UPDATED: Komets getting two more players
Because the Arizona Coyotes made a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, the Fort Wayne Komets are getting two more players. The Coyotes acquired goaltender Sean Maguire, who has been playing with Wheeling of the ECHL and with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the AHL, has been assigned to the Komets, and forward Artur Tyanulin has been reassigned to the Komets from Arizona’s AHL farm team in Tucson.
The team bus leaves at 10 a.m. Wednesday for Quad City, but the lineup for tomorrow will be determined in the morning. Mcguire is expected to report tonight, and Tucson is flying Tyanulin to meet the team in Quad City. Tyanulin can help the Komets because Shawn Szydlowski will miss tomorrow night’s game with a lower-body injury. Komets General Manager David Franke said Szydlowski is expected to play Saturday at home against Quad City.
The Komets also placed forward Phil Buschbacher on waivers late Tuesday, and he’s expected to sign to play in Europe, Franke said.
Maguire is 8-3-0 with a .910 save percentage and 3.28 goals against average over 12 games in Wheeling, and 1-1 with a .924 save percentage and 2.19 goals against average in four games in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Tyanulin played two games in his most-recent call-up to Tucson with no statistics. He has seven goals and 17 points in 13 games with the Komets.
As for the Komets who are injured, Justin Hodgman has not resumed skating yet, but Dennis Kravchenko started skating today and may be at least two weeks away from returning to the lineup because of a sore back. Hodgman is expected to hit the ice for non-contact skating later this week, and Franke said he may be ready to play within three or four weeks after a shoulder injury.
Franke also said the Komets could keep three goaltenders on the roster, at least for now.
“We may on the short-term carry three goalies,” he said. “I have to see how this is all going to affect the salary cap and if we have enough room. We’ll just have to see what happens.”