With the trade deadline going off at 3PM Eastern Time yesterday, many rosters were changed. Below is the breakdown of what happened that directly effected the Chicago Wolves.
Going: Sebastian Erixon, Taylor Ellington, and Nathan Longpre
Coming: Byron Bitz (sent down) and Andrew Gordon
Erixon was disappointed with the amount of ice time he was getting and in 30 games he notched 1 goal with 7 assists. It didn’t seem like he was in the future plans for Vancouver so I’m sure this trade to Anaheim should be a fresh start he has desperately wanted.
Ellington was on the Kalamazzo Wings for the majority of this year playing in 55 games. He put up 7 goals to go along with 15 assists. He looked decent for a 1 game call up against Rockford, earlier this week.
Nathan Longpre was a player that really didn’t find much ice time and was putting up about an average of a point every other game. He was sent to Columbus for future considerations as he was a Wolves contract, but was mentioned he was a part of the Sammi Pahlsson trade. Longpre said on his Twitter account he was thankful for the chance in Chicago.
He will head to the Springfield Falcons to join a few former Wolves; Alexandre Girioux, and Manny Legace. Also on the Falcons is goon Greg Amadio who has had his problems with cheap shots and the Wolves.
Returning to the Wolves is Byron Bitz who didn’t see much ice time since being recalled. He only participated in 8 games with 1 goal and 3 assists. General Manager Mike Gillis said it was a “number’s game” and Bitz would be sent back down to Chicago. Hopefully for Byron he returns and doesn’t hinder on the transaction.
Andrew Gordon, who was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks, is also headed to Chicago per his Twitter account. Gordon has shown that he’s a goal scorer in the AHL the last few years and can also dish the puck to his teammates. Maybe he’s the piece that can be inserted into the powerplay, to desperately get the wheels turning.
News and Notes
The injury bug still has plagued the team with Jason Shaver mentioning at least 7 players were hurt, on Sunday’s broadcast. Mike Duco has said that he has been getting acupuncture and will be back on the ice today. Kevin Doell still has been missing since suffering concussion symptoms and his return is looking less after each passing day.
The powerplay is now 29th in the AHL and has a percentage rate of 14.3 percent. It was 0/8 on Sunday including a 5 minute major that was successfully killed off by Rockford. The powerplay has struggled all year trying to find the back of the net and frustration is visible with the man advantage.
Hat tip to Butsy from www.wolfkeeper.org who came up with pretty accurate lines that could reflect the additions to the roster.
Mancari- Reinprecht- Duco
Davies- Schroeder- Sweatt
Gordon- Roussel- Haydar
Rodin- Schneider- Miller
Scratches: Archibald, Clackson, Bitz
These lines are all dependent on the injuries that the team is still dealing with so you could see a whole different lineup before the everyone is healthy.
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