You can read Tuesday's column here.
The most disturing thing about this NHL lockout has been the rumors we have been hearing all offseason that this lockout was planned all along and that they intend to have something done by around the first of December so they can still cash in on the Winter Classic. If this happens, I may be done with the NHL for some time... Personally, since they have cancelled regular season games, I have locked out the NHL for this season. I will use the money saved on the center ice package to try and see a couple more away games and get the America One package for games on the internet. This is ridiculous....and the NHL is VERY arrogant thinking fans are going to just flock back and continue to help the NHL grow to record numbers as far as revenue goes. I am hoping more diehard fans like myself take this stance and let the NHL know they screwed up...
Icemen sent 5...some big guys....
Also, was made aware of a change the ECHL made to its IR setup this season... Gone are the 3 and 7 day IR spots and in its place each team will have 2 "reserve" spots available to them. The 21 day IR spot remains with no limit to how many players are placed there... So in reality, teams can keep 22 players with 2 of them inactive as reserve players... Some of the richer (or better run teams) could really take advantage of this, IMO...
Probably a little bit of a busy time for the front office. So many players are being let go that they need "eyes" in the back of their heads to keep up on everything. According to the Komets web page they have 19 players listed on the roster. I thought I'd read elsewhere that there were 20 still in camp.
I don't have any idea if they already know who is coming from Norfolk. The Komets roster lists only six defensemen and that will need to be adjusted before Friday.
I'm sure they are keeping track of players released by other ECHL teams. You might find a 'gem" somewhere. You never know. Not sure, but I'm interested if the Komets helped place some camp players in single a for a quick call up if necessary. I was very impressed with Lacerte and Saalfrank. I'd definitely keep Lacerte close.
Even with the two IR spots to hide a couple more players. I still think there might be a surprise or two involving last years' players. It just seems hard for me to understand how the K's might fit all these AHL camp players with the roster already here and still maintain the control the Franke's wish to have over the roster. The only way would be to replace some ECHL camp kids with the new arrivals.
I thoroughly enjoyed Sunday's game. I wish the K's could have been more successful on the powerplay. I'm sure that the K's do also and will be working on that aspect this week.
Alan, if I remember correctly Heggarty is not listed on the website. So that's your 20th player and 7th defenseman.
All players on the K's roster now have numbers including Forwards: R. Smith, Firman, and Schneider and Dmen: Gates, Atkins, Kishel and Nycolat...
Shows a roster of 21 (11 forwards, 8 Dmen, and 2 goalies)
Blake, just a note on your article. You mentioned 30 players in AHL camps and teams releasing and finding spots for 10 released players, but...AHL teams have an unlimited roster size. They always have. Hypothectically, they could keep all 30 if they wished. Most I think will be keeping 25 or 26 around, so you won't be seeing 10 released by every team...
Thanks, StayTrue81 and JR1. It's the middle of the afternoon and, yes, the roster is updated from this morning and is numbered and listed.
Thanks for the help. Nice to have bloggers out there willing to help.
Now they just have to wait on the Norfolk guys ( it is getting kind of late in the week) to determine how they react. Guess I better get used to that or , as Blake so eloquently described a couple of weeks ago, my head might explode.
Point taken, but that will get old quick, especially with limited early schedules. I bet those coaches get tired of the extra bodies hanging around in a hurry. Plus there are only 23 ECHL teams for 30 AHL teams.
So, say five of those guys are not already signed/assigned somewhere, they still have five extra bodies, and no coach is going to like that. If they all keep 25 players, that's 210 players who aren't playing. Wow! That's a lot of money to be spending for no production.
Be interesting to see how it shakes out.
K's management have some tough decisions to make this afternoon....