Not a lot to report here early in the afternoon on the trade deadline front. Expect a flurry of releases after 4pm our time. As long as the league office has notification before 3pm Calgary time than all is good. I like it actually. It forces a team to worry about their own situation and not react to what another team may do on the deadline. We could see a huge surprise from a team. Maybe a mid-contender throws the next five years down the tube for a huge 07 playoff run? Unlikely but possible.
The Tri City Americans have added a very good defenseman to their roster:
Kennewick, WA – Tri-City Americans general manager Bob Tory today announced that 19-year-old defenseman T.J. Fast has left the University of Denver Pioneers of the WCHA to join the Americans immediately.The 6’1”, 190 pound Fast is from Calgary, Alberta was a second round draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.“T.J. will give our team an element that was desperately needed,” said Tory. “He is a tremendous skater and can step right in and quarterback our power play.”In 2004-05 Fast earned all-rookie honors for Camrose of the AJHL while scoring eight goals, 36 points in 58 games. He was a plus 35 defensively. He led Camrose to the AJHL and Western Canadian Championships. In 2005-05 Fast was paired with current San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Carle. Fast is also an avid lacrosse player and played for the University of Denver’s lacrosse team in 05-06.Last season for the Pioneers, Fast appeared in 39 games and had one goal, seven points. In 17 games this season he had four assists.