I just spoke with Mathieu Curadeau, who is ecstatic about returning to Fort Wayne after a season away with Kalamazoo of the ECHL.
Before he comes to Fort Wayne, though, he's got a tryout with Lake Erie of the American Hockey League.
He will report on Sept. 28.
"I'm going to go there and try to work the hardest I can, try to do my job," said Curadeau, a center. "I can only control my work ethic. I hope that maybe I can impress them and they'll give me a shot over there."
Asked if he thought he had a chance of making the Lake Erie team, Curadeau said: "I don't think anybody is going to camp and saying, 'I don't have a chance.' But at the same time, I can only control my stuff. I don't know all the contract situations with their players. I'll know more when I get there."
Curadeau, 25, has played 25 AHL game with Worcester, Hamilton and Norfolk, tallying three goals and five points.
Curadeau, who helped Fort Wayne to championships in 2008 and 2009, is slated to be the Komets' No. 1 center, and he'll be relied upon to score, be a top defensive forward and play special teams.
Komets general manager David Franke believes Curadeau will be one of the top six players in the Central Hockey League, and I have to agree.
He is a fun player to work with because he's fiery. He's not afraid to say something, and he'll back it up.