Knights reportedly make deal

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 6:49 AM ET

The London Knights have acquired defenceman Nathan McIver from the Toronto St. Michael's Majors late last night,a source told The Free Press. The trade could not be confirmed with management.

McIver was obtained to replace the injured Frank Rediker, who will undergo knee surgery and is expected to be lost to the Knights for the remainder of the season.

McIver, who turns 20 on Jan. 6, was the Majors captain. He was a ninth-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2003 NHL entry draft.

The six-foot-two, 200-pounder from Summerside, P.E.I., has a goal and seven assists in 30 games, but has 95 penalty minutes after 183 last season.

He registered 121 penalty minutes as a rookie after being selected in the second round of the OHL draft.

Rediker, a Boston Bruins fourth-round pick in 2003, missed the playoffs last season after injuring the same knee on March 9, then undergoing surgery. He returned to play 16 games this season before injuring the knee again during a fight.

The 19-year-old has been injury-prone. Rediker missed the first half of last season following shoulder surgery while still with the Windsor Spitfires. The Knights obtained him on Jan. 9.

The source said the Knights gave up two second-round draft picks, plus future considerations to get McIver.


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