There are those teams that have built towards this season and who will continue to try to add on for a shot at Ontario Hockey League championship glory. Just as there are those who are rebuilding and who can move current assets for future planning.
To be sure, talk can be cheap. But talk can also lead to walking the walk.
Talk that is out there — whether serious or not — is plentiful. Such as:
… Saginaw Spirit general manager Dave Drinkill is reportedly on the look for another veteran defenseman. Saginaw is stocked on the forward lines and might be coaxed to part with a younger, depth skater such as Max Grondin, Danny Katic or Camaryn Baber in exchange for a 1998 or 1999 birth year defender. (Grondin and Katic both have 2000 birth dates while Baber was born in 2001.)
… Kingston Frontenacs will take their time listening to offers for high-scoring, 1999 birth year forward Jason Robertson. Kingston has missed a window of opportunity to rule the Eastern Conference and is now planning for seasons ahead. Robertson can fetch a bounty of younger players and/or draft picks. Look for Robertson to wind up on a Western Conference contender — Guelph Storm? — at some point heading up to January’s trade deadline.
… Sudbury Wolves are looking to make a move upwards after years in the wilderness and have a nice trade chip in Jake McGrath, who is one of their two 1999 birth year goalies. Sudbury’s other 1999 net-minder, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, is the no. 1 guy and not likely to leave Wolves country.
PHOTO: Saginaw Spirit forward Camaryn Baber.