Ice Cuttings: It’s February Already? Edition

Posted: February 9, 2013 in 2012-13, Ice Cuttings

I think it’s fair to say that the Whalers have turned things around since their horrendous performance in December. Going from two wins in ten games in the month of December to nine wins in twelve games for the month of January.

This had a lot to do with Mitchell Heard being sent back from the AHL and Vellucci being a cunning business man during the trade deadline. Gone are the likes of Aleardi, Bratina, and Karlsson to bring in the likes of Zach Lorentz, Sebastian Uviar, and Saginaw captain Vincent Trocheck.

Yes I am sad that Aleardi was the one that had to go, but there is an upside for him. By going to Windsor he goes from the third line in Plymouth to the top line for the Spits. That means more ice time and visibility for the OA who is still trying to fight his way into the NHL. Especially if he helps the Spits land a playoff spot.

Now on to the Whalers news from across the web…

Rickard Rakell was on of three Whalers to be called to training camp when the NHL came back from their lockout. He even got to open the NHL season with the Ducks in Vancouver.

Rickard Rakell on his NHL Debut

Now five games in, the big question is should he stay or should he go? Anaheim still has not decided on his fate this season. (SBNation – Anaheim Calling)

Rickard Rakell is on the precipice of becoming the present – not the future – of the franchise. He has impressed in his brief stint with the big club, and according to Eric Stephens, Bob Murray and the Ducks organization are still mulling over whether he should be sent back to Plymouth or kept with the big club.

Tim Smith profiles Vincent Trocheck (Hometown Life)

How about Scott Wedgewood’s new mask? (Imgur)

JT Miller made his NHL debut this week. In his second game he showed the Rangers why he was nicknamed “2 for a Dollar”

Jamie Devane is now considered a stud according to Facebook. (Bardown Hockey)

From Facebook: Toronto Marlies stud, Jamie Devane modelling our “Hits, fights, redlights” tarp that will be available online and in stores March 1st. BARDOWN

To finish up this post, how about looking at former Whaler Tom Sestito scoring his first two goals of the season against Tampa Bay.

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