These are crazy times in the Ontario Hockey League. With the OHL's London Knights hosting the Memorial Cup this year, it seems both the trade market and rumour mill have spun out of control.
The latest bit of speculation came on the heels of Tuesday's blockbuster deal which saw the Windsor Spitfires move star forward Kerby Rychel and defenceman Nick Ebert within the conference to the Guelph Storm in exchange for Brody Milne and a long list of draft picks.
Tony Saxon of the Guelph Mercury, a veteran OHL reporter, had originally reported the deal as involving Windsor defenceman Slater Koekkoek — a Tampa Bay Lightning prospect. When the Koekkoek portion of the report failed to materialize, the assumption was the 19-year-old blueliner had used his no-trade clause. And that's where the rumours of Koekkoek holding the Spits hostage for a deal to the London Knights kicked in because:
1. How could he be happy playing in Windsor?
2. The London Knights are hosting the Memorial Cup
3. EveryoneRead More »from Koekkoek’s camp denies Knights or nothing demand