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Tailing the Komets

Warner responds

"Obviously the past four years have been special for me. It's been my dream as a little kid growing up to someday play for the Komets. I can't let this take away anything from what we've done the last three years. Even this year, to look at where we came from, as low as you can possibly get as a team, to climbing back and finishing the year pretty good.

"At the same time this is something that is going to be hard for me to swallow for a while. I feel that I've given everything that I've ever had to the Komets and the community, to the fans, and I just feel that it's almost like I was too nice. That's frustrating because I take a lot of pride in giving back to the kids and the community because that's what got me into hockey in the first place, guys like Chinner, Hurd and Boycie.

"Obviously I'm mad and upset at the decision, but I hope the best for the team. That's part of being a good teammate, too. I still hope they have a lot of success."

Posted in: Komets


Mon, 03/28/2011 - 4:20pm

Thanks for the past few years Warner, you will be missed. Was fun watching you play. You had your ups and downs just as the other players have had this year. Good luck and we wish you the best in the future. GO KOMETS!!!

Frank Drebin
Mon, 03/28/2011 - 4:41pm

Yes. Thanks BW for being a Komet. You know what wearing the Orange means. Earlier this season my four year old grandson went up to you to get his jersey autographed. Not having a Sharpie, BW hopped into the press box and got one so he could sign. Class act and always good to see some local guys carry on the Orange Tradition. Good luck #9!

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 5:16pm

I am sure he will have opportunities to play for another organization. Sometimes a change is what is needed just like it was for Narauto (sp). Who knows Gratz may have his phone number already.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 5:36pm

Blake has the CHL had their ownership meetings in Dallas? I thought they were suppose to be this week?

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 5:36pm

Best of Everything Brandon--you are a class act and gave a great deal to the team on and off the ice--and know you will continue to do so! Great Guy!

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 5:42pm

I wish him the best of luck too.

On another note, what do the kids have to do with it? They aren't the ones hating on him or the ones that cut him from the team. I don't get that statement.

Blake Sebring
Mon, 03/28/2011 - 5:44pm

I have no idea, Shannon. Been scrambling to get everything else done.

Breslyn, he's a little ticked off that he does so much in the community, but some of the people who don't do anything seem to get more love from the fans. It was still a little raw when I talked to him.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 5:49pm

I can't speak for all fans, but any issue I've had with Warner as a Komet doesn't come from what he does or doesn't do in the community. My opinion is a direct result of on-ice performance. I'm sure Warner is a good guy off the ice. As a professional athlete you put yourself in a position to be judged on a daily basis, just goes with the territory. "Some of the people who don't do anything and seem to get more love" probably get it based on what they do on the ice.

Mr Snufflupugus
Mon, 03/28/2011 - 6:12pm

Are we all to assume there is zero chance he is back next year? Let's not forget this franchise is not afraid to bring back people even a few years later if they think the player will be of help.
He was NOT the worst D man on this team this year and certainly not worse than a couple of guys that are still on this roster. My opinion is this is a mistake. But with or without them I don't think this team gets past the second round. As a fan and an advertiser I hope I am wrong.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 6:27pm

Who would you have left off in his place, Snuff?

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 6:30pm

snuff, u always throw in the advertiser line :)

Brandon was just a guy that everyone loved to hate. Plain and simple.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 6:37pm

Well I think we will win the cup this year! As a dad, son, husband, teacher, best friend, Cowboy fan, guy who buys potato wedges at stand 5, uncle, church go'er, golfer, uncle-in-law, sign producer, vocal fan, tax paying, Diet Dr. Pepper drinker, two job working, softball playing, Zoo go'er, road trip taking, not afraid to tell someone to "wait for a whistle", contributor to RB's salary, bloggers' musical chair "cheater", $4 paying to park in the lot rather than park in Scott's parking lot and run across Parnell Ave, and die hard puck bunny I hope I am right.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 6:38pm

please elaborate on who was a worse dman then him?

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 6:44pm

Well now since the roster is set who will be a healthy scratch for game 1? Do they dress 7 D-men like their last game, or insert the extra forward? Do they dress PC or is he a healthy scratch? I think because he is a Vet and his history PC is in and another forward is out and coach Sims dresses 7 D-men.

Dave W
Mon, 03/28/2011 - 7:03pm

Good Luck BW hope your future is bright, and maybe a different chalange

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 7:10pm

KF, Danko was worse...and I'd probably take him over Guy

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 7:22pm

Now I do rag on Warner, but watching the game i yell at everyone equally if the make a mistake that costs us big. With that said, it says they released him, but remember he is on the injured reserved. He isnt going anywhere! More than likely he will be back. Maybe him sitting out will get him healthy. Im not saying he's not healthy but he has been pretty injury prone. And if he gets completely healthy maybe he can play next year like he use to play.

Mr Snufflupugus
Mon, 03/28/2011 - 7:34pm

For this playoff run I would have left Guy, Curadeau and based on this years performance Phillips off before Warner.
Breslyn in this case I do have two reasons for wanting them to go further...
As a fan I want to see them do well.
As an advertiser the more home games the more exposure my company gets. So there are two different reasons that are intertwined.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 8:30pm

I too would like them to go deep so I can get more patato wedges!

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 9:20pm

I am sorry, but totally disagree that Warner wasnt the worst player on the roster. I am sure he is a great guy off the ice. I am sure he does a lot off the ice. That is good. That is what they should do. Just because he does that doesnt mean he should be on the roster. I feel that was kind of an arrogant statement. He was left of the roster because of his play on the ice. He is out of his league. He makes a lot of turnovers. He jumps the puck to the other team countless times a night because he doesnt want to take a check. He is a local player and that IMO is the only reason he has made it this long with the Komets. I have nothing against him and hope only for the best for him. In some cases a change of organization and team is what is needed. I have had kids switch to my class that were trouble makers and had poor grades. Those same kids became A students with no problems just with a change of classroom. So I hope he does get picked up by another team next year. I just hope it isnt the Komets.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 9:22pm

JM you had a good point. That is why it bothers me that he said he was to nice. What does that have to do with anything. I thought that was another arrogant statement IMO

Mr Snufflupugus
Mon, 03/28/2011 - 9:43pm

Without the names here are the stats....
defense X 60 games, 4 goals, 9 points -16

defense Y 10 goals 28 assists ...-8

forward A 14 goals, 19 assists -24

defense Z 43 games, 5 goals 17 points -4

Looking at the numbers who is the worst of this bunch?

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 9:53pm

Not everything shows up on a stat sheet...Some of the most important variables do not. Just like turnovers don't show up on a stat sheet either

Mr Snufflupugus
Mon, 03/28/2011 - 10:01pm

Really? so are you saying when Defense Z turns the puck over it leads to the puck in the back of the Komets net at a much less frequent rate than Defense X or Forward A? Or that those players have such horrible +/- ratings because of player Z even though that player somehow does not have a number nearly as bad as they do?
The truth is this is a local kid so all eyes are on him.
He didn't score often and didn't fight so despite the fact that his turnover rate is less than players who do score and fight, he is branded as the problem.
I am not trying to make an argument that Warner was a good player because I don't believe he was. I believe he was average and that several others on this roster played well below average. Numbers don't lie.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 10:02pm

My guess is Curadeau, I mean Forward A. When all else fails, resort to the all-telling +/-. Especially with how consistantly the lines have been kept this year.

Is it sad that Danko got a lot less of shot at playing this year but had a lot more class in his statement after being released? What was Warner saying, that he wouldn't have been as nice to people if he knew he wasn't going to make the playoff roster? That kind of makes him sound fake. Hope that isn't what he meant.

Mr Snufflupugus
Mon, 03/28/2011 - 10:09pm

Curadeau was horrible this year. He looked disinterested more often than not.
And now Warner is going to get hung on words he spoke within hours of getting cut by his hometown team right before the playoffs?
Have any of you been fired from a job before, a job you actually liked? Maybe a job you spent time off the clock working for. I'd love to see how you would handle it if a reporter called you up and asked you how you felt shortly after it happened. My guess is you probably would come off a bit bitter too.
This is a perfect example of what I said. Everything this kid does is looked at with the eyes on finding some way to throw him under the bus.
Yet another issue where many fans are so dug in on an issue that there can be no middle ground. And for pointing out the truth I am sure I will get blasted.
Warner wasn't half as good as his backers said he was and also wasn't have as bad as his bashers said he was.
He was average. Now.... maybe, just maybe we can all agree that average is not good enough for this franchise.

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 10:11pm

We all knew that a d-man had to go. I think it was the right thing to release Danko and I'd say it was close to a coin-flip lately between Warner and Phillips.

While Warner made mistakes, let's not forget that those mistakes are why these guys are at this level. The one thing you CAN NOT say about Warner...is that he wasn't trying. After last weekend, anyone want to tell me this team was trying all season?

I never saw Brandon Warner take a shift off, or stop caring, or "save it for the playoffs." He played hard and gave whatever he had every night. And for that, I tip my cap and say "thanks for the effort and I wish you all the best." Take this experience, learn from it, work even harder, and either come back and earn your way back onto this team, or make us regret this decision.

On the Glass
Mon, 03/28/2011 - 10:21pm

Snuff, it depends on which line they play on. A -3 for the year on the checking line is 100% better, than a + 5 on Chalkers line..... Let's face it, at the end of the year, BW was fight for a play-off roster spot with "A-pod".....

I thought that BW did his job.

We were NOT scoring goals, the D men SHOULD pinch in/attack which BW did.......but the RESULTS were not there..people have to make decisions to save their JOB'S.....

Mr Snufflupugus
Mon, 03/28/2011 - 10:45pm

On the glass I agree.
In the end this team will not win the cup or lose based on this decision. On a positive note the passion of this fan base has never been stronger as evidenced by the strong debate over a average defenseman.

Tue, 03/29/2011 - 12:51am

My problem has always been nameless faceless people will get on here because it's their "right" as a fan to bash any player they want too. One guy was even screaming at a player on Friday night before he scored the tying goal. I know that you all think you are justified to come on here and bash but just know that sometimes it can hurt people and their families.

I know you don't really care and the whole professional thing gives you the right blah, blah, blah. But keep in mind these guys are playing for the love of the game not the money.

I really don't know why people don't think before they talk or write something anymore but I guess that's where things are going nameless people can hide behind their veil and bash all they want because they are protected while the person they are bashing and their family and friends just need to take it all and smile.
Because it would be wrong to to say or write anything here.

I have seen lies and half truths posted here that have hurt players and their families deeply. So please go ahead and bash with reckless abandon and don't think about consequences because there are none. It's just an internet site and you paid for a ticket and you can say or write anything you want too, no matter who you hurt.