I've read some people questioning if a move to the ECHL would cut down on the Komets' travel costs.
It really doesn't seem complicated to me, but I'll try to clear this up.
And, remember, we're a long way from thinking any of this is happening. There's still a shot these teams come back to the CHL.
I don't think they know what they're going to do; they're exploring a lot of options.
But let's say four teams from the CHL move to the ECHL. Let's say they are Fort Wayne, Evansville, Rapid City and Wichita, though I would think Missouri, Allen, Tulsa and Quad City would also be in the mix.
That would give the ECHL about 26 teams, depending on who folds.
Well, now you have the numbers to make geographically sensible divisions, play all your games within them.
You don't even need to do the math; playing all your games in the Midwest is cheaper than making trips to Arizona, South Dakota and Texas. Even teams sort of on an island in the ECHL, like Alaska and the Florida Everblades, would have their costs lessened by not making any cross-country trips.
And maybe the collective does something to take the edge off those costs for those who are paying more on travel.
Look at next week, the Komets will be playing two games in Arizona. They've already gone to Rapid City, S.D., twice.
That's pricey stuff.
Again, I don't believe anyone has ruled out the CHL yet. But I know the Komets want to just be done with moving leagues all the time and stay some place. They haven't been able to concentrate on their own business enough, since they've been concentrating on league business.
As for the cost of getting into the ECHL, well, if that league is smart it will figure out a way to get these teams in and wipe out as much competition as it can.