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Does this tell us anything?

I got an anonymous e-mail from someone who, clearly, wants to convey that some of the fans' beliefs about the ECHL are misguided.

This person enclosed Toledo's schedule for next season and pointed out that the Walleye will play 15 games against Cincinnati, 14 against Kalamazoo, eight against Wheeling, seven against Elmira and six against Reading.

That leaves only 22 games against the rest of the league.

Of course, the gripe in the IHL the last few years was that we kept seeing the same teams over, over and over again. As we wait for the IHL-Central Hockey League collective to release its schedule for next season, the belief is the Komets will play almost all of their games against their IHL rivals and only a handful of teams against the new, exciting CHL competition.

So, my e-mailer was pointing out that the ECHL isn't offering any more diversity than the CH-IHL, or Chill, as I like to call it right now.

I guess it's a fair point, but the Walleye will also play Bakersfield, Florida, Greenville, Gwinnett, South Carolina and Trenton.

Will the Komets be facing 11 different teams? I sure hope so, but I'm skeptical.

If there is something that my e-mailer pointed out which was right on: Toledo has a lot of back-to-back games against the same team, at the same venue, and that makes things a touch stale, albeit more cost effective. The Walleye also play three games, in four nights, against the Everblades in Estero, Fla.

Well, anyway, I never claimed the ECHL had better scheduling than the CHL, just that it had better hockey.

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 jcohn@jg.net.

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