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Tailing the Komets

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From Komets GM David Franke:

* They are hoping to get 25 goals off the second line from Voorhees who is supposed to be a great locker room guy who can fly and has a pretty decent shot.

* O'Connell is supposed to be a very good skater who didn't play last year because of an inner ear problem.

* They can't come close to matching what Mario Larocoque wants so he won't be here this year. Franke said he's asking for $2,000 a week which is what he made last year in Danbury.

* They are looking at some younger kids who can also play for toughness. "We want to have team toughness and we're working toward that end. We
have a couple of guys on the team who will be able to drop them and go but they
have to be able to play, too. You have to have somebody that can play.
We're hovering in on a couple of guys right now that will bring
that element to us. We'll end up with some physical players here who can get the job

* They are still talking to Matt Elich's agent.

*  Kevin Reiter is trying to get  a tryout in the ECHL.

* MacMillan signed with Columbia , ECHL and Berry in the CHL.

*  Komets are close to a deal with A.J. Bazoian.

* The Komets are going to get a defenseman from Hershey of the AHL. They already have someone in mind and the deal is done. If that player makes Hershey's roster,  then  Hershey will  find the Komets  another defenseman.

*  Ryan Jorde didn't like the Komets' offer and  the Komets haven't heard back from him in two weeks.

*  They should be ready to announce the signing of two  or three players middle of next week.

*  Komets are talking to Pascal Mourency.

* Komets have not heard back from Jamie Milam.

*  Matt Hunter is not calling Pat Bingham back.

With the player from Hershey, the Komets have 12 players on the roster and if they sign 2-3 next week, they'll be in great shape for this time of the summer. The biggest needs are toughness that can play, back-up goaltender, a second-line center and two or three rookies, all of which should be very doable. There's also a good chance some guys will be dropping into training camp -- the same as happens every year.

``I think there will be a lot of guys coming in
here later in September,'' Franke said, ``and some kids from the Coast. We already know there are
some ECHL teams who have over-recruited and won't have enough spots.''

Posted in: Komets


Tony E
Tue, 08/29/2006 - 9:53am

Gheesh Blake Stewart was a frustrating player. Both he and Noah Whyte would show flashes of greatness about once every 10 shifts but the rest of the time were mediocre at best. Then again that is why they are AA players. If you can't put it together on a consistant basis you end up in AA or lower.

Tue, 08/29/2006 - 10:20am

Tony, do you listen to the FAN 590 out of Toronto?

Tony E
Tue, 08/29/2006 - 10:37am

LOL the fan590 is on my computer 24/7. I call in once a week to one show or another. Why do you ask?

Tue, 08/29/2006 - 10:46am

I saw on the USATODAY fantasy page that The FAN 590 is saying Paul Maurice said that Andrew Raycroft is the #1 goalie and would get 50-60 games. As a big Leaf fan that I know you are (and I can't fault you for that. After being in Toronto twice I can sure feel what it's like to be a fan there) I was wondering what you thaought of that?

Tony E
Tue, 08/29/2006 - 11:09am

Well I think he was certainly brought in to be the starter. They had been grooming Michael Tellqvist for the last few years but after he proved he couldn't stop a balloon in a home and home against Montreal near the end of last year which for all purposes knocked them out of the playoffs the Leafs gave up on him (it was after that series that Aubin played and never lost)
The Leafs and Komets are in a very similar situation right now. Both rosters are overhauling with new coaches replacing coaches who had been there for a long time. Both teams had veterans that fans were used to seeing in uniform being cut or just not being invited back.
The interview that USA Today referred to is available on www.fan590.com on the front page.

Komet Warrior
Tue, 08/29/2006 - 3:54pm

Hey GREG you now the rules MAN so who do you think you are giving NEWS like that MAN without ME or other OHIC approving it first? You must be new to this board becuase you need to email one of us got it!

Tue, 08/29/2006 - 6:57pm