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Bruins pull off pre-deadline blockbuster


The Estevan Bruins pulled off one of the biggest trades prior to the December 1 roster cutdown deadline, as they dealt forward Hudson Morrison and defenceman Tanner Clark to the La Ronge Ice Wolves for sibling forwards Jason Duret and Ryan Duret.

Morrison, a 1994-born forward from Manitoba, thrived as a rookie with the Bruins last season. He had 21 goals and 36 points in 52 games, and was named the team's most aggressive player thanks to his 92 penalty minutes.

But his production has waned this year, as he had five goals and nine points in 23 games.

Clark, a 1993-born defenceman, was acquired from the Manitoba league's OCN Blizzard last month as the future considerations in a trade that occurred in 2012. Clark had a goal and four points in eight games with the Bruins.

The Bruins also shipped 16-year-old prospect defenceman Ryan Melnyk to La Ronge as part of the trade.

Jason Duret is an 18-year-old forward who was a scoring star in midget AAA last season. He had 19 goals and a league-leading 48 assists for 67 points with the Prince Albert Mintos in 2012-13. He has split this season between the Alberta league's Camrose Kodiaks, and La Ronge.

Ryan Duret is Jason's brother. The junior Duret, who is 17 years old, currently has 23 points in 23 games for the Mintos.

December 1 is the deadline for teams to trim their rosters to 25 players. The final trade deadline is January 10.



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