Huskies Add New Faces!

by Don Morrison | November 10, 2006, 1:42 PM ET
The Whitehorse Huskies will start the 2007 season with many new faces. Gone from the 2006 version of the team are Sergei Samsonov, Sergei Zubov, Oleg Sapeykin and Timofei Shiskanov (traded to the Moscow Reds) and Brendan Morrison, who signed a restricted free agent offer sheet from the Reds and was allowed to leave the team. The good news is that the Huskies gained quite a few assets in the moves. Coming to Whitehorse in the trade are Mark Bell, Jordan Tootoo and a 2nd round in 2007. In allowing Morrison to leave, the Huskies were also compensated with two first round picks and a second rounder from the Reds' warchest. "We will move Mark Bell to center this year, but long range we plan to use him on the left side. Jordan Tootoo is a native northerner and will be used more this year, because he has been very good in camp and in preseason. Jordan is already a crowd favorite," said Huskies coach Darryl Sutter. The Huskies also added a few other youngsters to fill out the pro ranks, signing young sniper Brandon Bochenski to a one way contract as well as Matt Foy, Mark Giordano, Richie Regehr, Kevin Dallman, and Andrew Wozniewski, Josh Gratton, Matt Ryan, Rick Rypien and Peter Sarno. In net, the Huskies also acquired Tim Thomas and Mike Morrison to battle for a spot on the pro team. "We love our young free agent crop," said GM Donny Morrison, "When 'Martin the Dragon' pointed out that we needed some youth, we took it to heart and signed free agents and loaded up on picks. We selected Jordan Staal with our top pick this summer, and he will be playing here next year, so we need some kids to help him. As for the loss of Brendan Morrison, GM Morrison could only say, "Brendan's Mom stopped cooking with cheese!" Story filed from Dawson City, Yukon, home of the Huskies by training camp reporter, Trudy Taylor.

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