F Bruno Mráz (Brandon, 2011-12) has signed a one-year contract with Olomouc (Czech Republic, Extraliga). Last season, he had 17 goals and 19 assists in 44 games with Zvolen (Slovakia, Extraliga). . . .
F Peter Mueller (Everett, 2005-07) has signed a one-year contract with Red Bull Salzburg (Austria, Erste Bank Liga). He had 13 goals and 12 assists in 56 games last season with the Providence Bruins (AHL). . . .
F Tomáš Mojžíš (Moose Jaw, Seattle, 2000-03) has been loaned to Pardubice by Liberec (both Czech Republic, Extraliga) for the rest of this season. This season, he had been pointless in five games with Liberec. . . .
F Denis Tolpeko (Seattle, Regina, 2003-06) has been released by Spartak Moscow (Russia, KHL). He had one assist in four games.
With opening night slightly more than 48 hours away, three WHL teams undertook major makeovers in their goaltending departments on Wednesday.
The Saskatoon Blades moved out G Logan Flodell, 20, sending him to the Swift Current Broncos, while at the same time acquiring G Ryan Kubic, 19, from the Vancouver Giants.
The Blades gave Vancouver a second-round selection in the 2019 WHL bantam draft for Kubic, who had been the Giants’ No. 1 goalie for two seasons.
Saskatoon sent Flodell to the Swift Current Broncos for a fifth-round pick in 2019 and a second-rounder in 2020.
The Blades are left with Kubic and Joel Grzybowski, an 18-year-old freshman from Hafford, Sask., as their goaltenders. Kubic, from St. Andrews, Man., played the previous two seasons with the Giants, who selected him in the second round of the 2013 bantam draft.
Kubic got into 50 games as a freshman (17-24-6, 3.31, .898) and 56 last season (15-32-6, 3.67, .895).
Moving Flodell also allowed the Blades to get down to three 20-year-olds — D Evan Fiala, who is the team captain, F Cam Hebig and F Braylon Shmyr.
“It was a very difficult and complicated process to go through for us,” Colin Priestner, the Blades’ general manager, said in a news release. “All four guys are special and in any scenario we were going to lose a star player. We know how good Logan is and what an incredible season he had with us last year, and losing him is difficult. However, we simply felt the combination of Hebig and Shmyr playing together as 20s would give us a first line on par with any other in the league and would insulate our young star players from having to play against top lines and top d-men every night.
“We now have a five-year plan in net moving forward and this fills the gap that would have been created with Logan graduating next year.”
The Giants are poised to open with veteran G David Tendeck, who turns 18 on Nov. 25, and freshman G Todd Scott, a 17-year-old from Albertville, Minn. Tendeck, from North Vancouver, B.C., was 5-14-0, 4.78, .856 in 22 games as a freshman last season.
The Broncos, meanwhile, won’t be through making moves.
Flodell’s acquisition left them with two 20-year-old goaltenders, the other being veteran Taz Burman. The Broncos also have three other 20-year-olds on their roster, in forwards Conner Chaulk, Glenn Gawdin and Arthur Miller.
Flodell, from Regina, was 22-20-4, 2.81, .912 in 48 games with the Blades last season. In 2015-16, he was 22-13-4, 2.68, .904 in 42 appearances with the Seattle Thunderbirds, who selected him in the third round of the 2012 bantam draft.
The Broncos also have G Joel Hofer on their roster. The 6-foot-3 Hofer, 17, is from Winnipeg. He played the previous two seasons at the Pursuit of Excellence in Kelowna.
Interestingly, the Broncos and Blades are scheduled to open the regular season in Saskatoon on Friday.
On the subject of goaltending, the Red Deer Rebels have lost starter Riley Lamb, 19, for at least six weeks with a broken thumb. That means veteran Lasse Petersen, 20, steps into the starting role, with freshman Ethan Anders, who turns 17 on Tuesday, backing him up. . . . Greg Meachem of reddeerrebels.com reports that Lamb was injured during a practice session this week. . . . The Rebels open the season at home to the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday night. . . . Red Deer is carrying three 20-year-olds in Petersen, F Mason McCarty and F Grayson Pawlenchuk. . . . Meachem’s story is right here.
The Moose Jaw Warriors reported a loss of $463,566 for the year ending May 31, but that was after putting more than $700,000 back into the multi-purpose Mosaic Place in which they play.
Shareholders were told at Wednesday’s annual meeting that team operations netted $267,631 for the year, including $138,296.13 in playoff revenue. The Warriors lost a first-round series in seven games to the Swift Current Broncos, with four of the games played in Moose Jaw.
The Warriors again honoured a 10-year pledge commitment to Mosaic Place with a payment of $200,000. That means they have paid $1.7 million towards the facility with four years remaining in the pledge.
The Warriors also paid $124,088.75 in rent and $531,197 in upgrades to Mosaic Place, mostly in the areas of sound and lighting.
It all added up to a loss of $463,566, which left the Warriors with a bank balance of $1,081,545.01. There also is $112,106.30 in a legacy fund, and $282,033.78 in their education fund.
It also is more than worth noting that the team’s booster club raised $257,487. Now that’s a booster club!
F Ty Ronning and F Brad Morrison have returned to Vancouver from NHL camps, leaving the Giants with four 20-year-olds on their roster. Ronning had been with the New York Rangers, while Morrison skated with the Calgary Flames. . . . Some observers thought Ronning might get a chance with the Hartford Wolfpack, the Rangers’ AHL affiliate. He had two goals and three assists in 12 games in Hartford late last season. . . . The Giants acquired Morrison from the Prince George Cougars in June. He had 85 goals and 103 assists in 260 games with the Cougars. . . . Vancouver’s roster also includes two other 20s — F Jack Flaman and D Darian Skeoch. It is expected that they will waive Flaman, if they haven’t already. . . . Teams have until Oct. 10 to get down to the maximum three 20s. . . . The Giants open the regular season in Victoria against the Royals on Friday.
The Moose Jaw Warriors released F Jaeger White, 19, from their roster on Wednesday. White, from Medicine Hat, was a fourth-round selection by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the 2013 WHL bantam draft. He has played with the Hurricanes, Everett Silvertips and Brandon Wheat Kings, recording five goals and 15 assists in 84 games. White has battled shoulder injuries for much of his career. He missed all of last season, playing only two games with the AJHL’s Brooks Bandits. . . . The Warriors also released F Brayden Tracey, who is expected to play a second season with the midget AAA Calgary Northstars. Tracey, 16, was a first-round pick in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft. Last season, he had eight goals and 11 assists in 28 games with the Northstars.
D Dylan Coghlan of the Tri-City Americans has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights after being in their training camp. Coghlan, a 19-year-old from Duncan, B.C., was in camp as an undrafted free agent. . . . Last season, he had 15 goals and 38 assists in 71 games with the Americans, who selected him in the third round of the 2013 WHL bantam draft. . . . In 196 career regular-season games, he has 21 goals and 61 assists. . . . Coghlan is the third undrafted free agent out of the WHL to get an NHL contract this week. Earlier, F Jordy Bellerive of the Lethbridge Hurricanes signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins and F Parker Kelly of the Prince Albert Raiders signed with the Ottawa Senators.
The Spokane Chiefs have signed F Cordel Larson, 16, who was a ninth-round pick in the 2016 WHL bantam draft. From Weyburn, Sask., the 5-foot-8, 160-pounder Larson had five goals and 13 assists with the midget AAA Notre Dame Hounds of Wilcox, Sask., last season.
G Cody Porter, who has played in 117 regular-season WHL games, has signed with the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs. Porter, who turns 20 on Saturday, is from North Vancouver, B.C. . . . Last season, he was 14-16-3, 3.46, .888 in 34 games with the Calgary Hitmen. He also has played with the Vancouver Giants. . . . Porter is available to play for the Sea Dogs tonight (Thursday) when they open the regular season against the visiting Halifax Mooseheads.
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Friday games (start of regular season; all times local):
Regina at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.
Calgary vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 7 p.m.
Moose Jaw at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
Medicine Hat at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.
Swift Current at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.
Spokane at Prince George, 7 p.m.
Vancouver at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.
Kamloops at Kelowna 7:05 p.m.
Saturday games (all times local):
Kootenay at Calgary, 7 p.m.
Prince Albert at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.
Edmonton at Red Deer, 7 p.m.
Brandon at Regina, 7 p.m.
Lethbridge at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.
Spokane at Prince George, 7 p.m.
Victoria at Vancouver 7 p.m.
Kelowna at Kamloops, 7 p.m.
Portland at Everett, 7:05 p.m.
Tri-City vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 7:05 p.m.
Sunday games (all times local):
Red Deer at Edmonton, 4 p.m.
Tri-City at Everett, 4:05 p.m.
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