Travis Fullerton is back in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Lewiston Maineiacs traded the troubled 19-year-old goaltender Monday to the Saint John Sea Dogs. Fullerton was asked to leave the team in August after an off-ice incident involving drinking and driving.

In return, the Sea Dogs ceded two draft picks – a fourth-round selection in the 2007 QMJHL entry draft and a sixth-rounder in the 2008 draft.

“It was a great deal for us,” said Maineiacs’ Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager Ed Harding. “We got something for essentially nothing. Travis Fullerton was not in our plans anymore, so we made the best possible decision for everyone involved.”

Fullerton was the primary backup goaltender in Lewiston last season. As an 18-year-old, Fullerton maintained a 9-8 record with a 2.94 goals-against average and an .899 save percentage.

“I don’t think Saint John overpaid, and I don’t think they underpaid either,” said Harding. “We had lots of conversation with a lot of people, and I think it was a market-value deal.”

Fullerton has posted a 2.44 GAA and a .914 save percentage in 18 games with the Moncton Gagnon Beavers of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League this season, second in the league to his teammate, Luc LeBlanc.

The Maineiacs will return the sixth-rounder to Saint John if Fullerton does not play in the league next season as a 20-year-old.

Lewiston, anchored in net by Jonathan Bernier, now has six goaltenders on its 50-player protected list – Bernier, Peter Delmas, Marc-Andre Perron, Marc-Andre Sauve, Mike Muir, and Nick Broadwater.

“The game plan is to have a veteran bring along a young kid,” said Harding. “We expect Bernier to help groom Delmas and be a good role model, and eventually we’ll look for Peter Delmas to do the same when he is older.”

The deal was the only one the Maineiacs announced Monday, though another, minor deal appears to be in the works with Acadie-Bathurst. Lewiston would send former Maineiacs’ invitee and Acadie region native Daniel Basque to the Titan for a mid-level draft pick.

“There have been conversations with them, but nothing is done yet,” said Harding.

Any other deals Lewiston makes, Harding said, would have to be “at the right price.”

“We are looking for anything that might help the team,” Harding said, “but we have seven losses. We don’t have to sell the farm if there’s nothing at the right price.”

Around the league

Only a handful of trades were made official Monday, the first day to declare player transactions in this midseason time frame.

Acadie-Bathurst sent Maxime Gougeon and Kristopher Schmidt to Drummondville for a pair of eighth-round draft picks, the Sea Dogs sent a pair of forwards – Alexandre Monahan and Alexandre Labonte – to Victoriaville for Keven Guerette-Charland and Kyle Kelly, and Moncton sent Jerome Samson to Val d’Or to complete last year’s trade for Luc Bourdon.

In one of the more interesting twists Monday, Quebec part-owner and general manager Patrick Roy traded an eighth-round pick to Victoriaville for his son, goaltender Jonathan Roy.

For a complete list of trades, you can visit the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Web site at www.lhjmq.qc.ca.


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