By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire. "
The Owen Sound Attack hit the Ontario Hockey League Christmas Break on a 5 game win streak.
Trust me when I tell you I'm happy for the players, and for the staff, who have achieved this run; there are few things in life & Junior Hockey more enjoyable than a 3 weekend run of success.
But also trust me when I tell you this win streak has done NOTHING to alter my expectations that Attack lineup will be re-jigged in a BIG way.
When I say re-jigged, do not assume that I believe the Owen Sound roster will be bolstered to enhance the current group that has put together wins over Barrie, London, Guelph, Kingston & Ottawa.... Certainly not in the short term.
As it stands today, with the OHL Trade Freeze in effect until December 27th, Owen Sound is speaking with a half dozen teams; 3 in the Western Conference & 3 in the Eastern Conference. Five of those teams are easy to figure out, the 6th one, and the package being explored, caught me a bit off guard.
Among those 6 potential trading partners, there exists as many as 3 separate deals, and that's where the path gets murky.
Understandably, there's no set package from Owen Sound, and the variables as to who is being pitched to whom in any possible transaction is rotational.
Plus, there's also the very slight, and I mean miniscule, possibility that Owen Sound won't do a deal or any deals because the return being offered isn't what they want, or perhaps the players to be acquired might be reluctant to move.
For example, in one of the previous significant OHL transactions this year, the terms of the deal had to be re-worked because the player being transferred wanted no part of the stated new destination.
So there's a lot of balls in the air for the Owen Sound Attack and General Manager Dale DeGray as they enjoy a 5 game winning streak at Christmas.
But my steadfast belief is that after Christmas, the Attack team that just won 5 in a row will have a different to vastly different look.
I'm Fred Wallace