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Mickey Lang

Mickey Lang, who led the entire ECHL with 17 points, didn't show up for Komets practice Thursday night. Neither did Mike Vaskivuo, the 2012 Playoff MVP, who is a top-line player.

Now they have been removed from the roster.

I haven't been able to reach Lang, Vaskivuo, coach Gary Graham or general manager David Franke yet. But based on what I'm hearing, it seems Lang and Vaskivuo have quit.

If that's the case, what a mess this has become. Five trades in seven weeks. Other players who have demanded trades. It seems Graham has lost the locker room.

All that said, don't bite the hand that feeds you. Quitting on a team, especially within 24 hours of three straight games, that stuff will affect your reputation forever.

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