In case you haven't heard, the Komets have allegedly signed Derek Patrosso and Brandon Naurato, who both played last season with the Port Huron Icehawks.
I wrote "allegedly" because, frankly, something strange is amiss.
Patrosso had signed to play next season with the Braehead Clan of the United Kingdom's Elite League, a fact confirmed by the team's coach, former Komets player/assistant coach Bruce Richardson.
In an e-mail, Richardson said he was shocked to learn Patrosso had signed with the Komets, and that he had been unable to reach the player for explanation.
"He is signed to play for me," Richardson wrote. "Everything was great a week ago. I told him that a lot of players were calling for jobs and he said to me, 'I hope I will not lose my job,' and I told him not to worry."
Patrosso, 25, declined to discuss his Fort Wayne signing with The Journal Gazette, or even confirm it, saying, "Maybe we can talk about it in a day or two because there are some things in the works. ... We're working on something here and I'm not sure what's going to work out."
Komets general manager David Franke hasn't returned phone calls.
Patrosso's name should be familiar to fans of the Komets, and not just because he totaled 37 goals and 113 points in 139 games with Port Huron.
He was the player who Komets goaltender Tim Haun took a baseball-like swing of the stick at last season, resulting in the seven-game suspension for the IHL's eventual Goaltender of the Year.
And in Game 5 of the Turner Cup semifinals, with the Icehawks up 3-1 in the series and 2-0 in the game, Patrosso was foiled on a breakaway by goaltender Nick Boucher, largely considered the pivotal moment of the Komets' run to a third straight IHL championship.
Naurato, 25, had 25 goals and 46 points in 61 games last season.
He couldn't be reached for comment.
"I think we're all real excited about Patrosso and Naurato coming in," Komets coach Al Sims said. "Both did well against us in the playoffs, especially Brandon Naurato, when he had six points. Patrosso only had three points, but he did enough damage against us in the regular season. He brings a lot of size and skill to the forward position. He scored a lot of goals around the net.
"Brandon Naurato has a lot more scoring in him and it will come this year."
The potential additions of Patrosso and Naurato would bring the Komets' roster to three, as they have already signed defenseman Bobby Phillips for their 59th season, first as part of the new coalition between the IHL and Central Hockey League, which will include 18 teams.