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Ice Chips

  • A possible new Komet
    No official word yet, but I'm hearing that the Komets may be completing a deal with Thomas Frazee, who had 24 goals and 47 points in 60 games last season with Quad City of the CHL.
  • Komets affiliate with Avs, Lake Erie
    The Komets have aligned with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and their American Hockey League team, the Lake Erie Monsters.
  • This is sad news
    Former Komets star Joe Kastelic, who once owned the record for most goals scored in the IHL, died Wednesday at 81. He skated for the Komets from 1953 to 1957 and then again in 1960-61.
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Lots of updates

Goaltender Nick Boucher, who had two offseason hip surgeries, now thinks it will be about March before he can return to game action.

"I feel good doing everyday activities," Boucher said. "But as soon as I get on the ice … it's still sore. And if something basic is still painful, playing goal is a whole other step up from that. It's a whole other group of movements I haven't even attempted yet."

I will have more on Boucher and his recovery Wednesday.

Remember, he is a free agent and can sign anywhere. I just have a feeling he will have a role to play with this team, though.

If there are injuries or if the lockout ends, who knows where the Komets will be with their goaltending come the playoffs.

Anyway, I'll have more on Boucher on Wednesday.

  • Do not forget Komet Kare Package will continue at the games Wednesday and Saturday at Memorial Coliseum. Click here to see what you can donate for our military personnel overseas. What a great cause and I'm sure it takes a ton of work to put together.
  • I forgot to post these: Pictures from Sunday's Komets game and pictures from Wednesday's game.
  • Pensacola of the Southern Professional Hockey League is 11-5-2 under Gary Graham, the native of Fort Wayne and former Komets assistant. The Ice Flyers are two points out of first place. Leo Thomas has five goals and 11 points in 16 games. Strangely, Pensacola is terrible at home and great on the road: Click here.
  • Another Fort Wayne native in the coaching ranks -- former Komets goalie Brian Gratz -- is doing a nice job with Bloomington of the CHL. The Blaze is 14-10-1, tied for third overall. He's had six goalies this season, including Gerry Festa.
  • Looking at the CHL scoring leaders, click here, I still think the Komets should have gone after Neil Trimm.
  • I wonder if Bruce Ramsay's days are numbered in Tulsa. The Oilers are a league-worst 8-16-2. Speaking of Tulsa, they released David-Alexandre Beauregard today: Click here.

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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