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Patrosso update

Forward Derek Patrosso continues to mostly decline comment, after reneging on a contract with Scotland's Braehead Clan to sign with the Komets this week, but Fort Wayne fully plans on him being here for training camp in October.

"It's something we've got to work through with him and his agent," general manager David Franke said. "We'll work through it, but it might take some time. I'm not worried about this."

All Patrosso would say today was, "It's a sticky situation," while Braehead's coach, Bruce Richardson, remained befuddled by losing one of the players he figured would be key in his first season at the helm.

Braehead Clan has little to no means for recourse, since there are no reciprocal agreements between Europe and the IHL/Central Hockey League coalition.

"We don't recognize their leagues and they don't recognize us," Franke said, adding European teams sign players away from North America, and vice-versa, all the time.

It's simply the timing of this -- he signed his contracts within a six-week span in the offseason -- that makes this unique.

Patrosso, 25,tallied 37 goals and 113 points in 139 games over two seasons with Port Huron.

Meanwhile, Franke said he has been in contract talks with several key players from last season, including Colin Chaulk, P.C. Drouin, Guy Dupuis, Leo Thomas, Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock and goaltender Nick Boucher, though he's only spoken to Boucher sporadically since he's playing in Australia this summer.

"They're all in the mix," Franke said.

  • Still wondering what happened in Dayton on Wednesday, when their press conference to introduce a new coach was called off? A reliable source told me that the coach the Gems had hired reneged to take a job in the ECHL. All I can say is, the coach is someone familiar to IHL fans and you'll know who it is when he accepts his new job in the coming days.

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 jcohn@jg.net.

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