There was some big news out of Xfinity Arena today as the Everett Silvertips announced they’ve acquired Monroe native Luke Ormsby from the Seattle Thunderbirds.
— Jesse Geleynse (@JesseGeleynse) November 2, 2017
As I noted in the story it’s a homecoming for Ormsby, who tweeted this Thursday evening:
Going back to where it all began. pic.twitter.com/M3AmGAOEGl
— Luke Ormsby (@Luke_Ormsby) November 3, 2017
General manager Garry Davidson spoke about how a change of scenery can sometimes be what a player needs to restart what seems like a stalled career.
“It’s interesting how a player doing just OK in one situation goes to another one and blossoms,” Davidson said. “That’s happened for us bringing players in, but I also know the reverse has happened. I’ve had players who have gone elsewhere and blossomed, and it’s just the way it is from time to time.”
Wednesday’s decision to waive Pavel Azhgirei was made independently of the deal to acquire Ormsby, Davidson said.
“I hope Pavel lands on his feet there in Prince George and does well,” Davidson said. “We weren’t giving Pavel an opportunity here, so why would we keep him here? He’s going to hopefully get an opportunity there, and hopefully it works out for him.”
Everett’s second European slot will remain open for the time being. The only way to add a Euro at this point is via trade. Davidson said “right now I’m aware of no one (available).”
New Jersey draftee and former Prince George Cougar/Moose Jaw Warrior Nikita Popugaev left Prince George last week to return to Russia. His name had surfaced on Twitter as a possible target; in fact his absence opened up a Euro slot for Prince George. But that appears very unlikely given that he’s signed a professional deal in the KHL.
The Tips are in action Friday at home against Prince George. Goaltender Carter Hart remains day-to-day (mono) and Dawson Butt (upper body) is out 3-to-5 days. Both were full participants at practice Friday.
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