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Tailing the Komets

Reiter: I can't wait

Kevin Reiter said he took less money to come to Fort Wayne than he could have gotten a couple of other places in the CHL for two reasons: He knows the Komets want to win, and his father has some health issues so he wants to be close to Pittsburgh.

``I'm comfortable with the team and the organization. amd I know the situation,'' he said. ``I'm really looking forward to playing with Bouch again. We're both fortunate because Al knows goaltending, and we kind of feed off each other a little bit. We really care about what we do, and we're working hard every day.

``I haven't found a better ownership group or better opportunity anywhere else. I'm really looking forward to joining that group of guys again. I think it's gong to be fun and a new challenge, but we have a great team on paper.''

Reiter said he had surgery in January for his abdominal muscle problems and could have played at the end of last season but decided to sit out and work it hard this summer.

``I've been on the ice for three weeks, and I feel strong and everything is good to go.''

I asked him the difference between the CHL and IHL, and Reiter said, ``You're kind of comparing apples to oranges, except in the IHL they had seven or eight vets. The CHL is a younger league. In the IHL the older guys played things at a higher level. They were happy to be in the town where they were. You weren't playing as many weeks or as many games in the CHL, but every game was a little bit bigger. I remember it seemed like we were playing four in five nights ever week in the IHL. I think the biggest difference was the veteran leadership, and those guys definitely upped the caliber of play compared to the CHL with having only four veterans.

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Tue, 08/31/2010 - 4:41pm

On paper this is one very strong Komet Team. Kevin just makes it stronger. The game is played on the ice and they will need to be sharp every night. With a shorter season we can not afford any very long losing streaks. Let us begin one more in "Qwest for Four"

Blake Sebring
Tue, 08/31/2010 - 4:43pm

Maybe ``The roar for four''

They are certainly loaded, but there are an awful lot of good players still out there looking for work.

Tue, 08/31/2010 - 4:51pm

bloomy signed Jamie Lovell

Tue, 08/31/2010 - 5:15pm

Evansville/Dayton bore on the way to four?

Hit Somebody!!!
Tue, 08/31/2010 - 6:11pm

Should be a fun year....drop the puck!!!

Tue, 08/31/2010 - 7:56pm

With almost every team making the playoffs, I don't think losing streaks during the regular season are going to be a big deal unless it gets catastrophic. No worries, the Ks should still be able to coast until mid-January and still salvage a playoff run.

In any event, this team is loaded on paper. Now we just have to see how it holds up on ice. Exciting stuff though!

Hit Somebody!!!
Tue, 08/31/2010 - 8:30pm

Are you saying some players might play to the percentage that is displayed on their backs????

Hmmmm??? No way. That would not be very Politically Correct to do that......not a very PC thing to do....if you know what I mean.

Wed, 09/01/2010 - 8:47am


Wed, 09/01/2010 - 9:24am

Hit: Are you about 70% of the way to where you will "LET IT DIE!!!" ? Hahahaha! Good times.

I'm so ready for hockey at this point, 70% is even better than nothing.

Wed, 09/01/2010 - 12:15pm

Wow, tons of praise for the Frankes and another player testimonial that the IHL was a higher level of play then the CHL!

Welcome aboard Kevin, glad to see you're back.

Wed, 09/01/2010 - 1:42pm

I'm a very happy camper! The only thing that would make it better is if Chaulker were back. Go K's!!!

Wed, 09/01/2010 - 2:44pm

I don't like evansville :(

Wed, 09/01/2010 - 5:57pm

I am thrilled the Komets got Reiter. But they were able to get him a tryout with Worchester of the AHL. Do the Komets have a backup plan in case Reiter happens to make that club? Then it seems we are back to square one with only Boucher in goal. I am so ready for hockey season to start. Only 45 more days until opening night. The 'Roar for Fourt Wayne Komets. Pretty lame, huh?

Blake Sebring
Wed, 09/01/2010 - 7:13pm

Usually what happens in that situation, Worchester already has ``their'' goalies under contract for the year but they need training camp goalies. Now, if Kevin plays great, he might get called up if/when one of Worchester's regular goaltenders get hurt, which would also help him supplement his income in FW, so everybody would win.

Hit Somebody!!!
Wed, 09/01/2010 - 7:25pm

I LUV RODBERG.....take it easy honey. I was just making a little joke. No harm no foul. Don't get your panties in a knot.

RK started it. LOL

Thu, 09/02/2010 - 4:56am

10' ego - 4' body

Thu, 09/02/2010 - 5:47am

Anyone ever notice that players are VERY willing to make it public when they "take less money" to play somewhere.. But never want to get in the paper and say they went somewhere for "MORE MONEY".

Thu, 09/02/2010 - 8:40am

Not sure I totally agree JM, isn't that usually the reason they give when they go to Europe to play, they can make more money?

If you limit that to the US then you may have a point. Some players use to make the point they were playing for less in the ECHL, and didn't Hodgeman go back to the Juniors for next to no money, in all cases because their chances of getting noticed and moving up the food chain were greater.

I don't recall a player saying something like, "I'm going to Quad City because they've offered me $50.00 more per week then the Komets".

Thu, 09/02/2010 - 4:03pm


Hit Somebody!!!
Fri, 09/03/2010 - 8:10pm

2' kick-stand.

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 9:40am

In your dreams only, in your dreams. LOL