The South Carolina Stingrays made two moves at the ECHL trade deadline Thursday afternoon.
The Stingrays traded defenseman Art Bidlevskii and forward Phil Mangan for Bakersfield forward Peter Boyd. The Stingrays also acquired the ECHL rights of defenseman Ryan Grimshaw from the Trenton Titans. Grimshaw’s acquisition completes the future considerations portion of the Mike Ullrich trade made earlier this season.
The Stingrays open a three-game series with the Greenville Road Warriors tonight (7:05 p.m.) at the North Charleston Coliseum. The Stingrays will face the Road Warriors on Saturday (5:05 p.m.) and Sunday (3:05 p.m.).
“We were only going to make a trade if it made our team and better and we think we did that today,” said South Carolina Stingrays coach Spencer Carbery. “We wanted to bring in guys that were going to give us an opportunity to win a championship.”
Boyd, 25, has 18 goals and 11 assists for 29 points in 50 games for the Condors this season. Last season, former Ohio State star had 40 points (17 goals, 23 assists) in 61 games in Bakersfield. Boyd played in 11 games for the Lake Erie Monsters during in 2011 recording one point. Boyd is reunited with former Condor and current Stingrays forward Robby Dee.
Bidlevskii, 21, played in 44 games with the Stingrays scoring one goal and adding three assists. Mangan, 26, joined the Stingrays in a trade with the Stockton Thunder earlier this season and appeared in 24 contests scoring 11 points (four goals, seven assists).
“We’re very excited about getting Peter,” Carbery said. “He plays with a ton of energy and grit. He plays with an edge. He’s also got some offensive punch to his game. He and Robby played on a line together and reuniting them is certainly one of the options we’re looking at.”
Meanwhile, Grimshaw, 23, is currently with the Toronto Marlies, of the American Hockey League and played in 12 games recording no points. With the Titans, the Rochester, NY, native recorded six points on three goals, three assists in 23 games.
“We took a chance on acquiring Ryan’s ECHL rights,” Carbery said. “There’s no guarantee he’ll be assigned to the ECHL, but we’re hopeful. Sometimes you have to take a risk and hope it pays off.”
The Road Warriors’ leading scorer, Marc-Olivier Vallerand, will miss tonight’s and Saturday night’s games. Vallerand, who has 19 goals and 40 assists this season, was suspended by the ECHL for two games after receiving a game-misconduct this past Sunday against Elmira. Vallerand is 10th in the ECHL in scoring.