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What today meant

The Komets have submitted their "season-ending roster" to the ECHL – the list was made public by the league Monday – and from it we can discern players that the Komets are likely parting ways with this offseason.

The Komets could have retained exclusive negotiating rights with 20 players but opted to do so with only nine: all-star Daniel Maggio, team MVP Brandon Marino, alternate captain Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock, Mathieu Gagnon, Jeremy Gates, Matt Firman, Jean-Michel Rizk, John Dunbar and Chris Auger.

Only players who were on standard ECHL contracts last season – not players sent down from the American Hockey League – could be retained.

Gone are some noteworthy names, such as forwards Matt Syroczynski, Thomas Beauregard and Eric Giosa, defenseman Tyler Butler and goaltender Charlie Effinger.

Also left unprotected was center Colin Chaulk, who retired earlier this summer, and center Brett Smith, who has signed to play with Brampton of the CHL.

This doesn't mean the Komets couldn't still go after players like Giosa or Butler, but they are free now to negotiate with any ECHL team.

Players on the "season-ending roster" remain exclusive Komets property until July 1, when eight qualifying offers are due to the league. However, players who sign a contract between now and July 1 do not need to have a qualifying offer to remain Komets property.

Non-veteran players who receive a qualifying offer have their ECHL rights maintained by their team through the 2013-14 season. Teams hold the rights to veteran players who receive a qualifying offer until Aug. 1, at which time the player becomes a restricted free agent. On Sept. 1, if a veteran has not signed a contract, he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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