I can't stop watching this -- click here -- because it's just too great.
Ben Smith has a column -- click here -- and it is worth your time on the Komets.
I really think David Franke, Michael Franke and Al Sims need to get in a room and get their stories straight. One says they weren't prepared for the lockout and for dealing with an affiliation for the first time since the 1990s. One says they were ultra prepared. And the other is kind of in the middle.
And while I know it's spin, I don't get the veiled shots at yours truly. Look, I said last summer they didn't have the right personnel for this league. Injuries or not, they could finish with the first sub-.500 record since 1997. How am I wrong?
I want to note, I've stayed out of the affiliation discussion. Why? I'm not privvy to any of the conversations between Fort Wayne and Anaheim about who may or not have been sent.
But an interesting point is made in Ben's column: The three biggest players of note sent here were Corey Elkins, Ryan Lasch and Luca Caputi. Elkins quickly left for Europe. Lasch was selfish and eventually went to Europe. Caputi was a healthy scratch at one point. The biggest players sent were Nick Schaus, Ryan Hegarty and, late in the season, Jeff Deslauriers. So you could make the argument the Komets didn't get a ton out of the players sent. You need to look deeper than the statistics.
However, the Komets keep saying they had all these players called up. But Daniel Maggio and Kenny Reiter -- the two biggest losses -- didn't go to Norfolk. It's important to distinguish that. The Komets didn't get a ton from Anaheim; but they didn't lose much either. To me, it's a wash.
Which brings us back to the players the Komets put together in the summer. They made a huge mistake in waiting too long for Frankie DeAngelis. That was the biggest mistake. And they kept saying it was a buyer's market, but when Chris Auger went down early, all they got was Thomas Beauregard. It's pretty clear a lot of the guys they had weren't the right fits for the ECHL.
- During Saturday's game, Notre Dame's Braxton Cave, Theo Riddick and Mike Golic will be signing autographs at Memorial Coliseum. Heads up that they are charging for autographs. This isn't a Komets promotion; it's one of their sponsors.
- Anyone going to the game tonight? I am.