Saturday, January 10, 2009

All Roads Go Through Merritt

I think Merritt is making it their personal goal to be involved in every Junior A hockey trade in Canada! Today they've moved Jacklin to Trail for Gehon (with some futures) and turned around Gehon to Westside for Betker and futures. They moved Valenti to North Bay for defenceman Andrew Glasser, now shipped Glasser to Burnaby for Grassi and now Grassi is headed to Penticton. Not sure for what, but the Vees told me yesterday no roster players would go anywhere today. That likely means futures and cash go to Merritt for Grassi. They still have Jimmy Geerin who won't report, Alex Goodship, Forster, Grant and a bunch of other guys who could still end up anywhere... but it's 6pm now so I don't know if that got done.

No word on a home for Brooks Robinson yet. That's the other major chip I expected to fall. Nothing out of the Bulldogs camp. Do they still really think they have a playoff shot?

So Burnaby has helped Vernon, Salmon Arm and Penticton load up. Which former Express players will mean more to their new team? Brodie and Leidl, Vandenberg or Reid and Grassi? I think the Vees just positioned themselves as a player with the Snakes and the Backs.

As for Trail, Brandon Clark WILL be back at the end of the month. Corcoran is a shoot first sniper that many wanted. Jacklin is a gritty kid with some scoring ability. Loyst, St. Denis, Legassic, Barclay and others should all be back healthy by February. Don't count Trail out just yet! They haven't sold out their future to add a big gun, but they've made some interesting moves that could shake things up now and down the line.

Perhaps still more to come. I'm off to the game.

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