All is quiet on the trade front

A busy day re­sulted in a very slow trade dead­line for the Braves and the rest of the CCHL

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

It was all work and no play for Dustin Traylen at the CCHL trade dead­line.

The Brockville Braves gen­eral man­ager and co-owner es­ti­mated his cell phone log would be “well over 250” in regards to the amount of calls he re­ceived and made Thurs­day. In the end, the Braves didn’ t make any moves at the CCHL trade dead­line, which ex­pired Thurs­day at 7 p.m.

In past sea­sons the dead­line was at mid­night. The early cut­off gave Traylen a chance to eat a Shep­pard’s pie din­ner with his fam­ily with the bite to eat with his wife and chil­dren usu­ally a rar­ity for the G Mon dead­line day – “Small perks in life,” he said.

And, while Traylen had a change of pace Thurs­day night, his team stayed ex­actly the same.

The lo­cal gen­eral man­ager said he made some of­fers that were re­jected.

He also de­clined trade re­quests sent his way, the bulk of them ask­ing for younger play­ers.

“Joshua Spratt (six goals and 16 as­sists) or a Parker Casey (three goals and 22 as­sists), we feel they’ll el­e­vate their game to a level that is bet­ter than the trades we had on the ta­ble,” said Traylen, fo­cus­ing on those play­ers’ suc­cess this sea­son.

Most of the CCHL stood still at the trade dead­line ex­cept for 11th place Pem­broke Lum­ber Kings, who made sev­eral moves.

It’s some­what sur­pris­ing most teams didn’t do much to im­prove their ros­ter be­fore the dead­line con­sid­er­ing just eight points sep­a­rates first-place Hawkes­bury Hawks and fifth-place Ottawa Jr. Sen­a­tors. The Carel­ton Place Cana­di­ans, Rock­land Na­tion­als, and Braves are sand­wiched be­tween those clubs in the stand­ings.

Traylen couldn’t ex­plain why teams weren’t will­ing to do much be­fore the dead­line.

“We were back-and-forth with ev­ery team in our league,” said Traylen. “Lit­er­ally, ev­ery­one stood pat.”

The Braves were only el­i­gi­ble to make one move be­fore the dead­line be­cause they used most of their league-al­lot­ted num­ber of trades in Novem­ber.

Since Brockville didn’t use their one move they can still sign one player to their ros­ter – not through a trade – be­fore Feb. 10.

“I’m very happy with what we have and if we can add a player be­tween now and Feb. 10 then we will,” said Traylen.

It’s been tough to gauge the Braves lineup in re­cent months as they haven’t iced a fulled ros­ter since Novem­ber be­cause of all the trades that month fol­lowed by in­juries and a trio of play­ers that left the team for a cou­ple of weeks to com­pete in the World Jr. A Chal­lenge.

This was the qui­etest the dead­line has been for Traylen in his four years own­ing the team. Last year he brought back Eric Faith to the team at the dead­line af­ter mov­ing him just 78 days ear­lier. Traylen brought in a pair of play­ers in Derek Bu­reau and Reid Mur­phy ahead of the 2016-17 dead­line. At the 2015-16 dead­line he added Chris Chad­dock.

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