Teams wants vet as player/assistant coach
As I blogged once before, the Komets are in a perfect storm, too. They can pick and choose from any CHL team and use their first hand experience of game action to evaluate that player. Lots of plusses for Fort Wayne. Four titles in four years, first rate organization, no fear of missing paychecks, huge crowds to play in front of, and always taken care of.
I liked Bryant Molle. He was a gritty defenseman and the perfect age for this league. Too bad.
I shouldn't even go in to the Vaskivuo situation. Got kind of beat up from a few when I suggested that maybe the David Franke may have been blowing a little smoke at us by mentioning Vaskivuo as still a possibility. Money was the main reason. ( OK, I can buy that). Also mentioned was the possibility of his return after the European season was over. ( I can buy that also). Still, according to this thread, Franke is looking to keep Vaskivuo in the States on a two-way contract. Money in the AHL is pretty good too. The quickest way to get promoted for your first NHL chance is through the AHL. Plus, and I never mentioned this before, I had a very, very, very good source on Vaskivuo.
Until some signings are announced, all we have is news of who isn't going to be here.
To me, Chaulk is the ONLY logical choice if they're looking to go the player-assistant coach route.
• He's done this before in the IHL2 days
• He's a respected leader
• I can see him receiving additional responsibilities; it would be great grooming because I see Chaulk one day becoming the Komets' coach if/when Sims retires.
Too bad to see Molle go, but maybe they have plans for Maggio? I know I liked what I saw of him in the playoffs.