Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Warriors Acquire Siemens From Everett

There's a new man in the blue paint for the Warriors, as they've acquired 19 year old goalie Luke Siemens from Everett.

Headed to the Silvertips is 18 year old forward Matt Grant, along with third round picks in 2012 and 2013.

"He's a good size, hard worker, competes hard, and has some experience," said Director of Hockey Operations Alan Millar. "He's one of those guys that's bided his time in the league, played behind some good goaltenders, and he's ready to take that step and be the number one guy here for us."

The deal came down this afternoon, Millar says he's spoken with Siemens and he says he's excited to be a Warriors. "He's heard great things about our team, great things about the building and our facilities."

"This is like any young guy that's bided his time in the league. This is a goalie that's been a backup that has potential and is considered a good goaltender. He get's to come here and get that opportunity to be the guy," added Millar.

With the overage deadline coming up October 13th, Millar says he was hoping to get this deal done before that and definitely before January's trade deadline.

"We'd like to go into the trade deadline solidified in as many areas as we can. I think it was important to get the goaltending situation cleared up early in the season. I also think it was important to clear up the situation of the four goaltenders and get some good kids on their way to other opportunities."

Rookie goalie Spencer Tremblay will remain with the team, while 20 year old Deven Dubyk and sophomore goalie Brandon Stone have been re-assigned.

"Dubyk has to clear WHL waivers but his intent is to go back to Humboldt (SJHL) and hopefully lead that program to a national championship," said Millar.

"Brandon Stone, great kid, tremendous work ethic. We really believe he needs to take a step backwards and play in the Tier 2 level, whether that's in the BCHL or the SJHL. Hopefully he'll get the opportunity to be a number one guy and earn his way back here."

Siemans is expected to join the Warriors Tuesday for practice and could make his debut as early as Wednesday against Lethbridge.

The Delta, BC was 7-13-2 last season with a 3.03gaa and .917sv%. He stopped 36 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss to Portland in his only game so far this season.

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