Sometimes teams make trades for the present, sometimes teams make trades for the future.
Ritchie Thibeau and Wildcats did both by trading Franseco Iasenza and Thomas Darcy.
There’s no question Iasenza and Darcy have been key clogs in the wheel of the Wildcats rebuild over the last few seasons.
The return for Iasenza is substantial, which indicates the Victoriaville Tigres intend to have him patrol their blueline for the next two seasons.
Iasenza and Darcy’s subsequent departure is all about opportunity for Adam Fortier-Gendron and Trent Ballentyne.
Fortier-Gendron’s growth and progression allowed Thibeau to pull the trigger on the deal. Ballentyne who was signed as a free agent has been solid so far this year adjusting to the pace and caliber of play in his first foray in the QMJHL.
There’s always multiple sides and different complexions to trades. This one is all about giving younger players an opportunity to grow with an increased role presently so they will gain invaluable experience for the future.
Everyone wants to know this time of year who will ultimately win trades. There’s no question the Tigres and Quebec Remparts will benefit greatly by having Darcy and Iasenza in their lineups moving forward.
As for the Wildcats, it’s a win win, because of the asset return and invaluable experience and opportunity their young players will gain.