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K’s trade Rizk to Alaska to complete deal

Rizk

– Jean-Michel Rizk had proved himself a dynamic scorer and dependable defensive forward in two seasons with the Komets – he tallied 46 goals and 79 points in 139 games – but he was traded to the Alaska Aces on Friday.

The Komets owed future considerations to the Aces for the Monday acquisition of center Bobby Hughes, who had 15 goals and 39 points in 59 games last season, and it had become clear to the Komets they wouldn’t come to a contract agreement with Rizk.

“Yeah, it was tough trading him,” Komets coach Gary Graham said. “This is the negotiating phase and … it came to a point where you could see it wasn’t going in the right direction.

“Rizker asked us to see what was out there and I had a conversation to make sure he really wanted that. I knew it wouldn’t be hard to find a place for him to land.”

The Komets still owe future considerations to the San Francisco Bulls for the acquisition of defenseman Simon Danis-Pepin, and Graham said that deal should be finalized Monday.

Rizk, 27, was a seventh-round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild in 2004. He helped the Komets to the CHL title in 2012. He played five games last season in the higher-level American Hockey League with Norfolk.

Hughes, 25, was a fourth-round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, and he has played 58 AHL games with Albany and Bridgeport.

“I wanted to try and get him to a place where it would be good for his career. I like him as a person and a player. Both teams got what they are looking for,” Graham said, adding the Komets are close to announcing the signing of their first goaltender.

“There’s a lot of work that’s been put in on that.”

The only player who received a qualifying offer from the Komets but has yet to sign a contract is defenseman Daniel Maggio.

Additionally, the Komets’ game at Kalamazoo, Mich., which was originally scheduled for March 5 has been moved to 3 p.m. March 9.

The Komets also play at Wings Stadium the previous day.

jcohn@jg.net

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