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Effinger will be a Komet

I think Reiter is next

The Komets have agreed to terms with goaltender Charlie Effinger for the coming season, sources confirmed, and the paperwork needs to just be submitted to the league.

Effinger, 26, skated last season for the Missouri Mavericks and was in net when the Komets defeated that team in the Turner Conference Finals after falling behind 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

The Komets went on to win the CHL championship and then moved to the ECHL, where Effinger hopes he will have a better chance of being elevated to the American Hockey League.

Effinger will be one piece of the goaltending puzzle, as the Komets try to fill the void left by Nick Boucher, who guided the Komets to four championships in five years and was the team's MVP last season.

Boucher underwent hip surgery Thursday and will be out at least until January.

The Komets are also hoping to get goalie Kenny Reiter, who is the younger brother of former Komets goalie Kevin Reiter. Kenny Reiter has signed to play with Bridgeport of the AHL on a two-way contract, and the Komets would like to get him sent to Fort Wayne if he doesn't stick with the AHL club, multiple sources said.

Kenny Reiter, 25, led Minnesota-Duluth to the 2011 NCAA championship. He has played one professional game, with Bridgeport last season, and is considered a potential NHL prospect.

Effinger was 32-15-4 with a 2.70 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage in the regular season with Missouri.

In the playoffs, he was 7-4 with a 2.50 GAA and a .932 save percentage.

Effinger has 22 games of ECHL experience, with Gwinnett and Trenton, from 2008 and 2009.

Komets' management hasn't commented on Effinger, other than to say they have spoken with him.

The ECHL is heavy-handed with fines for prematurely announcing signings and other missteps. So much so, the ECHL will fine a team if it refers to itself as an ECHL franchise instead of a member club.

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 jcohn@jg.net.

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