Peter Tsimikalis has asked to be traded.
The 67's first line centre made the request in a meeting with coach/GM Brian Kilrea and team owner Jeff Hunt yesterday, Day 4 of Tsimikalis' walkout.
A third-year veteran, Tsimikalis left the team after Kilrea told him to go to the dressing room following a first-period argument between the two on the bench on Saturday in Owen Sound.
Kilrea had earlier demoted Tsimikalis to the third line.
"It's been more of a buildup, not just a one-time thing," Tsimikalis said yesterday. "We talked it over and got a couple of things across to each other .... at the present moment, I don't feel I can come back."
Kilrea wouldn't get into details of the discussion, but didn't close the door completely on the player's return.
CHANGE OF HEART?
Asked if Tsimikalis had definitely played his last game in a 67's sweater, Kilrea replied: "We would hope he has a change of heart, definitely."
That appears unlikely, however.
More probable is Kilrea's phone ringing frequently today, with OHL general managers making their pitch for the smooth pivot.
Tsimikalis, who had six goals and 12 assists through 21 games this season, could be moved quickly, as Kilrea has been known to jump on an early offer if he feels he's getting fair return.
The 67's will be seeking a centre in the trade.
"This is all pretty overwhelming ... it's a big decision," said Tsimikalis, a popular player in the Ottawa room. "It will definitely have an impact on my career, one way or another.
"The good thing is we talked it out, and no matter what happens we can remain on good terms.
"I don't want to leave Ottawa on bad terms."