Is there WHL team wanting out? … Three teams move goaltenders … Kent council OK’s sale

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A little snow can make you think a little puck. Cool look at Gordie this morn @SaskTelCtr pic.twitter.com/0q9mBDXlAA

— Steve Hogle (@Hogle) October 26, 2017

F Malte Strömwall (Tri-City, 2011-13) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with KooKoo Kouvola (Finland, Liiga). This season, Strömwall had one goal and one assist with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (ECHL). He cleared NHL waivers and had his contract with the New York Rangers terminated. . . .

D Martin Gernát (Edmonton, 2011-13) has signed a two-game contract with Presov (Czech Republic, 1. Liga). He hasn’t played this season. Last season, he had three goals and nine assists in 41 games with Sparta Prague (Czech Republic, Extraliga). He was released by Sparta at his request in July.

OK, start the rumour mill.

Is there a WHL team that is wanting to move, perhaps to Surrey, B.C.?

A story by Trevor Beggs at surreynowleader.com this week indicates that Inde Sumal, a Surrey investment banker, has a group in place that would like to build an arena, one that would seat up to 10,000 people, in the B.C. city.

Sumal told Beggs that his group “has a team looking to relocate.” Sumal chose not to provide further details about that team.

Of course, everything is in the preliminary stages — really preliminary stages — so who knows if this ever will come to fruition. But while discussions continue, you are free to speculate.

Beggs’s story is right here.

The Prince Albert Raiders’ roster is at 23 players after they dropped two players on Thursday. . . . F Brock Sottile, 18, is expected to join the AJHL’s Lloydminster Bobcats. The native of Scottsdale, Ariz., had one assist in 10 games with the Raiders this season. The Raiders acquired him from the Spokane Chiefs on Sept. 19 for a conditional eight-round selection in the 2018 bantam draft. . . . G Nicholas Sanders, 19, also was released from the Raiders’ roster but hasn’t decided on his future plans. From Calgary, Sanders was acquired last season from the Tri-City Americans. This season, he was 0-1-1, 4.89, .854 with the Raiders. In 67 career appearances, 38 of them with the Raiders, he is 19-22-6, 3.61, .890. . . . Sanders’ departure means the Raiders will go with veteran G Ian Scott, 18, and freshman Curtis Meger, a 19-year-old from Regina. This season, Scott, who recently returned from injury, is 2-1-0, 2.92, .905, while Meger is 3-2-2, 3.46, .881. . . . The Raiders now are carrying two goaltenders, eight defencemen and 13 forwards. That latter number includes F Brett Leason, 18, who was acquired Wednesday night from the Tri-City Americans.

The Red Deer Rebels have added F Jack Flaman, 20, to their roster, while dropping G Lasse Petersen, 20.

Flaman started the season with the Vancouver Giants, but lost out their when they got down to the maximum of three 20-year-olds. He was then added by the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

However, the Hurricanes acquired D Tate Olson, 20, from the Prince George Cougars and he returned from a shoulder injury to play on Wednesday night. As a result, Flaman was placed on waivers by the Hurricanes, who are going with Olson, D Brennan Riddle and F Giorgio Estephan as their 20-year-olds.

Flaman, from Vibank, Sask., had four goals and two assists in seven games with the Hurricanes. Last season, he had 15 goals and seven assists in 71 games with the Giants. He also has played with the Portland Winterhawks.

Petersen, who also has made WHL stops in Spokane, Calgary and Everett, is an interesting story. He is from Herning, Denmark, but isn’t classified as an import under CHL rules because his father is Canadian, meaning Lasse had dual citizenship.

This season, he was 4-2-0, 3.97, .876 in seven appearances with the Rebels. Last season, he got into 40 games with them, going 16-16-4, 3.25, .896.

His career regular-season numbers are 33-25-5, 3.20, .893.

His departure leaves the Rebels with two goaltenders — Riley Lamb, 19, who hasn’t played this season due to a broken thumb, and freshman Ethan Anders, 17. On this week’s WHL roster report, released Tuesday, Lamb is shown as being out week-to-week.

That being the case, and who are we not to trust the roster report, Brent Sutter, the Rebels’ general manager and head coach, must have another move involving a goaltender ready for sometime today (Friday). After all, the Rebels are scheduled to entertain the Spokane Chiefs tonight.

The Everett Silvertips got down to three goaltenders on Thursday by releasing Blake Lyda, a 15-year-old who will return to the minor midget AAA CAC Canadians in his hometown of Edmonton. A fourth-round selection in the 2017 WHL bantam draft, Lyda was brought into Everett to back up Dorrin Luding, 18, with veteran Carter Hart (mononucleosis) and Dustin Wolf (undisclosed injury) out of action. . . . Hart, 19, and Wolf, 16, are back at practice now, so Lyda is back to the Canadians. . . . Luding and Wolf are in their first WHL seasons, while Hart has been the WHL’s goaltender of the year for each of the past two seasons. . . . The Silvertips (4-9-1) are in Kamloops tonight to meet the Blazers (3-10-0) and then will be in Portland on Sunday.

The Kootenay Ice has brought in D Nolan Orzeck, 16, from the midget AAA Calgary Northstars as its roster has been thinned at the back end by injuries. Orzeck, from Calgary, was a fourth-round selection in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft. He has a goal and three assists in eight games with the Northstars. . . . The Ice, with D Zachary Patrick and D Loeden Schaufler out with undisclosed injuries, dressed five defencemen on Tuesday as it dropped a 6-3 decision to the Regina Pats.

City council in Kent, Wash., has voted to approve the transfer of ownership of the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds. Council’s approval was needed as part of the team’s 30-year lease that covers playing in the ShoWare Center. . . . Steve Hunter of the Kent Reporter reports that Russ Farwell, the Thunderbirds’ longtime general manager and one of the franchise’s eight co-owners, “decided it was time to sell the team.” . . . The Thunderbirds, the reigning WHL champions, now are owned by Dan and Lindsey Leckelt. . . . Hunter’s story is right here.

If you are going to be in Saskatoon on Nov. 2, you will want to be at Prairieland Park at 11:30 a.m. It’s the ninth annual Off the Leash Luncheon, which benefits the U of Saskatchewan Huskies men’s hockey team, and the guest speaker will be Brendan Shanahan, the president and governor of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. If you haven’t noticed, Thursday night’s loss to the Carolina Hurricanes aside, the Leafs have morphed into one of the early-season favourites to win the Stanley Cup, something that Shanahan may, or may not, address. . . . Shanahan may also have a few stories about Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, who is something of a favourite in Saskatoon where he spent a lot of his childhood. . . . Kelly Taylor, a popular Saskatoon comedian, is back for a return engagement as the emcee. . . . There’s more info right here.

Eddie Riehl lost his herd of cattle, the whole thing, in a wildfire near Medicine Hat on Oct. 17. He tried to save some of the cattle and now is in a Calgary hospital recovering from burns. Riehl, 74, has had surgery and skin grafts and has a long road ahead of him. . . . He is the father of Kevin Riehl, who played four seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers (1988-92) and enjoyed a pair of 100-point seasons. . . . Shawn Logan of the Calgary Sun has more right here.

If you watched Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night, you may still be wondering exactly what it was that you saw. Well, Jayson Stark, one of this generation’s pre-eminent baseball writers, has taken an exquisite look at everything that happened, and it’s all right here.

Norman Lloyd saw his first World Series game on Oct. 2, 1926. Yes, he watched Babe Ruth. Lloyd, an actor, was back at the World Series on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, three weeks before his 103rd birthday. . . . Keith Olbermann, a fan of history, baseball and otherwise, has more for ESPN right here.

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THURSDAY:

No Games Scheduled.

FRIDAY (all times local):

Seattle vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 7 p.m.

Spokane at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Brandon at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

Saskatoon at Swift Current, 7 p.m.

Moose Jaw at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.

Everett at Kamloops, 7 p.m.

Tri-City at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.

Prince George vs. Vancouver, at Langley, B.C., 7:30 p.m.

If you would like to contact Taking Note with information, have a question or just feel like commenting on something, feel free to send an email to greggdrinnan@gmail.com. I’m also on Twitter (@gdrinnan).

The #Canucks and prospect Kole Lind's agent have started talks about a contract. Lind with 22 points in 12 games in Kelowna. #WHL

— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) October 26, 2017

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