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Ice Chips

  • Komets sign three players
    The Komets added goaltender Eric Levine, forward Nicola Levesque and defenseman Paul Arnott to their roster Tuesday, giving them 24 players so far for the upcoming season.
  • Komets sign defenseman James Martin
    The Komets have signed defenseman James Martin, who spent last season with the Alaska Aces and won the ECHL championship.
  • Komets sign forward Pistilli
    The Komets have signed forward Matthew Pistilli and reached an agreement with Konstantin Shafranov to be an assistant coach for a second straight season.
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Some updates

There's nothing new to report on the Komets' coaching situation, as neither the Komets nor Al Sims has called me back.

I'm sure, by now, Sims is talking to some other teams to gauge potential interest should the Komets opt to hire someone else.

As for former Komets: Bryant Molle is scoreless and plus-1 in 10 playoff games with Reading; Mike Ratchuk has one goal, seven points and a minus-9 rating in 11 games for Florida, with whom Brent Henley has an assist and 34 penalty minutes; for Alaska, Tom Mele and Dustin Molle are both scoreless and played in a combined four games.

The CHL finals, won last season by the Komets, begins Tuesday between Wichita and Allen. Here's the Allen roster and here's the Wichita roster.

My prediction -- made not to be funny -- is Wichita ... in six. Although, this makes it funny: Click here.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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