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  1. 2018-19 Utica Comets Thread

    Nice to get a W in the first road game. If this team stays together and Demko gets back, and is in form, this team is a contender. Poor Marrlies had to scramble for goalies after losing 2 to NHL waivers. Listening on the Radio I couldn't tell if we were that good or their number 2 goalie was weak. Maybe a combo?
  2. Matheson hit on Pettersson

    Comets captain Carter Banks was easily decisioned in a fight yesterday in Toronto, but it was a fray he willingly entered in retaliation of a bad hit on his fellow player. That's why Utica loves the Comets.
  3. 2018-19 Utica Comets Thread

    Watching the game live - hands down Charlotte faster and more skilled top to bottom. Leaking requires a solid pass. On one shift Lind was all alone and the pass was behind him.
  4. 2018-19 Utica Comets Thread

    Comets came out flying and went up 2-zip but by the end of the period it was evident they wouldn't win a track meet against Charlotte, a team with great speed and offensive skills, which quickly tied it. Cull did the only thing he could do - he slowed it down and made it ugly - which was our best shot at winning against a superior team. This one could have gone either way - Comets limited Charlotte's chances and had a couple of their own. Defensively liked McEnaney Sautner pair, Olie was fine and showed signs of being a very good one, Brisebois' first game so a little rusty. Dissapointed with Chatfield. He looked affraid and did a poor job when trying to get the puck out of the zone. With his speed I am also surprised with his lack of offense. He is Jordan Subban without the propensity to score. On offense Gaudette's goal was a beauty and he will only get better. McEwen rolled another goalie and I like how he charges the net like rhino, but just needs a little more control at the end. Boucher is Boucher (AHL-level star). McMaster shows signs of being very good. No one else really stood out.
  5. 2018-19 Utica Comets Thread

    I think the Utica side would jump on three. I am hearing the offer has been two with only one guarenteed.
  6. 2018-19 Utica Comets Thread

    I would prefer to continue to ride with Vancouver now that the prospect pool is deeper. During last nights Lightning -Nucks telecast (Tampa feed) they showed that 14 players on the Lightning roster came through the AHL farm in Syracuse. Nothing more I'd like to do than to tune into a Nucks game and see 14 players that I had watched develop in Utica.
  7. 2018-19 Utica Comets Thread

    At this point my opinion is any extension will be short term which buys both sides more time - Vancouver to see what Seattle does (maybe Seattle puts an AHL team in Tacoma or Portland making Abbotsford more feasable - you'd be playing each other 12 times) and for Utica to perhaps entice the Rangers or Islanders to make a move. This would be a win-win for both sides. If this is the last season for the Canucks in Utica perhaps it's an omen. Norfolk won the Calder Cup and lost its team to Syracuse. Manchester won the Calder Cup and lost its team to Ontario. If Utica is going to lose its team what better way to go out than with the Calder.
  8. 2018-19 Utica Comets Thread

    Another Utica Connection. Brock Boesser's agent is Ben Hankinson who spent 2 AHL seasons with the Utica Devils
  9. 2018-19 Utica Comets Thread

    After the Devils blew ouf Utica decades ago there was a snowball's chance in H- E - double hockey sticks that AHL hockey would ever return to the Utica Aud, yet it did. So who knows what happens next. Vancouver brought AHL hockey back to Syracuse 20 plus years ago and since then they've continued with the help of two other organizations - Columbus and Tampa. If Vancouver does move on, perhaps the Islanders or Rangers will give us a look. Until then we have an exciting season six ahead with what will be the best young talent we have ever seen and perhaps a Calder Cup run. Maybe even win the Calder Cup and lose the team like Norfolk and Manchester did? Whatever happens happens.
  10. 2018-19 Utica Comets Thread

    Aquillini's original plan when purchasing the AHL franchise was to move it to Abbotsford, but Calgary messed that up. Rumors had Calgary to Utica to pave the way for Canucks in Abbotsford. If that had gone though Utica would be in the ECHL right now. If Canucks re-up with Utica I will be shocked.
  11. 2018-19 Utica Comets Thread

    Does Linden stepping down signal the end of the affiliation with Utica? Linden felt the limited travel and extra practice time was good for development and more than offset the distance factor. Also felt the atmosphere was a big plus. He was in Utica's corner, yet the extension which was rumored has never followed.
  12. The other Hall-of-Famer to play in the AHL for Utica besides Brodeur? Slava Fetisov - played one game for Utica with a goal and assist. Knocking on the HOF door - former Utica Devil Bill Guerin.
  13. Martin Brodeur - HOF goalie who began his pro career in Utica in the AHL.. Will history repeat itself?
  14. Markstrom Moving Forward: A Big Head's Take

    If you are counting on Demko to be a knight in shinging armor next year, you are mistaken. He has digressed since the all-star break and has a lot of work to do before he's NHL ready. Having said that, he has shown signs of being the guy you want him to be, but not on a consistent basis and against far less talent. I think he will improve in another year, but he will also need a strong D in front of him when he jumps to the next level. He is really strong on shots low-to-mid - but needs to get better up high.
  15. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Stonecold - Believe they went from Wilkes-Barre to Bellville thus 6 hours. Demko was just ok last night, and had a pipe to thank early on as he was beaten up top once again. Like I've I said before, he is not close to being as good as Marky was in in 2014-15 when he posted a 1.88 GA and a .934 save percentage (then again I'm not sure Marky is close to being as good as he himself was that season). Of late Bachman has been the better goalie hands down. Demko has a lot more developing to do and it's all a part of the process. Anyone thinking he will step up to Vancouver soon and be an instant success is dreaming. He has at-least another year at this level.