Norsemen Go Staal In on 2019by Matt MacInnis | February 24, 2019, 1:50 AM ET
The Norsemen have added two key players after a pair of Saturday morning trades, representing the most trade activity since the 2017 trade deadline.
The headline trade will see Eric Staal join the Norsemen, where he is expected to play both centre and left wing. Staal is currently among the leading scorers in the league this season and brings more than 1,000 regular season games and 100+ playoff games of experience to the locker room. The Stockholm Cougars will receive prospect Kale Clague and Reykjavik’s 2019 4th round selection. That draft pick was acquired in the off-season Anders Lee/Nick Bonino – Adam Henrique/Brooks Orpik swap.
The second deal sees the Norsemen finally land the two-way right winger they’ve coveted all season long. Alex Killorn will join the team from the Toronto Metropolitans, who will receive Carl Hagelin and young defenceman Andreas Englund in return. Killorn is expected to slide into a middle-six role and should see powerplay minutes.
“We believe we’re a much stronger team today than we were yesterday,” said GM MacInnis. “We now have three elite scoring lines who can match up against any other line in the league, and a fourth line that we’re fully comfortable to play tough minutes and contribute on the penalty kill. I’m looking forward to getting the new guys into practice and seeing how it all comes together.”
Clague and Englund are a pair of former second round picks. The Norsemen retain their own fourth rounder and still currently have eight selections in the 2019 SICHL Entry Draft.
“We also lost some good players today. I think Kale is going to be a long-term player in this league. I don’t know if I would have moved him to a Canadian Conference team. And Hagelin has done a lot for us since we picked him up in 2015. He’s played almost four seasons with us and been a part of our back-to-back Commissioner Trophy teams. Unfortunately, we had developed a bit of a logjam on the left side and really needed another right winger,” said MacInnis.
The Norsemen have another off day tomorrow before facing Salish Sea rivals Vancouver Vipers on Monday.