67's toughen up with Aitcheson, Todd sent to Soo

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

Brody Todd's time with the Ottawa 67's is over ... and he's not happy about it. Twenty-year-old Todd, who thought he had been playing well enough on a line with Chris Hulit and Julian Talbot, found out late Sunday night he had been dealt to the Soo Greyhounds.

Now he's thinking about packing it in.

"I'm going to have to do some serious thinking," said Todd. "It wasn't in my plans to go up (to the Soo), that's for sure.

"I'm not impressed. It's happened so out of the blue. I thought I was playing well, but then a trade like this comes along and it totally disrupts all your plans.

"I guess all that's left is to thank the fans in Ottawa and the 67's organization. I've had a great time here."

Todd and second-year defenceman Tyson Aitcheson were part of a deal between Kilrea and the Greyhounds that began last week when the teams swapped defencemen -- Stittsville's Kyle Wharton to the Soo and 17-year-old Dave Jarram, a second-round pick by the Greyhounds in 2003, coming to Ottawa.

The trade was completed yesterday with rugged overage defenceman Brad Staubitz, who attended an Anaheim Mighty Ducks prospect camp in September, and 18-year-old left winger Jamie VanderVeeken coming to the 67's for Todd and Aitcheson.

Such is life in the OHL as the league's trade deadline next Monday approaches -- even for so-called "overage" 20-year-olds who have as few as three months left in their junior careers.

Toughness and more emotion is what Kilrea wants from his team, and that's what he hopes he got through the deal.

Staubitz, a 6-foot-1, 208-lb. fourth-year veteran of the Greyhounds, has 101 penalty minutes this season, one of only two players in the Ontario Hockey League's East Division with more than 100 minutes in the box.

"I think we need to be more physical in our approach," said Kilrea "When you get into the playoffs -- first off you have to get there -- the games always get a little bit tighter.

"You have to finish more checks and you have to work a little bit harder."

Kilrea started trade talks with the Greyhounds after Wharton visited the 67's office after Christmas last week and demanded a trade.

"We were in the process of doing some things, and Kyle wanted to get (a trade) in a hurry, " said Kilrea. "That was the first part of the trade. We solidified the two other names later."

Kilrea described Staubitz as a smart player who plays well defensively and provides protection around the net for goaltenders.

As for VanderVeeken, the 67's get a hard-working left winger who began the year with the St. Michael's Majors before being traded to the Greyhounds last month.

VanderVeeken, who played his rookie season in Guelph, was with the Soo for 11 games before the most recent trade.

Kilrea said he is probably done trading before Monday's deadline, but could still make a move if the right offer comes his way.

"I guess we still have a chance because I'm here taking calls," he said. "If we didn't, I'd be polishing my golf clubs."

WORTH NOTING: Matthew Spezza, younger brother of Jason, left the Kingston Frontenacs last week, the Whig-Standard reported, and has demanded a trade. Spezza, an 18-year-old goalie, wasn't getting the playing time he wanted ... 67's forward James McGinn scored the winner with 21 seconds left for Ontario in a 7-5 decision over the U.S. on Saturday at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Lethbridge, Alta. McGinn added two assists.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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