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Tailing the Komets

Q&A with David Franke


Primeval Forest Primate (Formerly JM)
Thu, 04/04/2013 - 7:26am

Expecting an affiliation agreement where all 3 parties are equal may be a little bit of a lofty expectation. 

Thu, 04/04/2013 - 10:04am

I agree with JM. 

I've only had the time to read through this once, but my first reaction is that Al Sims will not be offered another contract.  One thing that Gary Graham did well last season was to break down film and have a strategy ready for the head coach.  That didn't happen this year.. Harder practices?  Well OK, but next year we'll hear about the injuries that occurred during practice, especially as the season wears on.  Besides, if the type of practice was the problem, why didn't that message get conveyed to the coach from the general manager during the season.  Don't they communicate?  I think reading that was hogwash.

So much of that interview was laid back at the Coach's feet (recruiting, prepwork, film study, and practices that I can't help but read between the lines) and I hope Sims is brutally honest during his "evaluation".

When I get time I'm going back to the archives and read the David Franke assessment of the affiliation and the (promises?) and/or understanding of their  agreement with Anaheim and Norfolk.

Something smells a little "fishy" and I don't believe the fragrance is coming exclusively from the locker room.

Thu, 04/04/2013 - 12:50pm

The thing that sticks out to me after listenomg and reading his answers is he is not shouldering any of the blame at all. As the GM he absolutely should be willing to admit to his own mistakes and bad choices...and that is not happening. It is a shame that the players and the coach are going to be thoroughly evaluated...yet the GM gets to skip that whole silly process. Makes me lose respect for the Frankes, seeing how they have reacted to a tough season.

As far as his simple answer to the record at home...what a complete joke of an answer. Even if it were true that the guys would have been kicking butt at home if only the practices would have been harder...than he should have taken care of that easily fixed issue way back in the season. Dumb answer!!!! I do think having an assistant coach in this league is very important, you can only assume that all the crucial things Gary had done to help with practices and games was thrown on Sims to take care of. Every other team except Evansville has an assistant coach. They should have provided one this season too.

Bottom line, when the blame is pushed to anyone or anything else for whatever question is asked...it comes off as excuses...not good.

Thu, 04/04/2013 - 5:05pm

The way I interpret what I just read was "The lockout screwed us, so we are going to go ahead next season the same way we started this one".  Oh Brother...............

Thu, 04/04/2013 - 9:23pm

Why didnt the practices affect their performance on the road???

Primeval Forest Primate (Formerly JM)
Fri, 04/05/2013 - 6:44am

In most organizations the GM is accountable to ownership. When ownership and GM are the same... Well look at Jerry Jones and the Cowboys. 

Sat, 04/06/2013 - 6:19am

Wow, same old, same old....lets hope for the best next year and hope all folks reading and participating in this blog come back refreshed......great job Blake and as always have a great summer.  Bye

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 9:34am

Adding to Bronsin's thoughts , I would remind everyone that it was stated over and over that the Komets were built to withstand the lockout and still be a strong, viable roster when the NHL went back to work.

The fact is the Komets record was better during the lockout than during the time the NHL went back to work.  To me, using apparently flawed logic, it seems that the ECHL teams would've become weaker after the lockout because teams would lose their borderline players back up to the AHL.

I'm a little confused as I don't understand how both philosophies can be true at the same time. 

I wish one of the owners would explain that to us all.

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 4:51pm

I hear 'ya Alan.  During the lockout Cincinnasty had about 15 affiliated players on their team, and everybody was anxious for the l0ckout to end so we could get on equal footing, but with only 1 affiliation that was never going to happen.

The affiliates averaged about 4 players per team, so we were automatically behind in that regard, and will continue to be apparently. And what are the odds that the affiliates are going to call up alot of players all at once in a normal year? Trying to fill the roster with guys who have determined that the ECHL is the level of hockey where they belong sounds like a good idea, however most of those guys are vets. So there goes that idea.

The bottom line IMHO is that they had a hard time dealing with it this year, and are timid about it going forward, and making some excuses to back it up.

I may not care for Coach Sims "system" very much since I feel it is too conservative, but in his interview, I believe he was spot on saying we needed 2 affiliations and players 6ft and up with speed. We keep hearing how players like that aren't available, and that is 100 proof picklesmoke. Players like that were on the waiver wire and getting claimed in the ECHL all year long.

The Franke's are gonna do what they want because its their team, and as long as they are footing the bills, that their right. Another disastrous year like the last one will determine whether or not I go to the games, or take the cheap way and watch them on America One instead.