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The North Bay Battalion and GM Stan Butler are actively searching for a goaltender they can lean on to take the majority of games this year according to a Battalion source.

The widespread belief is that the Battalion would like to use 2015 draft pick Mathew Woroniuk in a back up role this year and would like nothing more than to pair him up with an OHL veteran netminder as a stop gap until Woroniuk can take the reigns in 2017-2018. The Battalion did have a local Jr A netminder in mind but those talks have seemed to cooled off.

“They would like an OA because the (goalie) market is slim and an OA comes cheaper than another 1997 born.”

It is believed that last year’s netminder Jake Kment will not be brought back by the Battalion, although there is still quite a bit of time before the Battalion’s OHL season starts on September 23 for Stan Butler to test the market and reconsider with Kment.

Some Options

Matthew Mancina (Peterborough Petes) – Mancina has to be seen as the home run get for the North Bay Battalion pending price of course. In Peterborough, Dylan Wells & Scott Smith are waiting in the wings. New York Rangers would like Wells to play. 127 games played.

Brent Moran (Flint Firebirds) – One of the more likely options in my opinion. Moran would bring the experience the Battalion are searching for and Moran’s current situation in Flint is not ideal for Moran with youngens Keyser, Menna eager. 154 games played.

Cameron Zanussi (Brantford 99ers) – Already signed and approved in Brantford of the GOJHL, Zanussi’s rights alone could come cheap from the Saginaw Spirit. Perhaps not the amount of OHL experience the Battalion are searching for however. 36 games played.

Jeremy Brodeur (Oshawa Generals) – With the recent signing of Nathan Torchia and Logan Gauthier waiting in the wings, Brodeur may be expendable. Generals are in a similar predicament to the Battalion in the sense that they would like a veteran as a stop gap until next year when either Gauthier/Torchia can take over, they have that veteran in Brodeur. I wouldn’t hold my breath on this option. 79 games played.

Dawson Carty (Kitchener Rangers) – One of the most appealing overage names in the league after turning heads with his 2015-2016 campaign would be a great fit with the Battalion as he brings a ton of experience. However, Kitchener Rangers GM Murray Hiebert has indicated to me that Carty is not to be had for now.

 

 

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