After an initial roster move saw Klippers forward Logan Linklater return to the WHL with the Regina Pats, the SJHL's trade deadline has come and gone and the Klippers made three moves that will change the team moving forward.

The first move was the only trade that saw two players exchanged when the Klippers made their third move this year with the Nipawin Hawks, bringing in 2001 born forward Andrew Schaab in exchange for 2003 born defenceman Brenden Lee.

Schaab has spent that last three seasons with the Hawks and so far this season, the twenty year old forward has put up 19 points in 36 games with a struggling Hawks team. Hailing from St. Brieux, Schaab spent has a career SJHL stat line of 11G-25A-36P in 82 games all spent with the Hawks. Before that, he was played with the Prince Albert Mintos for his lone year of AAA and put up 37 points in 44 games.

While the price of a young defenceman such as Lee who has played top line minutes for the Klippers at times can seem tough, the acquisition of Schaab addresses a couple of needs for the Klippers.

"He's a high energy, mature forward that's gonna help us put the puck in the net, add some offense and some leadership, all the things that we think we've been lacking off and on throughout the year and we know he's a good guy, so we think he's going to help us a lot."

As for Lee, the young defenceman played his way on to the team in camp and played 30 games with the Klippers so far this season, managing a goal and four assists in that time frame.

Next on the list of moves was another trade with the Estevan Bruins where the Klippers sent a player development fee to receive Clavet, SK native Prescot Senger. As 2002 born forward, he started the season with the Yorkton Terriers before being traded to the Bruins for a total of 20 games this season, he started well with the Terriers with a goal and an assist in his first two games, but hasn't seen too much ice time with the Bruins in 16 games, managing 2G-1A-3P in his 16 games with the team. That's going to change with the Klippers and Plaquin is hopeful his grit will help the Klippers move forward.

"He's been on a team that's been successful this year and he's a big, big, heavy right winger and also just another piece we thought we needed that is going to help, especially down low in the offensive zone and in front of the net."

The final move of the day saw the Klippers bring someone in from out of league. The Klippers added a little more youth out of the AJHL with Regina's Cameron Rimstad after he was released by the Olds Grizzlies. The 2003 born forward has spent time down south of the border with the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks of the NAHL this year and during the COVID shortened season the year before played with the Melfort Mustangs.

In total, he's played 26 games at the junior level, four of which as a 17-year-old and a single game at 16, but after a COVID shortened season last year that made it all the more difficult for 19 year old players to get ice time, he hasn't had much ice time and has managed just two points in that time. Plaquin however is putting the numbers aside and going by what he's seen from the young player, and he's got high hopes for the young forward.

"He was playing with the Olds Grizzlies and he's actually buddies with Nathan DeGraves. He's a forward, but he plays the same kind of style, he's got a lot of offensive upside, hasn't really had a chance at the junior level. He's 18, we're going to bring him in, give him a really long look and think going by the video I've watched of him, he's probably gonna help us out quite a bit so look pretty excited to see him on the ice."

The final two changes in the lineup will see two 2002 born players, forward Max Kathol and defenceman Ethan Grabowski, both move to Jr. B cards. 

The one common thing the three new players for the Klippers bring to the ice is some grit, and that's an element the Klippers have been adding into their game since the start of the new year. While the team still has lots of speed with guys like Jaxon Georget and Noah Lindsay up front, but through their last three games against Estevan, Notre Dame, and Melville they've found success with some grittier play and Plaquin's hopeful that trend continues.

"We're working on going to the net, playing harder down low, playing faster, we do that often on prior to Christmas and it's just something we need to bring consistently and then for for whatever reason when we played against Melville we kind of got off track again a little bit and didn't find that game again until the last 10 minutes and still almost pulled it off with playing only about 10 minutes Our plan is to play as a harder team to play against and a little more physical, and hopefully keep that speed going."

The Klippers next game on the schedule against the Nipawin Hawks has been postponed and the same is likely to happen for the game after against the Flin Flon Bombers on Friday as the Bombers go through COVID protocals. When the Klippers next game will be is still up in the air, there may be some rescheduling to play against an opponent not going through protocals, but that is yet to be determined.