Unbelievable end to Game 3 of the AHL Calder Cup Finals last night.
Gets worse for the Marlies......goal happened during a delayed offsides...shouldnt have counted...
Whole thing would just make you sick. Once in a lifetime chance for some of those guys and to lose it like that...
Well think about with the Ks this years in the playoffs we saw that happne but not go in the net. I wish all pro rinks would but in the seamless real glass that just sucked. We have seen that so many time both for and against the Ks in the jungle.
Hopefully those officials will get suspended and fined for their incompetence.
It must be a conspiracy.
Again, we find ourselves in the middle of the "silly season". Maybe I should call it the "slow season" because nothing really seems to be going on.
This lapse in activity has given me some time to ponder about the future of minor league hockey. In particular "AA"" hockey, and how it relates to "veteran" player status from here on out.
The CHL allows six veterans ( not counting the goaltender). Their definition of a veteran is one who has played more than 300 or 301 games professionally. The ECHL allows four veterans ( not counting the goaltender) who have played more than 260 games as a professional.
The CHL is down to 11 teams for this season. Some are speculating whether Rio Grande Valley may fold prior to the start of the 2012-2013 season. The CHL has a lot of question marks as far as other franchises go. Will Denver be able to succeed in a market with an NHL team? Will Bloomington and Quad City be able to sustain themselves? Will Arizona and Rapid City ( and Rio Grande Valley, if they do not go dark) be able to survive out on their "islands"?
The point is this. There are only two "AA" leagues at this time and one seems very shaky. I am aware of all the arguments and/or reasons for concentrating on and developing young players. And yet I still have a great hesitation, to what I fear, will be the eventual elimination of many good players because they have had the talent to play in 260 or more games. As teams dwindle, opportunities for them disappear.
As fans of the Fort Wayne Komets, we will be experiencing this soon. How will we feel when one of our favorites gets caught up in the "numbers" game and must be turned loose? Many Komet veterans have made Fort Wayne their home and have helped weave the Komets into the fabric of our community. I fear this will cease for all intents and purposes.
Developing youngsters to move up and maybe get a shot into the NHL is huge. It is good for hockey. But isn't it also good for hockey to help develpop a minor league roster with a familiarity, a closeness, an identification to the city and the fans? I think so. The trick is how to compromise the two without damaging the product.
I enjoyed watching the CHL. Still, the CHL has a lot of hurdles to face and if they can't, then some teams will flow into the ECHL. That would make for one nationwide "AA" league. Either way, "veterans" will face even more challenges.
Is a compromise the answer? What do you think? What would you like to see? I know the Fort Wayne Komets joined the ECHL, and not the other way around. Still, for the good of the game at all professional levels, can the present veteran rule be improved on?
Komet fans are a sophisticated bunch. They've seen and experienced so much during 60 years.
I have been pondering on this for quite some time. I would love to read your thoughts and ideas.
fewer teams, lots of vets, someone will see potential $$ or write offs and we will probably always have two AA leagues in North America. or maybe Canada will get all the vets and we will see more single A teams. its a very tough time right now, i am a really smart fella, just ask Sheepwig, but i can't predict what will happen, but i do know Sheepwig will be drinking lots of hot coffee every morning.
i am just happy for Kzoo, Toledo and Cincy, my friends are already talking road trips and throwing casino runs on the way home from these games. You hit the penny machine at just the right time and you can make bundles.