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The Rumor Mill

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2009 by Nathan Fournier

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


More Moves

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2009 by Nathan Fournier

Last Tuesday night after the Gatineau Olympiques game, Ed Harding wouldn’t tip Justin Pelletier and I off if a move was imminent.  News came out Friday that the Lewiston Maineiacs have signed Adrien Lemay a goaltender from the Nipawin Hawks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL).

His stats were 13-11 with a 3.44 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.  From my quick math, he appeared in 28 games (4 games he didn’t record a decision) and has seen an average of 33.9 shots a night.

He looked pretty decent on Saturday night.  He made key saves in the first period and kept the team in it.  The fourth goal was soft but that was the only mistake he made.

Before yesterday’s game, Saint John radio announcer mentioned a trade would come down today in Rimouski.  He was right as they traded defenseman Alexandre Néron to the Rimouski Oceanic for a 2009 1st round pick.  They also picked up blueliner Jason Demers from the Victoriaville Tigres.

The biggest move of the day has been the Shawinigan Cataractes picking up Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Alex Grant.  In return the Sea Dogs picked up Danick Gauthier, a 2nd round pick in 2009, and a 1st round pick in 2010.

He was the first ever selection of the Sea Dogs in 2005.  It’s a great pick up for the Cataractes.  Now what dos Drummondville Voltigeurs do to respond?  Both teams are battling it out for the Telus  Central Divisional Crown.  Shawinigan has 66 points and Drummondville has 65 points.

As I just posted this the Sea Dogs traded defenseman Pascal Amyot and their 1st round Import Draft to the Halifax Mooseheads for Halifax’s 1st pick in the Import Draft in 2009 and a 4th round selection in 2010.

3:30pm: The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies trade to the Rimouski Océanic Marc-André Bourdon, Matthew Dopud and Justin MacNaughton.

In return, the Rimouski Océanic trades to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies the 1st round pick (acquired from Québec) of 2009, their 2nd round pick of 2009, the 3rd round pick (acquired from Québec) of 2009, their 7th round pick of 2009, their 1st round pick of 2010 and their 4th round pick of the 2010 entry draft.

The Acadie-Bathurst Titan trades to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles  Brad Tesink.

In return, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles trade to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan Olivier Dame-Malka.

Two Additions

The Maineiacs will get two blueliners back as Denis Reul is returning from the World Junior Championships in Ottawa. Garrett Clarke is returning from the World Under-17 Challenge that was held in British Columbia. Both players will be flying in tomorrow (Monday). Ed Harding is unsure if they will be in the line up on Tuesday night. “Garrett has a little longer haul back then Denis but we will see what kind of shape they are in.”

That’s My Take

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal. His email is

Thoughts on the Split

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

Facing one of the early surprises this season and getting two points out of the possible four is somewhat satisfying.  I did like what Ed Harding said after the game.  “We aren’t going have a huge celebration.  We are going to face that team on Sunday,” said Harding.  At the same time it was rough to see the team have their early struggles on Sunday.  The team did fight back to get within one.  You have to give them credit to get back into the contest.

Friday night we saw some real nice goals.  The set up between Alex Beaton and Maxime Gratchev for Eric Gelinas’ goal was one of the nicest set-ups I’ve seen.  Credit has to go to Gelinas also for the shot that was also a beauty.  How about Max Gratchev’s shorthanded tally?  When that one found the back of the net, I couldn’t believe it.  That was a seeing eye shot.  The offense was clicking.

Last year I question why Lucas LaBelle was always in the shootout but the kid has some moves.  “People were shocked last year when I picked him but it’s watching them doing their shootouts after practice.  Lucas is pretty crafty, that’s why we send him first,” said Harding.   Lucas LaBelle knew Antoine Tardif from their days in Acadie-Bathurst.  “After every practice we do the same thing in the shootouts.  It’s one of those moves that I always did on the pond back at home,” said Lucas LaBelle.

LaBelle was all over the ice against his former team.  “Both teams were hitting hard, the crowd got into it, we like to feed off the crowd’s momentum,” said LaBelle

Everyone was getting on Peter Delmas for his play after returning from Denver.  Some of the criticism was deserved.  Friday night he was rock solid.  He stopped breakaways at key points of the game.  As the game went on, he was like Boston Red Sox’s pitcher Jon Lester, he just kept getting as the game went on.  The Voltigeurs scored twice on the powerplay but you can’t blame him for those goals.  Harding knew Garrett Clarke’s holding penalty was a penalty.  “Garrett Clarke was holding the kid’s stick.  We know it, we saw it. What I am going to say about it?”  I had a perfect view of the play and I said to myself: “What’s the referee waiting for?”  Clarke’s penalty caused them to go down five on three and Dany Masse scored moments after.

Sunday the only bright other bright spot was some of the young guys stepping up to get the team back into it.  Ed Harding had some interesting points in today’s Sun Journal.

“Steeven Jacques, Dom Savoie and Pier-Oliver Morin really got us going,” Harding said. “They had a few good shifts, and I just kept putting them back out there. The other guys don’t want to play? We’ll play these younger guys.”

It will be interesting to see how much more ice time these guys get the next few games.  Could these kids get more confidence playing in front of the home crowd?

After going to see the Portland Pirates game on Saturday night and seeing physical hockey again.  I was brought back down to earth Sunday when the referees stepped in before Dominic Savoie and Mike Hoffman could dance.  It was disappointing to see the referees step in.  I read our friend Gilles Courteau was in attendance yesterday.

It’s That Time of the Month

It seems we get one juicy rumor a month.  This summer was Garrett Clarke and the start of the season was it Brett Gallant.  Hockey message boards are great to gathering information.  Sometimes someone wants to stir the pot.  This rumor wasn’t necessarily started on a message board but John Moore who does the play by play for the Mooseheads said the Maineiacs were going to be sold on Friday night.  He didn’t say who he heard it from.  Since then Mark Just has comeout and said the team isn’t for sale.  Why would Moore say that a week before the Mooseheads come to town?  Remember last year, the Fog Devils owner said the team wasn’t for sale, within two weeks the team was sold.

That’s My Take

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal His email is

League Preview: The Atlantic Division

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on September 17, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

There’s not much sizzle in the Atlantic Division this season. The Saint John Sea Dogs looks like the team to beat in the East. They basically have the same team as they had last year. Just like a few years ago when the Gatineau Olympiques found Claude Giroux, the Sea Dogs have found their own player from Ontario. Chris DiDomenico had 95 points including 38 goals last season. They have three former 1st overall picks on defense. The biggest question mark is their goaltending

The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles look like the biggest threat to the Sea Dogs this season. All eyes will be on Olivier Roy this season as he tries to become the first goalie taking in the NHL Draft this year. Offensively they will be relying on their twenty-year-olds. Who knows what this team can do. Last season, they surprised everyone when they finished fourth in the Eastern Division.

The Prince Edward Island Rocket looks to make a strong push this season. They acquired Bobby Nadeau, a twenty-year-old goaltender. In the Import Draft, they selected Swedish forward Simon Olsson. They also have Chris Doyle, a sniper that should have a breakout year.

A team that could play the role of spoiler this season is the Moncton Wildcats. They could have the best defense in the entire league. Returning is Mark Barberio but the first year players will be able to step in right away. First round pick, Brandon Gormley looks like a good one, New Hampshire native Paul Dimitruk should have a solid year, but the wildcard will be Vjateslav Voinov. He has been playing against man in the old Russian Super League the last two seasons. He will head to Los Angeles Kings training camp and from there, it will be the King decision if he’s ready for the pros or Moncton for more seasoning.

Don’t expect the Acadie-Bathurst Titan to do much this season. Mathieu Perrault has moved onto the professional ranks. Tomas Svoboda has also moved onto the professional game. Eric Faille will be the go to guy this season for the Titan.

It looks like the Halifax Mooseheads will start from the bottom and work their way back to the top. That could take a few years. Brad Marchand and Andrew Bodnarchuk will most likely be with the Providence Bruins this season. Bryce Swan has also moved on. Don’t be surprised if Logan MacMillan gets traded during the winter trade period.

Saint John Sea Dogs

2007-2008 Season: 41-22-4-3 (2nd in the Eastern Division)

Off-Season Additions: Dillen Theriault (From Shawinigan)

Off-Season Subtractions: Scott McDonald (To Halifax), Brett Gallant (To Lewiston)

Players that Aged Out: Alexander Picard-Hooper and Scott Howes

The offense will go through Chris DiDomenico. He might not be a flashy goal scorer but he knows how to put the points up. Ryan Sparling should have a good year as one of the twenty year olds on the team. Another veteran that should have a good year is Payton Liske. He had 43 points last year but his production should jump. The wildcard is Steven Anthony. He didn’t see much ice time last year but he has talent. Is he willing to work? That’s another question that will have to be answered.

The defense should be set with three former 1st overall selections on the roster. Alex Grant provides the offense with 15 goals and 33 assists. Yann Sauve is the defensive defenseman with 6 goals, 15 assists, 21 points and 96 penalty minutes. Simon Despres is coming into his sophomore campaign where he had a goal and 13 assists in his rookie year.

With Travis Fullerton gone, Robert Mayer will need bounce back from a bad year. The Switzerland native was a highly regarded two years ago. Maybe with a season under his belt he will have a good year. I was surprised to see the Sea Dogs not go for an insurance policy in net for this season. Their back-up looks to be Troy Passingham.

Prediction: 1st in the Atlantic

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles

2007-2008 Season: 40-24-3-3 (4th in the East)

Off-Season Additions: Michael Stinziani (From Gatineau), Logan Shaw (1st Round Selection), and Artem Demkov (Import Selection)

Off-Season Subtractions: Alex Lamontagne (To Gatineau), Marek Benda (To Baie-Comeau), and Neil Sherren (To Montreal)

Players that Aged Out: Dean Ouellet and Jordan Clendenning

The Screaming Eagles have three talented overagers in Chris Culligan, Robert Slaney, and Joey Haddad. Culligan had 19 goals and 49 assists. Slaney had 55 points including 26 goals. Haddad had 31 goals and a total of 62 points. Nick McNeil should provide some secondary scoring. He had 23 goals last season. Logan Shaw could have an impact this season.

On defense, they don’t have that proven offensive defenseman, as they did last year with Alex Lemontagne. Spencer Corcoran had 15 points last season. Mathieu Brodeur, a Phoenix Coyotes draft pick, had a goal and six assists last year. Who will step up as that number one defenseman?

Cape Breton doesn’t need the defense like Saint John has because they have Olivier Roy in net. Last season he had 27 wins and 14 losses, with a 2.87 goals against average and a .896 save percentage. Chris Holden will be the back up.

Prediction: 2nd in the Atlantic

Prince Edward Island Rocket

2007-2008 Season: 30-36-2-2 (7th in the East)

Off-Season Additions: Bobby Nadeau (From Chicoutimi), Maxime Provencher (From Chicoutimi), Louis-Philippe Lacroix (From Quebec) Ben Duffy (1st Round Selection), and Simon Olsson (Import Selection)

Off-Season Subtractions: Marc-Antoine Gelinas (To Gatineau) and Jan Kana (To Europe)

Players that Aged Out: Geoff Walker, Jason Swit, Brad Gallant, and Martin Latal

The offense will go through Chris Doyle and Simon Olsson. Doyle had 63 points last year. He had 27 goals also last season. He will need to step up his game for this team to have success. Olsson is a playmaking forward. Expect him to have a good season as a 19-year-old first year player. Matthew Lachaine should be a great secondary option as he had 20 goals and 46 total points. It’s a tough loss that Jan Kana has headed back to the Czech Republic.

Defensively Maxime Provencher will step right in. Last year with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, he only had 10 points but he will be a key leader. Dylan Quaile should also have a very good year. Between the Rocket and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, he had 9 goals and 17 assists. They also acquired young defensemen last season to play a bigger role this season.

Bobby Nadeau is a solid pick-up by the Rocket. Last season he was 19-21 with a 2.68 goals against average and a .897 save percentage. He could steal a few games for Prince Edward Island. Evan Mosher will be the back-up.

Prediction: 3rd in the Atlantic

Moncton Wildcats

2007-2008 Season: 21-34-5-10 (8th in the East)

Off-Season Additions: Brandon Gormley (1st round pick), Louis Boileau-Domingue (1st Round Pick), Alexander Fomin (Import Selection) and Vyateslav Voinov (Import Section)

Off-Season Subtractions: Charles Lavigne (To Quebec), Alexi Pianosi (To Victoriaville), and Matt Brenton (To Montreal)

Players that Aged Out: Chris Morehouse

Two young guys need to step up this season. Matt Brown and Devon MacAusland didn’t put the points up last year. Both of them are a year older comes more responsibilities. Jesse Biduke could be a key contributor this season. They need to get the offense going. Zach Sill will be a secondary scoring option as a 20-year-old. This team won’t be a run and shoot team and will just get by offensively.

Defense is their strong suit. Mark Barberio is coming back as the leading scorer on the blue line. He had 12 goals and 37 assists last year. Brandon Gormley is an offensive defenseman. He will be able to step right in and contribute. The Moncton Wildcats are hoping that the Kings send Voinov down to Moncton. If he does show up, he should be able to jump in on the number one defensive pairing.

In net, they have veteran Nicola Riopel who had a 15-19-10 record with a 3.04 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. He showed he can keep this team in it last season. He will need to do the same again this season. Louis Boileau-Domingue was the first goalie taking in the draft this past summer. He will be the back-up and should be the starter next season.

Prediction: 4th in the Atlantic

Acadie-Bathurst Titan

2007-2008 Season: 41-25-2-2 (3rd in the East)

Off-Season Additions: Charles Vouligny (From Drummondville), Paul Dorsey (From Victoriaville), Jonathan Lessard (From Drummondville), Radek Vlasanek (From Drummondville), Joel Senecal (From Val d’Or), Vincent Arseneau (1st Round Selection), Stefan Fournier (First Round Selection), and Radovan Pulis (Import Selection)

Off-Season Subtractions: Antoine Tardif (To Drummondville), Dany Masse (To Drummondville), and Kyle McNeil (To Val d’Or)

Players that Aged Out: Mathieu Perreault, Tomas Svoboda, Jonathan Laberge, and Ryan Graham

The offense is losing a lot of firepower from last season after losing three of their top four scorers. Tomy Joly is coming back and he had 79 points last year. The question with him is will he be around for the entire season? Chances are high that he will be traded by Christmas. Eric Faille will need to step up and provide the goal scoring for this team.

Defensively Drew Paris is an offensive defenseman. Last year he had 55 points between Drummondville and Acadie-Bathurst. Will he be on his way out this season also? He will be a player that contending teams will keep an eye out. Maxime Renaud looks like another solid defenseman. He had 26 points last season.

Nicolas Champion will be between the pipes for the Titan this season. Last year he had 25 wins and 11 losses. His goals against average was 2.98 and he had a .894 save percentage. It will be interesting if he can keep his goals against average the same or lower and face more shots then he did last year?

Prediction: 5th in the Atlantic

Halifax Mooseheads

2007-2008 Season: 42-23-0-5 (1st in the East)

Off-Season Additions: Scott MacDonald (From Saint John), Linden Bahm (From Shawinigan),

Off-Season Subtractions: David Bouchard (To Chicoutimi) and Guillaume Monast (To Quebec)

Players that Aged Out: Peter-James Corsi (ECHL), Ryan Hillier, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Brad Marchand, Bryce Swan, Colby Pridham and Pier-Olivier Pelletier

At least they still have Jakub Voracek for the time being. Voracek could stick with the Columbus Blue Jackets this season. If he’s sent back it will be a bidding war for his services. Since he’s European, he can be moved at any point of the season until the trade deadline. Don’t expect him to stay in Halifax this season. Logan MacMillan will also need to step up after a year where he was suffered from fatigue. If he does bounce back, is his days numbered in Halifax? Tomas Knotek will most likely lead this team offensively this season. I like Travis Randell to have a good year.

With the graduation of Andrew Bodnarchuk, Justin Pender and Graham Bona will be the defensive leaders on the team. They also have young guys like Richard Greer and Gabriel O’Connor that will need to grow as defensemen.

In the cage, Mark Yetman will be the number one goalie. He was the back-up last season he had 16-8 record with a 3.12 goals against average and a .891 save percentage. Backing him up this season is Mathieu Corbeil-Thériault.

Prediction: 6th in the Atlantic

That’s My Take

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal His email is