Wallin finds no great deals at trading deadline

When Jesse Wallin could not get the proper return for any of his proposed WHL deadline deals earlier this week, he did the right thing. Nothing.

When Jesse Wallin could not get the proper return for any of his proposed WHL deadline deals earlier this week, he did the right thing.

Nothing.

After acquiring centre Charles Inglis and winger Marc Mackenzie over the previous two weeks, Wallin was seeking a deal that would keep his club competitive over the second half of the season while adding promise for the future.

He wasn’t identifying anyone by name, but it’s no secret that all-star defenceman Alex Petrovic was his biggest bargaining chip, a player no doubt coveted by several of the active buyers and potential buyers.

But the wanna-be trading partners were offering strictly draft picks for the impact blueliner, while Wallin needed a younger player in return, a player who, say, could step into a top-four role now and develop into a top-pairing defender in the near future.

The Rebels GM/head coach likely had no problem with accepting draft picks, but those had to be accompanied by a younger, talented roster player if he was indeed considering moving Petrovic to a WHL rival.

That need was not forthcoming in any trade offers, so Petrovic and any other players who were at least potential trade bait remain with the club.

It was the right move, considering dealing the likes of Petrovic for draft picks who may never develop into legitimate WHL players would have hurt the team’s current pursuit of a playoff berth.

Wallin is convinced that his club, which excelled through October and the first half of November before being ravaged by injuries to key personnel, can not only qualify for the playoffs but make some significant noise in the post-season. Trading someone of Petrovic’s ilk for strictly futures would have seriously hindered those hopes.

• • •

The Moose Jaw Warriors, Brandon Wheat Kings and Regina Pats landed the so-called ‘impact’ players at or before the trade deadline.

The Warriors looked at leadership qualities as well as skill when they acquired Cam Braes from Lethbridge and James Henry from Vancouver.

Both were captains with their former teams.

“Bringing in Henry and Braes we feel that when it comes to the most important time of the year, both of these guys will do what it takes to win. They play hard and do the little things well,” Warriors director of hockey operations Alan Millar told the Moose Jaw Times-Herald.

Both Braes and Henry brought proven scoring ability to Moose Jaw, although the latter had struggled somewhat in that regard this season. The veteran duo also possesses excellent wheels.

“They increase our team speed. They’re both fast, they’re good skaters and they increase our goal-scoring,” added Millar. “They’re both point-per-game guys. Henry is more of a play-maker, but he’ll chip in and Braes comes in with 24 goals.”

Meanwhile, the Wheat Kings got offensive star Kevin Sundher from the Victoria Royals and the Pats picked up dandy defenceman Martin Marincin from the Prince George Cougars.

Sundher, Brandon GM Kelly McCrimmon hinted, could be the difference between the Wheat Kings being a contender or pretender.

“I think the conference is up for grabs a little bit,” McCrimmon told the Brandon Sun. “Certainly Edmonton and Moose Jaw have established themselves in their respective divisions, but . . . I’ve felt all along that the team that improves the most in the second half is going to be the team that wins . . . and I think this is a big step in terms of adding a star player to our team that’s really going to complement our forward group very well and that was the motivation for the move.”

As for the Pats, Regina GM Chad Lang is convinced he landed the best defenceman up for grabs in Edmonton Oilers prospect Marincin.

“If we were going to stay with the (current) players, the (Jordan) Weals and the (Brandon) Davidsons, we wanted to add a piece,” Lang told the Regina Leader-Post. “We liked our back end going into it. When you add Marincin it really solidifies that back end. He was the best D available in the league and we were fortunate enough to get him.”

gmeachem@bprda.wpengine.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(File photo by Advocate staff)
Zero tax increase approved by Red Deer city council for 2021 and 2022

City council passed operating budgets for the next two years on Thursday

Red Deer city council approved a $39.6 million police budget for 2021, up for inflationary reasons from $37.9 million in 2020. (Black Press file photo).
Red Deer city council retains police funding, while also launching a crisis team

De-funding police is not a conversation in this municipality

Alberta reported an additional 1,854 cases of COVID-19 Thursday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories)
Red Deer has 289 active cases of COVID-19

Province now has 17,743 active cases

The Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre in Red Deer has new owners. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Cambridge Hotel in Red Deer has new ownership group

‘They’re making an investment in this iconic hotel for the future,’ says general manager Gil Vallee

The new Gasoline Alley Farmers Market officially opened on Saturday. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Gasoline Alley brewery a collaboration between brewers and farmers

Red Deer County’s newest brewery has been built from the ground up… Continue reading

Dan Cochrane, senior pastor at CrossRoads Church. Contributed photo
CrossRoads Church closes its doors for two weeks after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

CrossRoads Church made the decision to cancel in-house services for two weeks… Continue reading

Charley Hull takes LPGA Tour lead in chilly North Texas

Charley Hull takes LPGA Tour lead in chilly North Texas

Bayern's Alphonso Davies, right, challenges PSG's Thilo Kehrer, left, during the Champions League final soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Miguel A. Lopes/Pool via AP
Alphonso Davies’ remarkable year continues with Canadian Player of the Year award

Alphonso Davies’ remarkable year continues with Canadian Player of the Year award

Japan's national wheelchair basketball team warm up on the court during a grand opening ceremony of the Ariake Arena, a venue for wheelchair basketball during the 2020 Paralympic Games, in Tokyo, Feb. 2, 2020. Ottawa has been named host city for the 2026 world men's and women's wheelchair basketball championships. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jae C. Hong
Ottawa to host 2026 world wheelchair basketball championships

Ottawa to host 2026 world wheelchair basketball championships

Mikael Kingsbury, of Canada, trains during the FIS Freestyle World Cup skiing competition Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Park City, Utah. Kingsbury will miss moguls races for the first time in his World Cup career after suffering a back injury in training on Sunday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jeff Swinger
Canadian moguls king Mikael Kingsbury sidelined with back injury

Canadian moguls king Mikael Kingsbury sidelined with back injury

Curlers sweep a rock during in Brandon, Man., on March 5, 2019. Add two more competitions to the Calgary curling "bubble" that's slated to hold several events later this season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Two Grand Slam events added to curling bubble at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary

Two Grand Slam events added to curling bubble at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary

Arlen Dumas, grand chief of the Manitoba Assembly of Chiefs, speaks during an Assembly of First Nations annual general meeting in Regina on Thursday, July 27, 2017. As a second wave of COVID-19 washes over the First Nations population with disproportionate and deadly impacts, leaders and health professionals are facing an extra challenge. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor
Gaining trust: History of Indigenous experiments poses challenge in COVID health

Gaining trust: History of Indigenous experiments poses challenge in COVID health

Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance responds to a question during a news conference Friday, June 26, 2020 in Ottawa. Vance is ordering his troops to be ready to pick up COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. and Europe on short notice, and prepare to help distribute the doses while responding to floods and other emergencies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Feds, provinces to stage distribution dry run as approval of first vaccine imminent

Feds, provinces to stage distribution dry run as approval of first vaccine imminent

People line up at a COVID-19 assessment centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Toronto and Peel region continue to be in lockdown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID-19 vaccine approval could be days away as pressures mount on health-care system

COVID-19 vaccine approval could be days away as pressures mount on health-care system

Most Read