Wednesday, February 3, 2010

David Gerths traded to Green Bay

Thanks to "Jofa" for providing this tip.

According to the Green Bay Gamblers website, Stars forward David Gerths has been traded from Lincoln to Green Bay for Gambers forward Sam Alfieri, and an "undisclosed draft pick."  Here is an exerpt from the article on the Green Bay website:
The Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) have acquired Lincoln Stars forward David Gerths in exchange for forward Sam Alfieri and an undisclosed draft pick.

Gerths, who was named to the USHL Western Division All Star team in 2009 and again in 2010, ranked fourth on the Stars in scoring with 16 points. The Ankeny, Iowa native was also a member of the 2008 and 2009 United States Select Team that captured back-to-back gold medals at the World Junior “A” Challenge. Gerths is committed to Notre Dame.

The USHL trade deadline is Saturday, February 6th, so I thought something could happen this week in regards to player movement on the Stars.  Gerths will certainly be missed by the fans in Lincoln.  Although his point totals this season have dropped compared to last season, David was always one of the hardest working players on the ice.  The kid has a huge heart, and the Stars will certainly miss his effort on the ice.  Good luck to him in Green Bay.  David will go to a VERY good Green Bay squad, so hopefully he will find his scoring touch with them.

Meanwhile, Sam Alfieri ('91) is a 5'11", 176 pound forward from Buffalo, NY.  Alfieri has scored 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists) in 34 games with the Gamblers this season.  Before coming to Green Bay, Alfieri played hockey for Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, MN.

We'll have to wait and see what the "undisclosed draft pick" turns out to be.  I'd guess that it would be a first or second round USHL Entry Draft pick, but who knows at this point.

So what do the fans think about this latest move made by the Stars?  Will there be more trades coming before the 2/6 deadline?

Edit:  According to Brent Wagner of the Lincoln Journal Star, the "undisclosed draft pick" mentioned in the Gamblers article is a first round draft pick.

15 comments:

BellTolls said...

I like the move. Building for the future and really not hurting ourselves too much in the present. On top of that, our only all star now gets a chance to play for cups, so it works out for him, works out for us. Good deal. I'd like to see one or two more before the trade deadline (Feb. 6).

Yeti said...

Agreed, BT. I think this trade benefits both teams. David will thrive on a very good GB team.

I'll be rooting for the Gamblers for sure now. I like the style of hockey they play anyway. I'm sure David will fit in very well with them. I'm sure he's probably upset about having to leave his teammates, but he's going to a great organization in Green Bay.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only person wanting to get a lynch mob together? By taking the best and most motivated off of our team it kills the morale. I wish Gerths luck and will miss him on the ice. I hope the boys can keep their spirits up with another devastating trade. GOO STARS!!!!

Jofa said...

Let's face it , the Gamblers play the Stars style much better than we do. Gritty,nasty, superb defense and bury the oppositions mistakes.I hate to see David go but this will help us get back to where we want to be. Good luck to Dave and go Gamblers.

BellTolls said...

Anonymous, these are big boys. If they can't motivate themselves because one of their buddies got traded, they wouldn't be in this league in the first place. They know this league is a business, not a rec league. The team will be fine. We're a last place team, the only thing that is going to help morale at this point is winning some games.

Yeti said...

Well said, Jofa. Ever since Jon Cooper took over that franchise, he has them playing outstanding hockey. He took a team that was in the dumps a few season ago, and has them competing for the Andy and Clark cups the past two seasons.

Considering where both teams involved in this trade are at in the standings, this trade makes a lot of sense.

StarsHcky said...

I think this sucks b/c i thought that Gerths brought a lot to the table even though he wasnt a big goal scorer. As someone mentioned above he was the hardest working players on the ice and a great leader and will be greatly missed my this team and by the fans. And even though i dont like this trade, I can understand why it had to happen, to help us out of the future and @ least Gerths will be able to go and play for one of the top teams and be able to compete in the playoffs for a cup. So even though im sad to see him go, I wish him good luck in Green Bay!

Justin S. said...

I can see both sides of the arguement. Obviously Gerths was a fan favorite and he obviously has great skill and I'm sorry to see him go. But on the other hand, we get a good, young player, and presumably a first round pick for the entry draft which will probably yeild a USHL player for next year. I don't believe you can totally hate the trade or totally love it, both of those opinions are completely foolish. But either way, I see this trade as coach seeing the playoffs are a long shot and just playing for the players to get college looks. So with this trade, I would say the season is pretty much over and the rebuilding and process of picking up the pieces begins. I just can't wait for the tryout camp next year because that will be the future right there.

Anonymous said...

Gerths said he didn’t want to be traded, but McGroarty felt he needed to make the move regardless. Sam Alfieri...but hasn’t scored in his last 14 games. Does anyone think think the boys dont feel let down when a player they look to as leader is traded involuntarily? I saw them hit the ice after a key player was traded (we all know who I am talking about) and it was evident they felt it. When spirits are down its hard to win. Coaching staff may be amiss this year with its picks. Still loving my STARS!!!!

tzweeb said...

22 games to go and it sounds like alot have given up. i would like to say that we do have a chance to make it back into a playoff spot, but its going to be hard with all the negativity going around.
didnt tri-city do the same thing last year when they traded the top goal scorer in the league??
mike cichy was with tri city for 2 1/2 years and got traded and is now in college doing quite well.
and tri city has improved from last year too. 08-09 they only had 11 wins and 23 points and were at the bottom ot the west.

we are 15 points behind tri city and a play off spot with 3 games at hand so dont give up just yet. there is alot of hockey to be played.
i think its time for a john belushi moment...
WHO'S WITH ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh I am with ya! GOOO STARS! But lets make it clear...Gerths already had a college spot and will do well, as he always has. Good trade for him (whether he likes it or not) but bad for the Stars. I dont know about you but I would like to see key players stick around, especially when they say they dont want to go anywhere and already have a college in their hand.

Anonymous said...

Best of luck to you David Gerths. Been a joy watching you for the past few years.

For the love of the game....Starfish

Anonymous said...

tzweeb-don't compare last years tri-city team with this years. The only reason they traded Cichy was for money-plain and simple. The team last year was doing anything they could to stay afloat. One more thing to remember-Jon Cooper applied for the Stars job I believe. Where do you think we'd be now with him as coach?

Moody said...

Looking towards the future is what this trade tells me...

Anonymous said...

All this trade does is replace a draft pick we traded away earlier.