Thursday, January 5, 2012

It Feels Like Trade Deadline Day - But It Isn't

Trade deadline isn't until Noon Tuesday (Monday for overage's) but today certainly felt like it as teams began to stock up for playoff runs while others began the rebuilding process.

Here's a look at what happened on Thursday :

Erie Otters send Derek Holden and 15th round pick to Windsor Spitfires for a 5th round pick in 2015.

Erie Otters send Greg McKegg, Tyson Teichmann and Brett Cook to the London Knights for Dane Fox, Troy Donnay, Sudbury's 2nd round pick in 2012 and London's 2nd round pick in 2016.

Mississauga St Mikes Majors send Derek Schoenmakers, 1st round import pick in 2013 (conditional) and a 4th round pick in 2014 (conditional) to Sudbury Wolves for Kristoff Kontos.

Kingston Frontenacs send Tyler Brown to the Sarnia Sting for Jack Nevins, Taylor Carnevale and a 3rd round pick in 2016.

Mississauga St Mikes Majors send Joseph Cramarossa to Belleville Bulls for Kitchener's 2nd round pick in 2012 and Plymouth's 2nd round pick in 2013.

Sarnia Sting send Brett Ritchie to Niagara Ice Dogs for Guelph's 2nd round pick in 2012, a 2nd round and 5th round pick in 2013 and Peterborough's 2nd round pick in 2014.

Kingston Frontenacs send Ryan Spooner to Sarnia Sting for Ryan Kujawinski.

Niagara Ice Dogs send Bill Jenkins and a 10th round pick in 2016 to Kingston Frontenacs for Guelph's 2nd round pick in 2012, Windsor's 8th round pick in 2013 and a 3rd round pick in 2014.

Some big names traded homes today at what is the start of what is to come by next Wednesday as well as some draft eligible players.

Biggest surprise to me is the McKegg to London trade. London not only gets an elite scorer, but a backup to Michael Houser, or more of a safety net in case of an injury and Brett Cook. Erie gets a good young player in Dane Fox who has had some personal issues to deal with, picks and Troy Donnay who requested a trade out of London for lack of playing time. If the quiet chatter of some other deals involving McKegg have any truth to them, I think Erie had better deals elsewhere. Nonetheless, this is a huge move by London and now answers the question of "are they buyers or are they sellers" ?

Kingston did well in my opinion getting players and picks in their moves, especially the Ryan Kujawinski (the 4th overall pick in 2011) for Ryan Spooner. Kingston GM Doug Gilmour said he doesn't think he is done dealing yet as he begins his rebuild of the Frontenacs.

I expect Plymouth Whalers will make some moves now that their Western Conference foes London and Sarnia, have stocked up.

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