General reception?

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:11 AM ET

Peter Tsimikalis doesn't know what to expect when he arrives at the Civic Centre tonight as a member of the visiting team.

A pleasant reception from the good fans of Ottawa ... or a couple of rotten tomatoes?

"I've been talking about it with some of the guys, and I think I might get booed," said Tsimikalis, the ex-67's centre who'll be in the Oshawa Generals lineup for tonight's tilt against Ottawa.

Last week, Tsimikalis was dealt to the Gens after demanding a trade following a rift with coach Brian Kilrea.

The third-year OHL veteran returned home to Aurora after being dropped from the team's top line where he played with Czech imports Lukas Kaspar and Jakub Petruzalek. He then returned to Ottawa for a meeting with Kilrea and 67's owner Jeff Hunt.

A week later, a deal was reached that sent Tsimikalis to Oshawa for winger Chris Hulit. The clubs also swapped their first-round draft positions at next year's CHL European import draft.

"Fortunately, I left on good terms," said Tsimikalis. "I don't know if the fans know that, and maybe they don't really know what went on behind the scenes. But no matter what, they're entitled to their opinion."

BOTH HAVE CONTRIBUTED

Both players involved in the trade have made contributions to their new teams. Hulit got the OT winner for the 67's on Sunday against St. Michael's, and has two goals and four points in three games since joining Ottawa.

In his debut, Tsimikalis did his part to help the East Division cellar-dwellers pick up two points with a goal in a 4-1 win over Peterborough last Friday.

"We're not that far out," he said of the 10-17-0-0 Generals, ranked last out of 10 teams in the OHL's Eastern Conference. "We've got a few games in hand on some of the other teams, so we're closer than a lot of people think."

Hulit had 12 goals and 24 points in 25 games for Oshawa before the trade.

"I'm just looking at this as a normal game," he said. "I'm sure everybody (on the Generals) will get on my case a bit."

In another move, the 67's yesterday signed free-agent Paul McIlveen, an 18-year-old forward who had 16 goals and 33 points in 16 games for the Waterloo Siskins of the Ontario Hockey Association's Midwestern Junior B League. He'll be in Ottawa's lineup tonight.


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