Click here to read a story out of the Connecticut Post on former Komets coach Pat Bingham, who was elevated to head coach of the American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Monday.
I've had some people ask me to elaborate on what I think about all this, so here it goes.
I'm happy for the guy. Bingham is as hard-working a coach as I've been around here. And he's clearly got a good hockey mind, as evidenced by his 51-21-4 record with the Komets in 2006-07.
He's also the most ambitious coach I've been around, outside of John Torchetti, so I'm not surprised he's kept at it and gotten to where he is now.
You'll recall the interesting decision the Komets had to make in replacing Greg Puhalski: Go with the ambitious Bingham, who wanted to move up and out as quickly as possible? Or go with John Marks, who was looking to be here for ages?
Bingham knew his systems. He was the first coach here really using high-tech video to break down games a lot. Good mind for the game. And he brought in solid personnel.
But he was also the most high-strung coach I've ever met. He always seemed so rattled after losses. He would blame losses on reporters and what we wrote, which was pretty funny since they lost so few games, and since that seems to be a matter for the players and what their minds are on more than the media. Bingham even tried to ban us from the locker room because he was incensed over something a player said. Again, not the media's fault.
And he was always blaming losses on the officials. That wasn't hard to do -- this was the United Hockey League we are talking about -- but I remember getting an appreciation for Puhalski because of that, since he never blamed officiating for anything.
Anyway, when Bingham left the Komets, the feeling was that he was going to have a lot of growing to do if he wanted to make it to the NHL as a coach. You can't be caught up in the minutiae so much.
This will be his first head-coaching gig since Fort Wayne, so we'll see how he fares, but I have to believe working with a respected coach like Jack Capuano for so long probably taught him a lot.