More to come?

Phones still ring­ing as Is­lan­ders con­tem­plate fur­ther moves

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JA­SON MAL­LOY

The Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders have traded for five play­ers in the past couple of weeks and gen­eral man­ager Grant Sonier said Tues­day night he might not be done.

He has un­til 1 p.m. to­day to swing an­other deal be­fore the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League dead­line.

“We’re look­ing pos­si­bly to add an­other sig­nif­i­cant part on the back end and there’s some pretty in­trigu­ing top-end for­wards still out there,” Sonier said.

“We’re re­main­ing ac­tive. It’s just got to be the right kind of move.”

The Is­lan­ders have al­ready added depth to its for­ward lines and a couple of ex­pe­ri­enced left­shot de­fence­men.

It all hap­pened fol­low­ing the Dec. 19 news the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins were send­ing 18-year-old right-winger Daniel Sprong back to ju­nior.

“The ad­di­tion of Daniel Sprong is the best trade I could make,” Sonier said. “His im­pact has ob­vi­ously been dra­matic since he’s been here.”

Sprong has six goals, in­clud­ing two game-win­ners, and two as­sists in five games with the Is­lan­ders. Char­lot­te­town is 2-1-11 since his re­turn.

The price to ac­quire play­ers was high en­ter­ing the trade pe­riod and has re­mained high, Sonier said.

“If we don’t do an­other move, I think we’ve added some really nice pieces,” he added.

It in­cludes for­wards Sa­muel Blais, Ni­co­las Le­blond and Jake Cough­ler as well as de­fence­men Alexis Vanier and Guil­laume Beaudry. They are all 19 years old, ex­cept for Vanier, who is 20.

“I really like Le­blond,” Sonier said. “He’s go­ing to bring a lot of skill and en­ergy, kind of like Spenser Cob­bold did for us last year.”

The back end needed to be ad­dressed with the trade re­quest of David Hen­ley back to Val-d’Or to be with his sick fa­ther.

“Beaudry has been really, really good for us,” Sonier said. “He’s been out­stand­ing.”

The Is­lan­ders will soon be get­ting goalie Ma­son McDon­ald and cen­tre Filip Ch­lapik back from the world ju­nior tour­na­ment and Sonier said Kameron Kielly is ahead of sched­ule is his re­hab from an up­per-body in­jury. The for­ward could re­turn as early as the Jan. 15 to 17 week­end.

Dex­ter We­ber was scratched from Tues­day’s game in Hal­i­fax due to an up­per-body in­jury.

“If we don’t do an­other move, I think we’ve added some really nice pieces.”

Is­lan­ders GM Grant Sonier

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