- 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!
The Washington Galaxy are in a great position as they look to capture their third straight division title. They’ve gone undefeated since the All-Star break, and they just passed Hershey to take the lead in the East. It would have been easy to imagine them making no moves at the deadline, not wanting to mess with a good thing. Instead, though, the Galaxy made a small but smart move, bolstering their defensive corps by grabbing D Stan “Animal” Gallagher from the Seattle Sailors in exchange for minor-league D Woody Fairwood.
The pickup of Gallagher should stabilize Washington’s third defensive pairing, which has been a season-long conundrum. The position opposite Bruce “Boom Boom” Hogaboom has a revolving door, as the Galaxy have rotated between veteran Bill Corbett, young banger Jurgen Braun, and rookie Graham Bellinger. All three have done credibly, but none of them has played well enough to seize the job full-time.
The 27-year-old Gallagher should provide Hogaboom with a strong running partner. He scored 16 points (2 goals, 14 assists) with Seattle, playing largely on their top pairing. He earned his “Animal” nickname for the fierce enthusiasm he puts into his skating and checking, which will make him a good fit beside the pugnacious Hogaboom.
“Did we need to make this deal? Probably not,” admitted Galaxy GM Garnet “Ace” Adams. “But does this deal make us a stronger team than we were yesterday? Oh yeah. The Animal’s got a well-earned reputation around this league, and putting him and Boomer on the ice together should unleash some havoc. Graham will have the opportunity to go down to the minors and play every day, which should help him develop. And Corbs and Brauny will get opportunities to contribute off the bench, where we know we can count on them.”
In the run-up to the deadline, it was rumored that Washington was pursuing a bigger deal. The Saskatchewan Shockers were reportedly dangling D Chris “Lightning” Oflyng, and Hershey was said to be in hot pursuit of them. It was speculated that the Galaxy were also after Oflyng, if only to block the Bliss from getting him. But Adams said that Washington wasn’t making a serious attempt to land the Shockers blueliner.
“You never say never in this job,” said Adams. “But we figured Oflyng was going to be too rich for our blood, and frankly, we didn’t need an upgrade like that. We just wanted a solid vet for the third pairing, and we got him.” As it turned out, Hershey wasn’t able to meet Saskatchewan’s demands for Oflyng either; they might have turned to Gallagher as a fallback option, but Washington beat them to it.
For Seattle, the 21-year-old Fairwood may not match Gallagher in the character department, but he should provide similar production. Fairwood had been playing with Washington’s minor-league club in Baltimore, where he notched 50 points (9 goals, 41 assists) and a +7 rating. He was tied for the team lead in both categories
“I knew I was probably going to have a hard time making my way up to DC,” said Fairwood. “It was a good organization and I’ll miss my friends there, but to get a shot at some real minutes at the major-league level, that’s exciting for me.”