BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer email@example.com
Shuffling the deck in a last-ditch effort to make the playoffs while looking to the future, the Condors made a major move on Thursday by trading four players to four teams.
Forward Peter Boyd was traded to Alaska for a pair of players and forward Evan Trupp was sent to South Carolina for two players. In addition, forward Daniel Koger was sent to Florida for future considerations, defenseman Francis Meilleur was dealt to Las Vegas for futures, and the rights to David Walker were traded to Ontario for futures.
Condors coach Matt O'Dette said Trupp and Boyd asked to be traded.
"We wanted to shuffle the deck anyway; we're not winning with the group we have and this was the last day to make trades," O"Dette said. "We get fresh faces and hungry players and (the traded players) get a fresh start."
Boyd, who was an assistant captain, was third on the team with 29 points. Trupp had 27 points.
The players coming to the Condors are rookies.
The Condors acquired forward Shawn Skelly and defenseman Chris Haltigan from the Aces and forward Phil Mangan and defenseman Art Bidevski from South Carolina.
Skelly started the season in the Southern Professional Hockey League and had 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 19 games with Alaska. Haltigin has 11 points in 46 games.
Mangan started the season with Stockton and has 12 goals and 10 assists in 55 games between the two team. Bidevska leads South Carolina in penalty minutes (103) and has scored four points.
O'Dette said he the two players from Alaska should be in the lineup tonight's against Ontario.