RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Greetings from the beautiful Black Hills. I wanted to check in before I go check out some wildlife, and talk a little about Ben Smith's story today on coach Al Sims.
I think it's quite illuminating that the Komets and Sims don't have a deal in place for next season. It means one of two things: A) The Frankes want to see how Sims does in the playoffs; B) The Frankes don't believe Sims is the right coach for a possible move to the ECHL.
Look, I'm a Sims guy. Barring a terrible showing in the playoffs, I think he deserves at least a one-year offer. And to be fair, Sims may not accept one year. I wouldn't blame him for believing he should get a little security based on his four championships with the Komets.
But I do believe the Komets are going to the ECHL, and I can understand if the Frankes don't think Sims is the right coach for a circuit that is comprised of younger, NHL-contracted players.
Again, I think he deserves a shot at it, but it wouldn't surprise me if that's the thinking by the owners.
If the Komets do move on from Sims, which would be impossible for them to do if this team makes the playoff finals, I know my first call would be to Bruce Richardson.
I think Brian Gratz would deserve an interview -- I would be interested to see what he could do with some resources -- but it would be a tough sell to the fans.
Komets assistant Gary Graham also deserves an interview.
I know many people assume Colin Chaulk will be the coach. I don't know if the Komets would go with a guy who has zero head-coaching experience. And it's often difficult for people to coach guys they played with. (See Bruce Ramsay in Port Huron.) That being said, Chaulk is a different kind of leader now, so he might be able to make tha transition.
Speaking of Chaulk, check out the story I did on him today: Click here.