Saturday, October 31, 2009


Patrice Cormier is expected to follow in the footsteps of many Rimouski Oceanic players from the past. He will likely be traded come the holiday trading period to begin yet another Rimouski rebuild after a Memorial Cup run.

"We announce since the draft we are in a year of transition," Rimouski general manager Yannick Dumais told "A lot of teams take the information about that and they ask us the price but right now we won't do anything before Christmas."

The teams interested in Cormier will likely be contenders come Christmas and in need of offense. The 19 year old has 56 goals and 123 points in 170 career games with the Oceanic.

Since the beginning of the season rumors have been created about where he will go. The biggest rumor has him going to his home town team (although he is a native of Cape-Pele, N.B.) the Moncton Wildcats, who have struggled to score goals this season.

Rogers Sportsnet junior hockey columnist had a bit of different twist to his article. He reports on that the Saint John Sea Dogs are rumored to be in the mix. It is strange rumor likely without much credibility. Saint John already has offensive veteran's in Mike Hoffman and Nicholas Petersen.

"I think (Jordan) Caron and Cormier have the same value as (Chris) DiDomenico last year," the GM said about the DiDomenico trade last season that saw Saint John acquire Mike Hoffman at this years entry draft.

Cormier played along side DiDomenico at the World Junior Hockey Championships for the gold medal winning Canadain squad in 2009. He was drafted by the New Jersey Devils, 54th overall, in 2008.

To view the article click HERE.

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