Friday, November 6, 2009

Siers and Racine traded to Waterloo; Puskar returns

Wow. Talk about a stunner.

Thanks to an anonymous post, I checked the Pointstreak transactions page and discovered that forward Jimmy Siers, and goaltender Steven Racine have been traded to Waterloo. No word yet on who is coming to Lincoln in return, although I would have to assume that one of the two Waterloo goaltenders (C.J. Motte and Dayn Belfour) could be coming to the Stars, since Racine was sent to the Blackhawks. Both Motte and Belfour have terrible numbers on the season, so I will be a bit puzzled if one of those two ends up on the Stars. Dayn Belfour is the son of longtime NHL goaltender Ed Belfour. I wouldn't be surprised if two or even three Waterloo players end up on Lincoln's roster after this trade has been made public.

Edit: Our good friend Brent Wagner of the Lincoln Journal Star has posted an update in regards to the roster movement today. Click here to read the article.

In summary: No players will be coming to Lincoln in this trade, only draft picks. Jon Puskar ('89) will be returning from the BCHL to play for Lincoln. Puskar was traded to the NAHL last season, and then attempted to join the Stars during the offseason. He was cut after the tryouts this past June. Puskar was playing with Burnaby in the BCHL this season, and accumulated 24 points in 20 games. Affiliate forward Ryan Dzingel will be joining the team full-time very soon.

43 comments:

dr said...

Oh god, hopefully this lights a fire under the team. With Siers being traded I would have to think NOBODY is safe....

Anonymous said...

I wonder who they are going to have out there breaking up the plays, Siers did such a great job at that. Someone better pick it up or we are dooooooommmmmeeeedddd

starstruck said...

From an article in the Waterloo paper "Black Hawks' head coach P.K. O'Handley is hoping he will have enough healthy players to field a team."

http://www.wcfcourier.com/sports/hockey/article_1c54e83c-cad8-11de-ab66-001cc4c03286.html

Yeti said...

Thanks for the link, starstruck. I'm surprised the article didn't mention this trade, considering how big it is.

I don't think losing Siers is going to hurt that much, but I understand that a lot of people will be disappointed to see him leave. Because of his role on the team, he was certainly a fan-favorite. However, because of the reputation he built up last season, nobody seemed to want to challenge him at all this season.

Travis said...

Wow what a shocker. Agree that Siers leaving really does not hurt the team much, but there will be some ticked off fans I am sure. Keep the faith in McGroarty. Ever year he seems to make the right moves. HOpefully this is one of them.

Anonymous said...

Siers will be another big loss to the Stars team. Probably more of a loss in the locker room for the guys. Moral is low and this one is not going to make things better anytime soon. It will be interesting to see the 2 lines of forwards play tomorrow night.

Yeti said...

Agreed, Travis. Coach McGroarty has shown multiple times during the past two seasons that he is very adept at making the right moves, at the right times. Some of the fans won't like this move because Siers was very popular, but players get traded. It happens. Obviously, Coach McGroarty wasn't too happy with how the team has been playing, so he shook up the roster a bit. That's his job.

I'm not a player or a coach, so I don't know what effect losing Siers will have in the locker room.

Anonymous said...

So can't the "C" and "A's" keep the moral up. Isn't that what they are for?

Anonymous said...

its clear now as it should have been to all he picked the wrong guys at the camp...alot of quality players who can play hockey, not goon hockey players were sent home

Anonymous said...

Its good to see that Racine will go somewhere he knows he will play more. Jimmy never really gave him a chance in there. Best of Luck to him

Anonymous said...

I'm sure he'll bring in a name everyone knows!

Travis said...

It would be nice to get a goal scorer. I would take Derek Arnold from their roster. 7 assists this year and no goals. Last year he had 20 goals and 12 assists, along with 77 pim. Their goalies stink so far. Belfour only has one start and gave up over six goals. Who knows what we will get. Looks like they are in teh same boat we are (illness, injuries and a slow start).

Anonymous said...

don't assume-no goalie coming from Waterloo! And with the foreigner spots taken, it will be interesting to see where we pick up some stellar players from.

starstruck said...

Brent has posted an update on Blue Line

Yeti said...

Thanks for the update, starstruck. Much appreciated. I will update this article with the new news.

Glad to see Puskar will be back! He was one of my favorite players from last season. I was really surprised he was cut after tryouts, considering how well he played.

Anonymous said...

Yeti, where did you hear that Dzingle will soon be joining the Stars full-time? You stated that above in the blog article.

Yeti said...

Anonymous,

I recently received an email from a good source that Dzingel was being brought up permanently. Brent's article doesn't mention that, so if my information is incorrect...I apologize. Do you have any specific information to share in regards to Dzingel?

Justin said...

Besides being a fighter, Siers role was much more than that. As stated earlier, he broke up playsbut he played with a lot effort when COach put him out ont he PK. Sad to see him go. Hopefully someone can step up into that aggresive profile. On a side note, not suprised to see Racine go. Only a matter of time before Jimmy brings in this years Divid Reekie.

Anonymous said...

We will not miss Siers that much. Everyone on this team is required to give maximum effort. Puskar is a guy who will give just as much effort as Siers in breaking up plays but will score many more goals and record many more assists in the process. Siers wasn't even one of our top PK guys I don't believe, so I dont know where all this stuff is coming from about how much he'll be missed. He was enforcer who can't do his job here anymore. sorry to see him go, but we'll be better for it.

Yeti said...

According to Pointstreak, Siers is in the lineup tonight for Waterloo. He's wearing #53. They are in Omaha playing the Lancers. Probably one of the few times I'll root for Waterloo. :)

Racine isn't listed on the Waterloo roster...yet.

Justin said...

Yeti, Racine is on there. Just not in the goalies spot. #33.

Yeti said...

Thanks, Justin....missed that.

silver said...

When you turn tryouts in to a profit machine. Which is what the Stars did this summer,this is what you end up with. There were at least 20 more kids this year vs last year. Kids that stood out at 08 tryouts were very quiet at 09 tryouts,because they new they were on the team. The coaching allowed the complacent play and it is up to the coaching to right the ship.

Anonymous said...

Siers is a HUGE loss for the Stars and really I cant believe how many fans have come on to say he won't be missed!If you say that about Siers than you will say that about any player. Best of Luck to a Stars fan fav and just wait and see how much we will miss him when we play Waterloo and he drops the mitts!

Anonymous said...

So Siers drops the mitts against Lincoln So what? Last time I checked, it takes two players to fight. You think anyone on Lincoln is dumb enough to challenge him? Doubt it. So other than Siers trying to fight someone, what else is he going to do? Trades happen. If Siers could produce offensively, I doubt he would have been traded.

Also, the Stars only had one tryout camp. Compare that to the majority of other USHL teams who had MULTIPLE camps. Profit machine? Yeah, whatever.

Li-Studios A.K.A. James said...

This is how the good old game of hockey goes!

Yeti said...

Okay, folks. Let's all take a deep breath and relax. We all wish the best for Siers and Racine in Waterloo. Siers will get more playing time in Waterloo, which will help his chances of landing a hockey scholarship. Racine will probably get more playing time also. It's a good trade for both players. Puskar is a guy who will help out both with grit, and with points. I'm excited to see how the players do tomorrow night against Waterloo. Brent Tate, Brodie Reid, and Steve West will all be back in the lineup. It's time to get out of this slump.

Go Stars.

Anonymous said...

I really question some of our fans' hockey intelligence right now. I understand some people are emotionally attached to the players and have relationships or whatever, but as someone who knows none of the players individually and can evaluate them as players without being biased, Siers was a 4th line forward on this team who was a healthy scratch a few weeks ago, doesn't fight anymore because no one will take him on, and gives us absolutely nothing in the offensive zone to a team that already struggles to score. I applaud Jimmy for having the guts to unload some players and get some sorely needed draft picks in return. The reason this team has fallen behind this year is a direct result of us trading away all our draft picks for players over the years. This team is bad and Siers and Racine aren't providing anything for us. I'm sorry. That's just the way it is.

PensFan71 said...

Didnt know if anyone saw this yet but Siers had an assist in the Waterloo game tonight. Good for him. He may not have put up the goals or assists for us yet this season, but he was one of the guys that never quit and always skated his butt off. I wish him the best of luck and he will be missed!

Li-Studios A.K.A. James said...

Yeti please tell me that you have found someone to host an moderate the interactive chat for the game against waterloo this saturday? Cheers!

dr said...

I'm not much of a betting guy but if I were to bet....Someone from lincoln will drop the gloves against Jimmy. We play them twice in the next couple of weekends and we have taken how many stupid penalties this year? Why should I think we won't make another dumb decision and fight against Jimmy? Anyways best of luck to him and racine, nice to see Jimmy getting an assist tonight in Omaha unfortunately Racine took the loss. Best of luck to both of them

BA Photos said...

this just in stars have traded their team photographer to omaha for a puck bag and 2 water bottles

Silver said...

Stars overpaid....

Anonymous said...

From one anonymous to another, your quote: "Siers gives us absolutely nothing in the offensive zone to a team that already struggles to score".
Ok look at the stats - Siers 10 games, 1 point,
-1, SOG 5: Peterson 12 games, 1 point, -9, SOG 26. WOW!!!! who is struggling here!!! Not to take anything away from Peterson he is a good player, but lets be realistic here. 4 d-men have more points than Peterson. Now who is struggling.

Let's just put the Siers incident behind us and concentrate on the rest of the season.

GO STARS!!!

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starstruck said...

Regarding your trade Brandon - stars should have done better. Any photographer who can make Yeti look that fierce in a photo is worth his weight in hockey pucks :)

Anonymous said...

Where did I mention anything about Peterson? I don't see how he is relevant to this topic. I stand by my statement. Siers was giving us nothing in the offensive zone. Since you brought Petey up though, he at least is our best shot blocking forward and one of the top PK guys. I don't recall Siers playing on any specialty units.

Yeti said...

You are too funny, starstruck. And I agree...I need all the help I can get to look "fierce" in my hockey gear.

I'm going to write up a pregame report this afternoon for the Waterloo game, so stay tuned for that. Also, I am going to try to have the live blog/chat thing going again tonight...but it will be late (real life gets in the way again). I'll probably start it around the 2nd intermission. I wish I could just start it at 7pm and walk away, but it requires moderation.

Anonymous said...

We let a brilliant goalie slip away...Racine is a master tonight against us. Is there any way we can get him back?

Anonymous said...

maybe more player will want to be traded, get a fresh start. Way to go Racine and Siers.

Anonymous said...

WOW! Let two players go and one scores on us and the other has two assists - COACH what were you thinking? Maybe you should have given those two players a little more playing time and let them prove what they could do. And what happened to all our top notch scorers? Where were they last night? Oh that's right they are all coming back from injuries or sickness - (excuse). What was Puskars excuse? And from the pre-game with Fouts if Puskar was putting in all those goals why was he being traded all the time? Just sickening, that's all I can say.

Jay Deley said...

Hate to tell you this, but the data on Puskar is totally accurate. He was recently traded to the Quesnel Millionaires from Burnaby, on Nov 1st (cant paste links here for some reason - but go to bchl.ca, click on the News tab, then Transactions).

Burnaby stats - 20Gms 9-15-24, 25PiM
Quesnel stats - 1Gm, no pts or PiM

I know this as I update the BCHL stats for a stats site online: eliteprospects.com

Jay Deley said...

Not totally, I mean... hahah - you can tell I'm not sleeping well lately... haha