UPDATED: Western Capitals complete another trade

MHL team completes five transactions in seven days to bolster roster for second half

Jason Simmonds newsroom@journalpioneer.com
Published on January 9, 2017

Casey Fox, 18, in action with the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals of the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) earlier this season. The Caps traded Fox to the St. Stephen Aces on Sunday night.

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SUMMERSIDE – No one can accuse the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals of standing pat.

The Caps completed their fifth trade in seven days within the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) on Sunday night.
“It’s been heating up,” said Caps general manager Pat McIver.
In the latest deal, the Caps traded rookie Casey Fox of Green River, N.B., and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2018 to the St. Stephen Aces for second- and third-round selections in the 2017 MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) Entry Draft and future considerations, which will be a player.
Fox, 18, had 18 points, including eight goals, in 24 regular-season games.
“There were a lot of teams interested in Casey, and we needed to restock some picks,” said McIver in explaining the deal. “We had 14 forwards, and had to move one.”

Veteran forward
Saturday, the Caps acquired 20-year-old forward Alex Rawding from the South Shore Lumberjacks. The Caps also receive Yarmouth’s first-round pick along with South Shore’s sixth- and seventh-round picks. South Shore had acquired Yarmouth’s pick in an earlier trade.
The Lumberjacks get the Valley Wildcats’ first-round pick that the Caps traded for previously, a third-round pick along with the MHL rights to Ryan O’Toole, Matt Grouchy and Jake Brien. All picks are for 2017.
In 30 regular-season games, Rawding was the Lumberjacks’ leading point-getter with 26 points – 14 goals and 12 assists.
 “He (Rawding) is pretty near a point-per-game player, he has good size, he’s a tenacious worker, good leader and is a player we feel gives us a better opportunity to compete with Dieppe and Miramichi,” said McIver.
The Caps, who are 16-14-0-1 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses), are five points behind the Eastlink North Division-leading Miramichi Timberwolves (18-11-1-1) and Dieppe Commandos (17-10-3-1).
Two other key acquisitions by the Caps over the past week were defenceman Michael White from the Amherst Ramblers on Jan. 5, and goaltender Christofer Langlais from the Campbellton Tigers on Jan. 2.
White, who’s from Charlottetown, made his Caps’ debut in Friday night’s 6-4 win in Miramichi while Rawding and Langlais are expected to arrive in Summerside on Monday.
“We are really pleased that we were able to add three 20-year-olds at forward, defence and in goal,” added McIver.

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Deadline
Rosters must be down to 23 players or unused cards by Jan. 10. Teams can still sign players until Feb. 10, but those players cannot be signed with any other team after Jan. 10.
McIver confirmed on Sunday night the Caps have one open card remaining.
“We have one iron in the fire, but nothing close,” said McIver, who did not rule out leaving the card open either.
“You never know who may be available after Jan. 10,” he added.

Next game
The Caps return to action on Thursday. The Woodstock Slammers (13-14-0-2) visit Eastlink Arena for a 7 p.m. start.

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Trades
List of Western Capitals’ trades since Jan. 2:

Jan. 8
The Caps trade 18-year-old forward Casey Fox and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2018 to the St. Stephen Aces for second- and third-round picks in 2017 and future considerations.

Jan. 7
The Caps acquire 20-year-old forward Alex Rawding from the South Shore Lumberjacks. The Caps also receive Yarmouth’s first-round pick along with South Shore’s sixth- and seventh-round picks. South Shore had acquired Yarmouth’s pick in an earlier trade. The Lumberjacks get the Valley Wildcats’ first-round pick that the Caps traded for previously, a third-round pick along with the MHL rights to Ryan O’Toole, Matt Grouchy and Jake Brien. All picks are for the 2017 draft.

Jan. 5
The Caps get 20-year-old defenceman Michael White from the Amherst Ramblers for a third-round pick in 2017 and a sixth-round choice in 2018.

Jan. 2
The Caps trade the MHL rights to defenceman Nathan Sanderson to the Pictou County Crushers for the MHL rights to goaltender Alex Bishop, a third-round pick in 2017 and future considerations.

Jan. 2
The Caps receive 20-year-old goaltender Christofer Langlais and a conditional sixth-round pick in  2018 in exchange for the MHL rights to goaltender Riley Ackerman, defenceman Hunter McTague of Charlottetown, a conditional second-round pick in 2018  and future considerations.