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Mind-blowing numbers

I don't know what's crazier, these numbers or that I think I'm missing one.

Anyway, by my count, the Komets have made nine trades in the last eight weeks.

They have sent nine players to other teams: Nick Tuzzolino, Rob Kwiet, Brett Lyon, Bobby Hughes, Phil Mangan, Mickey Lang, Cody Reichard, Mike Vaskivuo and Nik Pokulok.

They have acquired eight players, not including David Rutherford, who wouldn't report: Kenton Miller, Brett Lyon (yes the same one), Jordon Southorn, Nathan Martine, Mike Embach, Ben Meisner, Matt Carter and Christian Ouellet.

The Komets are still owed future considerations by Orlando (for Lang) and Utah (for Reichard).

These don't even include players like John Muse, called up, and Tristan King, who asked to be reassigned by the Dallas Stars.

But the Komets also gained players by assignment: Andrey Makarov and Shawn Szydlowski.

I've covered the Komets since 1997 and never seen anything remotely like this.

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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