UPDATE: I’m hearing the Otters called the Windsor Spitfires today about D Slater Koekkoek. Perhaps Otters GM Sherry Bassin has entered the mix for Koekkoek, one of the OHL’s top blue-liners who ranks fourth among all Ds with 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists) in 39 games and leads the league with a +37 rating. I’ve heard Guelph, London and Oshawa already are in the mix for Koekkoek. No word yet on who the Otters would trade in a deal involving Koekkoek.
* Check out this story from The Windsor Star that addresses the likelihood of Koekkoek being traded…
The first trade of the OHL trading period’s final week was finalized today, with Oshawa acquiring overage RW Dylan Smoskowitz (20 goals, 29 points in 40 games; 33 goals, 55 points in 62 games in 2012-13) from Mississauga. Then Guelph acquired C Stephen Pierog (11-7-18 in 39 games; 19-16-35 in 67 games in 2012-13) from Peterborough. Sault Ste. Marie followed with by acquiring RW Bryan Moore (11-22-33 in 31 games) and D Tyler Hore (3-10-13, -18 in 36 games) for D Kevin Spinozzi (3-10-13, +15 in 41 games)
“I think some things are going to come down in the next couple days,” Erie Otters GM Sherry Bassin said today. But right now, he said, “nothing seems to be curdling. There’s nothing really bubbling over” – and that includes the Otters.
“We don’t have a fit yet,” Bassin said. He would like to make a move or two, mainly to add depth without creating another hole in a roster he believes is already good enough to win a league championship.
“We don’t think we have a lot of holes to fill,” Bassin said. “We like the way our blue line is playing. We know we can put some good lines together. And we think that some people might have goaltending as good, but nobody has got it better. I’d be OK if Friday came and went (without a trade), if we didn’t have to pay a big price.”
Yet you can bet his cell phone will work overtime the rest of this week. Maybe Sherry wasn’t joking recently, when he asked me to trade our next phone bills. Speaking of Sherry, he was wearing socks today – with boots, no less – on this bitterly cold day in Erie.
Those of you that have a heard Sherry share stories of not wearing socks with shoes in sub-zero temperatures back home in Saskatchewan should get a laugh out of this.
Meanwhile, head coach Kris Knoblauch enjoyed an impromptu family outing after practice at Erie Insurance Arena. He enjoyed some time on the ice with his son, Marek, and daughter, Emry.