Rutherford Won't Play For Komets

By Tommy Schoegler - 21Alive
By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

Credit: Fort Wayne Komets

David Rutherford

December 30, 2013 Updated Dec 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - The planned acquisition by the Fort Wayne Komets of center David Rutherford will not happen after all.

Rutherford, who would be sent to Fort Wayne as part of a trade that sent disgruntled center Mickey Lang to Orlando, will not be joining the Komets, general manager David Franke says Monday.

Instead, Franke says, Rutherford plans to sign with a Central Hockey League team. It is not known which team he will sign with, but Rutherford won a Presidents' Cup Championship with Bossier-Shreveport in 2011.

Rutherford scored 6 goals and 9 points in 21 games this season with Orlando.

The Lang trade will still go through, as nullification provisions were not included in the deal, Franke says.

With Lang still heading to Orlando and Rutherford not coming to Fort Wayne, the Komets effectively are down one player.

The K's intend to bring in another player within the next week as part of the "future considerations" part of the Lang trade.

Franke could not reveal whom the player may be.

The Komets intend to add language to future trades that would void the deal in the event something similar happens again, Franke says.

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