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More moves might happen before Friday's game

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 3:03 pm

omets General Manager David Franke and coach Al Sims said the reason for trading defenseman Brent Henley today was to get back to four veterans.

``With five vets, there was going to be somebody upset every game,'' Sims said. ``We'd have to sit out a veteran for 20 games here, and we didn't want that and have that around the team. We decided to go with the four guys we have.''

The Komets decided Henley would be the player to move on, and honored his request to go to a playoff team, Franke said.

``I could have gotten some other players, but not a defensemen or any players that we really need,'' Franke said. ``We'll use the cash we got on the next player coming in.''

Franke said he's continuing to talk to Anaheim and Norfolk about adding another defenseman and hopes to have news on that by late Thursday afternoon.

``Forward-wise, I think we've got the people who can do the job, but maybe we need to get the puck up to them a little quicker,'' Franke said. ``While we're talking to Anaheim and Norfolk, we'll continue to pursue what we have to on our own.''

Because rookie defenseman Scott Kishel is going to miss at least the next two weeks with a hip pointer, the Komets desperately need another defenseman. They currently have five on the active roster and usually play six.

Franke said the team is also scouting amateur players, but their seasons are not over yet.