Will be blogging and answering questions from the rink this morning. Get that "refresh" button warmed up.
The most asked question of the week: "Do you think the Storm will do anything?"
Well, they already have, if you count Brock Beukeboom, Saverio Posa and Michael Nishi (the just-signed 19-year-old goaltender).
Other than that, I think Mike Kelly has offers on the table to teams for players that involve primarily draft picks and second-tier players and hopes at some point those offeres become more attractive to teams as the deadline nears.
He might improve them slightly, but I can't see a change in philosophy. If he had wanted to part with high draft picks he probably would have been in the bidding for Slater Koekoek, who went to Windsor Wednesday night for two second rounders and former second round pick Michael Clark.
All in all I expect the Storm to add one or two playes today, but not impact players. The prevailing thought is that even if they do lose Pedan, Richard, Beukeboom, Posa, McNaughton and maybe Garret Sparks, they have the tools to fill those holes over the off season in the form of two first round import picks and three overage slots. Plus whatever trades that might be consumated in the summer.