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S13 - Trade Deadline [WB8]


The dust has finally settled from the three weeks of trades leading up to the VHL trade deadline, and with the league passing the deadline the league looks a little different than it did only days ago. Several big named players found themselves on new teams including Eric Lindros, Mike Modano, Dave Manson, Jason Smith, Petr Svoboda, and others. Several upcoming free agents switched teams, with a few them accepting extensions with their new clubs. With several players signing extensions, the VHL free agent market has taken a small hit, but a bigger hit might come at the end of the season when we all find out who retires.

For the Scouts, the deadline was more about next season and giving the Cowboys some extra help. The first move the Scouts made was a several weeks ago when the club moved Martin Gendron to the Hawks for Bob Probert. The deal had no effect on the Scouts or Cowboys rosters, but GM George felt Probert would add some muscle upfront on either roster.

The next move had a bigger impact on the Scouts roster, as the Scouts shipped second line center, Keith Primeau to the Islanders for two second round picks, both picks were later moved to the Red Wings along with Ken Sabourin for Dave Manson and a fourth-round pick. With Primeau gone, the Scouts have been using Zubrus as their second line center and so far, has looked okay in the role, but Scouts management see Zubrus moving to the wing in the future. Adding Manson to an already deep backend will only make an already strong defence stronger. Manson brings a top-level defender to the Scouts and should help the younger defenders blossoms as future starts. Mason will also fit in well with Kansas City’s heavy style of hockey.

In division trading rarely happen with the Admirals are involved, but the Admirals over the past week or so has not only made one trade with Scouts, but two. The first trade was the Scouts send the Admirals their first-round pick back to them for Martin Rucinsky, a first-round pick, and a future second-round pick. Rucinsky has looked okay with in the Scouts top six thus far and should find a role in the Scouts top nine next season. The next trade saw highly touted prospect, Tomas Plekanec traded for the second time in two seasons for Matt Cooke and a second-round pick. The Scouts were looking forward adding Plekanec to the lineup next season, but see Cooke as more developed Plekanec with an edge.

The final two moves saw Filip Kuba flipped the Lightning for Alain Nasreddine, who has already signed an extension with the Scouts. The Scouts management were able get something for player who was ready to hit the free agent market. Kuba was later flipped to Edmonton, who flipped Kuba to San Jose. In the final trade Holmstrom returned to the Scouts from the Rangers and in return sent future free agent, Reto Von Arx and a second-round pick. Holmstrom will be given a chance to be apart of the Scouts top nine next season. This season Holmstrom will continue in the minors and will be apart of a playoff push for the Cowboys.