The Komets met with Konstantin Shafranov today and reached a mutual decision not to sign the veteran forward at this time. He will continue to work with the team as an associate coach dealing with the forwards.
``That doesn't mean that if something happened and we were in need we wouldn't go to him for a week or two,'' general manager David Franke said. ``Right now, we're not going to make an official move.''
The Komets did make an official move today to put defenseman Danko Mironovic on the 10-day IR with a bad back. That frees up a spot for defenseman Mike Ratchuk who has been sent here by Springfield on a conditioning stint. He could be here a week or longer, it all depends on what the Blue Jackets want to do with him. Rookie center Chris Francis has also returned.
That gives the Komets 19 players on the active roster, but Ratchuk does not count against the official roster for five games because he has been sent down from the AHL. Weird CHL rule. The Komets are going to take Neil Musselwhite along for the trip this weekend because he's eligible to come off IR on Saturday. That's in case someone gets injured Friday in Shreveport.
Franke said he hopes Brandon Warner can resume playing next week, and Leo Thomas is still two or three weeks away.