Trade Affects Pirates, Possibly Falcons

The latest pre-deadline NHL trade that was made, a swap yesterday that sent Antoine Vermette to Phoenix from Columbus for, among other assets, goaltender Curtis McElhinney, affects the roster of the Whale’s next opponent, the Portland Pirates, and may have an impact on Saturday’s foe, the Springfield Falcons, as well.

McElhinney, alhtough he has been with the Pirates for only one of the three games the Whale has played against them, was on Portland’s roster at the time of the trade, and he and Justin Pogge have pretty much split the netminding duties for the Pirates all year, Pogge playing 28 games and McElhinney 25.  Barring another deal, looks like it’s Pogge’s show now, with Marc Cheverie as the backup.

Columbus is Springfield’s parent club, and there is no sign of McElhinney being assigned to the Falcons yet, but the Blue Jackets have both Steve Mason and Curtis Sanford, so there would not seem to be any room for McElhinney.  Sanford is just off Injured Reserve,

Manny Legace

having missed most of two weeks, so it could be that McElhinney is just an insurance policy.  Mark Dekanich has been hurt pretty much all year, Allen York and Paul Dainton are rookies, and Manny Legace is on an AHL contract with Springfield.

If McElhinney is assigned to the Falcons, one would assume that Dainton would go back to the ECHL, although he’s been pretty sharp for Springfield in the games he has played against the Whale.

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One Response to “Trade Affects Pirates, Possibly Falcons”

  1. chris Says:

    so bob. if getting triped on a breakaway which is noramally a penelty shot is an empty net goal with a pulled goalie. does that mean if a defender covers the puck in the crease while there is an pulled goalie also count as an empty net goal. as this is the other way a pentely shot would be awarded. i would have to guess it does but it happends so rarely i cant say for certain

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