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  • Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette Komets forward Taylor Crunk, right, circles the Toledo Walleye net as he's guarded by Kevin Lohan, Matt Register, bottom, and goaltender Kaden Fulcher at Memorial Coliseum. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 8:30 pm

Why K's needed a goalie, more

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The Komets added an emergency goaltender today – Fort Wayne-native Alex Zion – but that was merely because they needed another body for practice. Eric Levine, who was brought in Saturday to back up Lukas Hafner, had already made commitments for the holiday and should be back for Thursday's game against the Kalamazoo Wings at Memorial Coliseum.

Also, nothing official yet, but with the departure of Chase Stewart to play college hockey, the Komets plan to re-sign both defenseman Brandon Lubin and forward Joseph Widmar. Lubin is scoreless in two games this season with Fort Wayne. Widmar has one assist in two games. 

Elsewhere, we now know at least part of what the Toledo Walleye gave up to get Justin Kea from the Orlando Solar Bears in that odd situation Saturday: defenseman Kevin Lohan.

As we established, the ECHL doesn't like to give the details of trades, so I don't know if that fully completes the deal between Toledo and Orlando, which had gotten Kea earlier in the day from the Komets to complete the trade for Brady Shaw, which of course had been complicated by Aidan Muir failing his physical when he had arrived in Orlando.

Confusing? Yes, but that's the ECHL for you.

Muir has since been picked up by Wichita. 

My light bulb is going off on this one. I think the Komets should call Orlando and see if they can get Lohan from Orlando to fill the void left by Stewart. Although, I'm guessing things aren't exactly rosy between the Komets and Solar Bears right now. Plus, the Komets still owe Orlando for Ryan Siiro. Still, wouldn't Lohan vs. Kea make the Komets vs. Walleye that much more interesting?

jcohn@jg.net