WHL trade deadline looms Thursday

January 9, 2013 

Today is the trade deadline in the Western Hockey League. By 2 p.m., the roster each team has, will be the one they have to work with the remainder of the season.

Tri-City Americans general manager Bob Tory, who was in Kamloops for Wednesday’s game, said his cell phone was not ringing off the hook, nor was he burning up his minutes trying to make deals.

“It was a pretty quiet,” Tory said. “We are not aggressively shopping. The prices are quite inflated and I’m not going to do anything to affect our team’s future.” There were a few minor trades Wednesday, but Tory said there are no high-end players available.

“I’m not going to overpay for talent,” Tory said. “There aren’t the type of players available like there has been in the past. And, we are not going to gut our team. I like the effort we put in most nights and our goalie is one of the best in the league. We have seven 17-year-olds and they all are integral parts of the team.”

Americans team captain Justin Feser played his 290th consecutive regular-season game Wednesday, ranking him second all-time in the WHL. Dwayne Newman (Brandon and Victoria) holds the record with 311 consecutive games from Feb. 2, 1988-March 17, 1992.

Tri-City played without forward Tyson Dallman, who was hurt last Friday at Victoria, Tory said he is expected to return next week against Everett and Vancouver.

The Americans will be without forward Phil Tot for the remainder of the season. Tot, a native of Calgary, Alberta, suffered a concussion Oct. 26 in a game at Seattle. He has not played since. Tot, acquired from Lethbridge, had two goals and five assists in 15 games.

“He will remain on the active roster in case he can play in the playoffs,” Tory said.

Also, defenseman Brodie Clowes will have shoulder surgery next week in his hometown of Calgary. Tory said Clowes is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall.

Notes: The Americans game at 7 p.m. Friday at Kelowna will be broadcast on ROOT Sports. It will be the first of six WHL games on ROOT. The rest of the schedule includes Seattle at Everett on Jan. 18, Spokane at Kamloops on Feb. 1, Portland at Kelowna on Feb. 8, Everett at Spokane on March 8 and Seattle at Portland on March 15. ... The Vancouver Giants traded overage forward Trevor Cheek to the Edmonton Oil Kings in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2013 bantam draft. ... The Spokane Chiefs acquired defenseman Stewart Coyle, 17, from Vancouver in exchange for a sixth-round selection in the 2016 bantam draft. ... The Lethbridge Hurricanes acquired defenseman Mike Simpson, 18, from the Kootenay Ice for a fifth-round pick in the 2013 bantam draft.

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