Maine Hockey Journal

UPDATE:Ducks gain a little Weight

The Anaheim Ducks have made a trade, but not necessarily one that everybody thought they would make.

The Ducks have acquired Doug Weight from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for center Andy MacDonald. The Ducks have also acquired Michal Birner and a 7th round draft pick as part of the overall deal.

In speaking with Al Coates, who is in Manchester watching the Pirates, he couldn’t comment on the transaction, but he never denied it either, only to give me the “wink-wink”, saying thanks for nothing right.

The first clue should have been earlier in the day when Geoff Platt was assigned to Portland, but a “change of plans” forced him to stay with the team. We now know what the change of plans, with MacDonald being pulled from the line up, the Ducks would have been short a forward. Once Weight arrives in Anaheim, Platt should be on his way back to Portland, pending any new trade.

One could also make an assumption that Michal Birner would be on his way to Portland as well. In 18 games with the Peoria Rivermen, he has two goals, five assists for seven points.

Stay tuned for more updates and quotes from the Pirates coaching staff.

UPDATE: After the Pirates 4-0 lost to the Manchester Monarchs, Pirates’ coach Kevin Dineen was noncommittal about Birner and Platt being in Portland tomorrow. Of course, news of the trade was still fresh as he was digesting the facts. According to a Peoria newspaper, Birner expects to be in Portland tomorrow and is looking for a chance of scenery after requesting a trade from the Blues. Also, Bruno St. Jacques will be assigned to Portland once Scott Niedermayer is activated and he could also be in the lineup tomorrow night.

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