Norsemen Complete Major Tradeby Matt MacInnis | November 2, 2018, 8:23 PM ET
The Norsemen have completed a four-player deal with the Reykjavik Riders that sees significant players changing teams.
In the most substantial trade the Norsemen has made in years, the club has shipped out Adam Henrique and Brooks Orpik in return for Anders Lee, Nick Bonino and a fourth round draft pick. The trade was reportedly consummated prior to the start of free agency, but only has become official now. Henrique was a RFA who signed a new one-year contract with the Norsemen last week.
Lee becomes the Norsemen’s second scoring left winger and one of the most potent threats with the puck in the league. Bonino’s defensive savvy and veteran presence will add to a younger forward group that expects meaningful contributions from youngster like Mat Barzal and Ondrej Kase.
“This is a big move for our team,” said GM MacInnis. “When we looked at what we had coming out of the off-season, I was a bit concerned about our lack of balance. We had too much strength at centre and defence, which is always a good thing, but not enough on the wings.
Henrique is a great player, but he was going to be our fourth line centre. Bonino is going to fill that role, and lead our PK, just as well. And we had a couple guys with Orpik’s skill set, and really liked the opportunity to get a sniper like Anders Lee to play alongside either Sid or Barzilla.”
Henrique had played more than three seasons with the club, and was a significant component of the two recent Commissioner’s Trophy teams. Orpik was on his second stint with the club, having signed in free agency last fall.