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Some things to consider

This is the first time the Komets have had an affiliation agreement with an NHL team since 1998-99, when they were tied to the Florida Panthers.

They had less-formal working agreements with Kalamazoo of the AAA-level IHL in 1999-2000 and Norfolk of the American Hockey League in 2008-09.

  • This is a one-year agreement; it will be evaluated after the season.
  • The Komets expect to receive a forward and a defenseman from Springfield of the AHL in the coming weeks.
  • While this will provide the Komets with more talent, it also could mean great things for the Komets who are already here. There will be Columbus scouts at Memorial Coliseum regularly, and they could decide to call up someone like Mathieu Curadeau or Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock.
  • If the affiliation is renewed beyond this season, it would help the Komets in recruiting next year.
  • The downside would be if a star Komets player gets called up late in the season, which is one of the things that turned off the Komets about affiliations in the 1990s.
  • There are now four CHL teams that have affiliations with NHL teams: Allen with Dallas, Tulsa with Colorado, Odessa with the Islands and Fort Wayne with Columbus.
  • Defenseman Keith Rodger, who has been out because of a back injury, has been cleared to play and will probably be back on the ice Monday. He has a deep bone bruise, general manager David Franke said.

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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