A shock wave across Rider Nation with the trade of reigning CFL Most Outstanding Player Kerry Joseph. The trade was deemed a salary cap move from Riders General Manager Eric Tillman.
The Riders get a couple lineman and some draft picks in return. Tillman summed up the move at a news conference yesterday.
"We would have had to take four veteran players and made them take a $25,000 pay cut or lose them. So, at the end of the day if you want to look at this, we acquire three players in this trade from Toronto with the #1 draft pick and we save four that we would have lost. It's a one for seven swap."
A wild ending to the Broncos game last night....
Zack Smith's floater from outside the top of the circle beat Brandon goaltender Joe Caliguri in overtime for a 4-3 Broncos victory. The win keeps their hopes for a division title alive. The Broncos, Brandon and Moose Jaw are now all three points back of Regina for the east division lead.
The Wheat Kings rallied back from an early 2-0 deficit to tie the game after two periods and then take the lead with 2:04 to play on Daryl Boyle's PP goal.
The Broncos Michael Wilson tied it with 44 seconds to go just as the extra-attacker got on the ice as Mark Guggenberger raced to the bench.
The Wheat Kings had a full two minute powerplay in OT after Eric Doyle was fingered for shooting the puck out of play in his own zone resulting in a delay of game call.
With just seconds remaining in the penalty, Smith skated the puck up ice on a 1-on-2 situation and wristed a long one that beat a stunned Joe Caliguri in the Brandon goal. It was Smith's 20th goal of the season and 4th point of the night and a team leading 65th point.\
"I was getting tired (at the end of the penalty kill), so I thought I'd throw it on net. I think it went of (the defenseman's leg) and took a little rainbow path to the net and found the net which was a surprise, I haven't put one home for a few games." - Zack Smith
The Broncos now have six 20-goal scorers and Geordie Wudrick (19) and Matt Tassone (18) could join the group by the end of the weekend.
The Broncos go 4-0-1-1 on their six game homestand and now get set for four straight on the road starting in Lethbridge tomorrow night.