Archive for the ‘Trade’ Category

WComing into the Friday’s trade deadline the Whalers were in last place in the West and 11 points away from a playoff spot. Fans were wondering what moved might be made by the rookie General Manager, Mark Craig.

To give Craig credit, he has made some good moves with the team early in the season. He brought in Matt Watson when we needed defense without giving up a single player or future pick, and he also brought in OA defenseman Sean Callaghan for a 4th round pick in 2016 and the rights to Connor Carrick. [Yes, you read that right. At least that’s what the OHL media site is reporting]

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Thursday we saw our first move for the Whalers. Liam Dunda was sent to the Owen Sound Attack for two picks. London’s 3rd round pick in 2016 and Niagara’s 4th round pick in 2017. Dunda took to Twitter to give his thanks to the Whalers organization and express his excitement for the next step in his OHL career.

The clock hit Noon with no word about any other trades in the pipeline. However, as long as the teams communicate the trade to the league before Noon, there still could be a final few trades that get announced after the deadline. This happened to be the case this year as the Whalers were part of a three way trade with Oshawa and Windsor.

Let’s break this down, even though it’s not that complicated.

First Trade:
Windsor: 
Ryan Moore, Guelph’s 4th round 2015
Oshawa: Chase Pearson, 2nd round 2021, 3rd round 2018

Second Trade:
Plymouth: Matt Mistele
Oshawa: Ryan Moore, Guelph’s 4th round ’15, 6th round ’16, 4th round ’17, 3rd round ’19, 2nd round ’20

Overall the Whalers set themselves up to acquire additional talent in the future through the OHL Priority Selection without blowing up the entire team. They picked up seven picks and Ryan Moore right before the deadline.

Yes, while the Whalers did get rid of their top scorer with Mistele, I still think this trade will be considered a long term win for the Whalers. Just imagine, right now there is an 11 year-old out there that will be selected with the 2020 2nd round pick that came in this trade.

Our first look at the short term gains Plymouth may have made with this trade will not be seen until the Whalers take on the Soo on Saturday when Ryan Moore joins the team.

Matt Mahalak visits with kids in the community. via Flickr

Matt Mahalak has officially played his last game for the Whalers as he was traded to the Kingston Frontenacs for Windsor’s 2014 third round pick and  Kingston’s 2015 third round pick earlier today. Mahalak who is enetering his OA year in the OHL leaves Plymouth with a  49-27-5-6 record, including seven shutouts in 97 games.

Mahalak was also in the news as the Hurricanes did not offer the 20-year-old goaltender a contract before a deadline last Friday, meaning that he could end up being a free agent pick up or enter the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

The trade is the first of a couple moves expected this off season. Before the trade today the Whalers had up to ten 1993 birthdays on their roster. With Mahalak traded and the Whalers organization predicting a number of players starting their pro career (Stefan Noesen, Rickard Rakell, Garrett Meurs and Vince Trocheck) it does help cut the list of OA’s that the Whalers will have to start the season down to Nick Malysa, Curtis Crombeen, Zach Lorentz, Michael Whaley and Sebastian Uvira.

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Last year the Whalers sat tight and did nothing at the trade deadline. Having four OA’s guaranteed that would not happen this year.

Monday we got word that Aleardi was traded to Windsor for Zach Lorentz solving their OA situation. All was silent until Wednesday night as the Whalers were taking on the Saginaw Spirit at the Dow Event Center.

With Payne being scratched for the game, speculation started to run wild on Twitter that he was the next Whaler to be traded.

Thursday morning we found out that the Whalers acquired the Spirit’s captain Vincent Trocheck for Zach Bratina, a third round pick in 2016, and two conditional picks (Plymouth’s 2015 second round pick and Kitchener’s third round 2016 pick)

Whalers still had one more move to make before the deadline hit. Simon Karlsson was traded to Oshawa for Sebastian Uvira and a fifth round pick.

Looking toward the rest of the season the Whalers are solid in net with Nedeljkovic backstopping Mahalak. Yes, Mahalak has had his off nights, but Nedeljkovic has been strong in net having yet to come up with a regulation loss this season.

The defensive unit is a bit banged up. Losing Jones for at least four weeks does not help the situation. No word yet when Crombeen might be returning to the line up. The defense looks good, providing they stay healthy.

Looking at the offense, The Whalers loaded at the deadline. Trocheck, Uvira, and Lorentz being added to the lineup just makes this team more of a scoring threat then they were the first half of the season. Granted the Whalers lose some of their power with Noesen, Wilson and Rakell to NHL camps starting this week. If the game against Brampton was any indication, the Whalers are going to try to make it deep into the playoffs this year.

The title might seem a little strange, but it’s accurate. The Whalers have made a deal with the Saginaw Spirit to acquire the talents of Vincent Trocheck, but there is only speculation on what the Whalers gave up.

This morning Trocheck tweeted thanking the support from everyone involved with the Spirit, and that he was starting fresh with the Whalers.

There is speculation that the Whalers gave up Cody “Max” Payne and/or Zach Bratina. There is also speculation that there is a second deal with the Spirit.

The trade deadline arrives in close to two hours. We will keep you updated as this story develops.

I find it hard to believe that he (Heard) will be sent back to Plymouth. I could be proven wrong. I never said I was always right, but I think Lake Erie wants to keep him. –Whalers On The Moon – October 9th, 2012

Ok, so I was proven wrong. Heard did get sent back to Plymouth at the most unusual time in the season. Then again, with the NHL Lockout, this season has been far from ordinary.

Remember when I said at the half way point of the season that the Whalers needed a spark to get them going in the second half? That happened on New Years Day when Lake Erie reassigned Mitchell Heard back to Plymouth to finish out the season.

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REPORT: Malysa To Be Traded?

Posted: October 13, 2012 in 2012-13, Trade, Whalers

With Austin Levi being returned to the club and Simon Karlsson finally getting his paperwork to come over to Plymouth, the Whalers find themselves with an overabundance of defensemen.

WhalersOTM is hearing reports that Coach Vellucci told the team that there would be a trade once Karlsson arrived with the team and it appears that Whalers veteran d-man Nick Malysa has been asking to be traded.

Vellucci has been known to trade players rather than have them sit out, so there is a strong possibility that this is true. The only questions are where would he go? What would the Whalers get for him? and will tonight’s game against the Soo be the last time we see him in a Whalers sweater?

We will keep you updated on the lastest as this story continues to unfold.

The first sign that a new OHL season is upon us is the reopening of the trade window. Plymouth wasted no time as they acquired defenseman Gianluca Curcuruto from the Soo for 17-year-old left wing Mitchell Dempsey and 16-year center Dylan Mascarin. This deal was apparently in the works for some time as reported by Sean Lafortune.

What’s Being Said:

“With three defensemen leaving from last year’s team, we were looking to add more experience to our defense, Curcuruto is a young veteran who will help.” – Whalers Coach & GM Mike Vellucci

“This was a move made for us to deal from a position of strength – defence – in an attempt to bolster our cadre of forwards. It is a pure hockey trade where both clubs acquire pieces they feel they will need now and in the future.Gianluca was a model player for us off ice – both academically and in the community. We wish him nothing but continued success in Plymouth. ” – Soo GM Kyle Dubas

Dempsey played in 34 regular season games (1G, 4A, -8) and  5 playoff games last season and Mascarin will now start his rookie year with the Hounds. Curcuruto has played two seasons in the Soo and has played for a total of 119 games (4G, 38A, -15) and was drafted in the seventh round (182ndoverall) by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

The three defensemen leaving the blue line for the Whalers this past off season are Schmitz, Trutmann, and Levi. This trade is good for both sides. It does replace some of the skill lost this off season for the Whalers, and sending Dempsey to the Soo will allow him to see more ice time then he would with the Whalers.

While the players are excited for the new chapter in their playing careers, I think we all will miss Dempsey’s sick moves on the ice.

 

Photo from: PlymouthWhalers.com