstayed his welcome. He is not the amazing coach that some like to make him out to be. Looking at his coaching record outside of the IHL2 really says a lot.

Mr Snufflupugus
Sun, 03/27/2011 - 6:50pm

Good job Coach Sims not allowing hype to dictate your lineup. This player would not have helped put the puck in the net and would only cause things to get worse when he took penalties which resulted in the Komets being shorthanded. Nobody would fight him so he was pretty much useless. I am sure the blogosphere will continue to pile on Sims but there is nothing this player brought to the table that would help this team as it is constructed win more games.

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 6:55pm

GameMisconduct-we all know his record outside the IHL was not much to look at. They didn't finish in the top of the conference which is just unacceptable to alot of fans I get that...but I still don't get why he should be fired after finishing in 6th in a new league that both he and the GM misjudged. It is not as if he didn't try like heck to bring in new talent and switch things up...and somehow they got Colin to come back and be coached by this guy that so many think is washed up and spineless. All of these changes helped to keep the komets from just totally tanking and actually have a chance at winning this first round. And I just gotta ask...where are all these people that claim he is an amazing coach? I just think he is a solid coach that does well in certain areas...and deserves another chance. I know 3 cups and then one year of finishing average may equal overstaying his welcome to alot of people...so this is just my opinion.

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 6:56pm

Sims doesn't let hype dictate his lineup? 2 words...Drouin, Curadeau

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 6:58pm

I'm bored with this. Sims won't play an enforcer. The Komets have been victims for 8 years now. With the coaching structure in place, that won't change. You can count on watching star players get a beating at the hands of the Hogs/Jackals/Lumberjacks/Wichita Thunder once a year. Its not going to change. Lets just move on.

Good Luck to Mirasty.

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 6:59pm

Sims' coaching style simply doesn't work in the CHL and it never has, those stats don't lie. The 3 kups in the Franke Hockey League mean nothing to ME. Anyone could've coaches those teams to the kups. Pretty easy to win with such a level playing field...

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 7:00pm

After the way Mirasty was treated by Sims I'm sure other enforcers are just lining up to protect Lord Colin Chaulk next year

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 7:01pm

I have no inside info or close connections to the team, so I am sure my thoughts don't matter to most, but how do we know Sims wanted to bring Mirasty in in the first place? It could have been the Frankes that wanted him in to put butts in the seats and sell some shirts, but Sims didn't think he would bring much to the table to win games? Now that the team has to cut two players, I am sure Sims thought this would be the time to part ways with Mirasty.

Not saying either side is right or if this is even the case, but due to the quotes from Mirasty and the time he was on the ice, I could see it being the case.

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 7:03pm

Hoss, you couldn't be closer to the truth if you tried...

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 7:13pm

Sell those shirts.

At least they didn't steal the "Nasty" shirt idea from JungleMonkey.

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 7:19pm

Terry Ruskowski will be available next year.

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 7:22pm

I was banned from posting because I said Sims needed to go. Seems like you have a lot of banning to do with this topic, Blake.

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 7:30pm

Oh I forgot alot of people feel the last three championships are meaningless and a joke. Any idiot off the street could have coached them to those cups.
I have NEVER seen such a negative "fan blog". I get there are things to complain about and analyze etc..but the amount of sarcasm and sneaky name calling is right out of junior high. I give up trying to discuss anything that differs from your opinion...since you outright said this was boring you and time to move on. If only all hockey players and coaches could see how easy it is to win if they just do what you tell them to. You seem to have a flawless solution to every problem. You can have your blog back now..no more boring you. This is obviously a big part of your world that I just stepped in. Ooops.

Blake Sebring
Sun, 03/27/2011 - 7:31pm

No, I just try to ban the profanity and sheer stupidity to keep it at a minimum.

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 7:35pm

Sorry that my cheerleader uniform is at the cleaners. Pretty sure I was discussing my opinion on Sims and providing information on why I feel the way I do about him...when/where did anyone say they were bored and it was time to move on?

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 7:47pm

Not a huge Sims fan myself, but keeping Mirasty off the roster is the right move, with a team that has struggled to score goals this year, what is he gonna do? Krugg, Cescon, Shrock, and Philips can all drop gloves if need be, but no one fights in the playoffs. Mirasty is a great fighter, but kids out on Sunday night post game skates can move better than him, best of luck to him, but I don't blame sims for Mirasty's departure, I blame Mirasty's hockey skills for it

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 7:53pm

I don't think people are upset about Mirasty being left off the playoff roster, that was expected. What many aren't happy about is the way Mirasty was completely misused.

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 7:55pm

jungle monkey said it in response to my first post on here. ...who knows...Im just crappy at defending my position....could be because I am a girl and married to an ex coach...I get a little too worked up lol. Honestly u guys do it much better than I do and I need to stick to reading instead of adding my usually unpopular 2 cents. Sorry Game Misconduct...didnt mean you.

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 8:10pm

Unpopular is the most popular kind of poster here, Marko... Nobody ever agrees. Keep posting, more people agree with you than you realize. Some of us are just relentless loudmouths. It's just minor league hockey, if people are taking it personal, thats a them problem. If the Komets won every game this season, guys like Snuff would still complain that the younger guys worked harder than the vets, I'd complain that my nickname got stolen, GM would gripe that we didn't punch enough people in the face on the way to an undefeated record. Hit Somebody would... well maybe he wouldn't still go nuts after every loss.. (huh). Blake would still claim he has no issue with fighting. Hoss would still get someone smarting off over one goofball mistake he made in an otherwise spotless career as a Komet fan.... and the list goes on.

Point being, stick around and continue to post... Sooner or later you'll even agree with the jerks. (Just don't accept any foo-foo's or pills, we have no idea what they do, but it doesn't seem good.)

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 8:17pm

That's all I need to hear..that in all the bickering you guys still laugh with and at each other. Thanks for showing me that! I really do get a kick out of reading all the comments after every game...especially the shockers..wins or losses. So every now and then I may get brave again and post some random opinion I can't keep to myself. :D

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 8:22pm

Don't forget those who find heckling as unsportsmanlike because the players have feelings too!

JM is a doodiehead but got it right, you and your opinions are more than welcome here and for the love of everything holy, stay away from the pills and foo-foo's!

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 9:22pm

I don't have an opinion either way, but a comment on what's being said as far as Sims being incapable of coaching in this league. It's not like the Komets limped ther way to a 6th place mediocre record. The reason they have that is because of their dreadful first one-third of the season. Since starting out 5-15-1, they have been playing with a .659 winning percentage (26-12-7). That's a better percentage than every team except Allen. And we're talking 45 games here, not just some hot-streak. Had they played at that rate the entire season, they would've won the division by 2 points. I know that doesn't mean anything now, but when talking about the coach's quality or responsiveness, this cannot be dismissed.

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 9:55pm

Komets have played a lot better in the second half in the season. I think Chalk has a lot to do with that. I think Chalk does a lot of coaching, more than we will ever know. I am not sold on Sims. I think he changes the lines way to much. I think he treated Mirasty awful. You arent going to be able to get in a flow when you cant play. He wasnt that bad of a player. He was slow, but never got the ice time to really get his legs, I dont think!

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 9:55pm

Well said JM!

Quadilla, I like Al as much as anyone, but I think the turn around this year was more about the players that came in rather than the head coach. It kind of goes to show how important Chaulk's locker room presence is valued with his MVP award voted by the players.

And before anyone jumps off their high elephant, errr horse that is, I understand it wasn't all Chaulk but also Tab and Lapointe coming in that caused the turn around. I said to my wife before the awards that Lapointe should have got unsung!

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 9:59pm

If Warner isnt the other player left off the playoff roster I give up!!!!! If we do keep Sims around for next year he needs to better understand what we need on the team in this league. Franke needs to understand that too. I think I would bring back the following players: Tab, Nick, Bobby, Molle, Craig, Schrock, Apod, OC, Frankie, Chalk. Those are just my opinions! If Drouin was hurt, than I would have kept Mirasty around.