"It will be an even more difficult climb now that Brian Bicek has been ruled out this weekend because of a shoulder injury suffered in practice on Thursday...." Later in the same article Beard reports...."Krom also confirmed he will be bringing in a proven goal scorer from Europe next week with details on that signing being released Monday."
I have been railing for a long time about the need for the Komets to find more scoring. On this blog at least, we have been challenged by the question of where you would find somebody at this time of year. Evidently Rich Kromm doesn't have that problem. While I have no idea what kind of player Stauffacher may be today ( I know he was a good scorer not too long ago) I would submit that he is equal to any one of at least two or three of our non-producing forwards. I'm also questioning this guy from Europe. We'll find out a lot more next week, but it goes to show there are ways of finding people and bringing them in.
With inconsistancy being the most constant thing in terms of effort, scoring, and finishing chances this season, maybe a little roster change could shake things up and refreshen an offense in turmoil.
What do you think?
I think we are probably seeing two different philosophies at play here, Evansville and Fort Wayne's.
What has been the result? I think this paragraph from the same article sums it up quite well:
With eight games remaining in the regular season, the two rivals are tied for first place in the Turner Conference with 36-18-4 records. But after this five-game skid, Kromm's squad is clearly at a disadvantage in the race for the division title. Not only are the IceMen just 4-6-1 against the Komets, but they only have two home games remaining.
That's it, both teams are about as tied for first place as you can get, so I don't see where anyone can say either team has done anything wrong or should do anything different other then win more games then the other team....
I've never doubted that Franke/Sims could go out and find more players, essentially bodies to stick in the line up, but finding players who can make a big difference at this late date is a big doubtful in my opinion unless you find a player from a European league that is outstanding but not good enough to get to the AHL. Again doubtful, but we shall see.
As far as Luke Stauffacher goes, five games this season and only 13 regular season games last season (plus 9 playoff), I sure wouldn't hang my hopes on him..
At this stage I think the team that makes the fewest mistakes on the ice will come out on top, but again, we'll see.
Sorry, I meant to put quotes around the paragraph from the "Courier & Press". To avoid any misunderstandings here is the paragraph again:
"With eight games remaining in the regular season, the two rivals are tied for first place in the Turner Conference with 36-18-4 records. But after this five-game skid, Kromm's squad is clearly at a disadvantage in the race for the division title. Not only are the IceMen just 4-6-1 against the Komets, but they only have two home games remaining."
An edit function on here would be nice...... :-)