The Lethbridge Hurricanes were quiet as the WHL's trade deadline came and went at 3pm (MST) on Monday.
The Canes' did make one minor deal, swapping non-roster players with the Portland Winterhawks. Lethbridge gets 95-born defenceman Branden Scheidl from the 'Hawks in exchange for prospect Ryley Bennefield. Sheidl is a 5'9" D-man selected in the 4th round, 72nd overall in 2010 by Portland. He currently plays with Hurricanes draft pick Craig Leverton who are both members of the Saskatoon Contacts.
Head Coach and G.M. Rich Preston met the media Monday afternoon to talk about the deadline.
Question: Are you happy and did you have an expectations going into trade deadline day?
Preston: "You know, there are always things you want to do and a lot of times it doesn't work and a lot of times the best deal you make turns out to be the one you didn't make and that happens all the time. I like our team, we're in the playoff hunt. We just have to get better. There are little things we can improve on. I have no question that we will improve."
Question: Is today's level of activity or in-activity a sign that you're comfortable with what you have or were there no buyers for what you were selling?
Preston: "I wasn't selling anybody. Sure, we were getting a lot of inquiries about our top players like Fyten, Braes, and Reddington. We're trying to make the playoffs and are in the hunt. I couldn't say that last year. So I'm not in a position to trade any of my top players. We have some top picks this year. You try and improve your club here and there, but at the same time it has to be a deal that makes sense."
Question: Is it safe to say this team wasn't willing to deal roster players for picks? Like you said you're in the hunt and still fighting.
Preston: "No. There's always something there to try and improve your team. A lot of moves are lateral moves. Why do it when you know what you've got and you don't know what you're getting. You try to improve your club, but sometimes it doesn't work out. Like I said, I'm very comfortable with our team. Can we play better? Sure we can. From the goaltender out to the top line."
Question: Are you surprised with what some teams gave up to acquire players this year?
Preston: "I saw the Eakin trade Sunday and said Holy Smokes! Then I saw the Saskatoon deal today and boy, I don't know! I'd have trouble doing that and I don't think I'd ever do it, but I think the Eakin trade really set the bar. I guess if you think you're that close. I don't know how you can put that kind of price on one player. I can see why teams do it though if they're real close, but I think you have to look at a lot of factors."
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