Sunday, January 09, 2011

Broncos Trade Eakin, Stock the Shelves Big Time

A blockbuster today.... the Broncos dealing away franchise player Cody Eakin to the Kootenay Ice... the deal brings a King's ransom back to the Broncos...

Swift Current Broncos’ General Manager and Head Coach Mark Lamb has announced today that that the club has traded Broncos forward Cody Eakin for Kootenay Ice forward Christian Magnus, listed players Ryan Bloom, Jarett Zentner, Colby Cave and Steven Myland along with a 1st and 2nd round pick in 2011 and a 3rd round pick in 2012.

Magnus, the 5’11”, 174 pound forward from Saskatoon, SK is currently in his fourth WHL season. In 42 games played with the Ice this season, he has accumulated 17 points through five goals and 12 assists. Magnus is returning to the Broncos after originally being drafted by them in the 1st round, 9th overall in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft.

Bloom, the 5’10”, 171 pound forward from Calgary, AB has collected 21 points through seven goals and 14 assists in 20 games played this season with the Drumheller Dragons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). In the six games he has played with the Ice, he recorded one point through one goal. Bloom was drafted by the Ice in the 2nd round, 37th overall in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft.

Zentner, the 6’2”, 190 pound forward from Red Deer, AB started the 2010/11 season with the Okotoks Oilers before joining the Calgary Mustangs of the AJHL. In 20 games played with the Oilers this season he has collected four points through two goals and two assists. In the seven games he has played with the Ice he has recorded one assist. Zentner was drafted by the Ice in the 4th round, 81st overall in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft.

Cave, the 6’0”, 170 pound forward from Battleford, SK is currently playing with the Battlefords Stars of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League (SMAAAHL). In 30 games played this season, he has 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points. Cave was drafted by the Ice in the 1st round, 13th overall in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft.

Myland, the 6’0”, 210 pound goalie from Cloverdale, BC is currently playing with the Valley West Hawks of the British Columbia Major Midget Hockey League. This season, he currently holds a 1.64 goals against average and save percentage of 0.934. Myland was drafted by the Ice in the 10th round, 211th overall in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft.

“Both Magnus and Bloom will bring depth to our team,” says Broncos Assistant General Manager Jamie Porter. “Zentner, Cave and Myland have all been playing strong for their respective teams and will be great additions to our organization as well.”

Eakin leaves Swift Current after four seasons with the Broncos. He was acquired in the 2006 WHL Bantam Draft in the 1st round, 6th overall. In the last four seasons, Eakin has recorded 100 goals and 95 assists for 195 points in 212 games played.

“Eakin has been the best player to come to this team since Joe Sakic,” says Broncos General Manager and Head Coach Mark Lamb. “It’s a trade we didn’t want to do, but it’s the best thing for our hockey club in the long run.”

Both Magnus and Bloom will be joining the Broncos for Friday’s game against the Saskatoon Blades. Zentner, Cave and Myland will remain with their respective clubs.

The Swift Current Broncos Hockey Club would like to wish Cody Eakin all the best in his future endeavours.


This makes a lot of sense for both teams. Credit to the Broncos Mark Lamb for pulling the trigger here. He stocks the shelves but gets no real immediate help. It must have been tough for him to trade Eakin given the respect he has for the 19 year-old captain

F Christian Magnus began his WHL career in Swift Current before being a piece in the Michael Stickland and Johnny Negrin deal to the Broncos from the Ice.

Eakin reunites with good friend and minor hockey teammate James Martin.

Kootenay instantly gets better in a lot of areas. A win-win trade here.


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