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Tailing the Komets

Two quick observations

So the New York Islanders are moving to Brooklyn. Don't they need a new nickname then? At the very least a new logo.

And the building is going to seat 14,000 to 15,000 for hockey. How expensive will those tickets be? OMG!


Thu, 10/25/2012 - 9:23am

I am a huge Islanders fan. I do disagree with them taking the team away from Long Island, that had no other choice. Arena is way out dated and are not getting help to build a new one. I think going to Brooklyn will be a great step. I have mixed feelings about the name change and logo but it is hard to wipe away the history of a team that way.

Thu, 10/25/2012 - 10:52am

My own observations: 

First, regarding the Islanders, it would appear to me that a new nickname would be needed.  Brooklyn is hardly an "island".  The NHL makes some crazy decisions but I doubt that they would encourage the same nickname.  Think of all the revenue derived from the change of location, jerseys, etc. Maybe this will encourage a new building erected on Long Island.  Maybe this will encourage a fourth NHL franchise to be created in the New York-New Jersey area.

Secondly, the season ending injury to Auger is a double whammy for the Komets.  Obviously the Komets lose a skilled and important cog from their team.  He was one of the "core" group of players that the Komets, if and when the lockout ends, would still be here in Fort Wayne. Now , as it stands, if the lockout were to end, the Komets would not only have to replace those sent back to the higher clubs, but also replace a guy they counted on to be here all year long.  Remember that when the lockout ends, all sorts of players will move out of the league and need to be replaced.  It may not be too easy to replace players due to the vacuum created and the virtual immediate need of all the teams. 

I have understood that the K's are looking to replace him, but also have heard that as long as they heve players on IR, they will go that route.  Remember that when the Komets started signing players, they went toward those whom they could control for the year.  They wanted a team they could count on when the floodgates opened and all those border-line AHL players left the league.  Now they have one fewer.

Thirdly, and admittedly only playing four games is a small sample, but the line of Rizk-Schrock-Thorne have no goals, no assists, and obviously no points.  Combined they a  -1 on the plus/minus. They are playing good defense, but in this league you need all lines to score.  Again they are part of that "core" group, and as I have posted before, eventually the spotlight will be turned on Schrock and Thorne to produce.  Don't get hung up on "home town" boys or popularity.  Sooner or later one of two things must happen.  You either produce or you don't.  Maybe they'll score a couple this weekend, I hope so, but be prepared for tough love if they don't within the next few weeks.

My hope is for the lockout to end, that the Komets stay in touch with Vaskivuo, and maybe DeAngelis finds the insurance industry something that he could return to.

That's it.






Fri, 10/26/2012 - 4:29am

Ummmm sorry. Why would they have to change their name? Brooklyn is on Long Island. But they have been in need of a new logo for a long time.