Milwaukee Admirals and Cincinnati Cyclones Thread Part II
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08-12-2010, 06:25 PM
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Nashville, TN
Milwaukee broadcaster Aaron Sims writes a good piece detailing the changes for the Admirals this season and why fans should be excited despite the large roster turnover that has taken place...
With Mike Santorelli’s departure, the Admirals will not have the top three scorers from last year’s team. Santorelli, Robert Dietrich (Germany) and Hugh Jessiman (Chicago Blackhawks) accounted for 144 points in a combined 214 games.
In terms of number of games played for the team, eleven of the top-20 will definitely not be with the Admirals in 2010-2011. Some of the remaining nine could find themselves in Nashville, including Jon Blum, Teemu Laakso, Nick Spaling, Mark Dekanich and Colin Wilson. Barring injury or a complete meltdown, Wilson won’t be in Milwaukee.
There seems to be a sense of panic on message boards about this situation. I get that to a degree. People are thinking about the unknown. “Who’ll be here? Will he be as nice as the last guy?” I have some of those same feelings.
However, some of the comments left on the boards seem to count the team out before it’s even in town. I don’t get that. Yes, the Admirals are losing a lot of players. But they’re players from a team that finished in fourth place.
And before some start to blame the coach, let it be known that I’ve spoken with a lot of people over the last couple seasons about how our organization, specifically the coaches are viewed. Unanimously (yes, unanimously, in a poll of more than 50 people that I trust to tell me the truth, off the record, from outside the organization and around ten inside the organization), they tell me that Lane Lambert is one of the best coaches working today. I even had some people tell me last year that the team the Admirals had on the ice would not have been a playoff team if it weren’t for the coaching of Lambert and Ian Herbers. There’s some inside info for you.
I agree 100% with Mr. Sims. Poile has stacked the organization deep in both Nashville and Milwaukee and we will likely actually see more players assigned to Cincinnati this year than ever before. There is no reason to get down about the prospects for the Ads this season...personally, I think if Lambert can get them working together early in the year...the team might just compete for another Calder Cup this year!
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