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Ice Chips

  • Some CHL news
    The CHL's Denver Cutthroats have gone dormant for the upcoming season and are looking to secure investors for the 2015-16 season.
  • K's add scoring, toughness
    The Komets were in need of a defenseman who can score and hit and they got one today – and he should be familiar to fans of the team – with the signing of Matt Krug.
  • New digital aid for ECHL fans
    The ECHL has partnered with NeuLion Inc. to provide line and on-demand content to internet-connected devices that will be available on multiple devices, including PCs and iOS.

A Rudenko update

Unlike him, we'll see Steven Later later

Wondering what's been going on with Bogdn Rudenko, our favorite former Komet-turned-alleged murderer?

Prosecutors in North Carolina recently revealed they will not seek the death penalty for Rudenko, accused of killing and then mutilating the body of his former friend from Kazakhstan.

Click here to read details.

  • The Texas Brahmas of the Central Hockey League have signed Steven Later -- click here -- and he bolsters the physicality of their lineup. However, it will be interesting when the Komets play at Texas on Jan. 30. You may recall, in 2008, Fort Wayne's Olivier Legault got suspended three games for whacking Later in the head with his stick. I'm not saying there's any bad blood there, but it's interesting, nonetheless, assuming Legault sticks with the Komets that long.
  • This story from the Quad City Times caught my eye. It seems like Frank Anzalone is either having trouble getting players, having trouble meeting the players' salary demands or just isn't savvy with the salary cap. Whatever it is, I just think it could be a long season for the Mallards ... again. I like the comment: "I had a really, really, really good player," but I just lost him. I wonder if the player he missed out on signing was Joey Mormina or Daniel Gauthier.
  • Kevin Reiter has taken note of the poll on Ice Chips regarding his next mask. Keep voting.

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