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Norsemen Make Trade, Cuts and Designate FP

by Matt MacInnis | September 27, 2007, 8:41 AM ET
The Vancouver Island Norsemen distributed the following news release to the media today. VICTORIA – The Vancouver Island Norsemen have made a trade, designated their franchise player and made cuts at their Rookie Camp, announced GM Matt MacInnis today. The trade sees the Norsemen send defensive centre John Madden plus a 2008 4th rounder to the Ottawa Slammers in return for goaltending prospect and 2007 third round pick Trevor Cann. “This was a trade more about numbers and salary than it being a good hockey move,” admitted the veteran GM. “Some of our Restricted Free Agents are going to get significant raises in the next couple of weeks and we’ve always been a fiscally conservative franchise. By offloading Madden’s nearly $3 million salary and replacing him with a cheaper option like Ryan Kesler or Scott Nichol, we can stay within our salary framework and not lose much, if anything, in on-ice performance.” The organization also formally announced that Miroslav Satan has been signed to a two-year contract under the Franchise Player designation. “I am very pleased to remain a part of this developing organization and look forward to playing with these young stars,” said Satan. After a six-day Rookie Camp, the following 14 skaters and two goaltenders have been promoted to the main camp set to begin in approximately one month: Jeff Carter Ryan Kesler Brooks Laich Left Wingers Johan Franzen Right Wingers Rob Globke Drew Stafford Defencemen Matt Greene Anton Babchuk Braydon Coburn Josh Gorges Jonathan Sigalet Goaltenders David LeNeveu Martin Houle “We made more cuts than we were originally planning on due to the substandard play by some of our younger players,” said Head Coach Wayne Gretzky. “But I like the group that we’re bringing into the main camp next month and these players now have an opportunity to fully prepare themselves to try to earn a spot on the team. There is the very real potential for a kid like Carter or Kesler or a bit more experienced player like Franzen to make our team out of camp.” -30-


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