Couture denies he wants out

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

Logan Couture is making news this week, but not for the right reasons.

The Ottawa 67's star centre told Sun Media he doesn't want to be traded, contradicting a report out of Kitchener which quoted his agent, John Thornton, saying Couture hasn't asked for a deal, but would welcome a move by 67's coach/GM Brian Kilrea.

"I love it here. If Killer really wanted to trade me, I don't think I would want to go," said Couture before practice yesterday as the 67's prepared for tonight's meeting with the Barrie Colts at the Civic Centre. "I love everything about this city. I love my billets, the guys on the team, the coaching staff, the owner, everything. I don't want to go anywhere,"

Thornton, who didn't return a call from Sun Media yesterday, was quoted in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record saying of his client: "Is he frustrated? Yes. If he can go to a good team, he'd go."

Kilrea scoffed at the report, saying he wasn't surprised they're bitter in Kitchener after the Rangers missed out on acquiring forward Michael Latta, dealt last week to the Guelph Storm at the request of the Latta family to have him play closer to home.

"It's nothing. Logan's happy as a pig in dirt," said Kilrea. "That was probably said because they couldn't work out a deal for Latta and it didn't work out to their satisfaction. I would say that's where it came from."

As far as Thornton's comment, Kilrea dismissed it: "He can say what he wants," said Kilrea.

When asked about Thornton's comment, Couture explained it this way: "What I have heard from it, he was asked about Latta and my name wasn't brought up, but my name was put into the article. That's what I took from it."

When asked if he had any intention of trading Couture, Kilrea said: "No."

Couture, who has eight goals and 18 assists in 23 games this season, was in the news Wednesday after he was not one of the 38 players invited to junior Team Canada's training camp in preparation for the world junior championship here at the end of the month.


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