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Gratz has contacted K's

Here's what Komets general manager David Franke said on the possibility of bringing in Brian Gratz as an assistant coach: "He's already contacted me. I don't know where we'll stand with it. It's something we'll talk about. We'll see if we want to do anything with anybody (as an assistant coach). There are other people out there that I'm interested in, too, if we brought in some specialty coaches. We'll all sit down and discuss this probably after this weekend."

So, it seems that having an assistant coach has been on the radar anyway.

Franke also said that Bobby Hughes isn't making the trip to Elmira, N.Y., because of shoulder and groin injuries. And Jeremy Gates has been cleared to practice after being out with a foot injury.

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