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  • WHL's Swift Current Broncos lose Julius Honka to Dallas Stars' AHL team, which could have ripple effect

    Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net1 day ago

    Losing an 18-year-old star to the pros, normally, is just the price of success in major junior hockey.

    The timing and the means by which the Swift Current Broncos officially lost Julius Honka to the Dallas Stars organization goes beyond the typical breaks of the major junior game, though. Since Honka was ruled to be on loan while he played with the Western Hockey League team last season, that exempts him from the NHL-Canadian Hockey League agreement that forbids a draft pick from a Canadian junior team from playing in the minors full-time before his 20-year-old season.

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  • Moncton Wildcats get Vladimir Tkachev back after Edmonton Oilers barred from signing him due to European experience

    Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net1 day ago

    To someone, somewhere, it makes sense that Vladimir Tkachev would have been able to sign with the Edmonton Oilers if they had, say, drafted him in the sixth round.

    The Moncton Wildcats, as it turns out, will get St. Louis Blues-drafted centre Ivan Barbashev's presumably favourite linemate back a little sooner than expected. Tkachev was the revelation of the Oilers camp after coming in as an undrafted free agent, but as Edmonton found out when it tried to file his contract on Tuesday, Tkachev cannot sign since he did not play all of last season in North America. (He didn't join the 'Cats until Jan. 21.)

    From the Edmonton Journal :

    The 141-pound winger will be tossed back into the draft pool in June.

    “We felt he was eligible because he had played games last season in North America, but in talking to the NHL, the wording is clear that he had to have played a full season,” said Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish.

    “We missed it. At no point was Tkachev eligible.”

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  • Victoria Royals' Ryan Gagnon, Kamloops Blazers' Patrik Maier suspended by WHL for illegal checks (VIDEO)

    Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net2 days ago

    The Kamloops Blazers and Victoria Royals met on each of the first two weekends in the WHL. Suffice to say, the early-season animosity between the B.C. Division clubs might have factored into two questionable hits that have resulted in suspensions to the Royals' Ryan Gagnon and Blazers' Patrik Maier.

    On Friday night, Gagnon received a charging major/game misconduct after drilling Blazers wing Josh Connolly in the corner, which touched off a scuffle. It looks like Connolly twisted slightly a split-second before contact so that his back was presented to the oncoming Gagnon, which might explain why it was called charging rather than a check from behind. Still, that's an awfully unsafe play.

    Midway through the third, of a 7-2 game, Maier blindsided Victoria's Axel Blomqvist following an offside call.

    Blomqvist, a 6-foot-5 forward who is a signed Winnipeg Jets prospect, missed Victoria's game the following night. The play was certainly avoidable.

    Each offender has been put under indefinite suspension. (Portland's Paul Bittner also had a TBD for a checking-from-behind major/game misconduct he received last Saturday.)

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