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Eskimos complete Desrosiers trade

IROQUOIS FALLS – Defenceman Simon Desrosiers has been shipped off to the Fort Frances Lakers of the Superior International Junior Hockey League for cash.

The 18-year-old was tied for forth in scoring on the Eskimos roster this season, registering one goal and 18 points through 25 games with the Northern Ontario Junior ‘A’ Hockey League club.

He had asked for a trade.

The Eskimos received cash in the deal, which will be inserted back into the club.

Currently, the Eskimos have 22 players on the roster.

Thirty-two players and five goalies have suited up for the Eskimos during the 2012-13 campaign.

Earlier this month, the Eskimos traded away leading scorer and captain Richard Therrien who was in his third year with the club.

Abitibi received highly touted defenceman Wyatt Trumbley from the Napean Raiders in return for Therrien.

Currently, the Eskimos have one player card left to fill and the club has until early February to add another skater to the roster.

Once the deadline passes, the Eskimos will not be able to sign another player until the off-season.

“It’s not too late to fill the card,” said Eskimos general manager and head coach Paul Gagne. “There’s a lot of teams that protect players. The odds are everybody keeps their best players, but you may find a dark horse here or there.”

The Eskimos are in the market to sign a top-end forward following the loss of Therrien, but with the deadline quickly approaching, the task may be difficult to accomplish.

“It’s harder now, but hopefully we can bring somebody in,” said Gagne. “It was hard before and now it’s even harder.”