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Komets deny Toronto rumors

You may have seen the report on HockeyBuzz, and other local outlets, that the Komets have a new affiliation with the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies and that they are getting three forwards sent here immediately.

Komets general manager David Franke said it's absolutely not true, though he said he's spoken several times with the Marlies without coming to any agreements.

"We informed them we couldn't take any more forwards on. I expect us to get a couple, one or two more forwards, from Anaheim through Norfolk and with the players we have under contract and the influx of the Norfolk players, we don't have the room," Franke said.

"We told Toronto that we would be interested in talking to them about defensemen, but we can't take on any forwards right now from the AHL because we don't have the room and have to save room for our affiliated players from Anaheim and Norfolk.

"We're not going to tear apart what we built over the summer because there are all these players out because of the lockout."

HockeyBuzz.com had a report that the Marlies would send Sam Carrick, Tyler Brenner and Andrew Crescenzi to the Komets.

Carrick, 20, was a fifth-round pick in 2010, who scored 37 goals and 67 points last season for Brampton of the Ontario Hockey League. Brenner, 24, had four goals and 12 points last season in 41 games in the AHL and ECHL. Crescenzki, 20, had 24 goals and 47 points with Kitchener of the OHL.

According to the Website's post, written by Maple Leafs blogger Mike Augello, the Komets will now be an affiliate of the Marlies, who are under the umbrella of the Toronto Maple Leafs, which Franke also denied.

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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