Notes and little news

September 21, 2006

According to Komets General Manager David Franke, the team expects to hear a decision tomorrow from center J.C. Ruid. If he decides to go elsewhere (I’ve heard Chicago), the Komets have a back-up plan in place for another veteran forward.

The deal is, Ruid is still considering going to Europe, and the Komets don’t want to get stuck with another Mark Smith situation with a player leaving during the season.

* The players have started informal workouts at McMillen Park Ice Arena and will be out there every morning next week.

* The Komets won’t say anything about whom they are getting from Hershey yet. What if that player makes the Bears? If he does, the Bears are committed to helping the Komets find another defenseman. Hershey does have a ton of rookies coming into camp.

* The Komets are not sendng anyone to camp with Hershey or Bridgeport. That was an option for a couple of players they were looking to sign, but they chose to sign elsewhere.

* At this time, it doesn’t look like Komets coach Pat Bingham is going to attend any AHL training camps.

* Because the NHL has adopted it, the UHL is also adopting a new rule that allows a 3/4-inch curve on sticks compared the the previous 1/2-inch. The UHL will not be adopting the rule that allows the home team to choose whether to shoot first or second in the shootout, which I think would be huge since the road team shoots first and the team that scores first wins about 75 percent of the shootouts.


62 Responses to “Notes and little news”

  1. Ashley Says:

    Maybe I’ve missed it. But are the exhibition games still going to be held at McMillen on October 4 and 6?

  2. IndyKomet Says:

    I think the games are at the Coliseum, not sure why they wouldn’t be.

  3. Blake Says:


  4. dnl Says:

    I’m glad to hear that the UHL is adopting the 3/4 inch curve. I don’t know why it hadn’t been adopted by the NHL earlier if they were trying to make the game more offensive.
    I deffently don’t want to see Ruid jump ship like Smith did last year. I suppose you don’t know or can’t tell us who the other backup vet is, can you Blake? Will they bring this 9th vet into camp or not unless Ruid is out?
    If a couple of the rookies we have now or well spoken of in Canada, why don’t the Komets try to send them to Hershey’s camp? I don’t want Hershey to pick them up of course, but it would show that Ft Wayne is a place that rookies can go if they do want to move up in hockey. We’ll need rookies for next season, make Ft. Wayne more appealing now.

  5. Blake Says:

    C’mon DNL. Think about what you’re asking. I tell you what I can and know. There’s no way they would volunteer such information and let other teams know they are talking to someone. And why would the Komets take a chance on losing talent that they found? There are 7 or 8 fewer teams at the AA level, and even if there weren’t there are plenty of rookies out there.

    I personally think the thing about getting guys training camp opportunities is mostly hogwash. All players care about is the money just like anybody else in any other profession. True, Fort Wayne treats players very well, but if Flint offered $25 or $50 more per week, they’d be gone in a heartbeat. That’s not being cynical, it’s common sense.

  6. Blake Says:

    Some of this stuff we just have to let play out.

  7. Drop The Gloves!!!!!! Says:

    do u think the back up plan could be Michel Massie

    I would like for them to try to sign David Beauregard

  8. Blake Says:

    I sincerely doubt it. Last I heard, Michel had shoulder problems and was going back to school for business classes. DAB signed with Tulsa in the CHL.

  9. LC Says:

    Yeah, along with Mike Wiggins, and I think we are gonna be at the game against Youngstown to see them play in November!!

  10. Rick Richardson Says:

    Will the Komet’s games be transmitted on the “B2” network?

  11. Blake Says:

    No, that has not changed.

  12. Komet Warrior Says:

    I want Ruid to be a KOMET since he is a good player and scores lots of goals MAN. Franke will here from ME at the Komet hockey games if he doesn not get him!

  13. Greg Says:

    I thought I saw somewhere that Jamie Milan signed in the ECHL with Gwinnett in Geogia.

  14. Komet Warrior Says:

    OHIC Warrior Hockey Update

    My brother told ME that Big Snake was at Rocford this year does anyone now?

  15. Hit Somebody!!! Says:

    Your brother would be correct, kind of. He is on a 2-way contract with Rockford and Milwaukee of the AHL, MAN!

  16. Hit Somebody!!! Says:

    I bet the Frankes just filled their pants and are on their phones trying to sweeten the deal with Ruid. They wouldn’t want to hear from KW this season that is for sure, MAN!

  17. Hoss Says:

    Neither do we….

  18. Hit Somebody!!! Says:

    Blake, whatever you do, please don’t adopt that crappy setup that Cohn has on his blog site. Not only is the print hard on the eyes, so is that awful picture that is glaring at me….YIKES! LOL

  19. Blake Says:

    Oh, I’ll bet not. KW would you like them to sign him and then see him leave halfway through the year? Give them credit for being smart and patient so far. Truthfully, I don’t think Big Snake scares them.

    Also, I thought we were done with the OHIC updates.

  20. Hit Somebody!!! Says:

    BIG SNAKES scare me…..alot!!!!!!!!

  21. Drop The Gloves!!!!!! Says:

    hey hit what kind of BIG SNAKES scare you the most. mine is the rattler!!!

  22. Hit Somebody!!! Says:


  23. Drop The Gloves!!!!!! Says:

    Hit i am all for your last one too he scares me to death i shake in my boots

  24. Drop The Gloves!!!!!! Says:

    better he is so scary he make GQ move!!!!!!

  25. Tony E Says:

    Maybe Tim Fingerhut is looking for a place to play this year.

  26. nicko Says:

    Has anyone seen Big Snakes on a Plane?

  27. Blake Says:

    Good one Nicko!

  28. Tony E Says:

    Talk about a overhyped movie that bombed FAST.

  29. Komet Warrior Says:

    Blakes I was not in town for a week vacation so I got LOTS of caching up to do MAN!

  30. Hit Somebody!!! Says:

    I’d like to see the Komets sign Jake the Snake Roberts to fight Robin Big Snake….that name Big Snake still to this day makes me laugh. Big Snake!!!!! LOL

  31. Hit Somebody!!! Says:

    Wonder where the Warrior goes for vacation?

  32. Hit Somebody!!! Says:

    I think Big Snake might have a screw loose. I remember last season towards the end of the season he was suspended when we played them and he sat in the crowd. A guy that sits in front of me yelled something funny, but in a friendly sort of way toward him…and I thought we would all end up on CNN because the look that Big Snake had and he kept glaring over in our direction. I thought for sure he was going to come over and kill someone. That guy is one Little Debbie away from a Nutty Bar…..YIKES!

  33. Blake Says:

    Actually, I heard from a few folks sitting above in that section that some of the stuff really wasn’t that funny, and a complaint was filed with the league over some of it. The Komets, the coliseum and the IceHogs took the complaint seriously. Supposedly Big Snake felt some of the comments were out of line, and so did some of the FW fans who talked to me about it.

  34. Blake Says:

    Or maybe we’re talking about two completely different incidents.

  35. Hit Somebody!!! Says:

    It wasn’t from the guy in front of me then. The guy in front of me just basically said “You can’t help your team out there sitting with us.” I doubt that is enough to make Big Bad Big Snake complain to the ushers, the Komets, The Ice Hogs, and to the League. Honestly though, he looked like a guy that could snap at any second, and anyone who would have the stones to say anything questionable to him, was taking their lives into their own hands, or maybe into his hands. LOL

  36. Tony E Says:

    Hit, I have written on this before. He comes from a place where most families do not have toilets in their homes and the drug, violent crime and suicide rates are off the charts. He no doubt has alot of anger built up inside him (with good reason under those conditions) and hockey is probably his only channel to release some of that anger and aggression. From a strict hockey standpoint, because of the above I do not want him on my team as he is a disaster waiting to happen.
    As a human being I feel very sorry for him and many of the First Nations people of Canada. Even as an American I have joined in several letter writing campaigns because those people deserve to live in decent, clean and safe neighborhoods just as we do. There is no excuse that the people who are actually indigenous to North America should have to live like animals. What has happened to the natives in this country and Canada is shameful.
    (Gee, who would have thought I am a Republican LOL)
    Off my soapbox….goodnight 😉

  37. Jungle Monkey Says:

  38. chuckitt Says:

    DONT CONFUSE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE WITH NATIVES AS ALL THE POLITICALLY CORRECT PEOPLE DO. the ancestors of those people all migrated here just as our forefathers did and it is a shame that we have shoved all the indians aside onto reservations and let their conditions be some of the worse in the world. iam a native american as i was born here. i also am part indian but i am a native cause i was born here. another case of changing the meaning of words! because of big snakes backround he deserves any chance anybody can give him until he proves that he doesnt deserve it. i would take him in a heartbeat but he cant be any worse than that cheap shot beazeau!

  39. Greg Says:

    Gotta agree with Chuckitt. It’s good if Big Snake can make something good out of a bad situation (heck, it’s good if anyone can do that) and I think overall he’s a decent hockey player, (he must be or he wouldn’t be given a look in the AHL), but if he keeps making “BONEHEAD BEAZEAU” plays he’s going to continue to get a bad rap, he’s going to continue to be heckelled in the stands when not playing, and then he’s really going to do something stupid that will end his carrer befroe he would like it to.

  40. Tony E Says:

    Chuckitt, by definition the two words are virtually the same and that is why people use them both. I know that the First
    Nations people get offended if they are referred to as indians or eskimos.
    Everyone everywhere migrated from somewhere. Heck Adam and Eve were forced to migrate lol.
    To me, he has been given chances, and still should but do I want to be the one that gives it to him? This may sound hypocritical considering I am a champion for the rights of First Nations people but in this case I am talking about a strictly hockey decision. Take another example and I know it is a different situation but let’s say a guy fresh out of prison wants a job at your company. You might believe everyone deserves a second chance but are you going to tell me you are not going to at least think twice about being the one to give it to him?
    Big Snake at this point has not demonstrated the ability to keep his cool. He is a VERY talented player but how hard is it to get him suckered into taking a dumb penalty in a key situation? His career is full of suspensions and ugly incidents. Also (and this of course touches a nerve with me) he has been abusive of officials resulting in suspension more than once.

  41. Jungle Monkey Says:

    Somebody kick over the soapbox.

  42. Tony E Says:

    lol don’t worry I am done 😉

  43. Greg Says:

    Interesting story with Domi. But you know. Most tough guys on the ice are some of the easiest to get along with off the ice.

  44. JC Says:

    Rockford signed their #1 goalie today. A former ECHL rookie of the year and has AHL experience. They are shaping up to be a good team. The western division is going to be good!

  45. Hit Somebody!!! Says:

    I’ve heard all of those stories about Big Snake before. I am not really saying anything here. He just looked like a guy that was ready to kill someone. I hoped it wouldn’t occur in the MC that night over someone saying something that was intended to to be a joke. That’s all.

  46. komets13 Says:

    Any word yet on whether Ruid made his decision today? I was also curious if anything has changed on the trading of Duharts rights.

  47. Tony E Says:

    The woman he is rumoured to be dating is one of the richest women in the world. Some think she has what it takes to become Prime Minister one day.

  48. Blake Says:

    I talked to David Franke around 3 p.m. and he had not heard anything yet. Since then I’ve been doing HS football so I don’t expect any news until Monday.

  49. Blake Says:

    Tony, why in the world are you talking about my love life again?!?!?!

    Really, what are you talking about?

  50. Tony E Says:

    LOL. Blake the article I posted a link to above. Domi has been seen with Belinda Stronach, a very rich and very powerful woman in Canada.

  51. chuckitt Says:

    everybody should check out the opening of the rio grande valley website complete with a super fan and a team thats not afraid of the word suck! also, what happened to troy neumeirer? couldnt find him listed on any chl roster.

  52. Shutterbug Says:

    Neumeier signed with the Lubbock Cotton Kings in August and Andrew Luciuk also signed with the team. Their roster is still dated 2/20/06.

  53. chuckitt Says:

    thnaks big s

  54. Drop The Gloves!!!!!! Says:

    does anyone know where Kevin Koylok(sp) #28 is at this year

  55. Drop The Gloves!!!!!! Says:

    does anyone know where Kevin Koylok(sp) #28 is at this year

  56. chuckitt Says:

    dont think kotyluk has signed anywhere yet, at least not yet with bakersfield.

  57. Drop The Gloves!!!!!! Says:

    i would like to see him back as a KOMET

  58. blake Says:

    I’m almost 100 percent sure Kevin retired because of shoulder and ankle injuries. I know he didn’t finish last year because of injuries, and I think someone told me he was hanging up his skates to go back to school.

  59. Drop The Gloves!!!!!! Says:

    that to bad he was my favorite player

  60. chuckitt Says:

    mine too!

  61. Skate Says:

    chuckitt — this is a hockey blog. you need to go on OPRAH to get in touch with your feelings. Or Greg Behrends.

    I am sorry we ripped you off for Manhatten Island, tho.

    I know $10 in beads and trinkets isn’t very much. I figure this is why you have NEVER be on record as having picked up a bar tab.

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