If you thought the Lethbridge Hurricanes were a busy team when it comes to trading, you have no idea!
I did a little number crunching following Head Coach and GM Peter Anholt's final trade prior to today's WHL Trade Deadline and in the past 16 months, the numbers are quite incredible to say the least.
Since the start of the 2013-2014, beginning with a trade that sent forward Craig Leverton to the Prince Albert Raiders and ending with the acquisition of defenceman Scott Allan this afternoon from Seattle, the Lethbridge Hurricanes have made 30 separate trades. Those deals involved 47 players changing hands between the Canes and other teams involved in the wheeling and dealing and the swapping of 30 draft picks between Lethbridge and other teams in the WHL. The biggest trading partners for Lethbridge have been Brandon and Seattle.
As amazing as those number are, it does not include the number of players that were either released or reassigned.
After I put those stats on Twitter early Saturday afternoon, needless to say, it garnered a lot of attention. Saskatoon Blades long-time Play-by-Play Voice Les Lazaruk chimed in with numbers on Saskatoon's trading activity during that same period, and believe or not, the numbers are nearly identical.
During the same 16 month period, Lazaruk says the Blades have done the following: 31 separate trades, involving 48 players, and 44 draft picks. Only 5 players since the start of the 2013-3014 season remain on the Blades roster today.
Those are incredible numbers to say the least for both organizations. As interesting as it is to watch all the activity, it's a sign things need to be fixed. Let's hope we don't see trading activity like this for a very long time in the WHL.