The Rumor Mill
I would say it’s that time of the year but isn’t alway this time of the year with this team? There are two prominent trade rumors involving the Lewiston Maineiacs.
The first one involves Garrett Clarke heading to the Halifax Mooseheads. Now I first heard this rumor in late April. I knew nothing but Clarke name heading to Halifax. Talking with a few people, it seems Clarke was unhappy in Lewiston and the team was unhappy about his play.
Willy Pavalov of the Halifax Chronicle is reporting one aspect of the information I’ve been told.
It seems Clarke, 17, wasn’t happy in Lewiston and asked for a trade at the end of the season. A former Windsor area resident, Clarke’s preferred destination was obviously Halifax.
Now a 19 year old forward and a seventh round pick doesn’t seem a whole lot in return for a former first rounder and a potential first rounder in the 2011 NHL draft? The only problem is the Maineiacs have no leverage in the deal. If all accounts are correct, Clarke asked to be traded and his value goes down.
The Maineiacs are taking the Bill Belichick school of thought and not commenting on the situation, unless a trade has been made.
The second trade rumor involves Danick Paquette, Patrick Cusack, Dominic Savoie, and Peter Delmas heading to the Remparts. RDS first reported it today. I think everyone believes Paquette is a gone from the Lewiston Maineiacs.
I find this rumor very intriguing in the whole Patrick Roy taking a position with the Colorado Avalanche saga. My thought is he might not be getting the job, yet. With Delmas’ struggles last season wouldn’t the Avalanche want Roy to work with him one on one all year long? I also think Roy can keep Paquette in line. Maybe Ray Bourque takes an assistant coaches position to learn the ropes this season. The Denver Post reported Bourque will take Roy’s coaching duties in Quebec.
Bourque has held an assistant coaching job when his sons, Chris and Ryan, were at Cushing Academy. I believe he was also a consultant to the Bruins coaching staff a few years ago.
By the way, the Remparts would send defenseman Samuel Carrier and forward Sébastien Trudeau the Maineiacs way. High draft picks would be also involved according to RDS.
Carrier had four goals and five assists in 56 games as a 16-year-old. Trudeau, a 17-year-old, had 19 goals and 22 assists in 68 games. This would be a good rebuilding move for the team. Okay, the stats don’t jump out, but these were young kids on an experience Remparts squad. They were at the bottom of the depth chart which means less ice time. If they come to Lewiston, there will be more ice time and the stats should jump up.
15 days. That’s when the draft takes place and deals can happen.
Update: As I just finished this post, I notice Justin Pelletier is reporting the deal is confirmed involving Paquette, Delmas, Cusack and Savoie.
That’s My Take
(Nathan also covers the Maineiacs for the Maine Hockey Journal. He also started the World of Junior Hockey. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.)