Dan O’Connor

The Prince George Cougars traded Brett Connolly’s rights to the Tri City Americans. In return, the Cougars receive a fifth round pick in the 2013 draft, while also receiving a conditional first rounder pick in 2013 and a conditional second round pick in 2014.

Earlier this morning, the Cougars traded import defenceman Martin Marincin to the Regina Pats. In exchange the Cougars receive import defenceman Ricard Blidstrand, a first round draft pick in 2012, a second round pick in 2012 and a fifth round pick in 2013.

The Prince George Cougars will have Blidstrand in the lineup tonight when they take on the Vancouver Giants on the road.

In addition to the two trades, the Prince George Cougars have reassigned 17-year-old defenceman Josh Smith to the Alberta Junior Hockey League, and have recalled 18-year-old forward John Odgers for the remainder of the season.