Colorado Avalanche terminate affiliation with Fort Wayne Komets

(Photos supplied/Colorado Avalanche and Fort Wayne Komets)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): It’s the end of an era in Fort Wayne.

The Fort Wayne Komets announced Tuesday that the link with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche has been terminated. The two teams mutually agreed to terminate the second and final year of their affiliation agreement, according to a press release.

The Komets described the separation as “amicable”.

“Fort Wayne is looking for more roster control and flexibility”, commented Komets’ general manager David Franke.  “Colorado understands this philosophy and the Komets understand Colorado must develop players.  Roster stability is very important to us and our loyal fan base.  We expect less turnover and more continuity in our game night lineup.”

The Komets say they remain open to a working agreement with other NHL/AHL clubs looking to place players in the ECHL.

The Avalanche are rumored to be linking with the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL, who currently do not have an NHL affiliate.

The Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues are NHL teams that do not currently have an ECHL affiliate.

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