Thursday, January 31, 2008

Extraliga "trade" deadline ends today

Compared to the last 2 season, we don´t have a lot of movement on the market this year. The moves made in late January aren´t not really trades, trades are mostly made during the regular season. The situation is a little bit different now.
Teams not going anywhere are now offering their best players to teams gearing up for a play-off run. Short term. This helps them to get them off their payroll for the reminder of the season, or even to get in some extra money.

But not all GM´s are willing to take the risk of lending out their best player. What if he gets injured in the play-offs?

One of them is Zlin´s Miroslav Michalovsky: "I have received already several requests regarding Jaroslav Balastik" he says. Other often requested Zlin players are: F Dusan Andrasovsky, D Tomas Kloucek and D Lubomir Vosatko. "I could lend out half of our roster". concludes Michalovsky in the Idnes interview.

Here´s a overview of what happened so far:

D Charlie Cook from HIFK Helsinki to Sparta Praha.

C Miroslav Hlinka from HC Moeller Pardubice to Sparta Praha.

D Jan Novak from Karpat to Slavia Praha.

LW Robert Krajci from Zilina to HC Usti nad Labem.

LW Andrej Podkonicky from Chekhov to HC Bili Tygri Liberec.

Also notably (especially for me):

HC Mountfield Ceske Budejovice has signed winger Petr Sailer and Center Tomas Vak to contract extensions which will keep them until 2010 in town.

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