The Sea Dogs made their trade with the Quebec Remparts official late this afternoon.
Saint John has acquired veteran defenseman Matt Murphy from the Remparts in exchange for prospects Pierre-Luc Lurette, a second-round pick in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft, a 2018 second-round pick and a 2017 fifth-round pick.
The fifth-round pick was sent to the Remparts instead of Adam Bateman, who reportedly did not want to report to Quebec. A Sea Dogs press release said the team has “removed defenceman Adam Bateman from their active roster” but “will remain on the team's protected list.”
Sea Dogs general manager Darrell Young noted that Murphy adds some experience to Saint John's promising but still relatively young defense core.
"We targeted Matt because of his winning background," said Young in the press release. "He has won a President Cup and a Memorial Cup. He also played in both last year. He's was a captain. We believe he can have a really positive influence on our young players who are trying to learn how to win."
Murphy is expected to join the team in time for tomorrow night’s game in Halifax.
Some other news…
- Former Sea Dog Stephen MacAulay has been named an alternate captain for the CIS team that will face Team Canada’s world junior hopefuls this weekend in Toronto.
- Screaming Eagles play-by-play man Patrick McNeil previews the QMJHL trading period in the Cape Breton Post. It’s interesting to note that Charlottetown could legitimately miss the playoffs this season – and Saint John owns their first round draft pick.
- Hockey’s Future has examined Tampa Bay’s prospects in junior – which includes Mathieu Joseph and Bokondji Imama.
- Questions are being raised about the Senators’ usage of Mike Hoffman, reports TSN.
- The Sea Dogs play two road games this weekend – tomorrow in Halifax and Saturday in Cape Breton.