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Rumor: DeAngelis is done

What would it mean for K's?

I'm hearing a lot of chatter tonight that defenseman Frankie DeAngelis is retiring.

You will recall that the Komets set a deadline of Friday to hear from DeAngelis on whether he will accept a contract offer and rejoin the team for a fourth season or accept what I'm told is a very good job opportunity.

I cannot tell you at this point if DeAngelis is done or if it's just rumor. He hasn't been available for comment and the Komets aren't saying anything.

My guess is now that he is retiring.

However, while I have gotten some texts from panicked fans about the situation, I wouldn't worry too much. Remember, there have been several teams that have folded recently, leaving many players out there. Plus, the Komets' affiliation with the Anaheim Ducks may well provide them with a top-tier defenseman. And if there is an NHL lockout, there really will be trickle-down effect.

Don't get me wrong, DeAngelis is wonderful. He made the all-CHL team last season. But there are a few weeks before the season and they will have time to find someone to replace DeAngelis.

I can't frankly remember the last time the Komets didn't have two prolific scoring defensemen.

The Komets have known all summer that getting DeAngelis back was a 50-50 proposition. I'm sure they have a backup plan in place.

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 jcohn@jg.net.

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