The Lethbridge Hurricanes remained quiet as the WHL's trade deadline came and went on Tuesday afternoon.
A day after he sent Cam Braes to Moose Jaw for a 1st round pick in 2012 and a second rounder in 2013, Head Coach and G.M. Rich Preston decided to stick with the team he has for the rest of the season, electing not to make any furthur moves. He met the Lethbridge media shortly after the deadline passed and had this to say:
"Well, I wouldn't say we stood pat. Nothing really appealed to the organization. You don't make a deal for the sake of making a deal. We've still got a lot of young players on our team and we need leadership. A lot of teams are vulchers trying to pick over and steal players and that wasn't going to happen. I'm not disappointed. Monday was a tough day, trading Cam, but I think we got a real good return. You look at our team, we have a pretty good and competitive team. You take one guy out of the line up (Braes) and that means some other guys are going to get more ice time, so that will be good for them. We have 12 healthy forwards. We can't just simply keeping dealing for draft picks, we have to bring players in. We still have 28 games to play and we have to be competitive. Like I said before, I'm not going to trade players just to trade them. That doesn't make any sense. You need leadership, you have to win games and that's the way we look at it. When it comes to trading 20 year olds, a lot of teams are happy with what they have and it's pretty limited to how many teams are actually interested. There was definitely interest (in Brody Sutter), but it's pretty tough to trade both Brody and Cam, our top two centremen. You take those guys out and we have two 16 year old and two 17 year old centremen to play 28 games in this league. That's tough. There had to be a deal that made sense, there wasn't one. We would've had to bring in a player and it would've had to be a pretty good player as well. It could just be a pick in return. There was nothing for us to jump up and down about."