The Fort Frances Jr. Sabres continue to reshape their roster in preparation of their third season in the SIJHL.
In two separate deals, the Sabres traded Rod Bouchard, the team’s top defenceman last year, as well as role player Logan McDonell.
Bouchard, who finished with 12 points and 100 penalty minutes in 45 regular-season games in 2008-09, was traded to the Trenton Golden Hawks of the OJHL for future considerations and a player to be named later.
“Rod was undecided on his future with our hockey team, and this opportunity presented itself to our organization so we jumped on it,” Sabres’ head coach Wayne Strachan said.
“We lose a good, solid defenceman, but again we get resources to replace him and will add a player that will come in and help us on our blueline.”
Despite some conditioning issues to begin last season, Bouchard brought a physical edge and a calming influence to the back end as one of the SIJHL’s top defenders.
McDonell, meanwhile, had expressed interest in taking on a more expanded role, so the Sabres traded him to the Sioux Lookout Flyers last week for future considerations.
“‘Mac’ was a tough call to let go as he is a fan favourite and a good guy for the players and the locker-room,” Strachan admitted.
“He does his job well and plays his role.
“[But] he wanted the opportunity to get more ice time, and I hope we have helped him achieve this goal in a way,” Strachan added.
McDonell had just three goals in the regular season last year while tallying 69 minutes in penalties.
He added two goals in eight playoff games, and was well-respected by his teammates for going to battle night in and night out.