Trade from Ice has Flames prospect happy

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

Most players find out they've been traded when they get a call from their GM.

Not John Negrin.

The Calgary Flames prospect, who was shipped from Jeff Chynoweth's Kootenay Ice to brother Dean's Swift Current Broncos at Saturday's WHL trade deadline, learned of the trade while surfing the 'Net.

"I got a phone call from Jeff, but I had found out earlier because someone from Swift Current added me on Facebook and told me I was dealt there," Negrin said with a laugh.

"It was just some random girl from Swift Current.

"It came as a surprise. But when Jeff called me, I had a feeling it was Swift Current."

The 6-foot-2, 190-lb. blueliner said he expected to be packing his bags as Kootenay enters a rebuilding process.

"I had no idea what team I was going to, but I had a feeling something was going to happen," he said.

"I had talked to my GM before Christmas and he told me some teams were interested, and if there was an opportunity for me to go somewhere with the right trade, he'd do it.

"Kootenay is going with a younger team. (The Broncos) made some trades to make themselves better so they can go a long way in the playoffs.

"This is one of my last years in the WHL, so I want to take a run at (the Memorial Cup)."

Negrin admitted it was difficult to leave Cranbrook.

"I spent four years in Cranbrook and I have a lot of friends and family there," he said. "That part is difficult, but I'm happy to be a Swift Current Bronco."

After being acquired by the beefed-up Broncos, Negrin said he hopes to be celebrating his 20th birthday at the end of March with a lengthy playoff run.


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