Here's what Komets general manager David Franke had to say about releasing left wing P.C. Drouin today:
"We wanted to see how training camp and the exhibition games went on, and how the younger guys and returning guys played. We decided, between myself, (coach Al Sims and president Michael Franke), maybe it was time to turn the page.
"P.C. has had a heck of a career. He played in the NHL, which most players don't get to do at all. He had a great career with us. When Colin Chaulk went down with the MRSA (staph) infection (in 2008-09), P.C. stepped up like the guy he is and put the team on his back, absolutely carried us.
"But it's time to start bringing in new faces, younger players, players we can hopefully develop and maybe they play for us for (many) years. That's the mode we're going.
"We may suffer some growing pains...but it's time to give some other players the chance. P.C. is one of the classiest players we've had play for us. That's without a doubt. He's part of the Komet family forever. But it's sad."
- The Komets are through making moves before Saturday's season opener against Evansville. Chris Auger will play defense in that game, as he did half of last season with Mississippi.
- Click here to read today's column from Ben Smith on the city's love affair with the Komets.
- While I have your attention, I encourage you to buy the newspaper on Saturday. We have a lot of special things in store to preview the Komets' 60th anniversary.