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Komets waive Stayzer

The Komets have waived forward/defenseman Blair Stayzer, who tallied one goal and 34 penalty minutes in 13 games.

Stayzer, who had been out since Dec. 4 with a concussion, was nearing a return to the lineup. But with the Komets carrying too many players, and the impending return of another tough guy, Mitch Woods, Stayzer became expendable.

"We kind of had a numbers situation. We have a pretty healthy lineup for the first time all season," general manager David Franke said. "On Friday, we'll probably have someone healthy sitting. ... This was about the numbers, mostly."

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