Komets coach Pat Bingham said this afternoon he's not sure if and when the defenseman from Hershey will arrive. In fact, he's moving ahead and planning as if the player is not going to arrive.
"We're working with what we've got to get them as ready as possible for Saturday's game,'' Bingham said. "We can't worry about who is not here, and you can't rely on one player too much, anyway. We'll try to help everyone we have get better and go from there.''
The Komets have an informal agreement with Hershey where the Bears said they would send Fort Wayne one of their extra defensemen. The Bears currently have nine defensemen on the roster.
The deal was essentially set up as a favor to long-time Hershey player and current Komets' player/assistant coach Bruce Richardson.
Bingham said no decisions have been made yet regarding Saturday's lineup. It's likely those decisions won't be made until Saturday's pre-game skate.
The Komets are asking fans to get to their seats earlier than normal for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff for extended pregame ceremonies.