Backchecking 8.3

With the DWSHL trade deadline just 6 days away, it appears alot of players, as usual, could be changing teams.

Some big goaltenders are on the block, most notiably the Bisons's Dan Cloutier, the Prowler's Roman Turek, and even the Phantom's Martin Brodeur. Reports have Olaf Kolzig, recently placed on waivers by the Brahmas, heading back to Stockholm. However, it will be a challenge for the Kings to accomodate his large salary.

One report from Edmonton says that Derek Morris could be had. The need for defenders throughout the league will generate lots of interest in this longtime Racer. Marian Gaborik is also likely done in Edmonton, either through trade or as a free agent.

The Brahmas and new GM Ryan Yessie are ready to dismantle and start building for the future, listing everyone on the roster as available.

The league welcomed another new GM this week as well, hiring Luc Asselin to take over the Texas Cannons.

In need of a scoring winger, the Falcons reportidly have been offered the likes of Brett Hull as well as Steffer's former army ant, Jere Lehtinen from the Icebats. Marco Sturm of the Bison is a posibility as well.

Ziggy Palffy confirmed today that he is considering the option of retirement as his contract with Jacksonville is set to expire.

Arizona appears to be preparing itself for the future with Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist could play backup next season and take the reigns by DWSHL10.

The Nashville Battalion are not likely to make any moves before the trade deadline despite having a handful of pending UFAs.

Word leaking out of the Pacific is that one big name player will assuredly be in new digs for DWSHL9.

As we look towards next seasons draft, early projections have Phil Kessel, Erik Johnson, Michal Frolik, Jonathan Toews, and Jordan Staal being slated for year 1 of the draft crop.

The hirings of Yessie and Asselin help solidify a core group of GMs in the dwshl. However, there are a few teams to my personal knowledge who do nothing and quite frankly dont deserve to be here. Anyone in the league office can correct me if im out of line because i dont know who send lines and what not. But judging on personal experieince, and If you cant put in 2 minutes to write something, just leave so you can be replaced. And i wont mention any specific teams, COUGH NIGHTHAWKS COUGH VIPERS COUGH JUSTICE PIRANHAS BLAZE COUGH SKYLEAFS.
You can only do nothing for so long boys...


Trade Report

Just a few days after aquiring Steven Reinprecht from the Rams, the Hornets dealt him along with Michael Funk and a pair of draft choices to Seattle for wingers Mike Johnson and Robin LeBlanc, as well as young defenseman Alexandre Picard. The Spartans wanted to shed some payroll by swapping Johnson for the less talented Reinprecht, but look for Michael Funk in a few seasons on the Seattle blueline, because he just might be there. It was the second deal between the Hornets and Spartans in the past week.

The Phantoms finally got their man from Texas yesterday, aquiring the rights to swedish goaltender Henrik "Hank" Lundqvist. The Phantoms spent most of the offseason trying to aquire a top pick in order to select him but nothing could be done. The Phantoms traded star center Ladislav Nagy and one of the teams most reliable players this season, Ryan Malone in the deal. The aquisition of Lundqvist will further lead to rumors that Martin Brodeur could be traded. However, Scanlon is leaning towards signing Lundqvist next season rather then now. The Phantoms also had to part with free agent signing Brendan Witt, top draft pick Maxim Kondratiev, and their first rounder in 2009. Speedy winger Jason Ward and prospect Brodie Dupont come to arizona.



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Hugh Jessiman, RW - Arizona Wizards. Hugh's time has finally come with the Phantoms. With the recent trading of Ryan Malone to the Cannons, Jessiman will be called upon to fill that void. In 31 games for the Wizards, Jessiman posted 10 goals and 22 assists. He has also dressed in 21 games for the Phantoms registering 3 goals and 3 assists. Dont be fooled by the numbers though, the games Jessiman has played hes been on the 4th line seeing about 6 minutes a night. He is slated to lineup with Mats Sundin and Miro Satan against the Brahmas tommorow.