It appears that the Rivermen have decided that they no longer need the services of leading scorer Brett Sterling, sending him to the Portland Pirates for left wing Patrick O’Sullivan.
O’Sullivan is clicking along at 30 points in 26 AHL games this season and has spent 20+ games in the NHL with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Sterling has 48pts in 52 games with the Rivermen.
So… with Hensick still with STL, and now Sterling is on his way to Portland I am wondering what the front office is thinking. Admittedly O’Sullivan is a guy who will help take some of the slack that Sterling is going to leave, but I’m not sure that I see the logic is shipping off your leading goal scorer. Admittedly, Nesbitt is only one behind Sterling in that category… but still.
Was there discord in the locker room? Did he want out? I can’t answer those questions. The Eminian article has a quote saying that he liked the coaches and team, so I doubt it was a personality issue. This looks to me just like a hockey deal where each team gets a piece that it thinks it needs to get into the playoffs.
Each player is undergoing a “reassignment” not a trade per se, as each player remains the signatory of their respective team (Sterling with STL and O’Sullivan with PHX).
Dave Eminian has posted some info that I am sure will be updated. You can read it behind the Great Pay Wall HERE.
Safe to assume that O’Sullivan won’t be in the lineup until next week. Turns out the Rivermen are trying to get him here for tonight’s game against the DALLAS COWBOY CHEERLEADERS Rockford IceHogs
I bet the penalty box is sad to see Sterling go. (I kid… I kid…)