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Ice Chips

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    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.
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    Former Komets foward Scott Fleming will skate this season with the Fife Flyers in the United Kingdom.

Franke: "Was time to turn the page'

Here's what Komets general manager David Franke had to say about releasing left wing P.C. Drouin today:

"We wanted to see how training camp and the exhibition games went on, and how the younger guys and returning guys played. We decided, between myself, (coach Al Sims and president Michael Franke), maybe it was time to turn the page.

"P.C. has had a heck of a career. He played in the NHL, which most players don't get to do at all. He had a great career with us. When Colin Chaulk went down with the MRSA (staph) infection (in 2008-09), P.C. stepped up like the guy he is and put the team on his back, absolutely carried us.

"But it's time to start bringing in new faces, younger players, players we can hopefully develop and maybe they play for us for (many) years. That's the mode we're going.

"We may suffer some growing pains...but it's time to give some other players the chance. P.C. is one of the classiest players we've had play for us. That's without a doubt. He's part of the Komet family forever. But it's sad."

  • The Komets are through making moves before Saturday's season opener against Evansville. Chris Auger will play defense in that game, as he did half of last season with Mississippi.
  • Click here to read today's column from Ben Smith on the city's love affair with the Komets.
  • While I have your attention, I encourage you to buy the newspaper on Saturday. We have a lot of special things in store to preview the Komets' 60th anniversary.

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