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Why Rizk was traded

While it may be a tough pill to swallow for Komets fans -- the team gave up Jean-Michel Rizk as the future considerations to Alaska to get Bobby Hughes -- Rizk probably wouldn't have been in Fort Wayne anyway.

Despite reports from other media outlets, Komets coach Gary Graham said Fort Wayne and Rizk were never close on a contract.

"This is the negotiating phase ... and it came to the point where you could see it wasn't going in the right direction," Graham said. "Rizker asked us to see what was out there and I had a conversation with him to make sure that was really what he wanted. I knew it wouldn't be hard to find a place for him to land.

"I wanted to try and get him to place where it would be good for his career. I like him as a person and as a player. Both teams got what they were looking for."

The Komets still owe future considerations to San Francisco for Simon Danis-Pepin, and Graham said an announcement on that will likely come Monday afternoon.

Also, Graham said the Komets are close to announcing a goaltender signing, something they have spent a lot of time working on this summer.

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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