Franchise’s Busiest Off-Season (Part 1):

Focusing more on the "outs" of the Toronto Titans.
by Logan Winters | November 30, 2012, 9:22 PM ET

This current off-season is easily the busiest in the Toronto Titans’ long history.  GM Derrick Roslaniec opted to skip the 2012 Entry Draft, instead focusing his attention on both the vast Free Agent market, and cleaning up his franchise’s roster.

Movement started immediately after failing to qualify for the 2011-2012 Post-Season.  First came the retirement of right winger Eric Godard, followed by the release of eight prospects that never developed into anything of note.

The next batch of moves came shortly after the Acadia Golden Bears were crowned 2011-2012’s SICHL Continental Cup Champions.  Bought out was center Cam Paddock and right wing Mathieu Beaudoin, and released were another 12 players, the most notable being Alexei Kovalev who has decided to play hockey in his native Russia.  GM Roslaniec then acquired talented forward Rich Peverley in exchange for Cam Janssen and a handful of picks that included next year’s 2nd rounder.

Team RFAs Andrew Desjardins, Jannik Hansen, Dustin Jeffrey, and Guillaume Latendresse all re-signed with Toronto, while Aaron Johnson and Brett Sutter tested the Free Agent market.  Sutter was allowed to sign his offer sheet with the Nova Scotia Schooners, but Johnson’s offer sheet was matched by Titans’ management.  Unfortunately, both Vincent Lecavalier and Sergei Gonchar were UFAs, and although GM Roslaniec pitched hard to re-sign Vinny, he ended up signing a massive two-year deal (worth more than $21 million) with the Stockholm Cougars.

The Toronto Titans did land plenty of Free Agents themselves, but that will be featured in “Franchise’s Busiest Off-Season (Part 2)”.  Since those FA signings happened GM Roslaniec has had to purge more players from his roster to meet the league’s new 100-Player Cap.  Centers Marco Rosa and Wacey Rabbit were bought out of their contracts, and an additional 11 players have been let go. 

So far 40 players are no longer Toronto Titans, and management still has to make the tough decision to release another nine players, but they have until the end of the pre-season to evaluate things from top to bottom.

Stayed tuned for the additions to the Toronto Titans' roster in Part 2 of this report.


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