Defenseman Ryan Lowney, who won the Komets’ Defenseman of the Year award, has signed to play in Europe next season, according to Fort Wayne general manager David Franke.
Lowney had five goals and 38 points in 72 games this season, then was scoreless in four playoff games. He has spent his entire three-year professional career with the Komets following four years at Ferris State University.
Franke also said he expects defenseman Kevin Gibson to retire.
There’s still no word on the status of Komets coach Gary Graham, though Franke stressed it’s early in the offseason and a determination will be made in the upcoming weeks.
Graham has one year remaining on his contract but the Komets have yet to say definitively that he will be back after a tumultuous season that saw the Komets lose to the Toledo Walleye in six games in the Central Division semifinals.
Gibson had an overtime goal to win Game 3 of that series.
“We’ve done all of our player exit interviews and we’ve compiled the information,” Franke said, “and now we’re sorting through it. We’ll get this all sorted out in a short period of time.”
Toledo will face Tulsa in the Western Conference finals and Florida will take on Newfoundland in the Eastern finals.