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Announcement won't be made until next week

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 4:24 am

Komets General Manager David Franke said the team has made an offer to a new coach, but he won't identify who it is.

``It's going to be the right guy at the right time, and we're going to let everybody know soon,'' Franke said Monday afternoon.

The only acknowledged candidate is former Komets assistant Gary Graham who coached Pensacola of the Southern Professional Hockey League last year. Graham said he had no comment.

Team officials interviewed six people, Franke said, some were done on the phone and some were person-to-person.

``They are considering it, and we're considering what they are going to say when they come back at us,'' Franke said. ``We have made an offer. Our interview process is over with, and now it's going to be working everything out and then announcing it.''

Franke said he believes the person selected will accept the position. He had previously set a deadline of June 1 for announcing the hiring but now said it will be done early next week.

On Saturday, ECHL teams will submit their protected lists, which is any player they own ECHL rights to. That excludes any player sent to Fort Wayne this season from Norfolk of the American Hockey League or Anaheim of the National Hockey League.

On June 15, the season-ending roster, which can contain no more than 20 players, is due. Teams can start signing players for the following season June 16. By July 1, teams must submit their list of eight qualifying offers. Any player signed between June 16 and July 1 does not need to be qualified.

A team can offer eight players qualifying offers, thus retaining rights for non-veterans for up to one year and for veterans until Aug. 1. After Aug. 1 veterans become restricted free agents, and after Aug. 31 they are total free agents.

Franke said again that not many players from last year's team will return. He said there have been some players in other leagues the team has reached out to.

``Our first order of business would be to get our guys done that we want back from last year's team,'' Franke said. ``The person that we're dealing with, they are going to have to assist me in recruiting not only AA players but AAA players, too. They are borderline AHL/ECHL players, and those are what I could call the AAA player. There are going to be a lot of those guys out there. There always is.''