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Affiliation? Time's running out.

Will the Komets have an affiliation with an NHL team this season? I wish I could give you a good answer.

They say they're still looking into it. However, with 18 players on the Komets' roster, there certainly wouldn't be a lot of room.

Unless the Komets want to avoid over-reliance on the NHL team sending players down, which was a bit of a problem last season. But if there isn't room for the prospects, why would an NHL team align with Fort Wayne?

It's all very dizzying.

For what it's worth, by my count, there are five NHL teams without ECHL affiliations: Anaheim, Buffalo, Colorado, New Jersey and St. Louis.

We can cross Anaheim off the list, since that's who the Komets were with last season and that didn't work out. Geographically, St. Louis would make a lot of sense, but remember its affiliate last season was woeful Evansville, which split with Columbus.

The ECHL teams currently independent are: Alaska, Colorado, Fort Wayne and Las Vegas.

Click here to see the list of affiliations, but missing is at least one: Philadelphia is with Greenville.

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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