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Komets interested in several proposals at ECHL meetings

David Franke
David Franke
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They'd like to see consideration for two roster adjustments

Friday, June 17, 2016 03:53 pm
Members of Fort Wayne Komets management have asked that several items be included on the ECHL Annual Board of Governors Meeting agenda next week in Las Vegas. Komets General Manager David Franke and his brother, team president Michael Franke, have offered several proposals asking the league to consider roster changes. The Komets are hoping the league will discuss increasing the current two reserve spots to three and allowing the teams to sign a third goaltender to a two-way contract instead of regularly looking for an emergency back-up goaltender who can only play if the starting goaltender is injured. Unless a team has a local amateur goaltender they regularly work with, most teams circulate the same six or seven goaltenders around the league.

"The deal of recycling journeymen goaltenders throughout the course of the year doesn't give the most professional image to the league," David Franke said. "The big reason we want to increase the roster to the one extra reserve spot is because of all the changes we have to go through. When the 21-day injured reserve spot is the only option you have, you don't have the flexibility if teams call a lot of players up or send them down."

Each ECHL team has a 20-man active roster (18 dress for each game), and a two-man reserve list which does not count against the league's $12,400 salary cap. There are an unlimited number of 21-day injured reserve spots.

"It really hurts when you have to send guys out and then you might need a guy just like him a week later when somebody gets called up," Franke said. "Maybe we have a third guy on reserve to take care of that. Anything that can make it so we don't have to continually move our roster in and out depending on what we get or lose to the AHL needs to be considered."

Cost is another factor as teams are spending money almost constantly to bring in new players. The Komets' idea is why not just keep an extra player on the roster?

Franke said the Komets probably have as many as a half dozen items on the main agenda or that will be considered in subcommittees during the week-long meetings in Las Vegas which start Monday. He declined to comment on the specifics.

"Some of this stuff would probably have to be ratified by the (Professional Hockey Players Association)," Franke said. "I know there are other people who feel the same way we do, but I don't know if there are enough of them (to make votes), or if this is going to be more of an educational deal and maybe it doesn't happen now."

Monday and Tuesday are for the board of governors meeting, and the rest of the week are for sales and marketing meetings and general presentations. The meetings end Friday, but the ECHL usually waits several weeks before announcing any changes or adoption of new rules.

Representatives of the SPHL, National Hockey League, National Women's Hockey League, American Hockey League, United States Hockey League and other sport industry professionals will also attend the meetings, according to the ECHL.

For more on the Komets, follow Blake Sebring on Twitter at @blakesebring and at his blog tailingthekomets.com.


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