Shamrocks Look to Next Seasonby Ryan Torrie | March 20, 2017, 10:08 AM ET
What many thought would be a quiet trade deadline for the Shamrocks, turned into one of the busiest in recent memories. GM Ryan Torrie decided to build for next season rather than continue down the path of drafting young talent. "Honestly, we were two minutes away from continuing down that path, but a trade fell through and we decided that we could not let Carey's talents go to waste next season." Instead the GM, loaded up on talent for next season.
The first deal came Thursday with a trade with Montreal for their 4th round pick in 2017 for Frank Vatrano. Many saw this trade as the Shamrocks attempt to restock with draft picks; however, as noted earlier, a potential trade for the future fell through and GM Torrie started to wheel and deal. The next trade saw the acquisition of Jason Chimera from the Brandon Wheat Kings for picks and cash. The Shamrocks would then flip Chimera to Boston for two former Shamrocks, all-time leading scorer Thomas Vanek and defenceman Tobias Enstrom. Enstrom is under contact for next season and Vanek is UFA.
Following the acquisition of Chimera and his subsequent departure, the Shamrocks added another piece to team by acquiring Tomas Plekanec from the rival Monarchs. Nick Cousins and LV 2nd in 2018 went the other way. The Shamrocks sought Plekanec services in the off-season, but he eventually took the money in London. Plekanec is also under contact next season.
Shamrocks continued to add to their depth at centre by trading away their 1st in 2018 to Edmonton for Paul Stastny. Stastny will figure prominently in the Shamrock line-up next season.
The last major piece added at the deadline was the acquisition of Alexander Steen from the Brno Barons. Going to Brno included Dominik Simon, prospect Alex Carrier and a draft pick. Steen will more than likely be given the franchise tag in the off-season. “We spoke with many GMs about potential UFAs that could meet our needs for next season and found a trading partner with Brno. We really like Alex and we think he will be important player for us next season.” GM Torrie.
The Shamrocks made several minor deals to shore up the team for remainder of the season. They acquired Kyle Brodziak (Winnipeg), Brad Thiessen, Jordan Weal (Havana), and Andrew Ference (Calgary) and traded away Trevor van Riemsdyk (Havana), Ben Smith and Matthew Peca (Winnipeg) and picks to Calgary.
“The UFAs available this off-season are looking good, but we cannot get them all, so we decided to add players that would be under contract for next season via trade. We may have sacrificed our draft position by doing so, but I am happy with the players we acquired. I proud of my front office for all their hard work this past week and gave many of them time off,” GM Torrie said following his week-long vacation in sunny Sarasota, Florida.
The Shamrocks are currently on a six game win streak and have won 9 of their last 10. Unfortunately, due to the competitive World Conference, they still remain 15 points out of a playoff spot and are unlikely to make it. Nevertheless, Shamrock fans have a lot to look forward to next season.
The Shamrocks's loss to the Whitehorse Huskies last night closed the door on the playoffs, but the they made it interesting. From the Day 97 to today, the Shamrocks had a 16-5-3 record. The Shamrocks have 3 games remaining and their last home game against the Barons is tonight. Price is expected to get the start. The top 6 remains unchanged. Several players from Glasgow will be given the chance to make their SICHL debuts over the next couple of games.