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Rutherford not coming

The Komets met an obstacle Monday, when they learned definitively that playmaking center David Rutherford will not report to Fort Wayne, opting instead to go to the CHL. The Komets acquired Rutherford and future considerations from Orlando on Saturday for disgruntled forward Mickey Lang, who led Fort Wayne with 17 goals.

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"You don't (always get to talk to the player before a trade) and we don't have a reciprocal agreement between the ECHL and the CHL, so if a guy gets traded in the ECHL and he doesn't like it, he can go to the CHL," Komets general manager David Franke said. "He has played in the CHL quite a bit and he indicated that he appreciated we tried to get him but he felt his career was taking a different path."

The Komets knew they would eventually get another player from Orlando, as part of the future considerations, and they're talking with the Solar Bears to see if they can get more now that Rutherford has declined to report, Franke said.

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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