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No go on Vaskivuo

Komets general manager David Franke said the window to try and re-sign Playoff MVP Mike Vaskivuo, who has already agreed to play in France, is almost certainly closed.

The Komets had hoped to get Vaskivuo a two-way contract between the American Hockey League and ECHL to dissuade him from going overseas, but those contracts are hard to obtain because the NHL labor impass could leave the AHL full of players.

Meanwhile, Franke said the Komets remain in negotiations with defenseman Frankie DeAngelis and forward Stephon Thorne.

The Komets are also confident that they will get goalie Kenny Reiter, who is on a two-way contact with Bridgeport of the AHL. He wouldn't provide details, though.

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