In 2009, the Komets swung a deal prior to the trade deadline for a good, veteran, puck-moving defenseman, Rod Aldoff.
It was the final piece of the puzzle as the Komets went on to win the International Hockey League's Turner Cup championship.
And the Komets really need to make a similar move before Monday's trade deadline.
The biggest hole on the roster right now is the lack of a good puck-moving defenseman, someone who can help get the offense going while not being a liability in his own zone.
The recent addition of Michael Ratchuk has certainly helped. But a) we don't know how long he'll be here until the Columbus Blue Jackets call him back to their American Hockey League affiliate; and b) even with Ratchuk, the Komets need another good defenseman in the Central Hockey League.
Let's call a spade a spade here. Frankie DeAngelis is a solid top defenseman, but he's still inexperienced in his second season. Guy Dupuis always gets better down the stretch, but he's 40 and can't do the things he used to do in this faster league.
Meanwhile, the Komets have a glut of forwards, especially when Leo Thomas (ankle) comes off injured reserve.
I see no reason the Komets couldn't package a forward and a defenseman for a capable blue-liner, just as they did in 2009, when they sent Dominic Osman and Dylan Row to Kalamazoo for Aldoff.