Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Klippers busy right up to deadline

More on this soon but here is the final wrap on the Klippers' activity last night ahead of the SJHL trade deadline.

  • Traded Lance Tabin and Braeden Johnson to Battlefords for '94 forward Justin Lund (Stars AAA) and '93 forward Michael Sagen (Regina Pats).
  • Flipped Michael Sagen to Melville for a player to be named later.
  • Acquired '92 defenceman Zane Morin from La Ronge for futures.

Also, Brandon forward (and the brother of Sanfred King) Wheaton King was re-assigned to the Klippers yesterday and will be joining the team.

A busy day!

Rockie Zinger's comments:

On Zane Morin

He's a guy that La Ronge didn't want to part with. He brings some size. The reports we got on him is he makes a good first pass, doesn't panic under pressure and he's got good character. It's a move that allows us to have a kid that could play three more years. We needed to get a little more depth on our back end.
On dealing Lance Tabin

Lance Tabin's going to be a hard guy to replace. Unfortunately, due to the 20-year-old limit, we were over the limit and we were kicking tires. Zane's not going to come in and replace Lance and that's not what he was brought in for. He gives us a little more flexibility as an organization going forward.
On Justin Lund

Justin Lund is playing for Battleford's AAA team. He's fifth in scoring on that team. Big body, very high academic marks, fits into the mold and the educational area that we're going to start to focus on in the organization. He aspires to get a scholarship and every report we had is right now, it could be a bit of a tough season in Battleford with coaching changes. From talking to Ken Pearson, they had a conversation with the kid and he's focused on coming in and playing Junior A next year. We expect he'll work hard next year.
On getting Wheaton King from Brandon

Wheaton's a big body that can play either the wing or centre. He's 6'3", skates well, big body, good hands and isn't afraid to mix it up. The versatility with him being able to play the wing and also down the middle gives you options. He's got some offensive upside, he had 11 points in the WHL. Some people might say, well, only 11 points, but he wasn't being used in a scoring role in the Western League and there is some offensive upside. We see him fitting in nicely with our group of forwards.
On Ryan Benn's decision to leave

It was very tough. Ryan came in at 3 pm and made it clear that he hadn't lost the passion for hockey. He really has a passion for hockey and he could see the writing that there wasn't going to be a lot of minutes for him. As much as he loved the guys and the community and the organization, he loved playing more. If he couldn't do it here he wanted to move on and do it somewhere else. It was a tough moment for Ryan and for the Klipper organization. You never want to see a player at that age have to make a decision like that. He's a really good kid and he wants to play the game of hockey.

(Ryan will return home to Spruce Grove to play for the Junior B Regals the rest of the season)

Satisfied with the deadline acquisitions?

We have to be satisfied with them because there's no looking back. We preach to our boys that you always want to strive to pursue excellence and be the best you can be. The decisions that were made as an organization, we hope it gives the guys still in that locker room the best possible opportunity to have a long playoff drive and experience some success. It's time to get at it.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Klippers get Johnson?

Here's what I know. Left winger Braeden Johnson was released by the Saskatoon Blades today and has been in touch with the Klippers. It does look likely that he will be coming to Kindersley, but nothing is done yet.

If he does join the Klippers, that would give them 16 forwards (and 25 players) and pretty much force them to move at least one out.

That combined with the fact that they still have 10 1990s means we'll probably see some movement tonight. Nothing new to report on the trade front as of 6:30 p.m. though. Stay tuned.

Braaten talks about joining the Klippers

Had a chance to speak with the newest Klipper, Spencer Braaten, after practice today. He will keep his #19 with the Klippers. On the trade front, there is no Klipper news as of 12:15 p.m.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Reaction to Braaten deal and Mils loss

Sorry for the delay in getting this stuff up, but today was a day for taking it easy and watching football. (Pretty choked about my Eagles.)

Here is Rockie Zinger speaking yesterday about the deal with Humboldt for Spencer Braaten. He says Braaten's championship experience, especially in the RBC, was a big factor that differentiated him from some of the other forwards available. He said the futures given up did not include anyone on the current roster, and that the target for Braaten's return from an ankle injury is Jan. 21 or 22 at home against Estevan.

Andrew Dommett speaks about the 5-4 loss to Melville last night as well as the Braaten trade, saying Braaten will have to work hard to earn his spot in Kindersley. He felt his club took Melville for granted last night in anticipation of the showdown in Yorkton on Tuesday.

Rockie Zinger discusses the 5-4 loss to Melville which saw the Klippers fall behind 4-0 (3-0 after the first period) and make a spirited third period comeback that fell a goal short. Lance Tabin, Jesse Mysiorek, Sanfred King and Andrew Dommett, with 22 seconds left, scored for Kindersley. Alex Sirard made 47 saves for the Mils.

Tomorrow is the SJHL trade deadline. I'm aware of at least two deals in the works that haven't been completed, as well as the Nipawin Hawks dealing Matthew Spafford to the Dauphin Kings (MJHL). Also, Darryl Skender reports that Melfort has acquired Cody Hanson from Melville, to go with the addition of Brayden Metz earlier in the week. The Mustangs are seriously loading up. Makes you wonder if La Ronge will make any deals tomorrow.

Hanson going to the north will come as good news for the Klippers and most of the Sherwood as I know there was a south team in the thick of that bidding war.

I haven't heard anything about Humboldt goalie Andrew Bodnarchuk or Melville defenceman Craig Karius, but I'd be surprised if they don't move when the dust clears. If Bodnarchuk is traded I'd imagine it will be outside the SJHL.

Time for my beauty sleep. Tomorrow will be a busy day.