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The goalie situation

The Komets' newest goaltender, Ben Meisner, who was acquired today from Utah for forward Phil Mangan, may not be in the lineup Friday against Toledo.

He still needs to get to town and pass a physical. I would expect him to play sometime this weekend, though.

The Komets have no plans to carry three goalies into 2014, so this would seem to put Cody Reichard on the hot seat. Reichard, by the way, was returned to the Komets by Iowa of the American Hockey League today.

"We're not totally satisfied with our goaltending," Komets general manager David Franke said. "We're going to see if this Meisner can come in and help us out in goal. Overall, we're not that thrilled with our goaltending. We think we need to get better there and hope Meiser can help us out that."

The Komets are hoping to have a new forward in by Friday night, but he, too, must pass a physical. I don't know who that is, but it may be Sy Nutkevitch. If he's not cleared in time, look for a defenseman like Nathan Martine to skate at forward.

Franke didn't explicitly say Reichard would be the goalie to be cut, but he hasn't played as well as Andrey Makarov.

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