Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday . . . early

With two goaltenders injured, the Portland Winterhawks have added Michael Tadjdeh, 19, to their roster. He has played with the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Spokane Chiefs. Spokane released him last week. . . . Portland’s goaltenders, Ian Curtis, 20, and Mac Carruth, 18, are out with undisclosed injuries. Carruth is week-to-week, while Curtis, according to the Portland Tribune, “might miss the first couple weeks of the season.” . . . Keith Hamilton, 18, will partner with Tadjdeh in the season’s early days. . . . The Winterhawks went into Friday with seven players away at NHL camps: F Riley Boychuk (Buffalo), F Oliver Gabriel (Columbus), F Nino Niederreiter (N.Y. Islanders), F Ryan Johansen (Columbus), D Brett Ponich (St. Louis), F Brad Ross (Toronto) and F Luke Walker (Colorado).
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LW Shayne Wiebe, 20, is the new captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings. Wiebe, who is from Brandon, was acquired last season in a trade with the Kamloops Blazers. He is the 54th captain in franchise history. F Brayden Schenn and F Matt Calvert shared the captaincy last season. Schenn, 19, now is with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, while Calvert has graduated. . . . Alternate captains are D Brodie Melnychuk, F Mark Stone and F Scott Glennie.
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The Moose Jaw Warriors have dealt F Thomas Frazee, 20, to the Regina Pats. Also going to the Pats are two bantam draft picks -- a fourth-rounder in 2011 and a sixth-rounder in 2012. In exchange, Moose Jaw gets a second-round pick in the 2011 draft and a fifth-rounder in 2013. . . . Frazee had been acquired from the Medicine Hat Tigers, but was one of five 20-year-olds on Moose Jaw’s roster. The Warriors are left with F Spencer Edwards, G Thomas Heemskerk, F Dylan Hood and F Brendan Rowinski as their 20s. . . . Regina’s now has two 20-year-olds -- Frazee and F Colin Reddin, who was acquired from the Prince Albert Raiders.
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The Moose Jaw Warriors traded F Mike Forsyth, 18, to the Chilliwack Bruins for a conditional draft pick. Forsyth was an eighth-round pick in the 2007 bantam draft by the Medicine Hat Tigers. He had 21 points in 57 games with the AJHL’s Camrose Kodiaks last season. . . . The Warriors had acquired Forsyth from the Tigers in a deal for F Matt MacKay last season. MacKay has since been moved to the Vancouver Giants.
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The Regina Pats acquired F Trent Ouellette, 17, from the Medicine Hat Tigers for a conditional 13th-round pick in the 2013 bantam draft. He played last season with the midget AAA UFA Bisons, who play out of Strathmore, Alta., which is just east of Calgary. He had 29 points in 32 games with the Bisons.
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The Prince George Cougars got their big gun, F Brett Connolly, back from the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday and immediately named the hometown star their captain. . . . Alternates will be F James Dobrowolski, 20, and F Charles Inglis, 18, with F Brock Hirsche, 18, wearing an ‘A’ at home and D Jesse Forsberg, 17, wearing one on the road.
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When Kamloops Blazers head coach Guy Charron signed his first NHL contract, with the Montreal Canadiens in the fall of 1969, it was a two-year deal calling for salaries of $6,000 and $7,500 in the AHL and $10,000 and $12,000 in the NHL. . . . Kamloops D Josh Caron, 19, has signed a three-year deal with the Minnesota Wild. According to CapGeek.com, Caron gets US$55,000 for each of three seasons as an AHL salary, with an NHL roster spot paying $520,000, $545,000 and $545,000. The signing bonus is three annual $20,000 payments. . . . D Colton Jobke, 18, of the Kelowna Rockets also signed with the Wild. According to CapGeek.com, he gets $55,000 in the AHL, with NHL salaries of $530,000, $555,000 and $555,000. He got a $90,000 signing bonus, payable in three annual instalments. . . . Caron and Jobke both attended the Wild’s camp on free-agent tryout deals.
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Also on their way back from NHL camps: D Dylan McIlrath, to Moose Jaw from New York Rangers; F Roman Horak, to Chillwack from New York Rangers; F Randy McNaught, to Saskatoon from New York Rangers; F Carter Ashton, to Regina from Tampa Bay; F Jordan Weal, to Regina from Los Angeles; F Linden Vey, from Los Angeles to Medicine Hat.
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