So that wild and crazy day is finally here. So far Yorkton and Melfort have really loaded up. What are the other teams doing to counter? Will the Ice Wolves make any big moves?
Read on for a quick recap about what's gone down so far.
The Mustangs are goin a little crazy and now have 11 20 year olds after adding Brayden Metz and Cody Hanson from the Melville Millionaires. They also have a mildly terrifying lineup now. If it all comes together, this could be the year for Darrell Mann's squad to take it all the way.
The rest of the teams in the North have been relatively quiet. Flin Flon, North Battleford and La Ronge haven't really been all that active... yet. The North Stars are probably all traded out from earlier in the year. Bob Beatty seems happy with what he has in La Ronge, but Flin Flon seems like a team to me that could really do with picking up a big time scorer. Too bad most of the scorers in the SJHL aren't for sale any more.
Yorkton made probably the biggest single deal of the year, adding Jeremy Boyer and Justin Buzzeo from Humboldt. The two scorers come to the Terriers lineup that was already strong enough to make it to the holiday break in the top spot of the SJHL Standings. After the tragedy over the break, the Terriers haven't been the same team. Could the newcomers spark a turnaround? Or will it mess with the team's chemistry and cause a meltdown?
The Estevan Bruins made a splash adding Jonathon Ceci from the Nipawin Hawks to their lineup. Just when the Hawks looked poised to take a run at the playoffs, they moved their 1-2 scoring punch. Will they be able to reach the post season?
The Klippers picked up Spencer Braaten from Humboldt. Braaten is injured and won't be ready till either very late in the regular season or into the playoffs. It's a bit of a gamble, but he could really help Kindersley in the post season.
Weyburn has been pretty quiet. The Red Wings have a solid team that appears to be peaking at the right time. In their game against the Ice Wolves, Jesse Ross went down with an injury and it didn't look good. Will the Red Wings go looking for another piece to fill the void?
Notre Dame would appear to be sellers well back at the bottom of the SJHL standings, but nothing really seems to be leaving Wilcox at this point. The Hounds don't seem too interested in playing ball as of yet and we'll see if some pieces end up leaving before the deadline.
For Ice Wolves moves today, I'll do my best to keep you informed. If Bob tells me, I will tell you (once everything is approved of course). I wouldn't expect anything earth-shattering, though. Bob seems to be happy with what he has and from the past couple interviews, it seems as though asking prices are very high this season and he feels this team can be competitive next year, which it very well can be. The Ice Wolves have one card left, so they could pick up a player to fill that space out. Who knows who that player could be or where he'll come from, but when the dust settles, Bob Beatty will make the best decisions for this team going forward.
Check back tomorrow for my preview of Tuesday's Ice Wolves/North Stars game, and through today and tonight to see if the Wolves do make any deals.