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Szydlowski would like bigger role with K's

Shawn Szydlowski, who re-signed with the Komets today, said he hopes to have a top-line type of role this season.

It’s worth noting, after he was cut loose by the Buffalo Sabres organization, he’s playing under an ECHL contract and wants to move back up to the American Hockey League.

“For some reason in my career, I’ve played better under pressure. I like the competition,” he said. “I would like a bigger role this year. I think I’m up for it and will be in better shape than I have been before.”

He said the Komets’ new affiliation with the Colorado Avalanche, and the potential to get called up to Lake Erie of the AHL, was a draw.

“It’s always nice to have an affiliation,” he said. “Guys know if they’re playing well, they’ll get noticed. Last season (with the Komets), you didn’t know who was up in the stands watching. Now you know if you have a good game, it’ll get noticed.”

As for last season, he said: “I think getting sent there, at first I didn’t really know what to expect. But I got treated well in Fort Wayne and loved playing there. I love the fans and like playing in a city where the hockey is appreciated. (Coach Gary Graham and general manager David Franke) showed a lot of interest in having me back and were able to up their offer a couple times.”

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