Before we get to the good news -- the signings of Eric Giosa and Daniel Maggio -- there is some bad news to pass along from the Komets' front.
General manager David Franke said that forward Bobby Chaumont, who led the team in scoring during the regular season with 24 goals and 66 points, will not be back this season.
Defenseman Jamie Milam, who had 20 goals and 41 points, will not either, Franke said.
Expect Chaumont to play in Europe and Milam to play in Europe or the CHL, in which the Komets won the title last season, Franke said.
As for Giosa, who had 28 goals and 70 points with Quad City last season, he was ecstatic to be joining the Komets.
"I'm really excited and proud to be joining the Komets family," he said. "They have so much history and all the championships they've won, it's going to be amazing."
While the Komets continue to speak with Jean-Michel Rizk about coming back, the Komets now have an excellent batch of centers with Giosa, Colin Chaulk and Brett Smith.
"Absolutely, with all that talent that we will possess, it will be huge," Giosa said. "And it's not all about the offense, we all have those intangibles and to be able to play with those guys, with their championship experience, I'm looking forward to play with them and learning from them."
Giosa said conversations with Chaulk helped influence his decision to join in the Komets in their inaugural ECHL season. Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock was also his captain in juniors and, at times, they had spoken about how nice it is to play in Fort Wayne.
Franke said he envisions Maggio being a top-four defenseman with the Komets this season. All his games with Fort Wayne were played in the postseason, when he had two goals and five points in 15 games. The Komets are in the process of arranging a spot for him in an American Hockey League training camp.
The Komets continue to negotiate with Chris Auger, Brent Henley, Frankie DeAngelis and Stephon Thorne.
However, they haven't been talking much with Tom Mele.