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K's waive Saidachev

Warner could play this weekend

The Fort Wayne Komets have waived Evgeny Saidachev, a forward, who had one assist and a minus-2 rating in seven games, general manager David Franke confirmed Monday night.

They could activate defenseman Brandon Warner, the Huntertown native, who has been out all season with a hip injury, in time for Friday's game against the Quad City Mallards.

There is still no word on when Matt Syroczynski could return from Norfolk of the American Hockey League, but when he does the Komets will need to release someone else, or put them on injured reserve.

Playoff MVP David Hukalo (shoulder) is still a few weeks away from returning to the lineup, though he is practicing with the team.

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