Justin A. Cohn


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  • Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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March 11, 2008

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Andrew

Sounds like a nice local amateur signing. Hope he can play like Milam did

Greg

I know some here have asked why sign two amatures and mess up some good chemistry this team is having.

Here's my reasoning on why this is a good thing to do.

1)They will be rookies to help with the mandated rookie dress rule.
2) I think they could be used as leverage if players aren't playing up to their potential. Play better or you'll sit and the rookies play.
3) Since the Komets are really close to clinching home ice for the playoffs, anyone who has any type of injury can be rested and the Komets don;t have to go searching for bodies or play short.

Dan

Not thrilled about the comment that the IHL isn't a good league. Also, he might change his mind about not coming here next year when he sees over 8,000 people in the stands.

Shawn

Dan, the reason he said this is not a good league is that most of his teammates have NHL contracts and will end up with AHL or ECHL teams for the rest of the season. This will be a good way for him to test his skill with seasoned vets. I don't forsee him staying on past this season.

Hit Somebody!!!

If the kid doesn't want to be here and he is so un-excited about being here...ummmmm.....why do we want him here? Maybe the quote wasn't totally accurate about how he feels, but it does sound kinda funny to me. He is coming to the best Minor League Hockey town in the world and maybe the best team in Minor League Hockey this year, yes I said it the best. He should be excited about it and I am sure Peter filled him in about the tradition and the history this team has. I wonder how the team will take this kids over-arrogance?

JR

Laugh

Jungle Monkey

Maybe fans will worship him like they did Tremblay for 6 games. That dude ended up being a bust. I don't see this as anything to get all that excited about.

Junior

Do I get some credit for breaking this story?

I'll take a pair of John Stockton short!!!

Junior

Shorts.

I need a edit button on here.

Hit Somebody!!!

Really though, what will he contribute to this team? He will carry the team's bags on every road trip, clean jocks, and get fresh water for the players. He might spend a time or two in the trash can. He will love being here after one day.

scoops

We don't know what he will contribute just as he doesn't know what this league is really like. Really, I think too much is being made out of what was written in the paper. I think his assessment made from afar was a honest one. Outside the circle of the IHL, it does not carry alot of cache' yet.

The Frankes have always done a pretty good job on the amatuers they bring in. I expect more of the same if this is made official. Greg has a good point that if he can play up to what his numbers are, he can fill in for some of the guys down the stretch.

FiveMinuteMajor

It never hurts to have warm bodies around this time of year. I'm taking his comments with a grain of salt, no offense to any 19-year-olds who read here but I remember being 19 and thinking I knew it all and not being afraid to show it. Fast-forward a few years (ok more like 15 years) and now I see how silly I must have looked and sounded! I gotta agree with Hit- once he gets into a game in front of 8000+ fans I bet he'll be singing a different tune!

David

Why bring 2 Am's anyway? We have rookies right now who need to play a regular shift. With a 27 pt lead why not give a Legualt/Warner a regular shift rather than bring in 2 guys just for the sake of bring 2 in? If you bring 2 in then 2 have to sit. You can still only dress 19 players. How many Am's have the K's brought in that have come back the next year? I can see the value if your club is hurt by injury, fighting for play-off spot, or you have no chance to make play-off's. What Vet's will they rest? Chaulk, Dupuis, Drouin, Marchant, Henley, Shafranov, Hansen? My guess none. So is it Huaklo, Reynolds,Aquino, Bertram?? Again none so it will be a rookie that will sit for the most part. My point to this is that you only of X amount of regular season games left with a more than comfortable lead so play the guys who have not gotten the ice time they need to develop. Because when play-off's come a guy like Legualt or even Warner more than likely will not be dressed as the 19th skater

Shawn

I guess everyone forgot the 2004-2005 playoffs. Venedam and Nelson both went down with season ending injuries. It was one of the amateur pickups (Adam Kostichka) who stepped in and did the job. That season the team went 51-24-5 and had 3-30 goal scorers.

So every season it is nice to have young players, which know the system and have practiced with the team for a month, who can be inserted into the lineup.

St.Christopher

Please!!Bring out the Kaptain Komet sweaters for friday night!

Ryne Gurney

I'm with you St. Christopher

David

Adam Kostichka and he is playing for who? He played 4 regular season games and had 2 pts and then 10 playoff games and had 2 pts yep you could say he was on fire. 14 total games and 4 pts. Did not return for the next season went to ECHL and had 8 pts in 63 games with Phoenix and then played for Chicago and had 8 pts in 25 games before he quit.

Justin Cohn

I don't understand this argument. You can add two talented players without having to give anyone up. They don't count against the roster size. What on earth would be the downsize of that? You don't have to play them any minimum number of games. This is a silly debate, in my opinion.

komets123

I agree with Justin. 2 freebies. Seems to be an obvious decision.

I would suggest the only downside would be bringing in a cancer to the team. I am not saying this kid is a locker room cancer in any way, because i don't know the first thing about him... Simply put, I hope the Frankes research someones character as well as their playing ability. Not the time of year to ruffle feathers in the locker room.

St.Christopher

Better yet...RBK Edge Kaptain Komet jerseys! Time to jump into 2008.

Jungle Monkey

RBK Edge?

St.Christopher

JM are you fishing again? I smell bait in the water. LOL

scoops

It may bring in somebody like Jamie Milam who really helped us or could bring in a serviceable player. More than that, its a valueable resource for recruiting someone else down the road which is something you do not see on a stat sheet. How many times do we get a player because of word of mouth?

Greg

Justin, you of all people should know we can't go that long without some debate on any topic.

Conley

I agree with new sweaters. Should make more in souvenir sales.

Jerad Shaw

Conley, always looking at ways to make a profit :)

scoops

Speaking of sweaters, is this weekend the one where they wear the designed jersey from the contest?

Conley

Gotta make that money. I think the top team should start looking like it. We have looked the same too long. By the way. I thought it was a silent auction for those camos not blind.

David

You still can only dress 19 in a game so who get's put on the 7 day I am not hurt list..Ask Warner how bad his knee is, he just got put on the 21 day..He was feeling ok last Saturday and hope to be activated last weekend..My point is you take away ice time from somebody who may need it just so you can bring in 2 guys?

St.Christopher

Scoops the Arts United designer jerseys will be worn on March 22 vs Flint. Auction will be held on the 28th I believe. Don't think they'll be RBK Edge though,that counts me out.

Turner

A new jersey design wouldn't be too bad for next season...just as long as they don't do like the European soccer and hockey leagues. They seriously unveil new designs every year or two. Silly. And expensive.

Justin Cohn

Nowhere is it written you have to play them.

Conley

What ever happened to if it aint broke don't fix it. Clinch home ice for the huge field of teams and then let the horses rest. They have played hard this seaon.

David

"Nowhere is it written you have to play them."

Then why bring them in? These guys are a longshot to return the following year anyway. If we need help because of injuries, needed to fine a way to motivate certain players, close to a play-off berth, or had no chance of reaching the play-off's then fine no problem but we are not in any of these situations. I never have seen the value of bring these guys in now or in the past. Play the guys who need ice time..Try to show them you want them back and reward them for the dedication to this point.

Jerad Shaw

Why not use these guys to give some of the Vets some rest? With this long break before a meaningful game, why not give some of the older players some rest.

jonndfi

I totally agree with Justin- why not add two players, who if they don't work out, we can ship out of here. This argument isn't even worth the effort. Its like if someone told me to take a car home free of charge for the next two months. I wouldn't have to pay anything for it for those two months and if I liked it after the two months, I could pay for it next year. That would be a hell of a deal! Who passes up on that deal.

Andrew

They use Athletic Knit jerseys. RBK Edge jerseys...aren't those the expensive ones that were suppposed to repel water but did the exact opposite?

Greg

No they repel water, the problem was they repelled water to the hands and feet so gloves and socks got soaked.

scoops

Correct me if I am wrong but if the players coming up from amatuer status do not count against your roster size, then nobody needs to go to the IR list.

At this point in the season if you don't have some kind of nagging injury or some soreness, you have not been playing hard enough. There is bound to be someone who could use a day off.

Playing for the K's is a year to year gig. The players know that. The entire roster is always subject to being a longshot on returning.

St.Christopher

And your point Andrew?

Hoss

Do the AM players count for the sal. cap?

Conley

What if those two players we are looking at are secret spies sent from port huron to infiltrate our system and going to take back info on the inner works of the Ks?

Homco

Hoss, you brought up something I have always wondered. What is the salary cap in the IHL?

Greg

After seeing these teams at least 10 times already. I think they already know what the inner workings are. it's just a matter of who wants it more.

Junior

I believe the cap is 13,000 a week, unless you're the Fury, then it's minus 3,000 a week

lovelost

sign him now!

Homco

Ok, sorry for being naive about this, but is that $13K per player or per roster per week.

Because essentially a 35K sallery seems small but then a 676K sallery seems big.

Is there really that much money floating around the IHL?

mightbite

I seen k-zoo played a AM. game today- does that sound right?

morency fan

Against who?...

Justin Cohn

You've got to think of salary cap as full season, I'll have to doublecheck, but I think it's $285,000. But remember, guys on IR don't count against the cap, so you can save a lot of money if guys are hurt. The amateurs don't count against the cap, though, come playoff time, for some strange reason.

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