A byproduct of all the trades made last season – 11 in total – was that the Komets still owed some teams future considerations. Today, the Komets wrapped up those deals and made it even more clear that this season’s roster will be very different.
Mason Baptista, Marco Roy and Cam Knight were dealt to Greenville, Idaho and Tulsa, respectively, on a day the Komets also announced that Olivier Legault would be back with the team – as head coach Ben Boudreau’s lone assistant coach.
"Olivier Legault has proven his knowledge of the game is excellent," Komets general manager David Franke said. "He brings the Komet way to our team, which began when he played for the Komets. Olivier relates well to the players and will have an expanded role under coach Boudreau."
Legault, who played for the Komets from 2007 to 2009 and again in 2010-11, worked alongside Boudreau the past two season as assistants to Gary Graham. Boudreau was named head coach May 30. This will be Legault’s fourth season on staff.
Baptista, who had 16 goals and 37 points in 47 games last season, his fourth with the Komets, was dealt to Greenville to complete the Feb. 20 trade for Sean Flanagan.
Roy totaled 12 goals and 26 points in 29 games during his second Fort Wayne season, while also playing 22 games in the higher-level American Hockey League for Chicago and Laval. His rights went to Idaho to complete the Oct. 16 trade for Justin Kea; the Steelheads had also received Jeff King at the time.
“We are extremely excited to announce the acquisition of Marco Roy,” Steelheads coach Neil Graham said in a press release. “He has all the attributes we look for in our players. He will add speed, skill and leadership to our team and (we) expect him to be a big part of our offense.”
Knight, a rookie defenseman who had three assists in four games, went to Tulsa to complete the Aug. 28 trade for Garrett Ladd.
The Komets don’t have any players under contract for this season, but it’s known they will also be moving forward without team MVP Jamie Schaafsma, who may retire; Cody Sol, who will play in Slovakia; the team’s Defenseman of the Year, Ryan Lowney, who will play in Slovakia; all-star Justin Hodgman, who is going to Germany; and Kevin Gibson, who is expected to retire.
While it was already known the Komets’ regular season would begin Oct. 12 at Memorial Coliseum against Kalamazoo and end April 5 at the Coliseum against Cincinnati, the road portion of the Komets’ schedule was unveiled today.
All of their road games will be played within the Western Conference except a game in Estero, Florida, against the Florida Everblades on Jan. 29; games at Jacksonville, Florida, on Jan. 30 and Feb. 1; and games at Brampton, Ontario, on March 28 and 29.
The Komets’ most frequent opponent this season will be Kalamazoo with seven games at the Coliseum and seven at Wings Event Center. Toledo will be faced seven times at the Coliseum and six at the Huntington Center. Indy will be played six times at the Coliseum and five times at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
In total, 53 of the Komets’ 72 games will be played against division opponents Kalamazoo, Toledo, Indy, Wheeling and Cincinnati. Ten games will be played against the other Western Conference teams, including three games at Idaho.
Two changes were made to the Komets’ home schedule, initially announced May 8: Wheeling has replaced Cincinnati on Oct. 18 and Tulsa replaced Wheeling on Feb. 8.