Braves in a po­si­tion to be buy­ers ahead of dead­line

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - SPORTS - JONATHON BRODIE

The Brockville Braves will be buy­ers at the trade dead­line in­stead of sell­ers, if they do any­thing at all.

The league’s trade dead­line is Thurs­day evening.

The Braves have re­ceived calls from about 30 teams in­quir­ing about some of their play­ers, said Brockville co-owner and gen­eral man­ager Dustin Traylen. The Braves have re­buffed those re­quests, added Traylen, with his team look­ing to add to their ros­ter.

Brockville has put them­selves in a po­si­tion to im­prove their lineup right now in­stead of fo­cus­ing on the fu­ture. With help of a 14-game win streak ear­lier this sea­son, the Braves sit fourth in the CCHL stand­ings and own the league’s sec­ond-best win­ning per­cent­age.

Brockville is also ranked No. 15 in the weekly Cana­dian Ju­nior Hockey League stand­ings.

Traylen added he has a, “cou­ple of pok­ers in the fire,” with at least one of those po­ten­tial deals be­ing with a team in the CCHL.

“We’re look­ing to im­prove our team in any way that we can. I don’t have any set idea in mind,” Traylen said.

The Braves have un­til Feb. 10 to pick a player up and add them to their ros­ter, so they’re not go­ing to make a move un­less it fits their needs, said Traylen. Ba­si­cally, they’re not go­ing to force any­thing and there’s no im­me­di­ate pres­sure to add a depth player to the lineup be­cause they still have an ex­tra month to fig­ure that out.

Traylen didn’t spec­ify a po­si­tion he is lean­ing to­wards bol­ster­ing.

Liam Souliere is, ar­guably, the best goalie in the league when healthy. He was in­jured at the World Ju­nior A Chal­lenge in De­cem­ber and hasn’t played for Brockville since Nov. 29.

The Braves de­fence has been strong for most of the sea­son and have the sec­ond-best goals against per game av­er­age in the league.

Brockville’s of­fence has had trou­ble scor­ing at times, but the be­lief around the team is that they have the right parts to fill the net and they just need to find some con­sis­tency. They have the fifth-best goals per game av­er­age in the CCHL.

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