Thursday, June 12, 2008

Fronts: No news is Mav-ellous

Once more, for anyone who's still wondering, all signs point to Larry Mavety returning to coach the Kingston Frontenacs next season.

It's mentioned in passing on one of the Offsides podcasts from several weeks back. The exact date doesn't come to mind, but it's in there, somewhere. The Fronts haven't condescended to favour the public -- you know, the people who buy tickets to games at the arena their property taxes also paid for -- with any sort of announcement. It seems fair not to go off the handle and infer that there must be great embarrassment over this, bringing back His Royal Mavness when the team hasn't made it out of the goddamn first round of the playoffs for 10 years, since it violates a sworn vow to play nice.

Besides, Frontenacs owner Doug Springer has shown he's clearly beyond embarrassment. Dammit! Someone has to put a quarter in the violating-sworn-vows jar.

Incidentally, here's a fun a little nugget from a message board thread entitled 10 changes I'd like to see in the OHL:
"One day I would love to see Kingston become a competitive franchise; one that players want to play for rather than avoid. Kingston is a great city with tremendous hockey history; they deserve so much better. A conference final appearance and 1 division title is just pathetic. Good hockey people need to take over this franchise. A Kingston Frontenac championship team is something I’d really like to see in the OHL."

Amen.

11 comments:

Bigv V said...

Someone in city council brought up a good point last year as the front rounded out their cellar season...

What happens when the primary user of the facility doesn't do its part to bring in revenue to help pay for the arena?
She makes a good point since they expected most of the revenue to come from the Frontenac's.

I say the citizens of kingston buy the Frontenac's in a shareholders type deal. This way when the people who have paid for just about everything can call the shots.

In any other legitimate organization the general manager who can't produce after 10 years will be fired and not allowed to coach.

Could the CHL/OHL step in a make a change here? It is clear that few players actually want to play in kingston...

Big V said...

ALso like to point out...
What the hell would have happened if kingston had actually got the memorial cup bid for 2008?

Duane Rollins said...

What would have happened if Kingston haf won the bid for the M-Cup?

Three words.

Dukes.

Of.

Hamilton.

sager said...

The league can't do much unless the team was behind on league fees, wasn't paying its bills, or was being negligent about proper medical care for players -- something like that. The WHL had to intervene with the Portland Winter Hawks last season for something along those lines.

But hey, if an owner decides he's going to serve his customers a third-rate product year after year, ain't nothing Dave Branch can do.

Duane Rollins said...

Of course its fans could drive 45 minutes west...

sager said...

What, to see the Napanee Raiders Junior C team?

Duane Rollins said...

No. The Wellington Dukes, of course.

Duane Rollins said...

And how slow do you drive?????????????

sager said...

My parents' house to downtown Kingston is 30-35 minutes... Belleville is 30-35 on the 401 ...

Duane Rollins said...

If only as a young lad you had looked right instead of left for your OHL fix...Your life would have far less stress!

sager said...

Well, remember who was coaching the Bulls in the mid-1980s.