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Uncertainty or opportunity


March 30. 2013 3:56PM

By - tvenesky@civitasmedia.com




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It was an uneventful day for Dylan Reese as he shopped for food in a Syracuse grocery store three years ago. That was until he learned he had just been traded by the Columbus Blue Jackets to the New York Islanders.
It was two days before the NHL trade deadline, and the move set off a whirlwind of events for Reese that would change his career.
A few hours after he learned of the trade, Reese hit the road for Bridgeport - the Islanders AHL affiliate, where he played the next night. The following day - at the trade deadline, the Islanders moved a defenseman and that night lost another to injury. So, two days after he was shopping for food in a Syracuse grocery store, Reese suddenly found himself in an Islanders uniform playing in his first NHL game.
And that's where Reese would finish the season.
“It was crazy how it worked out, but the timing couldn't have been better,” he said. “You need a break and I got mine then. It really worked out well.”
With the trade deadline just three days away, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton players have watched the parent club already make three significant trades while bidding farewell to one teammate - defenseman Joseph Morrow who was sent to Dallas.
Could more be on the move in the next several days? Is the possibility of finishing the season with a new organization weighing on players?
Not really.
“I don't think anyone's looking over their shoulder thinking they're next,” said veteran center Warren Peters. “If it happens, it happens.”
Besides, Peters added, being traded when you're in the minors is different than when you're with an NHL club.
“It's a different mentality. If you get traded in the minors, it's an opportunity,” Peters said. “Somebody sought you out.”
Reese is proof of that. With Syracuse in 2009-2010, Reese was having a solid season posting 22 points in 51 games. But he was on a team with a glut of defensemen, and the same could be found with the parent club in Columbus.
“There were a lot of guys unhappy, who wanted to be traded all the time,” Reese said.
The trade that sent Reese to New York was unexpected, he said. Reese never requested a trade and didn't hear his name mentioned in any talks.
Still, when the move came Reese latched on to the opportunity and turned a season that began with little hope into one that finished with a lengthy NHL stint.
That's why Reese said the looming trade deadline isn't necessarily something that players should fear.
“In my experience, if you do get traded you're usually putting yourself in a better situation or you're going somewhere with maybe more opportunity in a different organization,” he said. “If you do get moved, look at it in a positive way and take advantage of the opportunity.”
While being traded isn't something to worry about, according to Reese, this year he wouldn't be surprised if more Wilkes-Barre/Scranton players were moved by Pittsburgh.
Reese made the assertion based on his experience with being traded and his familiarity with the Penguins organization having grown up in Pittsburgh.
“Over the last few years the Penguins have been busy at the trade deadline and they have a lot of depth, so there's going to be some guys who aren't in the position they'd like to be,” Reese said. “But from an organization standpoint they're trying to win a Stanley Cup, and you have to do what's best with your management to win. I wouldn't be surprised to see more movement.”



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