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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 fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)

The Second Season Starts

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 18, 2009 by Nathan Fournier

Now it’s a date with the top team in the QMJHL. Two years ago the Maineiacs were in the Voltigeurs shoes. There are still three guys on the President’s Cup winning team. Danick Paquette, Patrick Cusack, and Peter Delmas were all apart of the team. I believe Alexander Beaton practiced with the team during the run.

Hopefully the three players will lead the way because they been in Drummondville’s shoes. They could probably relate what Drummondville is thinking on the facing the 16th seed.

Even though Lewiston lost against Chicoutimi on Sunday. It was great to see the team responded after the first period. They have confidence now if they get in a little hole or the calls aren’t going their way, to fight back and get back into the contest.

They still have to play a good game and not take the bad penalties. You need to limit the Voltigeurs chances on the man advantage because they convert about 33 percent of the time.

Peter Delmas needs to play like he did on Sunday. I was surprised how he stepped it up but he has been playing well since Don MacAdam became the bench boss. Whoever is in the net, they will need to steals the wins because the Maineiacs doesn’t have the fire power to outscore Drummondville in a 6-5 game

No matter what happens, hopefully the team can build off from this series for next season.

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 fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)

Will Lemay Stay?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 3, 2009 by Nathan Fournier

Where ever the Lewiston Maineiacs end up next season. Has Adrien Lemay earned one of the three twenty year old spots that are available?

He has singly won some games for the team. The most recent came in Friday’s win against the Gatineau Olympiques where he had 40 saves in the 2-1 victory.

First who’s eligible as a twenty year old next season. First is Boston’s fifth round selection in the 2007 draft, Denis Reul. Most teams don’t hang onto a twenty year old European player. With the depth at D, I believe this is Reul’s last season in the organization.

That brings us to Patrick Cusack. I believe he will start the season with the team. Depends how the season pans out, he can stay to lead the group to a playoff birth or b e an asset come the trade deadline.

Another defenseman that will be a twenty year old is Sean Stagles. He was brought in to score from the blue line and hasn’t really done that. his days are numbered I believe.

Matt Bourdeau will be the only twenty year old forward. It will be tough for him to make it next year. He gives it his all but the lack of offensive production that he has had in his junior career is a con.

The team could also bring an overager through trade to bring some veteran experience.

My gut feeling is Lemay will be with the club next year and platoon with Peter Delmas. I can’t see the club going with a Delmas-Connely combo.

One thing is the club will be looking for a goaltender for the future at the upcoming draft. It will allow the potential pick to play Junior A for a year before coming the potential starter in 2010-2011 season when Delmas moves on to the pro game. It’s also a strong possibility that Delmas will be in the Q as a twenty year old.

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 fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)

What’s Happening?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

(This was written before the win over the Mooseheads.)

Where do you want to start, Lewiston playing shorthanded for most of the game? What about Peter Delmas struggling?  How about Cape Breton’s explosive offense?

The biggest Achilles heel for the Lewiston Maineiacs so far this season has been the lack of discipline on the ice.  It starts with the captains.  It doesn’t help when your leader is back in the locker room before the first period has ended.  I don’t want him to play less physical but he can’t force someone into a fight.  This team needs him to put the puck in the net.

Michael Ward and Patrick Cusack needs to settle down because they are more valueable on the ice then off.  I don’t know what exactly happened to Cusack to warrant that penalty on Saturday night but the entire lost their cool.  It started with Ed Harding yelling at the referees.  That affected the team because LaBelle lost his cool when he got his penalty.

Last night we saw Garrett Clarke’s mean side to him.  He brought energy to the team.  He did the right thing when he got into it with Jan Piskacek the fist time by skating away.  The second time the two met, he let his emotions get the best of him.  Denis Reul did the smart thing by calming Clarke down when he (Clarke) went to the box.  Hopefully Clarke has learned his lesson.

I expected for Peter Delmas to struggle when he came back to the QMJHL because just faced NHL caliber talent.  He has been overcompensating and he still thinks he’s at NHL camp.  Jonathan Bernier struggled last year for a few weeks after coming from Los Angeles.    One thing I have notice with Delmas he’s giving up juicy rebounds and the opponents are cashing in.   Most of those rebounds happen when the team is on the penalty kill.  I want to look on the bright side and just give him more time.

Everyone who follows this league on a daily basis knew how good Olivier Roy is.  Coming into the season, I thought he would have to steal a few games for the Screaming Eagles.  This weekend, Cape Breton proved me wrong.  They have great offensive depth and it could get stronger because Joey Haddad could comeback.  He’s with the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins right now.  If he does comeback we could be talking about the Screaming Eagles as one of the other QMJHL Team in the Memorial Cup.

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 fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)

Home Opener ’08 Thoughts

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2008 by Mike Haggett

Before I get into the game, I just want to say how great it is to be back to the rink. I’ll get into that later on next week as a wrap on the weekend, but the people that are affiliated with this club from the front office, to the arena staff, as well as the fans, are the best. Nothing like coming home.

As official scorer Jim Anderschat was handing out line sheets in the press box last night, looking up and down the list didn’t prove the obvious by the end of the game: pride, heart and determination were healthy scratches for two-thirds of the game.

Sure, the first 15 minutes of period one was very well played by the young MAINEiacs as they came out strong, got some quality chances on an early power play, and controlled the flow. Tom Michalik’s blast from the point followed with an ensuing scrum in front of the net as Mr. Heart Lucas Labelle’s stick connected on play and made it 1-0 Lewiston. Then defensive corps vets Michael Ward and Patrick Cusack found themselves in the penalty box together and the youthful group showed strength again, killing off 1:25 of a two man advantage which earned the cheer of the faithful at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. What should have been a lift for the club, slowly started to errode the team instead. Fresh off the plane from Dallas, Pierre-Alexander Vandall connected on a power-play goal on a post-to-post play just :12 into a penalty to Matt Bourdeau and tied the game for the Cataractes, and the momentum started to shift. A five minute major and a game misconduct for slew-footing to Maxime Legault of the Cataractes to open the second period, as well as a complete 2 minute two man advantage in the middle of that major yielded nothing.

If anyone told me that Lucas Labelle would have three goals in three games for the Lewiston MAINEiacs, I would have snickered very sarcastically. Truth be known, Labelle really was the only player to show up to make things happen Friday night. The Scarborough, Ontario native who has bounced around two junior leagues has found a real home here, because he does the things that matter in this game: relentless battle, determination to get the job done, and a desire to win. Of all the MAINEiacs players that went to bed Friday night, only one could look in the mirror and say, “Yeah, I gave it all I had.”

For the rest, one hopes that Lewiston Head Coach & GM Ed Harding sent them home with a mandate to find their hearts, because they need to find them. The talent is here, but even the best talent is useless with the heart, pride, and determination to go with it.

I don’t want to hear that excuse of ‘Well, we don’t have Gratchev, Paquette, Reul or Delmas.” That doesn’t fly with me. Every team in the league more or less is contending with key guys away to pro camps right now. Shawinigan is without most of it’s top guns as well. It’s a push, more or less, and it all boils down to who wants in more, and who is willing to make the sacrifice and pay the price for victory.

We’ll see tonight.

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