PeterboroughIt’s no secret that the Peterborough Petes are once again shopping their best player much like they did with Slater Koekkoek and Alan Quine in the 2012-2013 season and before that Austin Watson, Ryan Spooner and Zach Kassian if you want to go way back. This time, it’s Anaheim Ducks prospect Nick Ritchie who appears to be on his way out.

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The Erie Otters have an overage problem to solve. With the league’s allowed limit of 3 overagers per roster, the Otters need to move one of either defensemen Troy Donnay, Cory Genovese, Kurtis MacDermid or forward Joel Wigle and they need to do so before the overage deadline on January 8, 2015.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Plymouth Whalers currently have ten defenders on their roster. With injuries to Alex Peters, Gianluca Curcuruto and Yannick Rathgeb the Whalers are relying on guys like Matthew Watson, Mitch Jones, Mathieu Henderson, and newly acquired Sean Callaghan.

But what happens when these players whom apart from Peters are presumed to return to the lineup within the next couple of weeks, actually do return to the lineup? You start working the phones. This will be the case with multiple players but specifically with Rochester, MI native Mitch Jones.  Read the rest of this entry »

When Jake Marchment returns to the ice in Belleville on Friday night as the Bulls travel to Ottawa to face the 67’s, he will be doing so without the captaincy. The announcement comes following a 15 game suspension handed down by the Ontario Hockey League as a result of the misuse of a popular social media ap called “Tinder” which facilitated Marchment’s mistreatment of a young female.

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Brandon Robinson’s time with the Kitchener Rangers may prove to be shorter than some may have predicted. Having spent just over a year with the Kitchener Rangers following being acquired from the North Bay Battalion in exchange for Ben Thomson and a draft pick, it seems as though the Kitchener Rangers are now trying to move the 6’3 winger elsewhere. Read the rest of this entry »

Callaghan, a native of Strathroy, ON has spent his OHL career in Ottawa and Saginaw having notched 39 points in 217 regular season games played. He’s known more for his size weighing in at 6’04 220lbs.

 

The Ottawa 67’s have acquired Ryan Orban from the Saginaw Spirit in exchange for Troy Henley and an 8th round pick in 2016.

Much like Henley, Orban is a 1997 born defender who was having issues with ice time in their previous situations, Orban with Saginaw and Henley with Ottawa. Orban became so upset with Spirit coaching that he decided to return home to Stittsville, ON late last month to await his move from the club.

The trade also sends Ryan Orban closer to home as Stittsville is just a short drive from Ottawa.

Orban and Henley are both former 2nd round selections and were selected just 3 picks of each other in the 2013 Priority selection.

PlymouthThe Whalers future in Plymouth was bleak to say the least at the start of this year when Whalers owner Peter Karmanos stated attendance would need to improve greatly in order for his Whalers to stick around. Read the rest of this entry »

What a difference three months has made, and no one can attest to that more so than Samuel Tanguay. Three months ago he came to camp unknown, a free agent pick up, a kid that was playing in the OJHL, posting pretty stellar numbers, but just couldn’t really catch a big break. Read the rest of this entry »

When RedWings prospect Jake Paterson first returned from the NHL’s Detroit RedWings camp, Spirit GM Jim Paliafito wasted no time in publicly addressing Paterson’s future with the Saginaw Spirit saying it likely wouldn’t last much longer as Paterson wants and deserves to be on a contending team, which the Spirit most certainly are not.

Grey Cup Sunday was not quiet by any means around the Ontario Hockey League at least, not for the Owen Sound Attack and Saginaw Spirit who were finalizing details that would see Detroit Redwings prospect Jake Paterson head from Saginaw to Owen Sound in exchange for Jack Flinn and draft picks. Right as I was sitting down for kickoff in the CFL’s championship event, I received a text from a credible source saying Jake Paterson had been traded. I then messaged a source in Owen Sound who said “They were close on a goalie, Flinn and picks the other way.” To confirm, I then messaged two GM’s in the league who said Paterson to Owen Sound in exchange for Flinn and picks without me telling them what I had previously learned.

So why haven’t Paterson and Flinn switched locations? I’m told Jack Flinn’s family said no to the trade. Flinn is a native of Halifax, NS who originally came to the OHL VIA the QMJHL. Flinn’s grandma is nearby to Owen Sound.

Next season, Jack Flinn would count against the Attack’s overage total and I don’t believe the Attack have Flinn in their plans. If he doesn’t accept a trade somewhere soon, he may just find himself on waivers in which case Saginaw could place a claim on him in which case Flinn would have no choice but to report or hang up the skates.

The Saginaw Spirit released import goalie Nikita Serebryakov on Saturday, in a move believed to make room for Flinn (as Flinn would take the vast majority of starts.) Releasing players in the OHL does not require league permission, so there is no reason for the press release to come on Monday meanwhile the post (currently visable on the Saginaw Spirit website) is dated for Sunday, the day Paterson was supposed to be acquired. 

The deal was so close to done in Owen Sound teammates were saying their goodbyes to their goaltender Jack Flinn while Jake Paterson was packing up all his stuff and getting his sticks together at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, MI.

At the end of the day, Paterson is still a member of the Spirit and the Attack continue on with Jack Flinn. Obviously there was something there more than just a rumour but never came into fruition.