FORT WAYNE – Were this another town, another team, perhaps the players would be more talkative about the possibility of changing leagues.
But the Komets change leagues the way other teams change coaches.
If the Komets do leave the CHL for the ECHL this summer, it would become their fifth league since 1999. The Komets have been members of the original IHL, the UHL and the second incarnation of the IHL.
What’s that you say? We’re changing leagues? Well, we’ve done it before. It isn’t anything new, I guess, Komets forward Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock said.
So the Komets’ players go about their business, hardly even mentioning that a change to the ECHL would bring with it a younger lineup and force some players to find work elsewhere.
The guys aren’t really talking about it, Schrock said. I’ve heard stuff but, especially after going through it the year before last (when we left the IHL), I’m sick of hearing about it. I don’t want to sit around and talk about which is a faster or better league. I’m sick of hearing about it. Guys know (a change is possible), but we’re not going to focus on it.
The players are more concerned with trying to win a championship.
The Komets (33-17-3) trail Evansville by seven points for first place in the Turner Conference. Both teams have 13 games remaining in the regular season.
The Komets have to be wary of who’s behind them with only the top four teams making the postseason. Fifth-place Quad City, which Fort Wayne plays today at Moline, Ill., is 29-22-1 and only 10 points back.
(The ECHL possibility) is something that we individually will think about once summer hits, defenseman Frankie DeAngelis said.
But right now, we just want to get in the playoffs and win a championship. We don’t have time to concentrate on that stuff. If you look at the standings, if we have a slip for three or four games, we’re out of a playoff spot. In passing, you see things (about league changes) in passing in the media, but it’s not something we talk about.
The Komets, who hope to have Colin Chaulk back this week after he missed six games with concussion symptoms, also play host to Bloomington (19-28-26) on Wednesday.
It’s out of our hands no matter what we do (about a league change); we can’t do anything about it. Those things are up to the organization, said DeAngelis, the Komets’ leading scorer in the last six games with five goals and eight points.
We’ll just keep playing and make sure we have a good run in the playoffs.