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Monumental Day in Norsemen History

by Matt MacInnis | November 22, 2007, 8:03 PM ET
It’s been an historic week for the Vancouver Island Norsemen after a flurry of activity, says GM Matt MacInnis. The organization officially announced a major six-player deal today with the Stockholm Cougars. The trade sees the Norsemen receive superstar Henrik Zetterberg and defender Chris Phillips. In return the squad gives up a bevy of extremely talented young players including Antoine Vermette, Jeff Carter, Braydon Coburn and Ryan Kesler. A third round pick is also headed to the Cougars. “This was an exceptionally difficult deal to pull the trigger on,” admitted MacInnis. “But anytime you have the option to bring in a Zetterberg-type talent, or a defensive d-man with the abilities of Chris Phillips, you need to make a serious bid.” Zetterberg had two assists in his exhibition debut and was named third star. Three of the four assets came to the team in the famous Alexander Ovechkin trade with the defunct Montreal Dragons. “It was difficult to trade guys that we got in return for Ovechkin, but we do have quite a bit of depth in the system, so I believe we can handle this long-term,” said MacInnis. “Carter has become expendable, much like Jarret Stoll last year because Ryan Getzlaf has made it clear that he will be our number two centre for the next decade.” The team also received three first-round draft picks as compensation for the restricted free agent signing of Brent Burns by the Winnipeg Jets. “We didn’t want to let Brent go, but we also could afford to pay him four million a year,” admitted MacInnis. “The first round picks are great value for him as well, so in the end we’re content with how things turned out, even if it was largely beyond our control.” The team also cut eight from camp: Brooks Laich Rob Globke Drew Stafford Anton Babchuk Josh Gorges Jonathan Sigalet David LeNeveu Martin Houle

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