Saturday, July 23, 2011

Chilliwack-Fort McMurray Trade:


The Chilliwack Chiefs (nee Quesnel Millionaires) completed the future considerations portion of a trade from last season that saw F Sam Higgins (91) go from the Mills to the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.

According to an article in the Fort McMurray Today newspaper, D Shay Laurent (93) is set to join the Chiefs as the futures to the deal.

To Chilliwack:
D Shay Laurent (93)

Here's the excerpt from the newspaper article regarding the trade:

Oil Barons head to training camp

Greg Downs - Today staff

It may be the middle of summer and the temperature is still well above freezing, but hockey is back.

The Fort McMurray Oil Barons open training camp at the Casman Centre this weekend — a month early — in preparation for the 2011 World Junior Club Cup in Russia at the end of August.

There's plenty to be excited about for the new-look Oil Barons, but also lots of question marks.

Head coach and general manager Gord Thibodeau has been rebuilding his roster over the summer, after losing nine players to age, including his starting goalie and all three captains.

It's likely destined to be a young team (baring anymore trades), and one that will need to come together at camp over the next four weeks. The fact the team that emerges come the end of August will be the first team to represent Canada at the World Junior Club Cup.

And for what may be the most important training camp in the team's long history, there will be plenty of battles for spots still open among the 30 players trying to crack the roster.

Here are some of the bigger storylines the Today will follow throughout training camp.

Who's in Net?

For the first time in the last three seasons, the Barons don't have a bonafide No.1 goalie heading into camp. Last year's starter Jesse Kallechy moved on due to age, and back-up goaltender Davis Jones was traded last month for depth up front.

Head coach Gord Thibodeau said at the start of the month he felt he had four strong young goalies that would vie for a spot. Three remain, and which one or two step up to fill the void could be the biggest question mark coming into camp.

Blue line

As depth goes, the Oil Barons are pretty thin on the back-end. With Shay Laurent traded this summer to the BCHL to complete last season's trade for Sam Higgins, there aren't many veterans left. Higgins, along with Josh Lee and Shane Oatway graduated from the team as well, leaving Brock Maschmeyer, Colton Parayko, and Drew McLaughlin as the only returnees.

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