Tips stay busy, add veteran D Matt Pufahl

It turns out the Tips had more in the works today than just the import draft.

Everett added a veteran presence on the blue line by acquiring defenseman Matt Pufahl along with a fifth-round pick in the 2015 bantam draft from Saskatoon in exchange for defenseman Ayrton Nikkel.

Pufahl, a 6-foot-2 and 198-pound native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is heading into his 20-year-old season. He’s played three seasons in the WHL between Saskatoon and Red Deer. Last season he had six goals and 37 assists in 69 games with the Blades, doing most of his damage on the power play.

Nikkel’s stay in Everett proved a short one. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder from Kelowna, B.C., who’s heading into his 18-year-old season, was acquired at the Jan. 10 trade deadline from Brandon in exchange for defenseman Nick Walters. He appeared in just seven games before suffering a finger injury in a fight. He had no points and 30 penalty minutes in those seven games. He’s rejoining the team that took him in the second round of the 2010 bantam draft.

Well, if there was any doubt before, this indicates the rebuilding is over in Everett and it’s time to win now. Last season the Tips committed 100-percent to the youth movement. But Everett got two years older with this deal. It also balances out the ages of Everett’s defensemen, as the Tips had four 1995-born d-men prior to the trade.

What it does, however, is muddy Everett’s overager situation. The Tips seemed set for the coming season with forwards Joshua Winquist, Reid Petryk and Manraj Hayer as the three overagers. Now Everett has one too many. The deal serves as insurance in case Petryk, who’s attending development camp with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, earns a pro contract. But if that doesn’t happen, then the Tips will eventually have a decision to make. General manager Garry Davidson made it sound like he’s more inclined to go with two forwards and one defenseman as the overagers rather than three forwards.

More in Sports

Kamiak senior’s 52-point outburst this season was historic

Carson Tuttle’s performance was one of the best in the history of current Wesco 4A and 3A schools.

Art Thiel: Carroll has no choice but to be ‘very aggressive’

With just two years left on his contract, the Seahawks coach has no choice but to go for it in 2018.

Dan Mack steps down as the head football coach at Kamiak

He served as the Knights’ head coach for 20 seasons

Police question friends of WSU quarterback who killed himself

The redshirt sophomore died Tuesday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.

Wednesday’s prep results, with links to recaps

Here are Wednesday’s prep results, with links to recaps: BOYS BASKETBALL Northwest… Continue reading

Wednesday’s prep stars of the night

Here are Wednesday’s prep stars of the night: Carolyn Brunner, P, Kamiak… Continue reading

Conroy fills crucial role in center of UW bench

The Huskies fiery assistant coach serves as a bridge between coach Mike Hopkins and the players.

Area girls soccer players earn all-state honors

King’s Stella named the Class 1A MVP; a pair of Jackson players land spots on the 4A first team

Kokanee exhibit added to sportsmen’s show

The Kokanee Tank is likely to be one of the most popular additions to the sportfishing seminar lineup.

Most Read