67's deal Perugini to Soo for picks

AEDAN HELMER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:26 PM ET

The Ottawa 67’s traded veteran goaltie Chris Perugini to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for a package of draft picks Tuesday.

In exchange, the 67’s will get the Soo’s second- and seventh-round picks in the 2011 draft, Kitchener’s third-round pick in 2012, and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2012.

Perugini’s name had often been mentioned in trade rumours with the emergence of 18-year-old sophomore Petr Mrazek, who won the F.W. Dinty Moore trophy last season as the OHL’s top rookie goalie, and stole Perugini’s starting job in the playoffs last spring. Trade speculation heated up in mid-September when the 67’s acquired 17-year-old Shayne Campbell, who made 40 appearances with Sarnia last year.

“We felt that Chris deserved an opportunity to be a No. 1 goaltender and he’s getting that in Sault Ste. Marie,” said 67’s GM Brian Kilrea. 

In 122 games with Ottawa, Perugini compiled a 67-33-8-5 record with 13 shutouts. He was off to a hot start in 2010, posting a 3-0-0 record with a 2.33 GAA and .938 SV%.

“It’s tough to say goodbye to all the guys, you know, we’re like a family in there so saying goodbye is definitely the hardest part,” said Perugini, who is scheduled to start for the Greyhounds Thursday in Brampton.

“I’ve never been told that I’m the guy (in Ottawa), I’ve always had to fight for the ice, so going in knowing I’m the No. 1 guy gives you that peace of mind, you can come to the rink a bit more relaxed and just focus on playing.”

Greyhounds veteran starter Bryce O’Hagan, who had faced disciplinary issues earlier in the season, was sent home to Burlington while Greyhounds GM Dave Torrie works out a trade.

Torrie called the 5-foot-10, 160-pound Perugini a “positive addition” to the Soo team, and he’ll be working with former 67 Seamus Kotyk, the Greyhounds goaltending coach.

“To be able to add Chris without giving up a player from our roster made a lot of sense for our team,” said Torrie.


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