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Ice Chips

  • Bootland not coming to K's
    You may have heard that Darryl Bootland has defected from the CHL's Allen Americans to join a team in the ECHL. It's not the Komets, according to general manager David Franke.
  • Szydlowski would like bigger role with K's
    Shawn Szydlowski, who re-signed with the Komets today, said he hopes to have a top-line type of role this season.
  • AHL could be coming to town
    There is a possibility the American Hockey League's Lake Erie Monsters and Grand Rapids Griffins will play an exhibition game at Memorial Coliseum on Oct. 4.
Komets Matt Syroczynski battles Flints's Steve Silver in front of the goal in the third period of their game against Flint Friday at Memorial Coliseum.

Flint is unraveling again

Another day, another imperiled franchise in the IHL.

Check out this from Flint, where the Generals continue to limp along without a true owner. According to the writer, and apparently a lot of others, the Frankes are the ones keeping Flint alive with one hand while desperately trying to find viable ownership with the other. That characterization may or may not be accurate, but it does sound plausible.

All I know is this: I'm not nearly as upbeat about the future of the "I" as some are. Sounds more and more like the Komets are the only ones keeping it alive. The more I read about the league, the more it reminds me of some of our ill-advised indoor football ventures.

I could be wrong, of course. But I doubt it.

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