Well it is official.
Now we know why the Aeros made it all the way to the finals and were so stunned to lose to the Senators last year. They sold their asses to the devil to get it done. Now they have to pay the reaper.
In a season that is really happening in case you were wondering, Darcy Kuemper is the latest to succumb to the injury bug. The Aeros have subsequently pulled former Heat player Matt Keeltley out of the ECHL to assist Jimmy ... er, Joe Fallon this week in Abbotsford.
Also posted was the Aeros' clear day roster Tuesday, and there are no fewer than five players on that roster right now that won't be playing for the team anytime soon. And that doesn't count Jeff Penner and Jarod Palmer, but of whom could see playing time this week after long term injuries.
Jim Mill was not able to get any help from the rest of the league to shore up some of these question marks. I talked to him the other day about it and his honest comment was, "I'm always trying to make us better, but I am not sure what else I can do."
He's right ... you can't do anything with a roster full of glass. Everyone is broken, and all the assets are getting paid to rehab or help the Wild gong show up in St. Paul. But again folks ... that is why the Aeros exist. It has been a great development year for a lot of players, and next year (Mayan prophesies notwithstanding) looks to be a lot of fun waiting to happen.
Well, enjoy another three-loss week. I'd like to think they could split these four games, but the players have really accepted the reality of what this season has become. And for once, I don't blame them in the very least.