The Western Hockey League Trade Deadline came on Wednesday afternoon and it turned out to be an unprecedented whirlwind of activity.

Over 50 players changed teams and for the first time in recent memory, that included some blockbuster deals that saw big names on the move and for sky high prices. For the Thunderbirds, the trade deadline was relatively quiet, considering what was going on elsewhere.

They made a handful of deals that brought back future draft picks and some young players. They finished the deadline by moving Aaron Hyman to Regina for a second-round pick along with defenseman Owen Williams as well as acquiring forward Jaxon Kaluski from Moose Jaw.

Seattle general manager Russ Farwell was astonished by the big trades happening throughout the league but decided not to make any drastic moves with the veterans on his club.

“We didn’t want to blow our team up,” he said. “We thought they’d earned the right to play. They’ve played so hard and played together.”

That doesn’t mean that there weren’t inquiries about some of the Thunderbirds veteran players. Farwell says there was interest but in the end, the deals didn’t come to fruition.

“We certainly could have been in it and made some trades,” he said. “I felt that we either needed to be wholesale and make a number of trades but I just couldn’t see us doing one trade. So we were talking about it and then some of the other deals happened and teams dropped out on us.”

What Farwell did do however, was pick up some future assets and two young players who will be able to step right into the lineup. While the Thunderbirds didn’t pick up any first-round draft picks, they were able to get two second round picks in two of the deals they made.

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