Some big names were shuffled around today as the QMJHL trade deadline came crashing down and the division between the contenders and the pretenders is now extremely clear. There was a total of 21 transactions completed and here are a few of the major ones that will have huge ramifications on the league down the stretch to the playoffs and beyond.
Yesterday I mention that we were expecting to hear that Rimouski was going to package both Patrice Cormier (Photo: QMJHL) and Jordan Caron to Rouyn-Noranda and today that did actually come to fruition. Both players will be reunited with former Oceanic teammate Phil Cornet although whether they'll play together or not I do not know... although it sure would make sense wouldn't it? Cormier was the captain for Canada at the 2010 WJC and Caron was also on that team.
The Huskies also added Steven Delisle (CLB) from Gatineau and sent the Olympiques Ben Miller and a trio of draft picks.
The Quebec Remparts made a few deals including to send Kelsey Tessier (COL) to Moncton in exchange for 2010 eligible goalie Louis Domingue and winger Matt Brown. Getting a terrific goalie in that deal allowed GM Patrick Roy to send Peter Delmas to Halifax for a 6th round pick. The Remparts also tradd veteran Samuel Groulx to Victoriaville for two youngsters and a 2nd round pick in 2012.
For a complete rundown on the deals in the Q this year you can click on this link.
In my estimation, there are now 5 teams with any hope in hell of challenging for the QMJHL championship. Those, in order of their current standing, are: Saint John, Drummondville, Victoriaville, Moncton (all top 4) and 8th place Rouyn-Noranda.