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Can't believe the negativity

OK, I've been reading the comments on this blog and on other sites, and I'm pretty dumbfounded by the negativity.

Most were, no doubt, hoping the Komets would go to the ECHL. That's simply because, in the opinion of most, it's the highest caliber of AA-level play there is.

But I understand the reasons the Komets didn't go there: A) They didn't want to have their best players called up to higher levels all the time and without warning; B) They didn't want to abandon some of their IHL breathren; C) They wanted to be able to field a team with more veteran players who could become a little more entrenched in the community.

I'm sure there were more factors, but those were the big ones.

Which brings us to this partnership between the IHL and the Central Hockey League. I don't understand why so many readers are down on this.

The two biggest gripes I've heard for the last three years were that readers were sick of the constant uncertainty with franchises around the league, which could have scuttled the entire IHL at any time, and that fans were sick of seeing the same five or six opponents all season long.

We don't know the details, but we know the Komets will now have in the neighborhood of 17 opponents to play, and because of the size of the league, one or two teams folding, even in the middle of the season, wouldn't kill the whole operation.

In what way is this not at least a huge improvement over the IHL?

I'll reserve full judgment until we know all the details, but this certainly seems like a positive step for the Komets and, more importantly, their fans. And it has brought us a little bit closer to what everyone wants -- a nationwide AA-level hockey league, in which it's like baseball and all divisions are done by geography.

Don't you think this will eventually lead to the ECHL and CHL joining, or one outdueling the other?

This is the place to vent. I'm fine with you all doing it. I am just surprised by the negativity today. This surely has to be better than the last few seasons, unless you're just mad the Komets' odds of winning a championship went way down.

  • Tonight's edition of "We've got Game" had a lot of hockey talk. From about the 20-minute to the 50-minute mark, we broke down the IHL-CHL agreement. There was particularly great stuff from Brian Sandalow of The Monitor, who gave the point of view from a CHL beat writer. He comes on at about the 40-minute mark. Click here to listen.
  • The Flint Journal looks at the future of the Generals: Click here.
  • Great coverage from The Quad City Times: Click here.
  • Also great stuff from Quad-Cities Online: Click here and click here.
  • From the CHL: Click here and this is really good.

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