To paraphrase Charles Dickens, the OHL‘s trading deadline was a tale of two conferences. And while teams in the west may feel that it’s the best of times — at least when it comes to making a run at the Memorial Cup; Eastern Conference squads not based in Mississauga proved by their relative lack of activity that it’s the worst of times to be a contender.
The OHL trading deadline passed yesterday at noon and a flurry of deals provided a clear indication about which teams felt that their opportunity to contend was now — at least in the league’s Western Conference.
In fact, a number western teams decided to load up, including the two-time defending Memorial Cup champions. While the Windsor Spitfires loaded up for the present today, the club kicked off the trade deadline season earlier by engaged in a little future prospecting — with a side order of nepotism.
Windsor obtained general manager Warren Rychel’s son Kerby, a promising young talent, on Jan. 5, 2011, in a trade with the Memorial-Cup-bound Mississauga St. Mike’s Majors that saw both teams reclaim previously peddled draft picks.