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Rangers quiet on trade deadline day

GM Mike McKenzie said his team will be in a good position when it comes to overage players next season
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The Ontario Hockey League trade deadline day came and went with Kitchener not making a single move.

Any dealing was done prior to Thursday's noon deadline.

On Wednesday, the Blueshirts made a trade with Oshawa for defenceman Joseph Rupoli.

Earlier in the week, they dealt veteran forward Nick McHugh to Mississauga.

Rangers General Manager, Mike McKenzie said the goal going in was to continue to add good young players to their roster that can help them in the future.

"What we wanted to do is make sure that we were putting ourselves in a spot next year to have a good hockey team ... making sure that we weren't being short sighted in the fact that this year hasn't gone exactly the way we had hoped.  McKenzie explained. "Our goal is to make playoffs and that still remains the focus here," 

He said the Rangers will be in a good position when it comes to overage players next season.

"Everyone wants to label it as selling year, but these are also players eligible to come back to us as overage players ... If you look around the league this year, with the teams that were loading up, we see how important having good overage players is for teams ... going into next year, we have a group ... I would even call them elite overage group of players that are coming back for us." McKenzie added.

Joseph Garreffa, Greg Meireles, Jonathan Yantsis and Luke Richardson could all return as overagers in the fall.

"Obviously we can't have all four ... these guys are all really good players ... we're not just going to give these guys away. They're all very good players and they're going to help our team for the rest of the year and they're also going to help us next year, when they're overage players." McKenzie said.


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