67's deal Hanes to Sudbury for Cardwell
AEDAN HELMER, QMI Agency
It wasn’t the biggest deal of the day, but the 67’s made a trade to beef up their blue line after watching Kanata native Ryan Spooner move from one division rival to another in a blockbuster deal.
On the same day that Spooner was sent from the bottom-dwelling Peterborough Petes to the East division-leading Kingston Frontenacs, the 67’s swapped defencemen with Sudbury, sending Ryan Hanes, who had been used as a utility forward this season, to the Wolves for bruising blueliner Jake Cardwell.
Ottawa also sent a second- and seventh-round draft pick to Sudbury to acquire the 6-foot-2, 198-pound Cardwell.
The 18-year-old had been sent home to Niagara Falls after requesting a trade in his third year with Sudbury.
67’s coach Chris Byrne said the deal accommodated both teams and both players, as Hanes had expressed a desire to play defence full-time, but failed to crack Ottawa’s top six.
“(Cardwell) is a guy we’ve been looking at for some time. We felt he was a guy that could help us on the back end not only this year but next year,” said Byrne. “He’s a defence-first defenceman (who) plays hard and sticks up for his teammates. He’s got good size and mobility.”
Byrne said as tough as it was to watch Spooner go to a divisional opponent in Kingston, “It’s not tough when you consider what it would have cost and the guys we would have had to move to get him.”
“We would have loved to have (Spooner), as any team would, but at the cost of what we would have had to give up, we weren’t willing to do that.”