Majors may wait to deal defender

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:57 AM ET

Nathan McIver remains a member of the St. Michael's Majors, for now. Although a trade with the London Knights was thought to be nearing completion, sources say that if the Majors deal their veteran defenceman, it will be closer to the Ontario Hockey League deadline on Jan. 10 ... if at all.

The Majors' director of hockey operations/coach, Bud Stefanski, refuted a story in yesterday's Toronto Sun that had McIver going to the Knights for two second-round draft picks and future considerations, but acknowledged his phone has been ringing off the hook regarding the Majors captain.

"Almost every team in the league has called about him," Stefanski said.

NOT FAR OFF THE MARK

An OHL source indicated that the trade scenario reported in yesterday's Sun was not far off the mark.

"I don't think McIver will get traded today or tomorrow, but you might see something on the ninth or 10th of January," the source said. "London really likes him."

Among the other teams that covet McIver, who has eight points and 95 penalty minutes in 30 games, are the Peterborough Petes and Owen Sound Attack.

The Majors have just eight wins in 31 games and are 10 points out of a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. Stefanski wants to see whether his club can rebound before making a final decision on a trade.

"We have not played up to our potential," Stefanski said. "We have to be realistic. We have nine games before the deadline and if we can win about six, we'll be right back in it."


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