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Big week; discussion topic

It's an important week for the Komets, if they want to make the playoffs, and not just because they have back-to-back games with the Florida Everblades (my favorite name and logo in the ECHL).

Check out this story -- click here -- on some important deadlines that will pass before Friday's game at Memorial Coliseum.

  • I neglected to post this before: A story on defenseman Jamie Milam.
  • Look who's back in the CHL this season: Click here.
  • Farewell, in a manner of speaking, to one of my favorite people in hockey: Click here.
  • Did you see this? Click here. That coach is lucky I wasn't refereeing. By the way, the officials are totally out of position during the handshake line.
  • And I want to leave you with a discussion topic that has been popular in the office. And, no, it's not because I'm a Red Wings fan, because I would feel the same if Detroit were doing this. The Chicago Blackhawks have gained a point in 22 straight games. Impressive, no doubt. But I think a lot of people have lost sight of the fact that they have lost three games (in extra time), which has dredged up for me a rule I hate -- rewarding teams for losing games. For those of you youngsters, you may not remember a time when there were ties. I never had a problem with them. But the NHL in its Gary Bettman-led wisdom decided fans needed more excitement. But you know what I do hate? Losing in shootouts. Could you imagine deciding an NBA overtime game by free throws? Yuck. So, do you like the system the way it is? I would prefer this: All victories get three points (to dissuade teams from playing for ties), no points for losing in overtime, no shootouts, go five minutes 4-on-4, five minutes 3-on-3, then call it with one point each if there's a tie. I know it'll never happen, but that's my dream.

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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