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Sports Editorial: Should the Greyhounds consider trade offers for Nurse?

Friday, December 27, 2013   by: Brad Coccimiglio

It’s going to be a major question surrounding the Soo Greyhounds as the annual Ontario Hockey League trade deadline quickly approaches.

The Soo Greyhounds have what could be a hot commodity heading into the deadline in highly-touted defenceman Darnell Nurse.

The Greyhounds have gone on record saying they have no intention of dealing the Edmonton Oilers first round pick and Nurse would have to approve a deal as part of his no-trade clause with the team.

It’s easy to understand why the team would be hesitant to deal the veteran, who sees in the area of 30 minutes of ice time each night, generally against the top players the opposition has to offer.

It’s never easy to part with your top defencemen, especially when you’re in a spot competing amongst the elite teams in the standings.

On the other hand, the OHL’s Western Conference may be as tough as it has been in a while. With three teams considered legit title contenders, including the London Knights, Erie Otters and Guelph Storm, the 2014 OHL playoffs may be the toughest ride in order to earn a Memorial Cup berth in the west.

The Western Conference’s elite could find themselves facing each other as early as the second round of the playoffs.

The Greyhounds have surprised a lot of people with their play prior to the Christmas break this season in posting a 24-8-0-3 record. As the West Division leader, the Greyhounds sit second in the Western Conference though the team has the fourth-most points in the Conference.

The Greyhounds have faced the Otters, Knights and Storm a grand total of just three times this season, posting an 0-2-1 record in those games though they will face the Storm and Knights six times between now and the end of the season, which will go a long way in determining if they are among the elite in the conference. The Greyhounds also have one remaining game against Erie.

Just one of those games comes prior to the OHL’s Jan. 10 trade deadline.

Nurse would go a long way in helping the Greyhounds remain competitive in the Western Conference.

As strong as the Western Conference is among the leaders, it may not be a bad idea to at least listen to offers for Nurse as the deadline approaches.

Let’s be honest, if the London Knights begin to show some added interest in trading for Nurse, would it hurt to listen to an offer?

What if multiple teams decide Nurse is the defenceman they’re interested in adding at the deadline?

All of a sudden, the price for Nurse soars higher than if just one team shows interest.

Sure, dealing Nurse would hurt the Greyhounds chances of making a long run in the playoffs this season.

Long-term, a deal might not impair the team and might actually put them in better shape for their long-term goals which is to be an organization that continually is among the best in the province as they add young players and /or draft picks that can be used to tinker with the roster, something Dubas is not afraid to do. In the long run, it’s a lot easier to add pieces if you have assets to deal from.

Keeping Nurse in a Greyhounds uniform this season, and next season as well assuming he doesn’t crack the Edmonton Oilers rosters in 2014, makes sense, no doubt about it, but the question remains, if you get an offer for the blueliner that makes your team better down the road, doesn’t it make sense to at least consider the offer?

File photo courtesy SooToday.com's Kenneth Armstrong

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phoenixx 12/27/2013 10:18:15 PM Report

What would they get??? 1 or 2 players this year, future draft pick(s), don't you think we as fans have had enough of that way of thinking....this is not a Lindros deal by a long shot....let the chips fall where they may, keep Nurse and surprise us buy putting the effort we know is there...maybe we should trade Brad Coccimiglio for future draft pick(s)...does he have a contract...
PipeBomb 12/27/2013 10:55:24 PM Report

Well it seems the phoenix knows all the answers! Why don't we just make him the GM!!! Dubas, you're fired, this keyboard hero is the new boss. WAKE UP...all Brad said was they should consider offers for Nurse IF they get some...I totally agree. If London offers up 2 highly touted 17-year olds and a few early round draft picks in 2015 & 2016 and Nurse will waive his no-trade they would be silly not to make a deal. Also, Dubas himself was surprised with how well the team has performed this year, his intentions were to go for it all next year...I think that plan still sounds very good. Nurse is NOT coming back next year, there is no way, he'll be an NHL player. As for your comment about firing Brad, maybe you could do that job as well Phoenix, since you seem to know everything.
Dictionary 12/27/2013 11:35:08 PM Report

we are already a young team. personally i would love to see us continue to let this crew surprise us with doc nurse leading by example. we've seen teams like erie and guelph stock up on firepower before and when playoff hockey rolls around they lose to blue collar hockey.
guard1 12/28/2013 7:49:53 AM Report

The greyhounds can stay with no trades and maybe go 2 rounds in the playoffs with a good chance that Nurse does not return next year. In my opinion they can still can go 2 rounds without Nurse and because of that Dubas should consider a trade offer if one came along. Just imagine the draft picks and young talent that they would get in return that would set them up for very deep playoff runs in the next 3 or 4 years.
mosquitos 12/28/2013 8:40:34 AM Report

I think they have the goalie to go for it this year. Trade up for a couple a big forwards and maybe another d'man. They'd still be in good shape next year.
NB113 12/28/2013 11:27:05 AM Report

The Greyhounds need to build a winning playoff tradition in order to attract the elite players in the draft. They don't need to win the Memorial Cup each year but they should try & advance deep into the playoffs. If they trade their best players they can't build this tradition. Trade Nurse? Never.
littlejoe 12/30/2013 2:02:57 AM Report

"LEAVE GOOD ENOUGH ALONE"

The old saying is you don't know what you got until you loose it.

(1)future draft picks might not report.

(2)a captain is suppose to go down with
his ship

(3)the fans will laugh

"THINK ABOUT IT"
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