Monroe: Walleye looking to add an offensive defenseman via trade

The Toledo Blade’s Mark Monroe reports that the Toledo Walleye hope to add an offensive defenseman to the mix before the ECHL’s trade deadline passes on Thursday:

While Toledo has charged to the top of the overall ECHL standings with a 40-14-5 record, Walleye coach Dan Watson is not content with the current makeup of his roster. The second-year head coach has made it abundantly clear that he would like to shore up his defensive corps.

“I think we’re still a deal away,” Watson said. “Obviously with the amount of forwards we have right now, we’ll be looking to get a high-end D-man.”

The goaltending is more than solid with the ascension of vet Pat Nagle to clear-cut No. 1 status. His teammates and coaches have the utmost confidence in the calm and confident Nagle, who leads the ECHL in wins.

The offense remains as steady as ever with an average of 3.24 goals per night. In fact, Watson believes the abundance of quality forwards should allow him to let go of a high-end offensive weapon.

It’s clear it will be one of the team’s top producers. “100 percent,” Watson confirmed.


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