Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sea Dogs make Booth trade official

SAINT JOHN - Callum Booth is officially a member of the Saint John Sea Dogs.

The Sea Dogs and QMJHL made the multi-player deal with the Quebec Remparts official this afternoon. Saint John acquired Booth and forward Matthew Pietroniro in exchange for goaltender Alex Bishop, forward Olivier Mathieu, a 2017 first round pick and a 2019 third round pick.

Here's what general manager Trevor Georgie said a Sea Dogs press release:

“We are very excited to bring two high-quality young men into our organization,” said Trevor Georgie, the president and general manager of the Sea Dogs. “Booth is a player we have coveted for a while. We believe he’s one of the top goaltenders in the QMJHL. He’s got a lot of experience. He’s played in the playoffs and in the MasterCard Memorial Cup. We are confident he can be a mentor for our young goalie, Alex D’Orio, and be a leader on and off the ice for our team.” 
Georgie continued: “Pietroniro is a rugged, two-way player who we see fitting well on our team in the years ahead. He’s a young man of high character and determination, and we like him a lot.”

Booth, a Carolina Hurricanes prospect, has a 2.87 goals against average and .918 SV% in 21 games with the Remparts this season. He has spent his entire QMJHL career with Quebec, including the 2014-15 season when the Remparts hosted the Memorial Cup.

Pietroniro, an eighth-round pick of the Remparts in 2015, has not appeared in the Q yet. In 22 games with the Quebec midget AAA Lac St-Louis Lions, the 17-year-old has eight goals and nine assists.

The price the Sea Dogs had to pay in this trade was significant. Bishop has split the first half with rookie D'Orio in net. The team also gave up their first round pick in the 2016 draft, Mathieu, and their first round choice in next year's draft.

According to TVA Sports, the Remparts were in talks with three teams regarding Booth. The Sea Dogs had the best offer.

Today was the first day of the QMJHL's trade period, which runs until Jan. 6.

Saint John's next game is Dec. 28 in Bathurst.

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