Komets general manager David Franke said today he's basically looking to fill two more roster spots and that's it. He wants to find another goaltender and a big, tough forward. There's no limit on the amount of players a team can bring to camp, but Franke said he sees no reason to bring in more than 24 or 25 players.
``We just don't need to bring a bunch of extra guys in,'' he said. ``We have a lot of returning players, and rather than muddy the waters, we're going to give other guys a real hard look. There's going to be a great opportunity in training camp to see what guys can do without a bunch of extra guys taking icetime away.''
Franke said the Komets are continuing to talk with goaltender Rob Nolan but need a decision soon.
``There's nothing close right now,'' Franke said. ``I can't wait forever and maybe lose somebody else who is out there. If they are not interested, then I can move on. Right now we're still circling the field.''
As for the tough guy, Franke said he wants someone who is 6-3 to 6-5.
``I want a big guy,'' he said. ``One thing we learned last year is as tough as (Brad) MacMillan was, he can't fight the guys who are 6-3 who have four or five inches on him and maybe 20-30 pounds. We want to go back to having that big, physical, tough player who can take on the big dudes who are in the CHL.''
Franke said he's also trying to find another opponent for a home exhibition game on Oct. 10 but is having trouble. He talked with Toledo the ECHL, but the Walleye already have three exhibition games. Franke said he may talk with Cincinnati of the ECHL next week after the Cyclones name their new coach.