Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan announced that the team has traded 1995 born Michael Knaub (Morden, MB) to the Portage Terriers of the MJHL in exchange for future considerations and a Player Development Fee. The future consideration will cancel out the futures the Bombers owe the Terriers as part of the Zac Robidoux deal.
Knaub was acquired by the Bombers at the start of the 2014-15 SJHL season from the Melville Millionaires for Dalton Menke and the 6’5, 225 pounder had 19 points (8g, 11a) in 50 games last season to go along with 182 penalty mintues.
In his rookie season, Knaub had 14 points (2g, 12a) in 43 games with the Mills, but this year, he only had 2 points (1g, 1a) in 16 games with 53 penalty minutes, something that was a concern for Reagan.
“We feel that Mike needs a change of scenery,” said Reagan of the deal. “We also felt that as a 20 year old, he needed to contribute more offensively. The deal was good for us in that we get the PDF, but we also get to eliminate the futures for next season in the Robidoux deal.”
Knaub will join a Terriers team that is first in the MJHL and a team that has a lot of interest in the big forward.
“We’ve had a lot of dialogue with Portage about Mike,” added Reagan. “They’re happy acquiring him and we wish him all the best.”
“Mike was a great guy in the community and we appreciate the way he carried himself.”