Category Archives: Saskatoon Blades

Blades Not Done Another 1993 Vet Dealt

The Saskatoon Blades have announced a trade with the Portland Winterhawks.

The deal has Shane McColgan being dealt to the Winterhawks in exchange for a pair of draft picks.  The Blades will receive a 3rd round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft in the deal, along with a 7th round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

McColgan spent one season with the Blades after being acquired from the Kelowna Rockets in May of 2012.  He appeared in 69 regular season games in 2012-13, posting 19 goals and 66 points to go along with a +9 rating and 50 PIMs.

Saskatoon Blades Get Their Nikkel-Back

The Saskatoon Blades have announced a trade with the Everett Silvertips.

The deal has the Blades acquiring defenceman Ayrton Nikkel from the Everett Silvertips in exchange for defenceman Matt Pufahl and a 5th round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.

Nikkel is a left-handed shooting defenceman, listed at 6’1 and 195 pounds.  He’s 1995-born and is from Kelowna, BC.

It’s a return to Saskatoon for Nikkel, as he was drafted by the Blades in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.  He was dealt to Brandon at the 2011 trade deadline that saw Brayden Schenn head to the Blades.  Nikkel has appeared in 110 regular season WHL games, including one as a member of the Saskatoon Blades.  This past season Nikkel dressed in 49 games with the Wheat Kings and Silvertips, posting 9 points and 117 PIMs.

O’ Canada Another Top 10 Countdown

After a great long weekend and an impressive Saskatchewan Roughrider win on Saturday here’s a look back at my 10 most pondered thoughts…

Here we go with another smattering of 10 thoughts in my Top 10 Tuesday:

10 – I really liked what I saw from the Saskatchewan Roughriders in their opening game of the season in Edmonton. The team came out prepared executed a game plan took an early lead and held on for the win. Was it a Picasso? No! They did get the two points though and this week against Calgary will be a huge measuring stick.

Saskatoon Blades For Sale?

Since I moved to Saskatoon over a decade ago rumours have always swirled around the Saskatoon Blades being for sale.

In recent years that has morphed into the Saskatoon Blades moving out of the Bridge City for an AHL team or even an NHL team.

Well this time there appears to be some gravity to the talk on coffee row.

Yesterday CJWW Sports Director and play-by-play voice of the Saskatoon Blades Les Lazaruk returned early from his holidays to speak to the rumour and how there now appears to be some truth to it.

Brent Back With Baby Nats

It appears as though current Red Deer Rebels owner, General Manager, and Head Coach Brent Sutter will get another shot at coaching Canada’s national junior team.

Hockey Canada is expected to make it official tomorrow when they name their Head Scout, Head Coach and management team for 2014.

Brent Sutter will get another chance to lead the Canadian juniors back to gold.

Even More Of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat

Some of Dis N’ Dat to wind-up the week…

The sky is not falling in Riderville, despite a one point loss at home to Calgary last night! Looked like it could though around Mosaic Stadium with threatening clouds throughout the evening. However, it is pretty clear that both the offensive and defensive lines need to vastly improve should the Riders wish to be successful this season. The starting ‘O’ line was in tough handling 4-and-5 man rushes from Calgary not to mention blitzes. While the ‘D’ is going to have to find a way to stop the run as Jon Cornish was able to scamper at will! The Green and White could also use a consistent kicker!

Elsewhere in the CFL I get Winnipeg not playing Buck Pierce in the final pre-season game in Hamilton last night. BUT to get shutout in the CFL?

World Juniors Headed East:

Hockey Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Thursday that Montreal, Que., and Toronto, Ont., will co-host the 2015 and 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships.

This will mark the 11th and 12th times Canada has hosted the IIHF World Junior Championship. Past Canadian host cities include Calgary and Edmonton, Alta. (2012); Regina and Saskatoon, Sask. (2010); Ottawa, Ont. (2009); Vancouver, Kamloops and Kelowna, B.C. (2006); Halifax and Sydney, N.S. (2003); Winnipeg, Man. (1999); Red Deer, Alta. (1995); Saskatoon, Sask. (1991); Hamilton, Ont. (1986) and Montreal, Que. (1978).

Blades Shuffle The Deck

The Saskatoon Blades have announced a restructuring of their coaching and hockey operations staff, effective immediately.  The change includes associate coach David Struch being promoted to the role of head coach.

Outgoing head coach Lorne Molleken will remain on as both general manager and alternate governor.

The rest of the Blades coaching staff will stay intact, including Jerome Engele and Curtis Leschyshyn staying on as assistant coaches, with Tim Cheveldae remaining in place as the goaltending coach.

It’s Tuesday’s 10 Best Counted Down

Here are some random thoughts on a Tuesday counted down for your pleasure.

10 – Good start to the CFL season for the Saskatchewan Roughriders with a come-from-behind 31-24 win in Edmonton on Friday night. The true test, however, will be on Thursday night as they take on Calgary. However, must say that I did REALLY like the push from the defensive line in pressuring the Edmonton quarterbacks AND the way that the secondary seemed to be around the ball all night.

9 – MORE Riders,

Dis N’ Dat On The WHL, CFL, Riders And More

Dave’s Dis N Dat on a Friday Morning…

Well we get our first look at the 2013 Saskatchewan Roughriders tonight. I like the fact that Darian Durant is going to get some playing time and work on the new George Cortez offence. It will also be interesting to see if the Rider O-Line can handle the pass rush of the Eskimos and if the Green and White in turn can generate a rush of their own.

Interesting how the excitement of a new