Rocket not willing to mortgage future

Jason Malloy
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Team bolsters blue-line, holds on to Lagace

P.E.I. Rocket goalie Maxime Lagace makes a save against the Moncton Wildcats during the second period of QMJHL action at the Moncton Coliseum on Friday.

The asking price was too steep for the P.E.I. Rocket to add a forward Tuesday at the trade deadline.

President and governor Serge Savard Jr. told The Guardian, shortly after the trade window closed at 1 p.m. Atlantic, he decided to stand pat.

“We did try to get another forward at the last minute, but again it’s hard because it was always (Yan-Pavel) Laplante and (Alexis) Pépin,” he said of the asking price.

“I was not prepared to trade those two guys.”

One player who wasn’t traded was goaltender Maxime Lagace.

“We tried to move our goaltender,” Savard said. “The reality is the offers were not there. . . Now I have two No. 1s and they have to battle.”

Lagace will compete with Antoine Bibeau for time in the crease.

“I’m not unhappy about the situation. The Rocket is a good organization and they have a good team this year,” he said. “It’s going to be a big challenge for me and Bibeau. Obviously, both of us want to start. It’s going to be a fun second half of the season.”

Savard did bolster the blue-line with the addition of Anthony Cortese and Troy Vance. Cortese has already suited up for the Rocket and Vance will get his first chance Thursday when the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada come to town for a 7 p.m. game.

Lagace said he liked the trades to help solidify the backend to go with the firepower the team has up front. “I think we have all the assets to succeed in the other half of the season,” he said.

Laplante is expected back in February after suffering a shoulder injury this summer while playing with Team Canada at the under-18 Ivan Hlinka memorial tournament.

“He’s going to (have) a big, big impact for us,” Savard said.

He is also excited to have players, who participated in international competitions, return to the lineup.

“We haven’t seen the full potential of this lineup.”

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Recent comments

  • Pete
    January 09, 2013 - 11:22

    I for one think Savard did the right thing. How many times have we seen a mid-season trade that maybe got us a few extra goals scored but did nothing for the following season while the players/draft picks that the Rocket traded away for those few extra goals went on to become stars who paid dividends for their new team for 2 or 3 or 4 years? Far too often in my estimation. LaPlante and Pepin are future stars that we needed to keep. And we need good draft picks to keep the ball rolling. We've mortgaged the future too often in the past and it has never paid off ... time for a new strategy.

  • Pocket Rocket
    January 09, 2013 - 11:04

    Good job Serge. If trades weren't there to be made, why give players away for nothing. This team has played hard all season and deserve to have a good playoff run. We now have a solid six on defence and haven't mortgaged the future.

  • Back to montreal
    January 09, 2013 - 10:42

    Heard a rumor that Savard is selling the team, literally this year. Team will be sold to a local name, and savard will take his rocket name back to Quebec with him. Why else would he not deal players . JUST GLAD THERE NOT GOING TO BE CALLED THE CHARLOTTETOWN STORM. Hint hint.

  • Islander
    January 09, 2013 - 05:57

    Unwilling to mortgage future....but yet does nothing for the future and does less for the present. In other he accomplished nothing. This team will never be a top team in the league and the fans will never get a chance to cheer for a contending team. Thanks Savard, we really appreciate that.

  • Big Fella
    January 09, 2013 - 00:08

    You guys must be top managers from your living rooms! The guy has a solid nucleus in place and wont give away his assets for a temporary period. Makes sense to me.

  • Big Fella
    January 09, 2013 - 00:08

    You guys must be top managers from your living rooms! The guy has a solid nucleus in place and wont give away his assets for a temporary period. Makes sense to me.

  • again
    January 08, 2013 - 23:33

    And you wonder why people dislike this team. Savard does nothing once again for this team. This is not the team that is going to go past the second round. Maybe people should not go to the next Rocket game as a token of how pissed off they should be. This is a middle of the pack team. And to do nothing at the deadline shows savard will do nothing to make this team better. Why doesn't this team go somewhere else and take Savard with them. Only on pei would he get away with this. Anywhere else fans would not put up with it. What a joke.

  • Duffy
    January 08, 2013 - 21:22

    Should fans be surprised that Savard couldn't make some trades? Considering this SAME GM said Ben Duffy was going to be a 130 points player this year...not really. Savard needs to realize that his assets are not as great as he makes em out to be. Afterall, his offers were no doubt just as weak as his ability to consider offers on Duffy. Then again, what do ya expect.

    • Point Counter
      January 09, 2013 - 20:54

      Hmmm! Season just a bit past half-over, Duffy has 65 points. Hmmm, that's about 1/2 of 130. Hope you are being ironic or are you just another nattering negative Islander who sits in your basement and churns out pure unadulterated tripe on your computer. What do I expect, I expect about one half of the people in this province to be against just about anything. Unfortunately, it seems to be the half that has computers!!!