Komets split with NHL affiliate

(Photos Supplied/Fort Wayne Komets, Arizona Coyotes)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The Fort Wayne Komets are looking for a new NHL affiliate, less than a year after teaming up with the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes.

The two organizations described their parting yesterday as “mutual.” Komets Coach Gary Graham tells our Partners in News at ABC 21 the team’s exploring their options:

“Everybody would prefer to have something logistically closer, to save the cost to both organizations,” Graham said. “But that’s easier said than done.”

The Indy Fuel have a partnership in place with the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, and the Toledo Walleye are Detroit Red Wings affiliates. NHL teams without an ECHL affiliate that are relatively nearby include the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Nashville Predators.

But Columbus might not be a good fit, according to Graham:

“Columbus has really shown to not want to have a full affiliation with anybody, so there’s not much out there. But I have total faith in management.”

The Komets are one of four ECHL teams currently without an NHL partnership. They got players like Michael Houser, Artur Tyanulin, Ryan Culkin and Trevor Cheek from their deal with Arizona.

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