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The Butchers Trims its Roster

2014-01-11

The Butchers GM and coaching staff met with 5 of its newly acquired veterans players ( Briere, Gill, Theodore, Jones and Jurcina)  to discuss their roles with the team.  It was clear that none of the players were initially happy about coming to Regina.  

We assured Briere that he would be our number 1 centre.and Gill would anchor the top 2 defense pairings.  Both were acquired to be mentors to our young players and prospects. They will receive lots of ice time, more than they would receive with any other UHL team.  We  promised them, that if they regained their "lustre" and if playoff bound team were intersted in acquring them at trade deadlines, we would trade them and not stand in the way of them earning a UHL championship team.

We had  expected to make Theodore the back up to Hillier as the Butchers were confident that Brian Elliot would be traded to another team.. However, with the glut of quality goaltending in the ufa market, it became clear, no offers were coming for Elliot.  As a result, Hillier and Elliot will be used in a platoon basis,  both getting a share of the starts.  Theodore is not happy with the prospects of being a 3rd guy, and spending time in the press box.  He has asked for his unconditional release.  The Butchers have agreed and will buy out the balance of his contract.

Jucina, was clear, he'd rather head back to europe than spend any time in Regina.  The Butchers will release Jurcina, and give him is unconditional release so he can do what he likes.

Ryan Jones is a guy we think could get his career back on track in Regina, but he didnt think he would get a fair shot to earn a roster  spot, since  the Butchers are focused on giving its young players more ice time so they can develop quickly.  As a result the Butchers will unconditionally release Jones.

With these three waiver releases, the Butchers are now within the roster limits.