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Answering some questions

ANDERSON -- Checking in from Colts training camp, and I have to say that my e-mail and text messages have been blowing up. The people want to know my thoughts on a few Komet-related matters, so here we go:

Are the Komets going to bring in toughness? Absolutely. They are cognizant than the Central Hockey League typically has good, young tough players. And the Komets have to protect the skill players, like Mathieu Curadeau and Derek Patrosso.

But they think Brad MacMillan wasn't good enough? Right or wrong, this is the M.O. with the Komets. Who was the last tough guy they brought back for many years? All I can say is that no one has said to me personally anything but complimentary things about MacMillan, and that guy was a real worker out there. The only drawbacks were some ill-advised penalties that resulted in suspensions. The Komets need to get a guy who will be an enforcer and play a regular shift. I don't know if you'll like this example, but they need a Kevin Kotyluk-type. And hey, if he doesn't work out, then they can trade him for a David Hukalo-type.

Will the Komets sign Rob Nolan as the No. 2 goaltender? I have a call in about this today, but my feeling is the longer it goes on, the less chance there is of it happening. They cannot wait and wait on this guy, especially when it's a buyer's market in hockey. Though it sounds contradictory, Nolan can afford to wait. Look how far behind they are in places like Dayton and Evansville. And there's no way the Komets have a ton of money underneath the salary cap.

What else does this team need? I really think they need help up front, in the form of a power forward. Their two biggest forwards are 6-foot-2 P.C. Drouin and Tyler Fletcher. Forget about the need for more scoring, though rookie Matt Ward could be a diamond in the rough, the Komets don't have any bruisers for the corners. Also, given the defensemen they currently have, the Komets need to have huge seasons from Frankie DeAngelis and Brandon Warner, or there will be a lack of scoring from the blue line.

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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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