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With the Komets 5-13-1 and in last place in the Central Hockey League, fans have been clamoring for the return of center Colin Chaulk.

You may be interested to learn, he’s not in the best spirits with his current team, either. Chaulk, 33, is skating for HC Alleghe in Italy, where he played in the 2006-07 season.

He has only four goals and 16 points in 24 games, of which Alleghe has won seven.

“Things could be better this time around,” Chaulk wrote Monday by e-mail. “We have been faced with a few setbacks that were unexpected and out of my control. I think my family has adjusted all right, but I have yet to adjust to our situation here.”

Chaulk had 13 goals and 33 points in 32 games with Alleghe last time.

The rest of his seasons between 2002 and 2010 were spent with the Komets, and he guided them to four championships in the United and International Hockey Leagues. He was voted MVP by his Fort Wayne teammates four times.

His role with Alleghe, though, is not what he envisioned.

“Not even close,” wrote Chaulk, who is tied for fourth on the team in scoring. “This was not my understanding when I came to terms with the organization. However, it was obvious from the first game that I was misled on the role I would play with the organization.”

Chaulk, who aspires to be a coach when he’s finished playing, left the Komets last summer because it afforded him the opportunity to move back to Toronto, where there are more chances to coach. The abbreviated European season was to aid in that.

Asked whether there was any chance he would come back to the Komets this season, Chaulk wrote: “It’s up to my wife. (Laugh out loud). But in all seriousness, I think it’s always important to keep options open in life.”

Komets general manager David Franke said he has communicated with Chaulk but “right now, there’s nothing going on.”