Quiet Deadline Day for Wheat Kings
By: Bruce Luebke
Posted: January 10, 2014 14:55 •
It was a quiet day for the Brandon Wheat Kings.
The club did not make any moves prior to Friday's Western Hockey League trade deadline.
"When it comes down to it, we didn't want to change the makeup of our team. We're encouraged with the young players that we have. We don't have a lot of older player and the ones that we have are valuable, important and are good contributors to our team," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on Friday afternoon, "If you're not prepared to move prospects, draft picks or players then you can't expect that you're going to be very deeply involved in discussions for some of the players that were traded."
McCrimmon also notes that the moves the team made in November to acquire forward Peter Quenneville and defenceman Ryan Pilon in separate deals had a bearing on standing pat on Friday.
The Wheat Kings are 13-5-4-0 in 22 games since November 11th and McCrimmon is rightfully pleased with the progress his team has shown so far this season.
The challenge, now, is for the team to continue that learning curve for the next two months.
"I think guys believe we have improved and I think, collectively, we think we have lots of room left yet to continue to get better," said McCrimmon, "That's going to be the challenge now for our team is to show that improvement internally, to be the best team that we can be when the playoffs start."
Among the moves that were completed on Friday was the Regina Pats sending former Wheat King Geordie Maquire to the Swift Current Broncos for a sixth round pick in the 2015 Bantam Draft.
Maguire had seven goals and 14 points in 27 games with the Pats this season.
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