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2016 AFHL Trade Deadline


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 Live Coverage of the 2016 AFHL Trade Deadline

February 11th, 2016

It’s a new year and a new trade deadline with a live-blog that will be your guide through this hectic and crazy day. What can you expect here? You can expect to find the latest news, rumors, breaking news and some analysis too.

It’s going to be a good time, keep refreshing every hour or so, and enjoy the coverage by Pierre LeBrun, Barry Melrose, and Bob McKenzie who is at TSN’s studios for Tradecentre.


8:30 am Bob McKenzie: Hey everybody! Welcome to our AFHL Trade Deadline live chat extravaganza!

8:45 am Barry Melrose: Greetings all from the War Room 🙂 Should be a fun day.

8:50 am Pierre LeBrun: Hey everyone!! Drinking a beer this year instead of the usual coffee haha. Ready to go here in the War Room!

8:52 am Bob McKenzie: What will happen today? Lots of star players are expected to have new homes by the end of today including Westbury’s Filip Forsberg, Victoria’s Carey Price, Hamilton’s Henrik Sedin and recently announced Toronto’s Steven Stamkos!!

9:00 am Barry Melrose: Well here we go boys – First trade of the day is made by Comox Valley GM Pat McKenna and Westbury GM Winston Bambrick… Comox deals Noah Hanifin and Haydn Fleury for Elvis Merzlikins, Anton Forsberg, Reto Berra, Oskar Dansk, and Joonas Korpisalo.

9:15 am Pierre LeBrun: Winston is at it again!! Trades Filip Forsberg, Shea Theodore, Brad Richards, Kasperi Kapanen, and a 2017 first rounder to San Diego for Johnny Gaudreau and Brandon Pirri!!

9:20 am Bob McKenzie: That guy Winston has the itchiest trigger finger I have ever seen in my 7 years of covering this league.

9:35 am Barry Melrose: Spoke with a couple of GMs this morning. They say it’s been pretty quiet but it’s still early.

9:44 am Barry Melrose: Text from Fort Drum GM Steve Stryska: “I’m not rushing to make moves.”

9:52 am Pierre LeBrun: Former Washington GM Rick Charron just called into our studios and chatted with us for a while. He said Deadline Day was his favorite day of the year. Sounded like he really misses the league.

9:44 am Barry Melrose: Who wouldn’t? Like Winston said yesterday – this is the best league out there. Best format. You get a Stanley Cup trophy if you win.

9:59 am Bob McKenzie: London GM Matt Plachta just told me he’s fielding multiple offers from teams trying to make that playoff push as well as some rebuilding teams trying to get younger.

10:00 am Barry Melrose: Source is telling me Manhattan is ‘pretty close’ to a trade.

10:12 am Pierre LeBrun: Text from Vikings GM Phil Svoboda: “Lots of potential movers in Shawinigan… in talks for mackinnon, loungo, malkin, ryan, phanueuf, wennberg, teravainen… could be a busy day!!!!

10:20 am Bob McKenzie: There’s a rumor that London is listening to offers for their 2016 first round pick – expected to be a top 3 pick.

10:21 am Barry Melrose: We have Hamilton GM Adam Zadorozny on the phone right now. He says by the end of the day today, we will see where Hamilton stands going into the playoffs. With several quality, yet aging vets, it might be time to start a rebuild, or go all in for the playoffs. It will all depend on what is available on the trade front.

10:45 am Bob McKenzie: Third trade of the day has been made. Zack Smith goes from Cape Breton to Hamilton in exchange for goaltender Ben Scrivens.

10:49 am Pierre LeBrun: Small trade for Cape Breton GM Liam Goyetche. He told me earlier he has been taking calls on certain players but the offers are not what he is looking for right now. Expecting it to heat up as we get closer to the deadline.

11:59 am Barry Melrose: The Mustangs and Vikings just hooked up for a pretty big trade. Teravainen and Wennberg to London for Thomas Hertl and a 2016 third round pick.

12:35 pm Pierre LeBrun: We have Pittsburgh GM Jason Henley on the line and he’s telling us the Heroes are doing their best to kick start a playoff run for next season. Henley is looking to deal all his current veterans for draft picks and all third tier prospects for new veterans.

12:40 pm Barry Melrose: Sources are telling me Toronto has just traded Stamkos.

12:45 pm Bob McKenzie: Stamkos’ agent: ‘A misunderstanding took place. Stamkos is still a Red Devil and I don’t know anything about any done deals involving him’

1:26 pm Barry Melrose: Text from Vikings forward Evgeni Malkin: “I’m thinking about the Vikings. Not trade talks.”

1:30 pm Pierre LeBrun: Victoria GM Chris Hartley will be calling in shortly to discuss this year’s deadline and the status of his team.

1:31 pm Bob McKenzie: Should be interesting to see what he does today. Not long ago he took a leave of absence to clear his mind – needed a break from the league. That guy is one of the best we have ever seen at wheeling and dealing. Several years of experience in this league so he knows how to handle a day like today.

1:40 pm Pierre LeBrun: Victoria GM Hartley: “I’m happy with where our team is at. We’re as prepared to trade as we are to stay put. We have a great group of guys that we have full confidence in.”

1:42 pm Pierre LeBrun: He added that he wants to be the first to win two Stanley Cups in the AFHL and he hopes to accomplish that this year. He is uncertain about his future with the Vipers franchise after this year but he has vowed not to change his tactics and will continue to do what is best for the franchise long-term.

1:47 pm Barry Melrose: Westbury just traded Johnny Gaudreau, Torey Krug, and a 2016 first round pick to Cape Breton for Max Domi, Rasmus Ristolainen, and Aaron Ekblad.

2:43 pm Pierre LeBrun: I’m hearing Hamilton and Manhattan just agreed to a trade.

2:43 pm Pierre LeBrun: Confirmed. Manhattan trades goaltender Chad Johnson to Hamilton for a 2016 Second Round Pick and a 2017 Third Round Pick.

3:05 pm Barry Melrose: Manhattan with another trade. Deals forward Joakim Nordstrom to Montreal for defenseman Kevin Miller.

3:30 pm Bob McKenzie: Teravainen and Sam Reinhart go from London to Westbury in exchange for Max Domi and a 2016 first round pick.

3:50 pm Pierre LeBrun: A deal has been made between Fort Drum and Toronto – Thomas Greiss to the Red Devils… Martin Hanzal and Jordan Subban to the Killers.

6:22 pm Barry Melrose: Slowed down a bit over the last couple of hours. Just spoke to Pierre McGuire and he said don’t be surprised if there’s not much activity until the final hour at this point. Every year it slows down like this and then there’s a huge rush in the final hour.

8:06 pm Bob McKenzie: Talks are starting to heat up again…

8:07 pm Barry Melrose: Yeah and I just heard from Pittsburgh GM Jason Henley that prices are high for draft picks. He said he hopes they come down in the offseason or he’ll have to roster a bunch of guys of shaving age haha.

9:01 pm Bob McKenzie: Blockbusters are in the works right now.

9:10 pm Bob McKenzie: Close source telling me Stamkos has finally been traded.

9:11 pm Bob McKenzie: Confirmed. Toronto trades Stamkos and Bozak to Hamilton for Pekka Rinne, Leo Komarov, and Melkker Karlsson.

9:15 pm Barry Melrose: The X-Men have just acquired Nathan MacKinnon from the Vikings in exchange for Jake Allen.

9:17 pm Pierre LeBrun: Feel the rush!!!

9:20 pm Pierre LeBrun: Hamilton trades Claude Giroux to the Vikings for Roberto Luongo, Cam Atkinson, and a 1st round pick.

10:19 pm Barry Melrose: Sorry for the delay everybody. In the final half hour our phones and computers blew up with all of the activity and we were unable to report the final trades. Too many trades to report.

10:21 pm Bob McKenzie: It was by far the most action-packed final hour the AFHL has ever seen. We have never seen so many trades come down to the wire. There must have been at least 5 trades in the final minute including a blockbuster between the Vipers and Vikings. We will try to recap the missing trades tomorrow morning. Goodnight all!!

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