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Home sweet home on OHL Trade Deadline Day
2022-01-10

It was Homecoming Day, of sorts, on the OHL Trade Deadline front for the Sudbury Wolves on Monday.

No, former captain and stalwart defenseman Jack Thompson is not from Sault Ste Marie. Nor is local product Gio Biondi suddenly a native of Hamilton.

But for the likes of both Alex Pharand and Chase Stillman, the ability to play more often in front of family and friends (Omicron notwithstanding) is undoubtedly fairly exciting.

All four of the above were part of the packaging of junior hockey assets that would be sent to new homes earlier today as the Wolves, currently outside of the playoff race, looking in, looked to make some moves for the future.

The day started with the expected as Thompson, the Tampa Bay Lightning product who is destined to pro hockey next year was shipped to the Soo Greyhounds in exchange for a pair of 18 year-olds - left-winger Marc Boudreau and Dallas Stars defensive prospect Jacob Holmes - along with a second round pick (Hamilton Bulldogs) in 2022.

As the clock struck noon, it looked like that might be it for the wheeling and dealing of Sudbury GM Rob Papineau, who had been rumoured to be shopping Stillman for at least the past week or so.

Those whispers were confirmed a short while later when it was announced that the first rounder of the New Jersey Devils had been traded to the Peterborough Petes in exchange for: Sudbury native and 2021 OHL 1st rounder Alex Pharand and a boatload of picks (Sarnia 2nd rd - 2022; Niagara 2nd rd - 2024; Kitchener 3rd rd - 2023; Owen Sound 3rd rd - 2023; Hamilton 3rd round - 2024).

Selected 14th overall this past June, Pharand was moved from Hamilton to Peterborough earlier in the day, a big part of a trade that netted the Bulldogs coveted Anaheim Ducks' prospect Mason McTavish, never actually suiting up with the Petes before being returned to the hometown Wolves.

Apparently, the Sudbury-Hamilton talks were not completely fruitless as the Wolves sent 19 year-old forward Giordano Biondi to the Bulldogs in exchange for an 8th round pick in 2022.

The new-look Wolves will take to the road this weekend, looking at a tough three game swing through Peterborough, Kingston and Ottawa, back in Sudbury only on Friday, January 21st, at which time they play host to the Oshawa Generals.

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