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K’s keep exclusive rights on 9 players

– 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 were center Colin Chaulk, who retired this spring, 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. General manager David Franke couldn’t be reached for comment.

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.

jcohn@jg.net

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