The Broncos played well for most of their BC Division road swing with games they felt they should have won in PG and Kamloops, hard-fought wins in Vancouver and Victoria… and a disappointingly flat game against a great Kelowna team. Broncos Coach and GM Mark Lamb wasn’t impressed by some areas of their performance on Tuesday night in Kelowna and from our chat tonight it’s something he is working with the players to address.
Interview with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb
From the sounds of it we could see some lineup changes for tomorrow night’s game with the Kootenay Ice. It appears Cole Johnson is close to being able to make his debut and he is a player who should be in a Broncos jersey for a long time. Don’t expect a 16-year-old in his first game to be a major difference maker yet, but if he gets in I know he’ll be chomping at the bit and full of energy. We will see what other changes Coach Lamb could have for the team.
Ultimately I think we saw the Broncos get back to using their cycle effectively 5 on 5 for a good portion of that trip and I hope that’s what they carry back to the Credit Union iPlex with them. There were some good things to build on from that trip. That starts with the Ice tomorrow and Tri-City on Saturday.
It will also be interesting to watch what happens with the import situation. Edmonton waived Russian D Marsel Ibragimov. That eliminates the Oil Kings as a team the Broncos could trade with the get an import like Mads Eller or Edgars Kulda, but they would potentially be able to claim Ibragimov if he makes it to them through the waiver priority. Another team could also claim him and they’d have to make room by trading or waiving someone themselves. The whole process could shake the import situation up in the league and the Broncos may wind up with a second import on their roster before the weekend is up. They might decide not to and wait to see what shakes lose later in the season as teams start to falter and could have an import they could trade to a team like Swift Current with an opening.
That and the upcoming overage deadline are stories to watch. The overage deadline is never fun and Coach Lamb said as much in our interview. They will have to say goodbye to at least one high quality individual who has been an excellent teammate and deserves to be here. It’s a shame any of these guys have to lose the opportunity to finish their careers here because of that limit. There is certainly some work to do for the front office over the next week.
See you at the rink this weekend!