The latest Fort Wayne Komets' signing seems to be the one that caused the most consternation for the team's fans.
High-scoring right wing Shawn Szydlowski signed this morning to return for his fifth season in Fort Wayne, becoming the first player to play that long with the Komets since they joined the ECHL in 2012-13. Kaleigh Schrock played six seasons with the Komets as part of the International Hockey League, the Central Hockey League and the ECHL.
Szydlowski, who turned 27 on Saturday, is a two-time team Most Valuable Player, and has scored 100 regular-season goals as a Komet along with 241 points over 232 games. Last season he had 25 goals and 66 points and a career-high 94 penalty minutes in 50 games.
If he's able to have a normal season, Szydlowski will move into the franchise's top 50 career lists for games played and penalty minutes. He's already tied for 37th in career goals, 44th in assists and 43rd in career points.
Along with playing for the Komets over the last four years, Szydlowski has also played 18 games on American Hockey League call-ups. He was also named as an ECHL All-Star Game starter last year.
"This is a big signing for the Komets and our fans," Komets general manager David Franke said in a statement. "Shawn Szydlowski represents what it takes to be a Komet. He is gifted offensively, a solid defender and physical when he needs to be."
The Komets also announced Szydlowski will go back to wearing No. 27 this year since No. 19 is now retired for Terry McDougall.