Brian Kilrea made a few calls and answered a couple more in his office at the Civic Centre yesterday.
Except for making a longshot deal in which he acquired the rights to an NCAA defenceman who may never set foot in this city, it was a quiet day for the 67's coach and GM as the OHL's trade deadline passed with little activity for Ottawa.
"They don't want young kids, and we've got a lot of them," said Kilrea. "They're looking for the experienced guy that's going to make the difference and put them over the top."
Kilrea had already made a deal like that on Monday, sending fourth-year left winger Bryan Bickell, the club's top goal scorer with 28, to the Windsor Spitfires for 19-year-old forward Brett Liscomb and a second-round pick in this year's OHL draft.
Liscomb, a native of Long Sault, arrived in Ottawa late Monday night and spoke to Kilrea about his eagerness to contribute to the 67's for the remainder of this season, and next year as a 20-year-old overager.
"He's happy to be coming home," said Kilrea of Liscomb, who had 12 goals and 28 points this season for the Spitfires.
Meanwhile, Kilrea made another deal with the Spitfires yesterday, sending a 14th-round pick in this year's draft to Windsor for defenceman Joe Grimaldi of the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks.
Last season in Omaha, Grimaldi was named to the conference all-rookie team while leading the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in plus-minus (+24).
Kilrea said yesterday there's a slight chance Grimaldi could leave his team and join the 67's prior to a Feb. 10 deadline. If he reports to Ottawa, the Spitfires would receive a sixth-round pick as compensation. If Grimaldi comes to Ottawa, he wouldn't be able to return to college.
"Sure, it's a big decision for him," said Kilrea. "He's one of those guys who can run a power play and he's just one of those good defencemen that everybody's looking for."
In other moves yesterday:
- London acquired David Halasz from Oshawa for Karel Kudat and claimed Spirit F Chris Ferguson off waivers.
- Saginaw acquired Czech F Vaclav Meidl from Plymouth in exchange for F Joe McCann and a third-round pick in 2007.
- Sudbury acquired D Nicholas Tuzzolino from Sarnia in exchange for D Tomas Sample.
- Plymouth sent D Scott Madden to Oshawa for a seventh-round pick in 2007.
- Belleville acquired W Jordan Shine and a sixth-round pick in 2007 from Barrie for a third-round and fourth-round pick in this year's draft.
- Peterborough acquired Lubomir Stach from Guelph for a seventh-round draft pick in 2006 and a fourth-round pick in 2007.
- Sarnia added Mathis Olimb and Mark Versteeg-Lytwyn from Sudbury for a fourth-round pick in 2007.