Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax
If the price is right, the Halifax Mooseheads could pull the trigger on a significant deal with the trade period just around corner.
“It all depends if things come together,” general manager Cam Russell said on Tuesday. “We are open to making a move but it will have to depend on what it costs and how certain guys play. We’re still evaluating some of our guys and we’ll make decisions in the next couple of weeks.”
The annual trade period gets underway Sunday and runs until Jan 7.
Fans have been calling on the team to acquire an enforcer type player, particularly after star forward Jonathan Drouin suffered a concussion after being hit from behind by Quebec Remparts forward Adam Erne on Dec. 6. The league decided against a suspension, which the Mooseheads tried to appeal unsuccessfully.
Russell wouldn’t say what type of player the club’s after but he didn’t rule out acquiring a tough guy.
“I’m not going to say yes or no. Both times Jonathan was hit illegally we’ve had separate players respond and stick up for Jonathan. I think we have a good group of guys that like each other and want to stand up for each other.
“The other side of that is we have to have the league protecting the players as well and making the right calls.”
Russell said he’s largely satisfied with where his team currently stands. The Herd currently sits in fourth place in league standings with a record of 23-12-0-1.
“We’ve had some serious injuries this season and for the last six or seven weeks we’ve held onto the No. 2 spot in the league. We’ve got a good hockey team.”
And then there’s the reality of a limited pool of players to choose from.
“There are 10 or 11 teams out there that think they are a trade or two away from being a contender,” said Russell.
“There are only a couple of teams that are selling right now, so there’s not a whole lot out there and prices are very high.”