THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Marek Svatos (Kootenay, 2000-02) was released by mutual agreement by Avangard Omsk (Russia KHL). He had three goals and five assists in 19 games for Avangard this season. . . .
F Petr Vala (Seattle, 1997-98) signed a contract with Zilina (Slovakia Extraliga) for the rest of this season. He had four goals in 17 games for Dukla Trencin (Slovakia Extraliga) this season before being granted his release for personal reasons. Vala played for Zilina the previous two seasons.
As mentioned here Wednesday, the Swift Current Broncos have acquired F Graham Black, 17, from the Edmonton Oil Kings. The Broncos announced Thursday that they gave up a conditional draft pick in the deal. According to the WHL website, it was an eighth-rounder in 2011. Black, who was never selected in the WHL draft, plays for the Regina Pats Canadians and leads the Saskatchewan midget AAA league in goals (32) and points (51).
Former NHLer Scott Walker has taken over as head coach of the OHL’s Guelph Storm. Walker replaces Jason Brooks who was fired Dec. 13 with the Storm at 13-13-5 this season. . . . Walker had been working with the Storm on a volunteer basis.
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