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WHL trade deadline looms
After picking up Tyler King last week from Spokane, Kootenay Ice GM Jeff Chynoweth hinted that he may not be finished as the WHL trade deadline nears.
Chynoweth noted that the team was looking for a veteran defenceman, which materialized with the acquisition of King, and possibly an older forward.
Kootenay still has a vacant 20-year-old spot, as Jagger Dirk and Zach McPhee are the only overagers currently on the roster.
Since the King trade last week, other WHL teams have been busy.
Saskatoon and Swift Current swung a big deal, as the Blades sent veteran Nathan Burns and a 7th round pick to the Broncos for Connor Sanvido, Wyatt Sloboshan, a 2nd round (2014) pick and conditional 3rd round selection (2015).
Medicine Hat shipped Spencer Jensen to Moose Jaw in exchange for three draft picks, one of which was a conditional selection.
On Monday, the Warriors also sent their overage D-man Travis Brown to Victoria in exchange for Noah Gregor, a pair of 3rd round picks and a conditional selection.
"The prices are high, they've been high all year," said Chynoweth, referencing the Blades-Broncos trade involving Burns.
"The problem is that we don't have many bullets left in our gun, so to speak, so we got to be very cautious not to give too much away—meaning you still build your team through the bantam draft and those bantam picks mean a lot to us."