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Tailing the Komets

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Anne Argast
Mon, 04/27/2015 - 6:42am

I tried a couple weeks ago to figure out who our first round opponent would be if we assumed next year's arrangement and this year's records. It was hard (especially with a few teams having similar records) but my best guess (probably wrong) was Utah. That's silly.

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 7:48am

Please ECHL officials, listen to reason!  Consider what Blake and others are saying and think about your fan base.  Afer all, they are what keeps you in business.

Congrats to the K's on their series win over Kalamazoo.  It was a hard fought, entertaining series and I'm looking forward to the next round.  Hopefully they can keep their momentum going and show the next opponent who's boss.  Cup Up!  Go K's!!!

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 8:03am

Nice win Komets! Go beat Toldeo or Wheeling.


Blake and Teresa. You are forgeting one important thing. The ECHL is here to serve the AHL and NHL. They do not give a hoot about the ECHL fans or what may be best for them and their team owners. They allow the AHL to swoop in and take teams from our league, and could care less how many of our players are recalled to the AHL only to set in the stands. Nagle is a perfect exemple. He may have ended up being the leagues best goalie if he would have been here more than half of the season rather than setting for 95% of the time in the AHL.

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 10:47am

Just a couple of quick thoughts about the article.  

First, with the paragraph beginning "maybe it's selfish". The ECHL can rearrange the divisions and especially the schedule if it wanted.  Want proof?  This season they incorporated an entire league and rescheduled many games.  This was basically a "last minute" thing.  There unwillingness to take a common sense approach to anything that makes sense for their fans and owners answers the question asked in the last paragraph.

Nothing will be simple if you have a FAR western division.  The franchises are just too spread out.  I am amazed that Alaska can survive with all the special challenges it has. 

On another topic:  I am very pleased and, maybe, a little surprised that the Komets won in 5.  I had thought that the series would go 6 and could've been talked into a Kalamazoo series win (if they had won one of the first two games in Fort Wayne).

But who was the poster (earlier in the 2015 part of the season) who told us that the Komets wouldn't even make the playoffs, and if they did, would lose the first round?

He posted, "I could explain it better but I'd need charts, and graphs, and an easel".

How'd that work out??

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 10:55am

"And aren't the fans the ECHL's true customers?"

How many different ways do you have to hear, "NO!" to that question? ha!

Enjoy Coach Graham while we have him...GO KOMETS!

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 11:09am

One half the crowd Komet fans. Wow!

"...this is a pretty special place to play"- Gary Graham.

Sometimes, maybe, the coaches and/or the veterans may want to subtly remind the roster of that fact.  Maybe it could encourage someone to come back, or act as advertisement to recommend Fort Wayne to an acquaintance.  You don't have to "beat it over their heads", but it's never too early or late for prospecting.

Statistics worth noting in the article I found amazing were Bloomstrand being -11, and out of 77 games, 20 of those were against each other!

A more balanced schedule would've been much more fun ( especially having three teams within 120 miles of Fort Wayne).

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 11:38am

Blake , this tis article will make the ECHL website?........ NOT!

Great article on the things that really do matter.

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 11:39am

Think this  ( sp)  dang spell check

Blake Sebring
Mon, 04/27/2015 - 11:49am

It's never going to work for the far west, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't consider it if it helps the other three-fourths of the league. Basically, it makes no difference to the far west either way.

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:08pm

I found it interesting in all of Nick Bootland's post-game comments that he never admitted that the Komets were the better team in the series.  He never whined or complained, but he seemed loathe to give credit where credit was really due.

Blake Sebring
Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:50pm

Not necessarily. Those are the most boring quotes, and I don't ask for them, because what's he going to say? I don't set my interviewees up that way.  My first question is usually, "What did you think?"  and they can take it wherever they want to go. They will anyway.

Nick is always classy, always available and like any coach, would rather talk about his own team than the other. 

Scarecrow, did you read Sunday's story: 


Mon, 04/27/2015 - 7:32pm

Blake, I read the article. Yes, Nick Bootland acknowledged that the Komets have some dangerous players and that they performed well. That is still different than saying the Komets were the better team for the period of the series. Maybe I'm quibbling here, but his comments still seem a little bit less than truly acknowledging. It really would have been nice to have had some general comments about the series from Colin Chaulk too. I know that is generally the coach's job, but considering the history here, why not, even now that everything is over? How about an interview with Chaulk about his future plans once the playoffs are completely finished? People are still interested in him.