The Central Hockey League wants at least some of the IHL's six teams, CHL commissioner Duane Lewis confirmed Thursday.
"There is obviously interest in the International Hockey League for the CHL," he said. "We have had conversations with them, but I can't comment beyond that, other than to say we do think it will work for them within our business model."
There is a report out of WJBC in Bloomington, Ill., in which an unnamed source said the PrairieThunder will join the CHL next season.
The Komets have acknowledged they have spoken to both the ECHL and CHL, should the IHL fall below six teams and fold this summer.
Flint is in need of new ownership to continue. If the Generals and Bloomington were no longer in the IHL, it would seem the Komets are destined for a new league, unless some teams from the ECHL defected to the IHL.
While Lewis declined to discuss the future of IHL teams, or to say whether the Komets are in the CHL's plans, he said the CHL, which has lost two of its 15 teams from last season, has a bright future.
The CHL, which includes teams from the former Western Professional Hockey League, is a subsidiary of Global Entertainment Corp., which is involved in arena management, ticketing, food services and other businesses.
CHL teams are individually owned.
"We're centrally located in the middle of the country and have the opportunity to expand on the Global Entertainment model," Lewis said. "We want to be a strong league with quality teams and continue to expand within our geographic footprint.
"We think we bring a lot to the table.... We have a lot of infrastructure in place to assist franchises and we think it would be a good opportunity for (owners) to look at."
As a side note, don't jump the gun and assume this means the Komets are heading to the CHL, if the IHL folds. As I wrote earlier in the week, travel in the CHL could be exorbitant, and I would imagine the Komets would be hesitant about playing a 64-game schedule and losing the money that would come with at least three more home games.
We know the Komets have some financial interests in Bloomington, but what makes sense for it geographically doesn't necessarily fit with what makes sense for the Komets.
Let's see how this plays out. I will have more later in the day.