It's curling's change-up year

Kevin Koe's second Carter Rycroft announced at this year's Alberta provincials that he won't be...

Kevin Koe's second Carter Rycroft announced at this year's Alberta provincials that he won't be back (Michael Burns, Canadian Curling Association).

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:46 PM ET

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - So who is going to end up switching teams as the trade deadline looms?

No, not Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline.

There’s also a countdown to a massive game of musical chairs going on behind the scenes at this year’s Tim Hortons Brier.

And if you think the rumor mill gets a little out of control at this time of year in hockey, you ought to try it every fourth year in curling.

The scramble for new parters for the next Olympic quadrennial won’t include Brad Jacobs’ Sochi gold medal team from Sault Ste. Marie, which is expected to make a triumphant visit here this week.

But it’s going to be a mad scramble which Nolan Thiessen, who is likely to be involved, figures will all start going down at The National $100,000 Grand Slam next week in Fort McMurray.

“There’s lots of stuff out there,” said Thiessen, the Edmonton curler who won a Brier and world championship with Kevin Koe in 2010.

“Ben Hebert told me the other day he’s heard rum


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