Last weekend, the Fort Wayne Komets learned they had lost out on one of their prized signings of the offseason, when Travis Whitehead was contracted by the American Hockey League's Norfolk Admirals.
His stint with the higher-level team was a short one, though, and he will join the Komets after all.
The rookie center out of Buffalo State University didn't appear in any games with Norfolk and lost his spot to a former NHL all-star, Mark Parrish.
Whitehead had 10 goals and 25 points in 76 games with Buffalo State, and he's expected to be among the Komets' top players.
Meanwhile, the Komets released seven players Thursday, dropping their ranks to 28 for Friday's preseason game against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. The Komets hope to begin the regular season, Oct. 16 at Dayton, Ohio, with about 20 players on the roster.
Let go by coach Al Sims were: forwards Matt Uvodich, Ryan Potts, Shawn Legris and Greg Leffler, defensemen Kelly Reynolds and Tim Recio, plus goaltender Matt Wagner.
Potts is a native of Fort Wayne, who played five games with the Komets last season, tallying two assists. Leffler, a former IPFW player, scored in Fort Wayne's 4-2 exhibition victory over Dayton on Wednesday.
Am I surprised by any of these cuts? Not really.
Uvodich had a big season with lower-level Evansville last season, scoring 23 goals and 36 points in 32 games, so I thought maybe he'd make it past the first cut. Remember, though, since Fort Wayne is affiliated with Evansville, he could be called back.
- Hey, Kalamazoo, how's the budget working out for you in the ECHL so far? The Wings are playing back-to-back exhibition games in Anchorage. That's in Alaska for those of you who flunked geography. Trust me, you'll want to check out this story, more importantly the pictures, from the Anchorage Daily News. There's one with former Fort Wayne player Olivier Legault dropping the gloves to fight.
- The Flint Journal has a story on Mike Thomson, a forward turned defenseman.
- Check out the poll at the bottom right of the Quad City Mallards' Web site. "Other" just doesn't seem a strong enough word. How about, "None of the above."