Komets name 22-man playoff roster
Fort Wayne will start postseason one player short of maximum.
The Fort Wayne Komets didn’t add or subtract any players at the ECHL playoff roster deadline Monday afternoon.
The Komets are going with 22 players, including center Trevor Cheek who is expected to be back with the team Wednesday evening in time to play in Friday’s Game 1 against Quad City.
Defensemen Bobby Shea and Kyle Follmer will both be unavailable for Friday and Saturday’s games because they are on injured reserve. There is no injured reserve list for the playoffs, but both players were placed on the list during the regular season and must serve out their initial time before being activated. Follmer may be available to play after this weekend, while Shea will not be available until if the Komets advance to the second round.
Komets General Manager David Franke said defenseman Will Weber may be ready to play Friday after battling a wrist injury the last three games. He was not placed on IR so he can be activated at any time. Forward Jamie Schaafsma played defense for two games last weekend.
“We’re just gong to see how he responds to treatment and medication,” Franke said. “Hopefully by Friday he’ll be ready to go.”
Each ECHL team is permitted to have a 23-man playoff roster – 20 active and three on reserve, but the Komets are going with a 19-man active roster to fit everyone under the league salary cap of $12,600 per week.
“I can’t fit any ore players in the categories that we have,” Franke said. “As an independent, your prices overall are higher than if you are affiliated. If you are affiliated it’s easier to get that 23rd man in.”
AHL and NHL-affiliated players cost ECHL teams $525 against the salary cap, no matter how much they are making, but as an independent the Komets do not have any of those players.
So what happens if a team makes it deep into the playoffs and runs out of players? That actually becomes an issue sometimes.
According to ECHL rules, teams are permitted to add to their roster in the event of emergency conditions: “Emergency conditions shall be established when the playing strength of the team, by reason of injury, illness, recall or suspension by the League, is reduced below two goalkeepers and sixteen skaters.”
But what happens if a team runs out of goaltenders? A goaltender who served as an emergency backup goaltender for the team during the regular season can be used, provided he has not started any game while under a contract during the season. Teams can also sign an amateur goaltender with no prior professional experience.
According to the league, use of those rules happens about once a postseason, especially with the goaltenders. <br>
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