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1st-place K’s standing pat

Komets general manager David Franke spoke to six teams about possible trades before Monday’s CHL deadline, but nothing came to fruition.

“Like I’ve always said in the past, unless we can upgrade the team, we don’t want to make a trade where it’s an apple for an apple,” Franke said.

“If we can make us a better team, that what we want to do. That deal wasn’t out there.”

The Komets (27-13-2) believe they righted things with their play last weekend, defeating Quad City 3-2 and Dayton 3-1 and regaining a two-point lead in the Turner Conference.

The victories came on the heels of a sub-par 5-6-1 run in January.

The Komets play Wednesday at Evansville (25-12-4), which is in second place in the conference. That’s the first of five games in seven nights for the Komets, who play host to Quad City (24-18-1) on Friday night.

“We talked to a half a dozen teams out there but we couldn’t find that player that we thought would make the better team without giving up pretty much the same thing,” Franke said.

Next Monday is the deadline for the Komets to sign players coming back from Europe, but Fort Wayne isn’t in negotiations with any such people, despite annual speculation it could go after ex-Komets Justin Hodgman or Luciano Aquino.

To upgrade the roster, the Komets plan to focus their attention on signing players coming out of juniors or college. That’s how they landed Tom Mele last season.

Meanwhile, center Leo Thomas remains on a leave of absence, Franke said, declining to elaborate on what’s going on.

Thomas, who has five goals and 15 points in 34 games, has missed the last four games.

Defenseman Dustin Molle, who has missed the last 12 games with a groin injury, is unlikely to return this week.