The search for an enforcer means the Augusta Lynx opening roster won't be set until today.
The Lynx have until noon today to submit their opening roster to the East Coast Hockey League office, and coach Scott MacPherson is working toward including a proven tough guy on his list.
As of Sunday, the Lynx had 26 players on the training camp roster. Augusta must trim the active roster to 20 but also has the option of carrying additional players on injured reserve.
"We're looking into several possibilities," MacPherson said after Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Macon Whoopee at the Civic Center. "I like my team, but the one thing we do lack is a physical-type player."
While the players enjoyed their first off day since the opening of camp on Oct. 1, MacPherson spent most of the day Monday talking with coaches around the league about trade possibilities.
The Lynx also have contacted former Toledo enforcer Ken Tasker about the possibilities. Tasker finished second in the ECHL with a whopping 438 penalty minutes in only 42 games. One of the league's most feared fighters, the 6-foot, 210-pound Tasker was released by the Storm on Friday.
"Ken Tasker is one of the players we're looking at," MacPherson said. "But there are several others things we're pursuing."
Exactly what the Lynx would be willing to give up in a trade remains to be seen. One possibility is a trade involving one of Augusta's goaltenders.
Not including Judd Lambert, who is on a 25-game contract with Providence of the American Hockey League, the Lynx have rookies J.R. Prestifilippo and Reg Bourcier in net. They also own the rights to third-year pro David Weninger, who was acquired in a trade with Dayton over the summer.
Weninger did not report to training camp because he was not interested in backing up Lambert. But if it becomes clear that Lambert will not be back in Augusta anytime soon, Weninger could enter the picture.
MacPherson, however, seems content to start the season with Prestifilippo and Bourcier, both of whom have played well in the preseason. The Lynx could use Weninger as trade bait, or they could keep Weninger and one of the rookies, dealing the other to bring an enforcer to Augusta.
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