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Tailing the Komets

Broadcast change

The Komets’ game at Cincinnati tomorrow night (Tue Feb 12) will be broadcast on radio at WKJG AM 1380 and FM 106.7 due to the State of the Union Address on WOWO.

Comments

Alan
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 3:02pm

What we really need to hear is a State of the Komets Address.

Smitty
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 4:11pm

What we really need to hear that you bought the team and you are going to make all the right moves.

JR1
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 4:57pm

What we really, really, really need to hear is more honest opinions like Alan's instead of the pom pom waving ones.... Leave the pom pom's for the games...

Alan
Tue, 02/12/2013 - 3:53pm

Kind of ironic regarding my post and especially Smitty's reaction. 

A few hours earlier a good friend ( and one that I  would trust with my life) gave me some insight on a conversation he had within the Komets office earlier in the day.  It isn't a happy place regarding their opinion of the league, their business philosophy vs. most ( not all) of the other owners,  the affiliation agreement with Norfolk as it stands and why they went into it, and interestingly , the future of the CHL.(Guess what?  That future doesn't look so good right now)

I can be as big a critic as anyone on here, but let's reflect a moment.

The Komets started this year trying to build a competitive roster without the ability to protect anyone from the year before.  ( Remember David Franke telling his players that they were in the "perfect storm" as they could sign with whomever they wanted?)  Then, on top of that, the NHL decided to lock out their players meaning that any team with an affiliation was bound to be better.  The Komets, who like to control there own roster  were convinced to get affiliated with an AHL team for competitive purposes.  That decision was critical as the agreement with Anaheim and Norfolk brought some players, but I believe they never would have gone that way during a "normal" ECHL season.  Plenty of expenses came along with that agreement.

Recognizing that goals win games and excite the fans, they started building from the forwards back to the goal ( doing just the opposite as they've done before).  I thought , and still do, that signing Marino and Giosa was a smart thing to do.  Chaulk was still here, Auger signed. Rizk signed  A young and talented group of forwards were being put together.  Effinger signed and Reiter was coming from Bridgport, so the goaltending seemed to be well thought out.  I still think that's true.  My fault with them was the patience waiting on DeAngelis, the youth of the defensemen, and the inexperience from the defense as a whole.

Well, we all know what happened.  The forwards haven't scored often and consistantly enough to make up for the defense.  Special teams have been a disaster.  Injuries have stymied progress and youthful inexperience has been at the root of too many penalties.  Norfolk is a waste, just my opinion though.

Just wanted to state that I think the Franke's have really tried this year to bring a winner.  Circumstances has dealt a blow to that.   It soesn't appear as though Norfolk will make the AHL playoffs.  If not, then how many players will they send here to take the places of our favorite players if the Komets make the ECHL playoffs?  Don't think it could happen?  Check out last year's Champions, the Florida Everblades.

So, thank you David and Michael for your efforts this season.  One thing is for sure.  They are not just "owners", but they are "fans" also.  They hate losing as much as anyone.  No matter what, the Franke family has been a breath of life for this franchise. 

Also, I don't want to forget to thank JR1 for his supportive comments above.

 

 

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