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The Komets’ Craig Cescon, left, fights Wichita’s Robin Richards during the first period Saturday.

Komets add punch to roster

– 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 AHL, is on his way.

“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 2007 season with the Syracuse Crunch, the top minor-league affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks. He averages 4.19 penalty minutes per game.

He has only one goal and seven points since 2007.

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 injured reserve 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.