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Ice Chips

  • Szydlowski returns to Komets
    Right wing Shawn Szydlowski has agreed to terms and will return to the Komets in 2014-15, the club announced today.
  • A goalie guess; look at lines
    Roman Will would seem to be the most likely fit to wind up in the ECHL as a goalie, but he's spent the last two seasons in the Czech Republic after an impressive junior career in Moncton. If I had to guess, it would be him.
  • K's sign 2 forwards
    The Komets finalized the signing of forward Thomas Frazee, who had 24 goals and 47 points in 60 games last season for Quad City of the CHL, and also announced that they have added forward Brett Beebe to the roster.

K's rumor central

Take all of the following with a grain of salt because they are from sources, not the players themselves or Komets' management.

However, I have some reason to believe the Komets have come to an agreement with defenseman Brent Henley about returning. If he does, he would fill the fourth veteran spot, the others being Colin Chaulk, Brett Smith and Tyler Butler.

For a lot of last season, I thought Henley might have been the MVP of the Komets, or at least deserved consideration. He wasn't as effective in the playoffs. Some have pondered that may have been because the CHL referees clearly had a target on his back and, frankly, there is probably some truth to that.

If he's healthy, he'll be fine in the ECHL. While some people have been talking about Henley's speed being a drawback for the ECHL, let's remember, he was in the American Hockey League two seasons ago.

Not saying this is the route I would have gone -- if they do sign Henley -- but I can understand it.

I'm also hearing the Komets may be close to agreements with Chris Auger and Jean-Michel Rizk. I have to admit, I find it hard to believe they would be able to land both of them, given the high-profile players they have already signed. That would mean a lot of cash and not a lot of playing time, especially for Rizk.

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