MONTREAL - Lost in the excitement of tonight's World Junior Hockey Championship game is the fact that the QMJHL's trading period comes to a close tomorrow.
The Saint John Sea Dogs are expected to finalize a major deal, acquiring forward Julien Gauthier from the Val-d'Or Foreurs.
In terms of buying, this has been the biggest trade period in Sea Dogs history. The team has acquired three NHL drafted players: Gauthier (Carolina), goaltender Callum Booth (Carolina) and defenceman Simon Bourque (Montreal). That's a lot of talent for a franchise that has traditionally been fairly quiet during the holiday trade period.
Meanwhile, the Charlottetown Islanders are loading up to challenge the Sea Dogs for the Maritimes Division title.
At the time of this writing, the league had confirmed the Dostie and Niell trades.So looks like the @IslandersHKY have added Alex Dostie (Anaheim) Francois Beauchemin, Adam Marsh (Detroit), & Carl Neill (Vancouver). #Whoa— Jonathan Dunphy (@Jonathan_Dunphy) January 4, 2017
There may be some issues, though.
Another big transaction expected to be made official tomorrow will see Pierre-Luc Dubois heading to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.Cody Donaghey refuse to report to Val-d'or. We'll see what happens to the agreement that was had between @IslandersHKY and @ForeursVD https://t.co/8Q3KwI0HhF— QMJHL_FanHouse (@QMJHL_FanHouse) January 5, 2017
Trades will be posted on the league website when made official.