On Saturday, ECHL teams can begin signing players. I don't expect a huge splash from the Komets right away.
I've spoken with a few players today, and they said they haven't heard anything about anyone being particularly close to signing. This has been a little complicated because Komets general manager David Franke has been out of town because of a family emergency.
Does this mean you should be worried? No. It's very early.
However, the Komets aren't accustomed to not being able to re-sign players right after the season, something they could do in the CHL, IHL and UHL.
Komets president Michael Franke said that hasn't been an issue, even though playoff MVP Mike Vaskivuo has signed to play in France and CHL teams are hovering around, at least, Brett Smith and Nick Boucher.
The Komets have still been able to negotiate with the players, just not sign them.
The ECHL meetings begin Monday in Las Vegas, though the Komets' portion doesn't start until Tuesday. Also going on in Vegas will be the NHL meetings, so if the Komets get an affiliation, it will likely happen then and there. I don't expect them to do a full one, though; maybe just get some training-camp invites for players, and such.
The Evansville IceMen, however, did ink an agreement with Columbus today. There was no way Fort Wayne was going to affiliate with Columbus after the Blue Jackets gave them pretty much nothing in 2010-11.
Boucher, by the way, is at the Professional Hockey Players' Association meetings in Orlando. In case you're wondering, the collective bargaining agreement between the players' association and the ECHL expires in 2013.