The Augusta Lynx, a member of the ECHL’s American Conference, was forced to cease operations 17 games into the season, canceling the remainder of its season.
So what does this mean for the Reign?
The Lynx’s 18 players have become free agents, including their goalie named M. Brodeur (though the Reign don’t need a goalie, that’s a fortuitous name for Mike Brodeur). Conceivably the Reign would be able to sign any of them after releasing one of their current players; however, this may be subject to the waiver priority system, which gives higher priority to teams lower in the standings. Where the Reign are ranked in this system depends on a number of factors, including how many other ECHL teams have claimed players off waivers. (If you’ve played fantasy sports, you are probably familiar with this process). Hopefully Karl Taylor can provide an explanation after tonight’s game against the Victoria Salmon Kings.
The Reign didn’t have any games scheduled against the Lynx this year; teams in the National (western) Conference do not face teams in the American (eastern) Conference until the Kelly Cup Finals.