The Fort Wayne Komets traded veteran defenseman Brent Henley to the Florida Everblades today for cash considerations. Because the Komets had five veterans on the roster and are only allowed to play four, Henley sat out the last two games.
Henley, 32, was in his fourth season with the Komets and had 10 points and 145 penalty minutes in 42 games this season. He was part of two Fort Wayne championship teams.
``I'm excited,'' Henley said. ``I have an opportunity to go to a team that is doing well and hopefully I can add to that team and add to their success. I think the trade is mutually beneficial. It was time to have a fresh start. I'm assuming I opened up a roster spot for them to bring in another defenseman.
``With an extra veteran and a chance to move on, this good for me. The organization has treated me very, very well here. I won two championships and a couple of AHL call-ups, and that was all because of Al (Sims) and David (Franke). I wish them the best of luck.''
Henley said he'd love for the Komets to turn thing around and possibly meet Florida in the playoffs.
``It's obviously disappointing when you're not super-successful as a team, but I'm going to be given a chance to go to a team that is doing well,'' Henley said. ``I think Al, David and the entire organization will be looking to move things around and be successful. There are still six weeks left to regain the level they are used to and the fans are used to. I think that will happen. The year is not over for anybody.
``It's a really good group of guys. There's probably something that will unite them. Maybe it's one big win or one standout performance by somebody to turn the tide. From Al and David, all the way down, everybody here deserves to win. Hopefully that happens.''