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Who should coach the Komets?

Sorry to bring up this subject on the heels of an actual victory -- the Komets' first in their last eight games, 4-2 over the Dayton Gems -- but it was a topic of conversation Wednesday in the press box.

If the Komets were to fire coach Al Sims, who would you try to bring in?

Before we go further, let me say, I would not fire Sims.

Three straight championships in the IHL should give Sims plenty of leeway, in my opinion, regardless of whether the Central Hockey League is a higher level, or whether he had a hand in the overestimation of talent on the Komets' roster.

However, it's still a fun conversation.

The names I threw out as guys I would look at, in no particular order, are:

Former Rockford (United Hockey League) and Elmira (ECHL) coach Steve Martinson. Former Dayton coach John Marks. Brad Jones, the former Binghamton (UHL) coach and former vice-president of hockey operations for the IHL. Former Mississippi and Missouri (UHL) coach Kevin Kaminski. And former Flint (IHL) coach Bobby Reynolds.

Of those, I think Jones and Reynolds are the only ones I would have any real interest in, were I running the Komets.

The best suggestion probably came from someone else, and I won't say who because I don't know if he would want me publishing it -- former Komets coach Dave Allison.

Would you have any other ideas?

But again, I don't think parting with Sims is the answer. Mixed up as the Komets have been, at the end of the day I just don't think the star players are doing what they're getting paid to do -- score.

On Wednesday, the Komets did look pretty good, at least in the third period, except for the stupid penalties.

I'm not going to get caught up in one game, though, and they shouldn't, either.

If they win Sunday and Monday against Dayton, that would ease a bit of the pressure.

  • Remember when training camp opened and the Komets made a big deal about all of their games being broadcast on WOWO, 1190 AM this season? Well, I guess not. Sunday's game will be on 1380 AM because of a conflict with the Colts' game at Oakland.
  • The starters for the All-Star Game, which will be Jan. 12 at Rapid City, were announced. They will be forwards David Rutherford of Bossier-Shreveport, Sebastien Thinel of Odessa and Neil Trimm of Laredo, defensemen Darcy Campbell of Rio Grande Valley and Nathan Lutz of Mississippi, plus goaltender Kyle Jones of Colorado. That was determined by a vote among 60 coaches, reporters and communications employees around the league. The reserves for the game of all-stars against the defending-champion Rush will be announced next week.

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 jcohn@jg.net.

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