As I predicted, the Komets have left defenseman Maxsim Shirokov and forward Olivier Legault off their playoff roster. Shirokov will be available to other teams in a Tuesday waiver draft. Because Legault was placed on a non-roster spot, the Komets will retain his rights.
For most of this season, Shawn Degagne occupied the Komets' non-roster spot. He was the goalie who injured his shoulder before the season began and was ultimately replaced by Nick Boucher. Degagne will also be available to other teams.
The Komets can carry 19 players, plus two amateurs, during the playoffs. The amateurs will be Justin Hodgman and a new addition, defenseman Ken Dufresne, who had three goals and 32 points with Terrebonne in juniors.
The Komets will be unable to add any players in the playoffs, even if they lose, say, 10 players to injury. There is one exception: if they lose two goaltenders to injury, they can add an emergency goalie at that time. That goalie would have to be an amateur, so coach Al Sims' son, Tyler, is not an option.
Meanwhile, the playoff schedule has been finalized:
Game 1, Friday, at Memorial Coliseum, 8 p.m.
Game 2, Saturday, at Muskegon, 7:30 p.m.
Game 3, Sunday, at the Coliseum, 6 p.m.
Game 4, April 23, at Muskegon, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5, April 25, at the Coliseum, 8 p.m. *
Game 6, April 26, at Muskegon, 7:30 p.m. *
Game 7, April 29, at the Coliseum, 7:30 p.m. *
* if necessary
Now, I would have loved to be a fly on the wall for the negotiations about this 1-1-1-1-1-1-1 schedule. The Komets could have fought for a 2-3-2 format, but that would have left Muskegon with fewer weekend dates and that's where the money really is. So, and those who say Fort Wayne is bad for the league should take note, it seems the Komets bit the bullet for the financial good of another team. The downside is home-ice advantage is barely discernible here.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette