Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tuesday . . .

The Kelowna Rockets really added some defensive depth to their roster by swinging two trades on Tuesday. . . . They acquired D Brendon Wall, 20, from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2011 bantam draft. The Raiders acquired Wall from the Saskatoon Blades last season and he played in 62 games with Prince Albert, totalling 12 points and 36 penalty minuters. He is one of five 20-year-olds on the Rockets’ roster, joining F Evan Bloodoff, F Geordie Wudrick, F Tyler Matheson and F Kyle St. Denis. . . . Wall is coming off surgery for a sports hernia. He had the procedure in Prince Albert on May 10. “I’m recovering from my surgery pretty good,” Wall told John MacNeil of the Prince Albert Daily Herald. “The first three to four weeks, I couldn’t really do much, and then I slowly started working my way back into it, jogging and doing some light weights. I’ve been going to the gym weekdays and playing hockey three times a week or so. I feel really good.”
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The Rockets also dealt D Collin Bowman, 19, to the Moose Jaw Warriors for D Kevin Smith, 19. Bowman, who has played three full seasons with the Rockets, asked to be traded following the 2009-10 season. The younger brother of former Spokane Chiefs sniper Drayson Bowman, Collin “thought a change might be best for him,” Kelowna president/GM Bruce Hamilton said in a news release. “I worked away at this all summer trying to find a suitable deal for Collin and most importantly for the Kelowna Rockets. It was imperative we got a defenceman in return.” . . . Smith, from North Vancouver, had 24 points and 76 penalty minutes in 70 games with the Warriors last season. He played three seasons in Moose Jaw.
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The Prince Albert Raiders’ decision to deal D Brendon Wall to the Kelowna Rockets leaves them with four 20-year-olds on their roster with training camp just more than two weeks away. . . . As things stand right now, F Colin Reddin, F Igor Revenko, D Nathan Deck and D Jordan Rowley will fight over three spots. Revenko, who is from Belarus, would be a two-spotter.
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G James Priestner, who left Prince George early last season saying his heart no longer was in playing, has decided to return to the Cougars. Priestner, 19, is expected to report to training camp and compete with G Morgan Clark, 20, for the starting job. Clark was acquired Monday from the Swift Current Broncos. . . . Priestner was a second-round pick by the Kamloops Blazers in the 2006 bantam draft. He was later traded to the Brandon Wheat Kings, who moved him to Prince George.
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The Spokane Chiefs have re-signed five members of their hockey staff. Assistant coach Jon Klemm, who signed a two-year contract, will return for a second season, this one alongside new head coach Don Nachbaur. . . . Chris Moulton, the director of player personnel, signed a three-year deal. He has been with the Chiefs since June 2005. . . . Goaltending coach Denis Sproxton, athletic therapist/strength coach Todd Daniels and equipment manager Kacee Coberly are signed through 2010-11.
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The Central league’s Tulsa Oilers have signed F Matt Robertson (Prince Albert, Regina, 2006-09). He scored 19 goals for the IHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks last season.
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The New Jersey Devils have named Rick Kowalsky as head coach of their AHL affiliate, the Albany Devils. For the last three seasons, Kowalsky, 38, has been coaching the ECHL’s Trenton Devils. Former NHL D Kevin Dean now is the head coach in Trenton. . . . Former NHL D Tommy Albelin will be Kowalsky’s assistant coach.
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Boston Bruins F Mark Recchi, one of the Kamloops Blazers’ five co-owners, was in Kamloops earlier in the month but returned to Boston in order to have arthroscopic surgery on a knee. That procedure was done Tuesday. “It was just a scope,” he wrote in an email. “Minor tear in meniscus from training. Be good to go by training camp. No problems.” . . . Recchi is preparing for his 21st complete season in the NHL. . . . He has 1,485 career points, good for 13th spot on the NHL’s all-time list of regular-season scorers. He has played in 1,571 regular- season games (9th), with 563 goals (22nd) and 922 assists (17th).
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The NHL’s Minnesota Wild has signed former Prince Albert Raiders coach Rick Wilson as an assistant coach. Wilson spent 16 seasons as an assistant coach in the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars organization. He also has worked with the Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning. . . . With the Wild, he fills the void created when Mike Ramsey left after last season.

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