Shawn Belle traded for Matt Foy’s former linemate; Wild signs Krys Kolanos

Posted on July 11th, 2008 – 3:49 PM
By Michael Russo

The Wild has acquired former Ontario Hockey League star Corey Locke,  who used to munch the competition with former Wild right wing Matt Foy when the two played together for the Ottawa 67s, from the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Shawn Belle.

This is a minor-league move. Locke is an RFA and will be on a two-way contract, and between he and Jesse Schultz, it’s safe to say the low-scoring Houston Aeros will score some more next season.

The Wild has also signed former Phoenix Coyotes first-round pick Krys Kolanos. He hasn’t played in the league since 2005-06.

Here are your fifth and sixth centers, folks.

Belle completely fell off the radar last season and did not develop into the player the Wild had hoped it was getting when he was thrown in with Martin Skoula in the Willie Mitchell trade. 

Foy, by the way, has signed with St. Louis.

Locke, 24 (5/8/84), has spent the last four seasons with the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Hamilton Bulldogs, totaling 229 points (85-144=229) in 313 games. He also made his NHL debut with the Montreal Canadiens against the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 8, 2008. The 5-foot-9, 171-pound native of Newmarket, Ont., was Montreal’s fourth-round pick (No. 113 overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He led the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with 151 points (63-88=151) in 2002-03, and he was named league Most Valuable Player for the first of two times. Locke also won an AHL Calder Cup with Hamilton in 2006-07, racking up 22 points (10-12=22) in 22 playoff games.

Belle, 23 (1/3/85), posted three points (1-2=3) in 63 games for the AHL’s Houston Aeros last season. He was acquired from Dallas along with defenseman Martin Skoula for Willie Mitchell and the Wild’s second round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft on March 9, 2006.

COREY LOCKE’S CAREER STATISTICS

Regular Season Playoffs

Season Club League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM

2001-02 Ottawa OHL 55 18 25 43 18 13 6 7 13 10

2002-03 Ottawa OHL 66 63 88 151 83 23 19 19 38 30

2003-04 Ottawa OHL 65 51 67 118 82 7 7 3 10 10

2004-05 Hamilton AHL 78 16 27 43 20 4 0 0 0 2

2005-06 Hamilton AHL 77 19 40 59 67 — – — – –

2006-07 Hamilton AHL 80 20 35 55 54 22 10 12 22 10

2007-08 Hamilton AHL 78 30 42 72 50 — – — – –

Montreal NHL 1 0 0 0 0 — – — – –

AHL TOTALS 313 85 144 229 191 26 10 12 22 12

MINNESOTA WILD SIGNS FORWARD KRYS KOLANOS

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed forward Krys Kolanos (pronounced KRIHS koh-LA-nohs) to a 2008-09 contract.

Kolanos, 26 (7/27/81), recorded 63 points (30-33=63) including 11 power play goals and three game-winning goals in 63 games with the Quad City Flames in the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2007-08. He ranked tied for first in goals and second in scoring for Quad City and his 272 shots on goal ranked tied for second in the AHL. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound native of Calgary, Alberta has notched 35 points (17-18=35) in 115 career NHL matches with Phoenix and Edmonton. Kolanos scored the game-winning goal for Boston College in a 3-2 overtime win against North Dakota in the 2001 NCAA hockey championship game and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

He was originally selected by the Coyotes in the first round (19th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

KRYS KOLANOS’ CAREER STATISTICS

Regular Season Playoffs

Season Club League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM

1999-00 Boston College HE 42 16 16 32 48 — – — – –

2000-01 Boston College HE 41 25 25 50 54 — – — – –

2001-02 Phoenix NHL 57 11 11 22 48 2 0 0 0 6

2002-03 Phoenix NHL 2 0 0 0 0 — – — – –

2003-04 Phoenix NHL 41 4 6 10 24 — – — – –

Springfield AHL 32 10 11 21 38 — – — – –

2004-05 Blues Espoo Finland 15 7 9 16 40 — – — – –

Krefeld Pinguine Germany 7 3 2 5 16 — – — – –

2005-06 Phoenix NHL 9 2 1 3 2 — – — – –

San Antonio AHL 3 0 1 1 0 — – — – –

Edmonton NHL 6 0 0 0 2 — – — – –

Lowell AHL 19 10 11 21 40 — – — – –

Wilkes-Barre AHL 18 10 8 18 19 11 2 0 2 16

2006-07 Grand Rapids AHL 17 6 6 12 8 — – — – –

Langnau Swiss 14 2 9 11 48 — – — – –

EV Zug Swiss — – — – — 8 6 0 6 8

2007-08 Quad City AHL 65 30 33 63 84 — – — – –

NHL TOTALS 115 17 18 35 76 2 0 0 0 6

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