The Komets have lost five in a row and are 5-12-1, worst in the 18-team Central Hockey League. They are currently nine points out of the last playoff spot -- 16 teams will make the postseason -- with 48 games remaining.
Regardless of what happens in today's game at Moline, Ill., my gut feeling is changes are ahead.
But the Komets clearly have so many problems -- lack of scoring, leadership and, probably, talent -- that it's not going to be easy to conjure up a magical change of makeup.
So what does the team do?
The easy thing is to say they should make a big trade. So, let's discuss this for a moment. Who would they be able to move that would actually draw interest in the form of potent players?
It's a relatively short list, and I don't know the details of their contracts. In no particular order, they are Mathieu Curadeau, Brandon Naurato, Sean O'Connor, Derek Patrosso, Leo Thomas.
P.C. Drouin and Guy Dupuis aren't going to be traded because, frankly, they are entrenched in the community and, I'm guessing, wouldn't report elsewhere. I know management isn't ruling anything out at this point, and it's possible they would waive a player like that to clear cap space and sign a free agent, but I doubt it.
If you're not going to get anything in return, why do it?
It's easy for management to say there are tons of free agents out there who could make a difference. I don't buy it. They would have signed them by now. At best, you're going to find third-line players out there, unless you get someone to bolt from Europe or just find a real hidden gem.
All this is an elaborate way of saying, this crew really just needs to turn things around on its own, or this is going to continue to be a long season.
In my opinion, there are only two absolute untouchables on this team: Defenseman Frankie DeAngelis, who leads the team in scoring with four goals and 14 points, and forward Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock, who has six goals, nine points and 70 penalty minutes.
The Komets have one of the best goaltending tandems in the CHL -- Nick Boucher and Kevin Reiter -- and I don't think they would move either of them. But from a pure value standpoint, this is an area that they might actually get some interest if they were willing to part with one of them, but I don't think you mess with the only reliable position on the team.
I'm kind of at a loss as to what the Komets can or should do.
I know everyone wants major changes, but I guess you'll have to tell me what you think they can do.
Oh, and by the way, firing the coach, Al Sims, isn't an option. Regardless of what we now think about the IHL, he won three straight championships. That has deservedly given him some cache. Even if you did consider it, who are you going to find that's better?
Although, if you are going to lambaste the general manager, David Franke, for the team that was put together, you have to put an equal share on Sims. He has an equal hand in the personnel decisions, if not a bigger one.