GWMHL

Flurry of Trades Interrupts Summer Doldrums

In News, Transactions on July 11, 2017 at 10:45 am

The slow, hazy days of summer got a shot of icewater this week with a sudden series of trades featuring some marquee names.

First, the Denver Spurs made a big play for goaltender Braden Holtby, but it came at a steep price: forwards Zach Parise, Max Domi, and Joel Armia, defenseman Olli Maatta, goaltender Al Montoya, and a first round pick all went to the Boston Banshees. The Spurs also picked up ageless Jaromir Jagr (the all-time GWMHL scoring leader) and defender Zach Bogosian. The Spurs and Banshees followed that up with another, more minor trade, which saw winger Colin Wilson and Boston’s first round Free Agent pick head to Denver for a third round rookie pick.

Denver wasn’t done. A day later, the Spurs acquired veteran winger Marian Hossa from Baltimore, along with blueliner Jonathan Ericsson, for a second round pick.

In other moves, the Parry Sound Orrsmen picked up goaltender Cam Talbot from Delta for winger Kyle Okposo, and then sent Mike Smith to Boston, who wanted a veteran presence behind Matt Murray, for Montoya and Denver’s third.

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