Komets’ Cody Sol injury precipitated trade for defenseman

General Manager David Franke said Wednesday night that defenseman Cody Sol may miss the rest of the regular season because of an elbow injury. (By Blake Sebring of News-Sentinel.com)

Since Dan Maggio was called up to the American Hockey League on Jan. 9, the Fort Wayne Komets have been playing with six defensemen. When the flu hit a couple of weeks ago, they moved captain Jamie Schaafsma back to defensemen.

Then they found out this week they were losing another defenseman as Cody Sol will be placed on the 21-day injured reserve list and will require surgery to address an elbow problem. Komets General Manager David Franke said Sol could miss the final 21 regular-season games but expects to return for the playoffs.

That is why the Komets traded forward Logan Nelson to the Indy Fuel on Wednesday for defenseman Anthony Cortese. A rookie, the Pierrefonds, Quebec-native has scored three assists and four points in 21 games with the Fuel.

“We know him and we’ve seen him play against us,” Franke said. “He’s a right-shot defenseman which is good. We needed another bonafide defenseman, and they have been talking to us for the last month and a half about Logan.”

Franke also said he doubts Maggio will return from Tucson before the end of the regular season. He has played in 11 games so far with one assist and 14 penalty minutes. Even if he remains with Tuscon, Maggio has played more than five games with the Komets to qualify for their playoff roster. His 25-game game contract ends March 14, meaning the Roadrunners will have to sign him to a full contract or place him on waivers.

“Even though he may not play every game, they like him a lot,” Franke said. “I’m not holding out that he’ll be back. I really feel it’s not going to happen.”

Sol is having a career-best season with seven goals and 26 points in 47 games with a plus-27 rating which ranks second in the ECHL to teammate Curtis Leonard. He missed two games last week with what was reported as the flu.

Nelson joined the Komets on Nov. 27 from Orlando and had three goals and 11 points in 29 games with Fort Wayne.

Franke also said the Komets are in the process of examining potential college and junior players who might turn pro after their seasons end.