The OHL's month-long trade freeze ends today. But don't expect any news out of the Kitchener Rangers camp.
GM/coach Steve Spott is about to leave for Russia with Canada's world junior hockey club and said he has nothing to report. Spott returns to the club Aug. 16.
As for the team's trio of open overage spots? News is slow moving. Clubs haven't been calling to sell off their 20-year-olds, yet. Expect movement there in Sept-Oct. OA decisions are some of the final ones made when shaping a roster. Just part of the OA life.
"Teams know that's probably an area we're going to need to address up until January," said Spott. "I think everyone is winning the Memorial Cup right now, that's the challenge."
Spott said teams with multiple OAs are probably hanging on to their premier guys at the moment.
"We're not looking for secondary type OAs right now," he added.
Meanwhile, read about Justin Bailey's decision to join the Rangers. Bailey has also been invited to play in USA Hockey's all-American prospects game Sept. 29 in Buffalo.