Aces trade goalie Reid to Orlando for big winger

Three goaltenders is one too many, so the Alaska Aces have traded James Reid to the Orlando Solar Bears for rookie winger Spencer Bennett.

Reid, who last season as a rookie helped the Aces greatly down the stretch run to the playoffs, has been out most of this season with a high ankle sprain. The Aces have Gerald Coleman and Mark Guggenberger, both more than capable, so they moved Reid, who day-in and day-out had one of the happiest demeanors The Blog has ever been around -- good guy.

In any event, Bennett, 22, is a former fifth-round draft pick of the Calgary Flames who has only played in three games with Orlando this season (one assist). He has 11 games of AHL experience (2-1--3) under his belt. The 6-4, 200-pounder hasn't played much the last two seasons (not sure what's up with that -- wait, looks like he had a broken wrist last season) but has good potential if you go back to 2010-11, his last season of major junior.

In 72 combined WHL games, he racked 37-33--70. He was especially lethal for Vancouver, with 25-24--49 totals in 35 games.

Expect Bennett to join the Aces this week when they play a two-game series in Las Vegas.

Bennett does have an Alaska connection of sorts -- he was once committed to UAA before going the major-junior route.

In Orlando, Reid joins former Aces defenseman Alain Goulet, who was traded there not long ago, and Ryan Cruthers, who played for the Aces last season. Also, former Aces blueliner Derick Martin plays for the Solar Bears.

 



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