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Denver Acquires Evander Kane from Delta

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2022 at 8:17 am

The Denver Spurs have made another splash, acquiring winger Evander Kane from the rebuilding Delta Sturgeon. In return, the Sturgeon receive a pair of 2nd round rookie picks — Clarington’s (23rd overall) and Denver’s (25th).

Delta drafted Kane 7th overall in 2010 and he’s since played in 783 games over 12 seasons. In fact, last season was his most productive as he lead the team in goals with 31 and finished second in points with 75 in 82 games.

Delta Trades Hall, Haula

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2022 at 11:59 am

In separate deals, the Delta Sturgeon have shipped out too more veterans. First, the Sturgeon sent winger Taylor Hall, who had 61 points in 78 games in his fifth season with the franchise, to conference rival Hamilton in exchange for the Ti-Cats’ second round pick, 32nd overall. The second move saw them trade centre Erik Haula to the Boston Banshees for young defenseman Logan Stanley and a 3rd rounder.

Hall and Haula join Jonathan Toews, Zach Hyman and Ryan Pulock as casualties of the Sturgeon’s offseason housecleaning following a disappointing season and in the face of an injury-riddled 2022-23.

Denver Deals 3rd Overall Pick in Blockbuster

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2022 at 11:55 am

The Denver Spurs shocked the GWMHL this week when they traded the 3rd overall pick in the upcoming rookie draft to the Clarington Coyotes in a win-now move that netted wingers Vladimir Tarasenko and Tanner Pearson plus Clarington’s 2nd round pick, 23rd overall.

An injury-hampered Tarasenko had 20 points in 31 games last year, while Pearson scored 15 goals in 75 games. For Clarington, the benefits are obvious. On paper, the team has the veteran depth to win more games this year, but with the 1st overall pick already, the Coyotes have an opportunity to add two elite talents in September. For Denver, who add Tarasenko to a packed right wing corps that already features Matt Duchene, Tom Wilson, and Cam Atkinson, it seems to signal a desire to shoot for the playoffs while Jordan Binnington and Erik Karlsson have gas in the tank. Unless they make more deals, for the fourth time in six years, the Spurs will go without a first round pick.

Banshees Send Couturier, Ellis to River Rats

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2022 at 11:25 am

The Boston Banshees have swung yet another trade, sending centre Sean Couturier, defenseman Ryan Ellis, and a fourth round pick to the West Virginia River Rats for forward Alexandre Texier, defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph, the Rats’ first round pick (21st overall), and a third rounder.

Both Couturier and Ellis are expected to miss most or all of the season with injuries, so the deep River Rats — who already acquired Jonathan Toews this offseason — seem to be loading up with an eye on 2023-24. Despite his injury woes, Couturier is coming off a 40-goal season and could still be an impact player down the line. For the Banshees, who now only have 12 forwards in their entire system, it clears the way for a significant retool this offseason.

Banshees Make a Trio of Trades

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2022 at 11:45 am

The Boston Banshees have made three more trades to help kick off a busy offseason.

In the first move, they traded veteran forward Charlie Coyle, young defenseman Nicolas Beaudin, and a third round pick to Pittsburgh in exchange for winger Reilly Smith. In the second, they flipped goaltending prospect Cayden Primeau to West Virginia for forward Gabriel Vilardi. In the third, they opened some roster spots by sending forward Julien Gauthier, defenseman Niko Mikkola and a fourth round pick to Denver for a third rounder.

The Smith acquisition may be a significant one, as he goes a long way to shoring up the Banshees’ top six. Smith has topped 20 goals in 7 of his last 8 GWMHL seasons, including 25 in 2021-22, and is just one year removed from a 41-goal campaign.

Sturgeon Keep Purgin’

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2022 at 7:22 pm

The Delta Sturgeon retool continues, as the once-contender sent veteran winger Zach Hyman and defenseman Ryan Pulock to the Boston Banshees in exchange for young blueliner Dante Fabbro and a pair of second round rookie picks.

Hyman had 24 goals in 60 games in 2020-21 but scored just 15 times last season as the entire Sturgeon roster seemed to struggle. Pulock’s 33 points, meanwhile, was good enough to lead an injury-depleted Delta blueline. Fabbro tallied 14 points in 41 games in his sophomore season for the Banshees.

Toews Dealt to West Virginia

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2022 at 7:03 pm

The West Virginia River Rats have acquired veteran centre Jonathan Toews from the Delta Sturgeon. Toews’ offense has fallen off — he had just 11 goals in 82 games for Delta this past season — but his defensive acumen and elite ability in the faceoff circle will be a big help in supporting the talented River Rats forward group as they look to bounce back from a somewhat disappointing postseason. In return, the Sturgeon receive a 2nd round rookie pick, 43rd overall.

Bobrovsky On the Move as Trading Reopens

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2022 at 4:04 pm

Trading has now reopened ahead of the 2022-23 regular season, and GWMHL teams wasted no time getting back into action.

In the first move, the Clarington Coyotes traded goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and a third round rookie pick to El Dorado for inconsistent winger Denis Gurianov and the Lynx’s first rounder, 17th overall. The Lynx still have Delta’s first rounder (9th), which allowed them to take a big swing at Bobrovsky, who struggled to a 4-16-3 record for the expansion Coyotes, to replace the injured Carey Price and retiring Tuukka Rask. Gurianov, meanwhile, had 8 goals and 13 assists in 43 games last season on a stacked Lynx roster that afforded him few opportunities.

The second deal saw the Hamilton Ti-Cats add some depth on the wings as they sent a third round pick to the Boston Banshees for Andreas Johnsson and Danton Heinen. The newly opened spots in Boston’s lineup surely mean they’re once again a team to watch in the trade market this offseason. Johnsson had a subpar season, with just 19 points in 73 games, but Heinen managed 17 goals in 61 games and could provide some intriguing flexibility to the Hamilton forward corps.

Aces High as Adirondack Wins the Cup

In Uncategorized on July 2, 2022 at 2:11 pm

After a thrilling back-and-forth series, the Adirondack Aces turned in a dominant game 7 performance, beating the Charleston Chiefs in a 10-3 rout to take the 2022 Atkinson Cup.

The game was tied 2-2 after one but Alex Tuch scored a pair in the second to put the Aces up 4-2, then Adirondack took over in a dominant 6-goal third period to claim the championship — the franchise’s first title since 2000.

Congratulations to Janelle Pyar for a wonderful season and a much-deserved win for the Aces!

Clarington Wins Draft Lottery

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2022 at 10:16 am

The Clarington Coyotes, who won just 13 games this season en route to the league’s worst record, have won the draft lottery and will have the first overall selection in the 2022 Rookie Draft — a welcome infusion of talent heading into the expansion team’s sophomore season.

The Winnipeg Falcons were the big risers in the lottery, moving up from fifth to second overall. The Denver Spurs will pick third.

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