He wanted to make some moves, but no one was budging in the SJHL as the annual trade deadline came and gone and Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan wasn’t able to make a deal.
“We worked real hard to make a deal, but none of them made sense for us,” said Reagan last night, minutes after the 10:00 am deadline.
Despite the lack of moves, Reagan still believes his team is championship material.
“We like our team, we believe with the additions that we made we have a lineup that will be tough to beat in a seven game series.”
The team welcomed forward Andy Blanke earlier in the month when the 20 year old signed with the team after spending most of the season with the University of Saskatchewan. He hasn’t played a game with the veteran laden club but he’s coming off three seasons with the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL.
On Tuesday the team traded hold out forward Kevin Lacriox to the Spruce Grove Saints of the AJHL for 1992 born Jason Wark. Wark, who was dealt earlier in the day from the Lloydminster Bobcats, played 38 games with the Bobcats where the 6’3, 200 pounder has 25 points (13g, 12a) to go with 107 penalty minutes.
The team also signed 1994 born defenseman Robert Gowron. Gowron (5’9, 176 pounds) played six games last year with the Indiana Ice of the USHL posting 2 points (1g, 1a). Prior to that, the Lemont, IL native put up 44 points (18g, 26) with the Chicago Fury U18 program.
In general that wasn’t a lot of trades in the SJHL, with less than five deals made. The biggest splashes were teams welcoming players without trades. Estevan brings back forward Dylan Smith who was with the EJHL’s Connecticut Oilers. Earlier in the month Nipawin welcomed back Eli Litchenwald who playing in the USHL. The Humboldt Broncos picked up former first overall WHL pick in Alex Forsberg, who fell out of favor with the Prince George Cougars. Forsberg requested a trade and when that didn’t transpire, the team sent him down to Humboldt.
The team now moves forward and looks to Saturday when they host the Weyburn Red Wings. For the first time since the early part of December the team is healthy and will have their full lineup when the teams take to the ice at the Whitney Forum.