The London Knights Just Got Stronger
Okay, so the Mighty Mouse (for those old enough to remember) video may be a bit much and saving the day may be a bit far fetched. Or is it?
We all know by now that the London Knights will be hosting the 2014 Memorial Cup and after falling short in back to back appearances in 2012 and 2013, anything short of victory will be viewed as a disappointment.
The Knights currently sit third in the Midwest Division and fourth in the Western Conference, seven points behind division and conference leading Erie Otters. With defencemen Scott Harrington (AHL) and Olli Maatta (NHL) both moving on in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, and Nikita Zadorov starting out the season with the Buffalo Sabres, a big hole was left on the Knights blue line.
The Knights have a reputation, and a knack, for bringing in the right players at the right time, more specifically - near trade deadline. Dale and Mark Hunter and assistant GM Rob Simpson brought in some help yesterday while also getting news that had to put smiles on their faces. Waiting was not in the cards.
First, they pulled off a deal that should bolster their blue line. The Knights traded Miles Liberati to the North Bay Battalion in exchange for Zach Bell and a conditional fourth round pick pick in 2016. The move now gives the Knights three overage and highly experienced defencemen.
Then the news everyone was waiting for: The Buffalo Sabres were returning Nikita Zadorov back to junior.
In one swoop and a matter of minutes, the Knights served notice to the rest of the OHL : We're coming for you !