The news started trickling out of Edmonton yesterday that Kurtis Mucha was on his way back to Portland after an extended stint in the training camp of the Edmonton Oilers.
The Winterhawks confirmed the news today that Mucha will indeed be back for his fifth season between the pipes for the Hawks.
It also should be noted that his was Mucha’s decision to report to Portland. He had the opportunity to try and earn a minor league contract in the Oiler system but he chose to come back to Portland and put an exclamation point on his WHL career.
Mucha’s career has been well documented with being the most recognized name on three years worth of teams that just weren’t very good in front of him.
It appears that the 2009-10 edition of the Winterhawks are a team to be reckoned with in the Western Conference and Mucha just may be the final piece to leading this team on what will hopefully be a long playoff run in the spring. It’s early to have that discussion…but just being able to consider it now is a step in the right direction for this franchise.
There are now decisions to be made with three goaltenders and four overagers left on the roster. Stay tuned for that…
The Beach is back in the U.S. Division…
The Spokane Chiefs made a fairly major move today, trading d-men Mike Reddington and Landon Oslanski to the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for Kyle Beach, the ultra-talented loose cannon forward who causes more news for his actions than his play on most nights.
Beach, of course, started in Everett before being dealt to Lethbridge last year.
This is fairly ironic as a couple of Beach’s biggest battles came against the Chiefs, including the famous (or is that infamous?) Chris Bruton sucker punch of Beach in Spokane.
For me…I’m happier to see Reddington leave Spokane as he was a pain in the butt to play against physically and his departure may open more space in the offensive zone for the Hawks when they play the Chiefs.
The Hawks first game against Spokane with be on October 7th at the Spokane Arena.
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