I sense there is some frustration showing through from the Komets these days. I can't say I blame them after a 6-4 loss to the Dayton Gems.
The general feeling among the team is that their offense, as usual, isn't capitalizing on all the chances. And that whenever the opposition gets a chance, they always seem to score.
When those things are happening, the Komets are on pace for their fewest wins (42) since 2001-02, when they last missed the postseason.
Let's be fair, Colin Chaulk was out tonight, and Matt Syroczynski remains in the American Hockey League. But there are some things that just are going on without explanation: Where's Sean O'Connor's productivity? Where is the traffic in front of the net? Why can't Brad MacMillan stop getting misconducts?
Mitch Woods is on the horizon, yes, but he's not going to be the savior of this team. The guys in the locker room now have to whip up some consistency. There is talent for a championship, but you can't do it period-to-period, game-to-game.
I'm going to make a complete guess here: A trade or signing could be a brewing, if things don't change right quick.
The last time few times I felt this sort of mood, like there were some things slightly off about the roster, the Komets dealt Dustin Virag, or there was the Bogdan Rudenko/Ryan Jorde trade to Flint, or the signing of Rod Aldoff last season.
If we're talking about the Komets the same way on Friday, I bet David Franke starts working the phones. I wonder if Greg Bullock might just be worth talking to, just to see if there's a fit there.
Hey, want to see photos from tonight's game? Click here.
One final thought: Did you notice how much the Komets missed Chaulk on the late faceoffs? The game-sealing empty-net goal from Dayton's Mike Vaskivuo came after Leo Thomas lost a faceoff.