Now that the smoke has cleared.....
Perhaps the biggest move at yesterday's trade deadline was the moves that didn't happen.
Jordan Eberle and Colten Teubert staying put in Regina, the same for Brandon McMillan in Kelowna.
The biggest deal was D Travis Hamonic headed to Brandon. Warriors Director of Hockey Operations Jeff Truitt showed he can drive a tough bargain. He will stock the shelves in the coming years with a a first round bantam pick and two second round picks. Throw in 17 year-old defenseman Dallas Erhardt as well.
But Kelly in Brandon gets his guy. The feeling was he needed a defenseman to compliment an overwhelmingly talented group of forwards. If the Wheat Kings want to go head-to-head with the Windsor Spitfires at the Memorial Cup, they are going to need Hamonic at the very least.
Broncos Head Coach / General Manager Mark Lamb weighed in on the Brown and Verdino trades. He talked about the acquisition of Kyle Verdino
"He's a '91 defenseman that can also play some wing. What we've heard about him from our scouts is that he's real good player. I'm thinking this bodes well for the future."
As for Mike Brown headed out Tri-City?
"Good for Brownie, he's gets an opportunity to go to a real good team on the other side."
What a day across the online world. WHL fans, players and management were surfing up a storm looking for any kind of information they could get their hands on.
Keen's Korner had a record number of hits approaching 1600. That's a one-day record for this part of the internet world.
Yesterday's totals narrowly eclipsed last year's trade deadline day and that summer day in June when Dean Chynoweth announced he was headed off to join the New York Islanders as Assistant Coach.
Had a good chat with Edmonton Oil Kings G.M. Bob Green. It was really the first time I ever sat down and talked hockey with the veteran WHL executive. It's something I'll try to do again in the future.
As much as I like what I do, I think an opportunity to mold and shape a team would be a great job. Heavy pressure and job security aside, I think WHL G.M.'s have a great job.
I'll stick to arm-chair G.M.
I'm pretty good at it.