Who do you want?

June 8, 2006

The next coach of the Fort Wayne Komets will be?

Todd Brost is not a candidate (his choice). Pat Bingham is. Bruce Ramsay and Kevin Kaminski have applied as have ECHL coaches and AHL assistant coaches. Troy Neumeier is not a candidate because he still wants to play (good for him). The Komets have already heard from 12 people, and the process is just starting.

The Komets want someone who is very good at recruiting in college and juniors, a veteran coach with a winning record and a strong personality. They would also like to find a coach who can find tough players who can also play. They aren’t too interested in goons.

The coaching search may mean a little change in the Komets’ thoughts on returning players, but a lot of that will be determined on the salary cap issues. The majority will still not be asked back.

The ground rules here are that I’m not going to respond to every idea you come up with because A) I won’t pretend to know everything the Frankes are thinking, B) if I did respond I wouldn’t have time to do any publishable work which pays the bills; C) there’s not as much going on right now as you may think and D) It might all be a conspiracy theory anyway, right?

BTW, congratulations to Justin on his wedding this weekend. Sucker! Talk about marrying over his head, I can’t believe some woman would stoop so low. Hope the weather stays perfect like this for them.


46 Responses to “Who do you want?”

  1. Greg Says:

    Danton Cole & Peter Sidorkiewicz are a couple of names I’ve heard on this blog.

  2. Mark Says:

    I have a buddy who lives and worships the Erie Otters, and Sid is one of 5 remaining coaches in the running for the Erie Otters Head coaching position…he would be a great candidate though..

    I mean its only been 24 hours since this news broke, and 12 people have called or applied..this tells you the kind of job this is. This is one of the most coveted positions in all of Minor League Hockey…I hope the Frankes take thier time, and get the RIGHT candidate for the job..

  3. JungleMonkey Says:

    Too bad about Brost. Wonder why he isn’t interested. Thought he would be a good candidate. Ramsey and Kaminski are not quality applicants in my opinion. Danton Cole would be, but he took a job. Is Mark Reeds already under contract in Kzoo? Bingham had some success and it seems that he always had a tough team.

  4. JungleMonkey Says:

    Al Sims isn’t doing anything is he?

  5. dnlkomets Says:

    What are the chances of Bruce Boudreau?

  6. JungleMonkey Says:

    I doubt Bruce would leave Hershey to come to the UHL.

  7. Burgee Says:

    I would go with a 4 coach system:

    Twister – Assistant coach in charge of officials managment, he could probably still sit in his seat and perform these duties.

    Hit – Assistant coach in charge of physical play and goal scoring.

    Tony E. – Assistant coach in charge of reality.

    Blake Sebring – Head coach in charge of the other three assistants.

  8. Neal Says:

    Is Gregg Pilling doing anything these days?

  9. Jeff Says:

    Neal – I’m with you on Pilling – great choice for us dreamers and who remember his approach – changing goalies during games, five defensemen on a power play, dumping the puck from center ice for an entire period… The guy was unorthodox, but he was a winner – should have kept him around more than 1 year.

    I’d worry about Ramsey being too buddy-buddy with his players – didn’t he and Michel Beausileau (sp?) get in some alcohol-related trouble with the PH Beacons a few years back?

    I’d like to see what Danton Cole would do if he were a candidate.

    It’s great to hear that so many people are interested this soon when the job came open.

  10. blake Says:

    Uh, Bruce is in the AHL Finals. He won’t be coming back. I’ve been told by a friend of his that Danton Cole is not interested. Sid has not expressed an interest. Pilling is retired and working in Edmonton, I think. Brost got tired of moving his family. I don’t think Al Sims would be interested.

    I REALLY like the idea of being Hit’s boss. (evil laugh).

  11. Tony E Says:

    I cannot in good faith assume that position (uh oh I am leaving myself open by saying that!)

  12. Tony E Says:

    Mark they better hire him then. He has served that organization well for the last several years. Everyone likes him
    He would be perfect here. He certainly could recruit!

  13. Hit Somebody!!! Says:

    Hey Super Fan….does that mean we all have to call you CHIEF?

  14. Hit Somebody!!! Says:

    What was the name of the coach that was in Quad City that had a really bushy mustache that was loved there and he had awesome teams when we first came into the UHL? I can’t remember his name….anyone remember? Where the heck is that guy….go get him.

  15. Pat Says:

    Paul McClean

  16. JR Says:

    The guy I would have loved to have here would have been Ted Nolan; but he was just hired by the Islanders sooooo….. That guy fell off the face of the earth in the late 90’s after he won the best coach award. Never quite understood that cause I thought he was a great coach…

  17. Hit Somebody!!! Says:

    Paul McClean it is then…give him a call. His teams were awesome. Never saw a hockey team at this level dominate ever aspect of the game like his teams did. The passing and smothering defense. We could never get the puck up the ice on his teams, and we could never take the puck away either. And they played tough hard nosed hockey. Where is he? Go get him…..

  18. Mark Says:


    Paul McClean is a an assistant for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim…

  19. Hit Somebody!!! Says:

    Well that makes sense…thanks for the info…I doubt he would take 3 steps back to come here then would he….He will probably be a head-coach in the NHL next.

    Super Fan it is then….I mean…..Chief?

  20. blake Says:

    I predict lots and lots of suicide skates.

  21. Tony E Says:

    Paul Maclean and Lanny Mcdonald. Two of the greatest staches in sports history.

  22. Hit Somebody!!! Says:

    What is your system….Chief? Will it be you behind the bench…or a cardboard cut-out of you? Who will you sign first? Molly McButter or Enema Man? I would go with Enema Man…he beats the crap out of everyone on the ice and always goes 2-hole. You need a guy that isn’t afraid to do the dirty work….

  23. randy Says:

    You predict lots of suicide skates, huh? I hope the Komets go with the sentimental favorite bull and wind up with Kaminski, before the year’s out Komet fans will be screaming “bring back Pulcrapski”. I’ll be the first to say that he’s a real good guy, but as far as coaching goes, he definately needs to find another line of work.

  24. Susan Says:

    Paul MacLean is an assistant with the Red Wings now… http://www.detroitredwings.com/wings/coachbio.jsp?id=1554

  25. Greg Says:

    I’m with Jungle Monkey in that Ramsey and Kaminsky wouldn’t be good canidates. I didn’t think Ramsey was that good a player let alone coach. I don’t think Ramsey could coach his way out of a wet paper bag. With Killer, he’s got the Missiouri debacle on his resume so it doesn’t look good for him either.

  26. blake Says:

    Ramsay is one h—ova lot smarter than you give him credit for and I’m not sure I have ever met a more inspirational player. He’ll either be coaching for the Komets or against them someday very soon. He’s one of those players who you knew someday was going to be a great coach because he knew the game, players respected the heck out of him and he knows people. He’s a leader. He could lead by example or lead by saying something.

    Kevin is the same way. He’s had two crappy ownership situations so far in his career but he tried to make the best of them and never griped about them, which you have to respect. The one time he had a decent team was with the NHLers and that team played hard and well all the way through. If Reiter hadn’t been so young and they had gotten hit with half the injuries they had, they could have beaten the Komets in that series. I have never met a more stand-up person, on or off the ice.

  27. Geri Says:

    I think that you are wrong about Ramsay he’s a winner!!!He has won five Colonial Cups and never missed the play-offs!! He is a great guy with more heart and passion than most coaches!! He would be a great asset to Fort Wayne!!!

  28. chuckitt Says:

    great comments blake. usually the tough guys make decent coches cause they study the game and see things from different perspectives. either killer or ramser would be ok if we cant land a big name, and theres not alot of those guys willing to go to low aa level.

  29. Tony E Says:

    You can’t always judge a coach by how “good” he was as a player. In fact over history, many bench players have made better coaches than the stars. Why? Well in some cases it was because they were on the bench paying attention to the way things are being run.

    There are very very few “superstar” players who have duplicated their success as a player behind the bench.

  30. JR Says:

    I found the Frankes comments in your latest article interesting. Is there now not going to be as total a house cleaning as previously thought??? I understand that nothing will happen until after the league meetings; but it definetly sounds as if the Frankes and Puhalski were’nt on the same page. Hoopefully between the new coach and the Frankes they can raise the excitment level for fans next year on the ice and not just in the papers this offseason. It would be nice to see the team on the ice reflect what they tell us were gonna have in the paper this summer.

  31. Greg Says:

    I’ll just be the one with the difference of opinions on Ramsey. I didn’t think much of him as a player, certianly not as a tough guy. In fact I remember that a lot of his fights looked like a bad game of battleship, Right Cross-miss, left Uppercut-Miss.

  32. blake Says:

    Then how about remembering that he was at the end of his career, he was the only toughness on the team and he stood up for everybody. Remember that he never had a shift where he didn’t give 100 percent. Remember the comeback against Binghamton he sparked in the playoffs, or the OT goal against QC, or the way he designed Muskegon’s defense last year against the Komets in the finals. There’s a reason the guy has so many rings. He’s a winner and a leader.

  33. Greg Says:

    Can’t say I personally remember him given 100% all of the time. I remember the BC series, but don’t remember Ramsey being much of a part of it. I don’t have my stats with me to know about the OT goal, and until you mentioned it, I had no idea that was Ramsey who did that.

  34. Blake Says:

    Rammer was the real reason they won the BC series. They were down going into the third period of the final game and he rallied the troops in the locker room between second and then threw his body at anything that moved. One of the most inspirational performances I’ve ever seen from a Komet. He did a lot of that kind of stuff behind the scenes.

  35. Ricko Says:

    How about Kevin MacDonald?

  36. Jeff Says:

    Just a thought –
    The one thing about Michael Franke (I don’t know David very well to comment) is he’s very approachable. He reminds me that they let the players play and the coaches coach. They give players and coaches chances to prove themselves and if something different needs to happen, then they step in and make the necessary changes.

    I’d like to think the change of atmosphere will do everyone well – Puhalski a new team and returning players a clean slate.

  37. Blake Says:

    Kevin, another great guy, is out of coaching.

  38. Tony E Says:

    Sooo How about this gripping Poland?Ecuador soccer game? (yes I am am loser and watching it lol)
    Finding a new coach is such a complicated process.
    I mean, if you look for a guy with “experience” as a head coach, he is most likely available because he is out of a job. Normally that means he is coming off some kind of failure whether it be just a bad season or long term. Sometimes of course it can happen when a team moves, changes general managers etc. A guy who has never been a head coach before is risky because maybe the guy knows what he is doing, maybe he doesn’t. Do the Komets want to be the test tube for him? I would love to see a list of the people who have contacted the team interested in the job. When an opening like this comes around, you never know who might come out of the woodwork.

  39. JungleMonkey Says:

    Wow. Ramsey is a genius? Look at his head coaching record. Not that impressive.

  40. Blake Says:

    Yeah, I’d condemn him pretty easily for not winning in Port Huron where the owners are always looking to bail, the fans don’t show up and no one wants to player. It’s all about circumstances. Look at Bruce Boudreau, he struggled here in the IHL days during the NHL lockout in part because the Komets had no way to compete financially with the other IHL cities. Now he’s in the AHL finals. I’m guessing a lot of people on this blog were probably screaming for his head at the time.

  41. Hit Somebody!!! Says:

    Ramsay would be a great choice. He was a great leader the time he played here…always gave his best effort on the ice and you are right Blake, he put is body on anything that moved, sometimes hit things that weren’t moving too. He would be a great choice because I think he would add that extra quality of wanting to entertain the crowd by getting his players to perform night in and night out and also by demanding them to play tough. That is what we all have wanted this past season and before. Give that guy a shot. It sounds to me though that maybe Killer has the foot in the door first though, seems like when the Komets drafted 4 guys off his old team that he personally recommended to the team, he would be the guy getting ready to step in….????? Either guy would be liked here, no doubt about it. We would see a team that played hard night in and night out and also allowed to display their talent outside of some BS system.

  42. Blake Says:

    Hit, Killer didn’t recommend them to the Komets, I called him to get his reaction to them after they were drafted.

    I’ll bet not one of you would want to trade phone bills with me this month. LOL.

  43. Hit Somebody!!! Says:

    Odds are that it will be one of the two of those guys, right? I like that both of them are being considered. Have any thoughts on it Super Fan. I mean Chief….LOL

  44. JungleMonkey Says:

    If Danbury goes down the crapper and doesn’t play, that would make Gillis available. If they do play he has to question his reputation being associated with the likes of Galante. I would be on the phone to this guy. He’s a coach, not an ex-goon with a losing coaching record.

  45. blake Says:

    Not necessarily, Hit. JM, Danbury is expected to play next year.

  46. JungleMonkey Says:

    I understand that. But I wonder if Gillis will want to be involved with all of this nonsense looming over the team. I’m also pretty sure his compensation is nothing to sneeze at. I just threw it out there.

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