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Time to get 'Nasty'

Jon Mirasty en route to Komets

The Komets felt there was a gaping hole on their roster – toughness – and they have taken care of it before Monday's trade deadline.

Left wing Jon Mirasty, who has spent the bulk of the last four seasons in the higher-level American Hockey League, is on his way.

(In this video I posted, Mirasty is the one in white.)

"I think (toughness) was a need," Komets general manager David Franke said before Saturday's game against the Wichita Thunder at Memorial Coliseum. "This move is something that will take care of that aspect. Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock and Craig Cescon are capable tough guys, but Mirasty is 'legendary' tough. Maybe he will scare some guys on other teams, and he'll excite our fans and our players."

Mirasty, 28, has totaled 796 penalty minutes since the outset of the 2007 season with the Syracuse Crunch, the top minor-league affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks, and that's made for an average of 4.19 minutes per game.

In that span, though, he's tallied only one goal and seven points.

Mirasty, 5-foot-10, 220 pounds, began this season with Syracuse of the AHL – he had 74 penalty minutes in 16 games – then was sent down to Elmira of the ECHL for 18 games, in which he had one goal and 45 penalty minutes.

The Jackals made Franke aware of Mirasty's availability and he arranged a loan from Syracuse. He should be in the lineup Wednesday against the visiting Bloomington PrairieThunder.

The Komets were coming off a 5-4 shootout victory over the Thunder, which put the Komets on a 7-2-0 streak, and Franke wasn't sure if there would be a move before the trade deadline.

"I don't know," he said. "We've got a couple players we're looking at, but I don't know if we'll go after them or not."

The Komets did waive defenseman/forward Keith Rodger, who had one goal, five points and a minus-14 rating in 30 games. They did so because forward Neil Musselwhite and defenseman Danko Mironovic came off injured reserve, though center Chris Francis is now on the shelf with conjunctivitis.

Also on IR are center Leo Thomas (ankle) and defenseman Brandon Warner (shoulder). The Komets won't have to move someone else to make room for Mirasty for five games, since he was sent down from a higher level.

Mirasty was on his way to Fort Wayne for Saturday's game, but he got stranded in Detroit by the snow. He planned to fly back to Syracuse and drive to Fort Wayne on Tuesday, Franke said.

  • To whet your Mirasty appetite, click here and particularly here.
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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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