August 02, 2011
In the immortal words of legendary broadcaster, Bob Cole: "Everything is happening!" in the OHL now that the league has lifted the summer trade window.
As expected, many of these deals are being officially announced today despite the fact most of the paperwork has been done for a while awaiting the OHL's rubber stamp.
Here's the roundup of what has happened so far Tuesday:
Bulls deal Teichmann to Erie: Belleville sends goalie Tyson Teichmann (photo) to the Otters, who were in the market for a goalie, in exchange for defenceman Brady Austin.
You knew this move was coming given the crowded crease in Belleville what with goalies Malcolm Subban and Daniel Altshuller already in the fold.
The change of scenery will likely do Teichmann (11-26, 4.22 GAA and .880 save percentage) good because as local Belleville lad, he was an easy target for fans -- though his rather inconsistent play didn't help.
"I'm very excited," Teichmann said in a release. "It's a great opportunity to come down to the (United) States and play in Erie. I can't express how excited I am. I've heard nothing but great things about the organization and Erie. I can't wait to suit up for the Otters."
Sarnia trades Hooey to Belleville: The Bulls pick up centre Garrett Hooey from Sarnia in exchange for defenceman Alex Basso and a third round pick in 2012.
Hooey is a spark plug and a very familiar commodity since Belleville assistant coach Jake Grimes coached the 17-year-old last Christmas with Ontario U-17 team that won gold. And since GM and head coach George Burnett had picked up defenceman Brady Austin, 18, in a deal with Erie, he essentially replaces Basso, 18, on the blue line -- though Basso is more offensive.
"Garrett will add significant depth to our core of young forwards," said Burnett. "He's a guy that obviously came at a price, but we're confident that he can come in and contribute in a variety of ways here."
Sarnia sends Flemington to London: After the Sting picked up Basso from Belleville, new head coach and GM Jacques Beaulieu had to do a little number crunching which made defenceman Kyle Flemington, 19, expendable. So the Parkhill, Ont., native heads to London in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2012.
"After we signed (defenceman) Connor Murphy and then made the move to acquire Alex Basso today from Belleville this move was necessary from a numbers standpoint," said Beaulieu. "We like the position we're in both from the roster we have assembled as well as the draft picks we continue to accumulate."
The Otters signed their top pick -- 12th overall -- to an OHL contract on Tuesday. Harper spent last season with the Burlington Eagles where he led the team with 38 goals and 24 points in 55 games.
"It feels great," said Harper of signing. "It means you're a part of the team. Now that I've signed a contract, I'm really happy to be a part of the Otters."
Generals sign defenceman Chris Carlisle: This could be the most intriguing news of the day for a couple reasons: firstly, the 16-year-old was Oshawa's 15th round pick (284th overall) in the 2010 OHL draft.
I'm really interested to see this kid, because as Oshawa GM and head coach Chris DePiero notes, he rebounded from an injury that prevented him from taking part in camp last year and impressed early.
"Chris was a late round pick of ours in 2010 and was unable to compete at our training camp due to injury in his first year with us," said DePiero. "He went home and had a strong season and came back this year and competed and earned a place here."
The deal on Max Domi: For those of you eagerly awaiting the Kingston Frontenacs to move Max Domi, well you'll have to wait another month -- roughly -- for that deal to happen despite what you might be reading elsewhere. The reason?
Two important words: Compensatory pick
The only way the Frontenacs will get their first round compensatory pick is if Domi (photo) is a no-show at training camp. It's at that time that the league will give Domi "defected" status.
So if the Fronts believe that Domi isn't going to report to Kingston they will have to wait, at very least, until camp opens on Aug. 28 -- that way they can get their compensatory pick and then deal him to the London Knights. It should also be noted that since he's a first rounder from the recent OHL draft (2011) he can only be traded for picks and not for players.
Honestly this has to be the most played out soap opera storyline since Marlena was possessed by the devil on Days of Our Lives.