The Sudbury Wolves have announced that they’ve traded goaltender Matthew Menna to the Flint Firebirds. Menna was Sudbury’s 3rd goaltender and was recently told that he would not be part of the Wolves future. 

To Flint:
– Matthew Menna

To Sudbury:
– 7th Round Draft Pick (2017)

The NOJHL team that had interest was the Soo Thunderbirds, but they went out and landed a goaltender from the OJHL instead. Good thing for Menna, because now he has another opportunity in the OHL.

It remains to be seen how much ice Menna will actually see as the Firebirds are currently carrying four goaltenders in Kyle Keyser, Brent Moran, Brendan Johnston and now Matthew Menna. If you include Alex Nedeljkovic (Niagara) and Zack Bowman (Sudbury), that brings the total to an absurd six goaltenders that the Firebirds have used this season.

Their goalie of the future, who is widely believed to be Kyle Keyser is currently out with a torn meniscus but is expected to make a return at some point this year. When the injury happened, the club almost immediately acquired goaltender Brendan Johnston from the Windsor Spitfires. So any way you look at this, Menna has nothing to do with the Keyser injury and other than purely trying to stock the pond, there is no plausible explanation for the Menna trade (unless someone wants out).

In Menna, the Firebirds are getting a young 17 year old goaltender who has 3 years of OHL eligibility following the conclusion of the 2015-2016 season. The 5’11 native of Aurora, Ontario has a 4.77 goals against average with a .860 save percentage in 10 games played this year for the Wolves.

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