Lethbridge Hurricanes General Manager/Head Coach, Rich Preston, announced today the Canes have traded overage defenseman Cason Machacek to the Seattle Thunderbirds in exchange for a 6th round WHL Bantam Draft pick in 2012.
Machacek, a Lethbridge local was an Alternate Captain last season for the Canes and totaled 183 PIMs last season – the most of any Hurricanes player in a single season since Andy Thompson in the 02-03 season. The 6th round pick acquired in this trade means that Lethbridge not only holds all of their current 2012 selections but also two extra fifth round selections - Vancouver’s (Reners) and Everett’s (Yadlowski) as well as two extra sixth round selections – Seattle’s (Machacek) and Regina’s (Import Draft pick – 2010).
“We were in a position where we knew we had to make a move and we wanted to get something done prior to the season” said Preston “It’s a better situation – we avoid the rush at the 20 year old deadline, get the deal we want - and for the player he gets to go to camp and really make the most of his 20 year old season. We spoke with Cason prior to this and as a hockey club we wanted to ensure that a quality individual who’s been a warrior and leader for our hockey club would end up in a good situation, we wish him all the best in his future endeavors”
Listed by Kootenay in 2007 the Hurricanes acquired Machacek in December of 09 in a trade from the Ice in exchange for a 4th round WHL Draft pick in 2011. Machacek already has roots in hockey as his brother Spencer is a WHL alumni with the Vancouver Giants and was a part of their 2007 WHL Championship and Memorial Cup Championship teams. The Canes now have three overage players remaining entering the 11-12 season – Cam Braes, Austin Fyten and 2011 NHL Draft pick Brody Sutter. If all three return this line could be one of the most potent offensive threats in the league.
(From Ryan Ohashi, Hurricanes Manager of Communications & Events)
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