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Laird on ECHL

Former Komets coach and player Rob Laird, who is a pro scout with the Los Angeles Kings, must be relishing these days of his team in the Stanley Cup Finals.

(He didn't take any credit for the Kings' success, our columnist, Ben Smith, said. But Laird undoubtedly found a bunch of these guys.)

Here's what Laird had to say about the Komets' move to the ECHL, and it's interesting ...

"You're going to get some young guys that aren't ready for the (American Hockey League) level, but they have enough promise that they could move up the chain a little bit. It'll mostly be young players that just don't have contracts.

"I think it's a good development league, really. I think it's a little bit faster, but they probably don't have as much savvy as the Colin Chaulks and those types of guys. I don't know if it's gonna be a higher quality overall as the CHL, but I think the fans will be excited to see these players. It won't be drastically different than the CHL, though."

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