You can read them here.
I've thought about this long and hard. The affiliation last season wasn't a good one in terms of having AHL caliber players in here. I think Josh Brittian was a true prospect. He was called up and never came back. I think this is what the Komets want.
I believe that the Komets want an affilation where the AHL/NHL team is sending true prospects down to the ECHL, not the likes of Luca Cuputi or Ryan Lasch, those were guys who were in the last year of thier contracts and just needed a place to stick them. They want an affilation like what Toledo has, or Cincinnati has. Guys who the AHL wants to develop to make them AHL players then on to the NHL. The Frankes have to be very selective when they do that, which is probably why the chose to go independant.
I do believe that you need to be affilated to have alot of success in this league, but they also have to hook up with the right team, IMO
The extra practice would not get any criticism from me. No singling anyone out...every are a team and it sounds like that team needed extra!! That is totally different in my opinion.
Its to bad this wasn't really an extra practice. They bag skated for an hour...ala Herb Brooks...
Kind of interesting he compliments Thorne for his effort.
I was curious so I went to their site to look up Thorne's stats. 15 games played, 0 goals, 0 assists, a minus nine. He has 41 pim.
They are an affiliated team. Detroit and Chicago, I believe. No one has ever said being affiliated was a sure thing, but in the light of past conversations regarding the Komets and their "independent" status, it makes you think. You never can tell.
Mark21 , You are absolutly correct in the affiliation has to be a win-win on both sides and accomplish goals for each. I guess you can be married for better or worse OR be single and play the field. But with that being said, Dave Franke has proved that he can compete and win as an independent. In the old IHL from 1990 to 1999 the Komets were the vagabonds without an affiliation playing AHL + caliber teams that most were direct NHL affiliates. The Komets had success. Lots of success. It can be done. Even in this league.
There may be a player or two still out there looking for a home or an AHL team without room for a guy we can use but I think the best source of players ( not till March) left out there are the OHL, WHL and QJMHL 20 year olds that the NHL missed. i.e. Justin Hodgman