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  • Bootland not coming to K's
    You may have heard that Darryl Bootland has defected from the CHL's Allen Americans to join a team in the ECHL. It's not the Komets, according to general manager David Franke.
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    Shawn Szydlowski, who re-signed with the Komets today, said he hopes to have a top-line type of role this season.
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Will Chaulk return someday? And much more

Komets general manager David Franke believes Colin Chaulk will be back someday.

I'm not entirely sure he will be, as a player. But I have always had it in the back of my mind that Al Sims' eventual replacement as coach will be either Chaulk or Bruce Richardson.

"Colin has no animosity toward us and we don't have any toward him," Franke said. "I fully expect Colin Chaulk will again play here in Fort Wayne. I think he will end his career here, whenever that is. And I really feel that he will retire a Komet. You never know, there may be another spot in the organization here when he's done as a player."

  • Word is, the Komets have signed a couple of players, though Franke declined to say who they are. My guesses: Center Leo Thomas and defenseman Keith Rodger.
  • This quizzical statement came from Franke today: "I think there are some players on the team right now, who can step into the leadership role. They have expressed that to me in their dealings, that they want to be more vocal in the locker room and on the ice. Hopefully, some of our players have picked up on stuff through the years and they've learned from one of the best leaders you can have on a team (in Chaulk) and they can pick up on some of his traits." My question is, who are these hidden leadership gems? He couldn't be referring to established veterans P.C. Drouin and Guy Dupuis. Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock will be a captain somewhere someday, but he's only going into his second season. Was this a reference to Thomas? Justin Chwedoruk? I don't know who he was talking about.
  • The Monitor's Brian Sandalow compares his conference/divisional alignment with my proposal from Thursday -- click here. His makes sense, except I have yet to hear anyone use the word "divisions" with me. I just don't think the powers that be see the need for divisions, since the IHL will play a lot of games amongst itself and they're aiming to have lots of teams in the postseason. I agree that, with my alignment, breaking up Tulsa and Wichita doesn't make sense on the surface. But if it doesn't have an impact on the number of games they play against one another, who cares? It would actually improve their respective chances of making the playoffs, so they should be happy. I don't see Evansville straying from the IHL flock.
  • I thought this was pretty cool: Colorado Eagles' recruitment video. Take note of the winning percentage that they point out being above the Komets. Also, a short cameo by Tyler Sims. And who around here knew Kevin Ulanski had become such a monster? Anyway, that Fort Wayne vs. Colorado rivalry is going to be cool.
  • This video, not nearly as good.

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