- On Wednesday, the Anchorage Igloos placed D Sebastian Pomfret on the injured list. Pomfret suffered a lower-body injury after being upended by a rough check during Tuesday’s 5-1 loss to Michigan. The loss of the 24-year-old blueliner is a tough blow for Anchorage; he produced 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists) and a +13 rating during the regular season. He is certain to miss the divisional round of the playoffs, and it is unclear whether he might be able to return for the Finals. Anchorage replaced Pomfret on the postseason roster with D Laszlo Cierny. The 20-year-old rookie had a strong season with the Igloos’ farm club in Minnesota, putting up 36 points (9 goals, 27 assists).
- On Monday, the Quebec Tigres activated LW Stellan Fisker from the disabled list. The 32-year-old Fisker missed nearly four weeks after suffering an upper-body injury. It was the second DL stint of the season for the winger, who suffered a lower-body injury in the first week of the season and has missed a total of 25 games so far on the year. In order to make room for Fisker’s return, the Tigres returned LW Carl Bleyer to their farm club in Maine. Bleyer has appeared in 10 games with Quebec, and recorded 1 assist during that time.
- On Wednesday, the Washington Galaxy placed D Ambroz Melicar on the disabled list. The Galaxy called up the 23-year-old Melicar a couple of weeks ago after a strong season with their affiliate in Baltimore. He appeared in 10 games with Washington, recording 2 assists, before suffering an upper-body injury on Tuesday that will end his season. To replace Melicar, the Galaxy promoted D Buster Kratz from Baltimore. Kratz, 21, was acquired from Hamilton in the Eddie Costello trade at the deadline.
- Also on Wednesday, the Tigres placed D Ward Jones on the injured list. Jones suffered a lower-body injury during the third period of Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to Hamilton, a blow that will likely end Jones’ season. It’s the second significant injury of the season for the 29-year-old blueliner, who missed over a month with an upper-body injury that happened just before the All-Star break. It’s rumored that this latest injury has Jones pondering retirement. To replace Jones, the Tigres called up D Ross Hruschka from Maine. The 19-year-old Hruschka has had a solid season with Maine, with a goal and 16 assists.
- On Friday, the Hershey Bliss activated D Steve Cargill from the injured list. The 20-year-old Cargill suffered an upper-body injury four weeks ago after suffering a hard check into the boards. Upon his return, Cargill was re-inserted into Hershey’s top defensive pairing, skating alongside Reese Milton. In order to make room for Cargill on the roster, Hershey reassigned D Seth Dowd to their CHL affiliate in Milwaukee. The 33-year-old Dowd appeared in only one game during his stint with the Bliss, recording an assist.
- On Saturday, the Hamilton Pistols placed D Moose Baker on the disabled list. The 32-year-old blueliner suffered a lower-body injury in the Pistols’ 1-0 win over Quebec. He had appeared in 16 games this season, putting up 3 assists. As of press time, Hamilton did not plan to call up another player to fill Baker’s spot on the roster.
- On Monday, the Hamilton Pistols demoted RW Michael Jennings to their farm team in Oshawa, and called up D Russ Klemmer from Oshawa. This move reverses a transaction made at the end of last week, when the Pistols called up Jennings to fill a spot opened up by Claude Lafayette‘s injury. The return move proved necessary when Oshawa LW Troy Blackwood got hurt, leaving the Drive short a forward. Jennings’ second stint of the season in Hamilton lasted a grand total of one game; he failed to record a point.
- On Wednesday, the New York Night activated RW Ivan “Trainwreck” Trujwirnek from the injured list. Trujwirnek was out for the last two and a half weeks with an upper body injury. His absence was a major blow to the Night’s depth, as he was a key contributor on their second line. Recently acquired Nori Takoyaki had filled in on the second line during Trujwirnek’s absence. To make room for Trujwirnek on the roster, the Night sent RW Sylvester Catarino to their farm team in Utah. The 22-year-old Catarino, a New York native, was a fan favorite, but struggled to put up the numbers to keep himself in the lineup. In 34 games with New York this season, Catarino registered 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) and a +4 rating.
- On Friday, the Pistols activated G Lasse Koskinen from the injured list. It’s not a moment too soon for Hamilton, which has been treading water in the absence of their starting netminder. The 22-year-old Koskinen posted a 17-10-2 record with a 2.30 GAA and a .922 save percentage prior to his injury. With Koskinen returning, the Pistols returned G Hector Orinoco to Oshawa. The 23-year-old Orinoco went 2-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and an .878 save percentage during his stint with Hamilton.
- On Saturday, the Kansas City Smoke demoted RW Adriaen van der Veen to their CHL affiliate in Omaha, and promoted RW Andrew “Lucky” Fortuno from Omaha. This transaction reversed a move the Smoke made right after the All-Star break, when they sent Fortuno down and called van der Veen up. In 18 games with Kansas City, van der Veen put up only 3 points (2 goals, 1 assists) while recording a -14 rating. Fortuno started the season with the Smoke, and was demoted after recording 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) in 24 games.
- On Wednesday, the Washington Galaxy activated LW Charlie Brooks from the disabled list. Brooks missed the last two and a half weeks with a lower-body injury. Due to his absence, Brooks missed last Friday’s game against Dakota, which recently acquired his younger brother Tanner. It would have been the first time the brothers faced each other in a professional game. To make room for Brooks on the roster, Washington demoted F Roman Bandikoff to their CHL affiliate in Baltimore. With the rebuilding Galaxy looking to provide playing time for their young players, the 36-year-old Bandikoff (5 assists and -3 rating in 24 games) was deemed expendable.
- On Saturday, the Hamilton Pistols sent down D Russ Klemmer to their CHL affiliate in Oshawa, and promoted RW Michael Jennings from Oshawa. The Pistols found themselves down a forward when RW Claude Lafayette suffered a lower-body injury on Thursday. Although Lafayette is not expected to miss much time, but the injury left Hamilton without a spare forward and forced C Henry Constantine to play out of position on the wing. Jennings was with the Pistols at the beginning of the season, but was sent down at the trade deadline. He put up 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) in 21 games for Hamilton.
- Also on Saturday, the Kansas City Smoke demoted C Owen Griffin to their farm team in Omaha, and called up C Edz Zalmanis from Omaha. This transaction reverses a move made just after the All-Star break. In 13 games with the Smoke, the 22-year-old Griffin recorded one assist while putting up a -11 rating. Zalmanis, meanwhile, lit up the minors, notching 16 points (4 goals, 12 assists) in 15 games.
- Also on Saturday, the Galaxy demoted D Murphy “Mutt” Metheny to their affiliate in Baltimore, and promoted D Ambroz Melicar from Baltimore. As Washington continues to offer more opportunities to their young players, the 23-year-old Melicar was an obvious candidate for a call-up. He was one of the top-scoring defensemen in the CHL, with 42 points (11 goals, 31 assists) in 47 games. The 29-year-old Metheny, the only SHL player to hail from Arkansas, appeared in only 9 games with DC, failing to record a point.
- On Monday, the Quebec Tigres activated D Ward Jones from the disabled list. Jones had missed more than a month with an upper-body that he suffered before the All-Star break. To make room for Jones on the active roster, the Tigres reassigned D Serge Rimbaud to their farm team in Maine. The 18-year-old Rimbaud appeared in 13 games with Quebec, recording 8 assists and a +1 rating.
- Also on Monday, the Hamilton Pistols placed goaltender Lasse Koskinen on the disabled list. Koskinen suffered an upper-body injury during Sunday’s 7-4 win over New York. He is expected to miss 2 to 3 weeks, a serious blow for a Pistols team that is trying to snatch a playoff spot in the East. To replace Koskinen, the Pistols called up Hector Orinoco from their affiliate in Oshawa. The 23-year-old Orinoco has gone 13-11-0 with a 2.69 GAA and a .902 save percentage with Oshawa this season.
- On Tuesday, the Tigres placed LW Stellan Fisker on the disabled list. Fisker suffered an upper-body injury during the Tigres’ 3-0 win over Hershey. He is expected to miss 3 to 4 weeks. To replace Fisker on the roster, the Tigres called up LW Carl Bleyer from their farm team in Maine. Bleyer has put up 26 points (8 goals, 18 assists) with the Moose on the year.
- Wednesday was the trading deadline. The following trades were consummated at the deadline:
- The New York Night traded RW Mickey Simpson, D Andy Ruger, and a 3rd-round draft pick to the Washington Galaxy for RW Nori Takoyaki. (More details here.) After making the trade, the Night promoted D Craig Werner from their farm team in Utah and signed D Sheldon Harville to a minor-league contract.
- The Galaxy traded Ruger to the Kansas City Smoke in exchange for a 3rd-round pick.
- The Michigan Gray Wolves traded RW Cleo Rodgers, G Gus Parrish, and a 2nd-round pick to the Smoke in exchange for LW Kevin Starkey and D Scott Hexton. (More details here.) After the trade, Kansas City called up Parrish and LW Veikko Sikanen from their CHL affiliate in Omaha, and demoted G Jim Fleetwood to Omaha. They also released G Toby Kemper. Meanwhile, Michigan released D Igor Shovshenkov, demoted F Yann Eberlein to their affiliate in Cleveland, and signed Kemper to a minor-league deal.
- The Saskatchewan Shockers traded C Tanner Brooks to the Dakota Jackalopes in exchange for D Rusty Anderson. (More details here.) After the trade, the Shockers demoted D Valeri Nistrumov to their farm team in Virginia. They also released D Knute Skoeglin and signed F Marvin Cascio to a minor-league deal.
- The Hamilton Pistols traded C Pat Collistone, D Buster Kratz, and a 1st-round pick to the Galaxy in exchange for C Eddie Costello. (More details here.) After the trade, the Pistols called up D Russ Klemmer from their CHL affiliate in Oshawa, and demoted RW Michael Jennings to Oshawa. They also signed D Gresham Sourwine to a minor-league contract. The Galaxy demoted Kratz to their affiliate in Baltimore and promoted C Tucker Barnhill from Baltimore. They also released D Sheldon Harville.
- The Quebec Tigres traded D Kirby Hanlon, C Jacob Cunniff, and a 1st-round pick to the Jackalopes in exchange for D Matt Cherner. (More details here.) After the trade, Dakota released RW Omar Zdurchek; Quebec then signed him to a minor-league deal.
- Finally, the Seattle Sailors traded D Serkan Mratic to the Galaxy for D Stan Gallagher. (More details here.)
- On Saturday, the Jackalopes activated D Rodney Black from the injured list. Black, who was sidelined in only his second SHL game, missed two and a half weeks with an upper-body injury. Since Dakota was one player short of the roster limit, they did not make a corresponding move.
- Also on Saturday, the Hershey Bliss placed LW Lance Sweet on long-term injured reserve. Sweet was carried off the ice on a stretcher after being crunched into the boards late in the second period during Saturday’s 6-3 win over Saskatchewan. Sweet underwent surgery on his right leg, and is expected to be out for the rest of the season. To fill Sweet’s roster spot, Hershey called up D Seth Dowd from their CHL affiliate in Milwaukee. The 33-year-old Dowd, who last played in the SHL in 2016, recorded 27 points with Milwaukee this season.
This week’s interview is with Seattle Sailors GM Taylor Teichman.
SHL Digest: We’re here this week with Taylor Teichman, who just completed his first trading deadline as the GM of the Seattle Sailors. Taylor, thanks for speaking with us.
Taylor Teichman: Thanks for asking me.
SHLD: Last season, the Sailors made some bold moves at the deadline, acquiring Lars Karlsson and Hans Mortensen. This season, you were reportedly in on the two big deadline prizes, Matt Cherner and Rusty Anderson, but missed out on both. How have the fans reacted?
TT: I’ve gotten some angry calls and emails, as you might imagine. But as general manager, it’s my job to balance the present and the future. And while we were definitely in conversations on both Cherner and Anderson, in the end the price for both was more than we were comfortable with. I’m not going to mortgage the future for the sake of this one playoff race.
SHLD: That’s obviously quite a shift from the thinking of your predecessor, Jay McKay.
TT: It is, yes. And with all due respect to Jay, he wound up paying with his job when that gamble didn’t pay off. When I was with Hamilton, I saw the advantages of building for the future with careful drafting and a strong farm club. That’s what I hope to do here.
SHLD: Was it especially painful to see Anderson wind up with Saskatchewan, one of the teams battling you for the playoffs?
TT: Obviously, I’d rather he’d wound up somewhere else. But I knew that was a possibility all along, and I wasn’t going to make a deal I’d regret later just to keep that from happening. I’m confident that we have a team that can match up with any of our competitors.
SHLD: Instead of landing Cherner or Anderson, you instead acquired Stan Gallagher [from the Washington Galaxy in exchange for D Serkan Mratic]. Some Sailors fans on social media called Gallagher a “consolation prize.” How would you respond to that?
TT: Stan was a good value, a guy that can help us now and later. Unlike Cherner or Anderson, he’s not on an expiring contract. We’ll have him for two more seasons after this. And he was available at a price that made sense and didn’t require us to part with draft picks or our top prospects. It’s a deal that makes sense all the way around.
SHLD: This is the Sailors’ last season in Seattle; they’ll be moving to Portland next year. Did that factor into your deadline thinking at all.
TT: No, it didn’t. And I don’t think it should. The team may be playing in a new city next year, but we’re still building for the future.
SHLD: Will you be the GM next season in Portland?
TT: I don’t know. I’ve talked to the new ownership, and I’ve expressed my desire to stay on. They haven’t decided on their plans yet. But even if I wasn’t coming back, I wouldn’t approach this job any differently. It would be like running up a huge credit-card debt that you know someone else has to pay off. It’s not the way to operate.
SHLD: So now that you know what your roster looks like going forward, what does the organization need to do to make the postseason?
TT: Keep doing what got us here. We’ve had a really great run this season, and I absolutely think we have what it takes to win the Vandy. It won’t be easy; we’ve got three other really strong teams, and we’re all fighting for two spots. But I like our chances.
SHLD: Sounds good. Thanks again for your time, Taylor, and good luck the rest of the season!
TT: I appreciate it. We’re going to win this one for Seattle!