Monarchs Add More Firepower

The London Monarchs, in seeking more consistent play, have added Thornton and Kessel to their ranks.
by Michael Oram | February 14, 2015, 3:13 PM ET

In the midst of yet another losing streak the Monarchs have decided to shake things up. True to the teams philosophy they hope to snap this streak and establish more consistent play by bringing in more firepower.  And once again, they turned to St Louis to pull off this blockbuster deal. The last time these two teams came to turns on a deal saw the swapping of Rick Nash and Evgeni Malkin. This time the deal is just as monumental.


Heading to St Louis are Bryan Little, Mathieu Perreault and rookie Marcus Granlund.


Coming to London are Joe Thornton and Phil Kessel.


Thornton, a pending UFA, is having a tumultuous season and joins his fourth team this year. He has 36 points in 47 games. He is, however, one of the most prolific scorers in league history with 1094 points in 1235 games.

Kessel currently leads the Spartans with 53 points in 43 games. He has played his entire career in St Louis amassing 474 points in 495 games. He is currently playing the first year of a four-year contract.

Heading to St Louis, Bryan Little has played his entire career with the Monarchs/Vikings organization after being drafted 10th overall in 2006. He has collected 364 points in 370 games including 35 points in 48 games this season.

Perreault, who has 21 points in 48 games, is another player that has only played for one team in his career. He has 79 points in 166 games with last season being his first full year in the SICHL. Markus Granlund made the Monarchs out of training camp and in his first 48 SICHL games he has put up 19 points.

It is anticipated that Thornton and Kessel will play together on the Monarchs second line behind the powerhouse duo of Ovechkin and Malkin. It is anticipated that Stoll will move down to the third line and Gomez will assume the fourth line centre role.

After bolstering their defence earlier in the season by acquiring Roman Josi, the Monarchs are hoping this latest move gives the team the depth needed for consistent play. And of course, a long playoff run.

In this deal the Monarchs are bringing in $11 million dollars in salary while shipping out $6.85 million. Therefore, the team is banking on a long playoff run to offset these recent additions to their already high team payroll.


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