It has been almost two weeks since trade season opened in the Ontario Hockey League but unlike last year there has been no activity to date.
A year ago, when the OHL trade embargo was lifted on June 1, there was a flurry of activity that began when the Ottawa 67’s dealt overage goalie Liam Herbst to the Guelph Storm for a fourth-round draft pick.
But this time around, all has been quiet. At least so far.
One player of note who will be dealt at some point — be it during the off season or just prior to the start of the 2017-2018 campaign — is overage goalie Mario Culina of the Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires.
Multiple OHL general managers have replied in the positive when asked by HockeyNewsNorth.com if they have an interest in trading for Culina, who was signed by the Spitfires as a free agent two seasons ago from the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
As Culina is poised to return as an overager for the 2017-2018 season, it will not be with Windsor. Michael DiPietro, who brilliantly backstopped the Spitfires to the 2017 Memorial Cup championship, is set as Windsor’s starter and is two years younger than Culina.
Over two OHL seasons as the backup to DiPietro in Windsor, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Culina produced an overall record of 23-13-2 with a 2.79 goals against average and .901 save percentage.
Culina has also earned extensive praise from the Spitfires coaching staff for his work ethic and ability to perform in pressure situations when called upon.