Monarchs and Aces Change the Dynamics of the World Conference

The Monarchs and Aces have leveraged their strengths to address their needs creating two well balanced and talented teams.
by Michael Oram | January 23, 2016, 1:26 PM ET

Shock, excitement and even a little sadness are filling the streets of London today. This after Londoners awoke to the news that the team has been involved in one of the SICHL’s largest trades in recent memory.

A trade that saw fan favourite and holder of just about every single season offensive record in club and league history, Evgeni Malkin shipped out to Las Vegas. Accompanying Malkin to sin city will be youngster Tyler Toffoli and veteran defenceman Michael Roszival.

Club President Michael Oram spoke highly of the outgoing players: “These are three very solid players all bringing different aspects of the game to the ice. It was an extremely difficult decision to move just one of them let alone all three. But the timing was right not only for our club but also for the Aces. This deal works for both squads and changes the dynamics on both teams, with each of them leveraging our strengths to fill gaps in our respective rosters.”

So what did the Monarchs get in return for this steep price? As GM Houslsey puts it: “We get two extremely talented players in Jonathan Toews and Tyler Myers. Both of whom will fit into our lineup right away and provide us with some puck security. A move like this also gives us a lot of flexibility moving forward especially in our now rock solid and young defence core. It will be exciting to watch this new breed of Monarchs hockey, one in which we can actually protect the puck and give our goalies some relief from the barrage of shots they face every night.”

It appears that Toews will take Malkin’s spot on the top line between Alexander Ovechkin and Phil Kessel. With Michael Cammalleri returning from injury and poised to fill in Toffoli’s spot. Bigger changes are anticipated on defence where Myers will lead the second pair, however, it remains to be seen how those pairings will shake out. But don’t expect to see Roman Josi and David Savard broken up per coach Ray Bourque who notes “that pairing has been very effective this season.”

The Monarchs also received a third round pick in 2018 in the deal.

All that remains now is to see how these changes will work for the Monarchs as they look to catch the Cougars at the top of the conference.

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