Thanks to Ben Smith for doing his best Dick Grayson impression while I was out of town for a funeral. By the way, it was interesting to be in the Ft. Lauderdale area in the wake of Richard Zednik's injury, him playing for the Florida Panthers and all. No matter how many times I saw that replay -- and it was many -- it never looked any less gruesome. Frankly, it's hard to believe that stuff doesn't happen more often than it does.
Speaking of funerals, there was one today for the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League, which suspended operations midway through its inaugural season. The Indiana (Penn.) Ice Miners, coached by Fort Wayne native and former Komets goaltender Brian Gratz, were declared league champion with their sick 31-1-0 record.
I asked Gratz a couple weeks ago how they ever lost one game and his answer was: "We hit a lot of posts." Classic.
Anyway, I wonder if the Komets will take a look at any of the players dispersed by that Single-A league.
Heading into tonight's Komets game against Bloomington, the Prairie Thunder has signed for Komets forward Blake Stewart. This is Stewart's fifth team since the Komets controversially cut him in 2005's training camp.
By the way, since I know a couple of you are sadly baffled, Dick Grayson is Robin. That makes me Batman.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette