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Tailing the Komets


* Guy Dupuis: ``I'm not going to lie and say this doesn't hurt. All the players want to do is win more and that hurts more than anything else. I commend management for trying something. It's time to do something. Hopefully all the players will look in the mirror and try to make changes to our game. Hopefully me and PC can get our offensive game back up to par and help out that way more.''

And: ``We've had a lot of meetings over the last three or four weeks, and a lot of guys had their say in these meetings. Not a lot of those things that were said set off any spark. It didn't bring any results on the ice. Right now maybe this will give us a spark, but really I think we have to focus on gettng some actions going now instead of saying the words. We need more Indians involved.''

* This decision was made by Al Sims, David Franke and Michael Franke.

* Leo Thomas and Kaleigh Schrock will wear the A's. There will not be a third A at this time. There is no timetable right now to name a new captain. Part of the reason not to give another A is if they do decide to name another captain and it's not one of those three players, they don't want to have to take an A away from someone.

* Picking a new captain could be done with input from the players or just a selection by coaches and management or a combination of the two. There's no hard and fast rule to how it is done.

* This does not preclude other roster moves from happening. ``We're still working on that aspect,'' general manager David Franke said. ``We leave Thursday for Quad City and we hope to have something done by then. We'll just have to see. We're working on it. If something happens, it will have to happen no later than tomorrow in order to get he new players. Nothing is iminent right now, but we are working on some things. We wanted to make these moves and get that done as early as we could this week so we're ready to go Friday night.''

* The Komets have not talked with Colin Chaulk recently. ``There's nothing to report on him,'' Franke said.

* Derek Patrosso, Craig Cescon and Danko Mironovic all skated hard at practice today and hope to be able to play Friday. If Patrosso and Mironovic come off injured reserve the Komets need to make roster moves with at least two players, likely three to get under the salary cap.

* There are new forward lines: Thomas, O'Connor and Drouin; Curadeau, Francis and Schrock; Musselwhite, Naurato and Lardner.  

* With a 4 1/2 season run, Dupuis is the third-longest tenured captain in team history behind the six-year run of Colin Chin and the five-year run of Len Thornson.

Posted in: Komets


Tue, 12/14/2010 - 6:17pm

So they get rid of Rodger & Legault, does that make them better ???????

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 6:29pm

I can think of about 6 players to release before Rodger...

Release the high priced players who arent producing up to pay level. I dont want to see hard working young guys released just to keep some under acheiving high priced vets who arent giving the effort needed to produce...

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 6:35pm

How did the Russian kid look at practice today and do they plan on signing him for this weekend?

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 6:39pm

Perhaps this move opens the door for chaulk and syro to return and step into those roles

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 6:48pm

Or perhaps it's time to move on from IHL retreads...

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 7:17pm

Has it not been said 50 times that Chaulk isnt coming back?

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 7:22pm

RK, I think the problem is the fact that niether the Frankes or Chaulk havent completely squashed the idea of him coming back.... They've kinda just left it out there as a were not talking; but you never know type of scenario...

Blake Sebring
Tue, 12/14/2010 - 8:08pm

Even if either side did, let's face it, a lot of you wouldn't believe it anyway. Or you'd think there was some ulterior motive or whatever. Both sides have told me they haven't talked lately, and I don't think it's going to happen. I'd say it's a long, longshot, but I've seen stranger things. Both sides respect each other.

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 8:09pm

Got ya, JR. Dont get me wrong, Ive always liked Chaulk a lot, but do people think this team is only one player away? Id love it if that was the case, I just have a feeling it's not. Heres to hoping Im wrong.

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 8:21pm

Long, Longshot is still a chance? IMO...

RunningKomet...a player with the abilities of Chaulk...yes...could be the type of "one" player to change this team....
Makes me wonder how much coaching Colin did while he was here...he's a leadership type of player...he leads on and off the ice...plays with that step and tenacity that rubs off on the other players...makes other guys want to play...so, yes he could be that "one" player...IMO

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 8:22pm

Correct me if i'm wrong...Blake maybe you could he?...when Colin was out with the foot infection...didn't the team that year slip a bit...and when he came back...everyone picked it up?...maybe i'm wrong?...IDK

Blake Sebring
Tue, 12/14/2010 - 8:34pm

Actually, they picked it up while he was out, going 20-4-6 and were on a 10-1-1 tear when he came back two years ago.

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 8:35pm

Blake, your right, some wouldnt; but MOST would.... You cant change conspiracy theorist's...

Hit Somebody!!!
Tue, 12/14/2010 - 8:38pm

This is the kind of huge news I was waiting for.

This is the move that will make this team win games for sure.

Ballsey move by the Frankes and Sims.

Get the Goal Horn Greased Up.....this move will wear that thing out.

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 8:40pm

I was wrong...Thanks Blake...

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 8:47pm

haha @ hit...

Blake Sebring
Tue, 12/14/2010 - 8:50pm

Here's a conspiracy theory for you -- my word Hit what do you need to grease up the goal horn for? What in the world are you going to use it for? LOL. Wow, TMI!

Hit Somebody!!!
Tue, 12/14/2010 - 8:52pm

So this is like Rocky 3.....

RK is a genius.

This is the Eye Of The Tiger.

Rocky has an A.....

Apollo has an A.....

We just need us an Ivan Drago to get us to Rocky 4.

Hit Somebody!!!
Tue, 12/14/2010 - 9:10pm

I was thinking about ------- it.

Eye of the Tiger.....Brotha.

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 9:38pm

Let's also make the players who use white tape on thier sticks use black and vice versa... That should also jump start this team in the right direction....

Let's also make everyone move one locker to thier left, only walk backwards thru the locker room, and make half the team wear eye patches and the other half only make right turns on the ice....

If this doesnt fix the team, then there's no reasonable help for them this year... :)

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 10:13pm

Wasting more time.

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 10:16pm

Say it isnt so......

Wed, 12/15/2010 - 12:15am

Yeah the team did pretty well while Chaulk was out, though one could argue that he hadn't actually left the team at that time and that the "Win one for Chaulker" mentality was in place.

Hit Somebody!!!
Wed, 12/15/2010 - 12:41am

When is the Colin Chaulk press conference?

How long does it take to walk across the Atlantic?


Hit Somebody's Official Unofficial Lines:

Chaulk, Lardner, Patrosso
Leo, PC, OC
Francis, Musselwhite, Schrock

Frankie, Warner
Cescon, Guy
Phillips, Danko

Wed, 12/15/2010 - 1:16am

Is there any talk about getting maybe another d-man from Columbus/Springfield?

Hit Somebody!!!
Wed, 12/15/2010 - 1:19am

Nope, we have gotten all we are gonna get. LOL

Although, they might send us someone when they call BWs up........

Wed, 12/15/2010 - 1:25am

They sent us a good but partially broken D-man...thats not fair...lol

Wed, 12/15/2010 - 8:14am

Really? Seriously? They took the captaincy away from Dupuis? Do they really think this is going to help put pucks in the net? Sounds ridiculous to me. Strange that Guy was putting up points just fine pretty much the whole time he had the C and now all of the sudden it is hindering him and preventing him from scoring. Whatever. Classless move by management to take that away from a player that truly exemplifies a true Komet.

Wed, 12/15/2010 - 10:08am

Just my opinion, but I don't see how taking the "C" away from Guy is going to jumpstart things with this team. I would think this had to be very humiliating for Guy and I am surprised that the Komet organization would treat him this way.

True, Guy is not the fastest guy on the ice anymore, but he certainly is not the biggest hindrance on this team. Guy works hard each and every game and you can see he is still putting forth the effort. I don't think he suddenly forgot how to lead his teammates and hate to see this happen to him.

No-Touch Icing
Wed, 12/15/2010 - 10:30am

Blake showed us the stats. Guy is NOT the top performer, period. You want your best guys in the leadership position. "Well it's all about numbers then?" YES! LOL! Yes it is. "That's a shame!" Oh well! Do you think that successful franchises worry about whether or not some fan absolutely loves a player even though that player is non-roductive? Get real people. Favoritism/personality doesn't count in the W column, sorry, it just doesn't. I think people get too attached to players and think that they should be MVP every year even though they don't produce.