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Auger still in the mix

The single biggest question I've received since the Komets' six qualifying offers were announced -- click here to see what I'm talking about -- has been: What about Chris Auger?

The Komets are still interested in bringing him back. But Auger, who missed most of last season because of injury, does have other suitors.

So why wasn't he given a qualifying offer? I'm guessing it's because of Auger's salary of last season, when he was projected to be a top-line forward. Because of the collective bargaining agreement, if you get a qualifying offer, you are bound for a raise, at least that's my understanding.

So that would explain a lot.

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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