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Coaching update

Komets general manager David Franke is in Cincinnati, scouting the playoff series between the Cyclones and the Toledo Walleye.

He said the team has yet to decide if coach Al Sims will be retained after missing the playoffs.

"We're not to the point right now where we're going to make any decisions on the coaching situation for another two or three weeks," he said. "We have plenty of time to talk amongst us and talk to Al and see where all this goes. We're not going to immediately make a commitment or not make a commitment."

So how does Colin Chaulk, who retired today, play into this?

Franke said he has discussed the possibility of him being a full-time assistant coach next season.

Chaulk said that's an option, but, of course, no decisions with assistants will be made until a head coach is decided upon.

In other words, I just don't see Chaulk being made the head coach of the Komets, should they decide to fire Sims. The Frankes tend to like guys who have some head coaching experience.

It's an unusual situation all around.

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