By Nick Kuhl on January 11, 2020.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes are going to dance with the ones that brung
The Western Hockey League trade deadline ticked by at 3 p.m. Friday,
Though a few big names switched teams in the days leading up to
Friday’s deadline — including forward Brayden Tracey moving from
the Moose Jaw Warriors to the Victoria Royals and goaltender Max
Paddock steadying the crease for the Prince Albert Raiders following a
trade from the Regina Pats — it was all quiet on the Canes front in
the last 24 hours hours leading up to the deadline.
The Hurricanes activity took place earlier in the week when they re-
acquired forward Brett Davis from the Red Deer Rebels and placed local
overage forward D-Jay Jerome on waivers to make roster room. Jerome
was then claimed by the Swift Current Broncos.
But with the team sitting at 23-10-2-5 and one point behind the
Medicine Hat Tigers for second in the Central Division heading into
Friday night’s games, Hurricanes general manager Peter Anholt is
sticking with the roster that has gotten his squad this far as the
playoff race heats up.
And in a re-acquisition of sorts, the Hurricanes get their World
Junior Hockey Championship trio of Dylan Cozens, Calen Addison and
Oliver Okuliar back after nearly a month away.
Okuliar, who played for Slovakia at the tournament in the Czech
Republic, was back in the lineup Friday night in Calgary against the
Hitmen, while Cozens and Addison — fresh off their gold medal win
with Team Canada — will return Tuesday.
The grabbing of Davis from Red Deer aside, Anholt liked what he’s seen
of his team through the first four months to avoid and further
tweaking of the lineup.
“I think when you look at the first half as an entire body of work, I
think we did a lot of our work early with (Dino) Kambeitz (from the
Victoria Royals) and Okuliar and (defenceman Trevor) Thurston. I think
with what we’ve seen with our team as individuals, I think there
isn’t one of our players that hasn’t gotten better throughout the
year and I think that says something about our team. We are young, we
have a good size and we have really good chemistry. So there are a lot
of really good factors that come into play when you’re coming into
The addition of Davis upgraded the Hurricanes’ overage situation and
addressed the top-six forwards.
But like any GM heading into the final 48 hours of the deadline, there
was still a little proverbial tire-kicking.
“Going into (Thursday and Friday) I was open to some things and I was
hoping there were a couple things that might’ve come up,” said
Anholt. “But it didn’t work and ultimately we were satisfied with
our guys and for us to change our group and give up draft picks, we
didn’t want to do that. Since we went through last year’s draft
with no first-round picks and no second-round picks, that was a hard
thing to go through.”
There were a few deals in the last 24 hours that sent ripples through
the league, including the Royals acquisition of Tracey from the
Warriors along with goaltender Adam Evanoff for former Hurricanes
defenceman Nolan Jones goaltender Brock Gould and forward Logan Doust
as well as numerous draft picks.
In other deals, the slumping Raiders nabbed goaltender Paddock from
the Pats, while the Vancouver Giants acquired forward Eric Florchuk
from the Saskatoon Blades for forward Evan Patrician as well as draft
On Friday, the Everett Silvertips traded for Ethan Regnier and Kasper
Puutio from Swift Current in exchange for Martin Fasko-Rudas and
The Broncos then sent Fasko-Rudas to the Saskatoon Blades for Matej
Toman and Cale Ashcroft.
“Every trade deadline is a unique animal and I think we’ve seen
that over the last few years,” said Anholt. “This one was a really
unique one in the sense that there wasn’t a ton of really good
players that were available, so the teams paid, I thought, a pretty
steep price. But they’re happy with the guys they got and I know the
guys that were moving were pleased with what they got. I think all in
all it sounds like everybody is pretty content with the way it went.
But we weren’t a player in any of that just from a simple standpoint
that it didn’t seem to fit with us.”
The following are Friday’s deals:
• Calgary sent Jonas Peterek to Kelowna for a fifth-round pick in
• Everett traded Fasko-Rudas and Hendren as well as a first-round
pick in 2020 and a second-round pick in 2022 to Swift Current for
Regnier and Puutio.
• Regina traded Caiden Daley to Saskatoon for a sixth-round pick in
• Kelowna traded Cole Carrier to Regina for a sixth-round pick in
2020 and an eighth-round conditional pick in 2020.
• Kamloops sent a third-round conditional pick in 2020 to Seattle for
• Brandon traded Bode Hagan to Swift Current for a sixth-round pick
• Kamloops traded a ninth-round pick in 2021 to Spokane for Brett
Balas and traded Luke Rybinski to Medicine Hat for a sixth-round pick
• Kelowna traded a sixth-round pick in 2022 to Tri-City for Jarod
• Red Deer traded Dawson Barteaux, a fifth-round pick in 2020 and a
sixth-round pick in 2023 to Winnipeg for a second-round pick in 2020
and 2021, a fifth-round pick in 2021, a second-round pick in 2022 and
2023 and a conditional third-round pick in 2023.
• Swift Current traded Fasko-Rudas to Saskatoon for Toman, Ashcroft
and a sixth-round pick in 2022.
• Victoria traded an eighth-round pick in 2020 to Winnipeg for Ty