LEWISTON — The Lewiston Maineiacs are on the verge of completing their second multi-player deal of the mid-season trade period, but the team isn’t saying which players may be involved.

Because they can’t.

“The league has sent out a memo and they’re very closely monitoring everything,” Maineiacs General Manager Roger Shannon said Wednesday. “We can’t release anything to the press or to anyone else until the league stamps its approval on a trade.”

Shannon did confirm Wednesday that the team is working on a few different possibilities, and that one is more imminent than the others.

“We’re close,” Shannon said. “It’s not a blockbuster deal or anything, but if it works out, this will be a good deal for this team.”

Shannon would not divulge with which team(s) the Maineiacs have been speaking, either.

Across the league, several other teams have been active on the trade front, including Lewiston’s opponent Wednesday and Thursday, Gatineau.

The Olympiques on Tuesday sent Alexandre Touchette, Alexandre Quesnel and Nicolas Boyer to the Val d’Or Foreurs for Keven Guerette-Charland, Alex Noel and Benjamin Lecompte, who all played in Wednesday’s game in Lewiston.

Victoriaville, which dropped a pair of games to Lewiston Sunday and Monday, added some serious firepower in a trade with PEI, adding top snipers Chris Doyle and Joel Champagne to their mix for Jonathan Bonneau and 16-year-old Michael Ortika and four draft picks.

Former Maineiacs defenseman Michael Ward has a new home in Shawinigan while he recovers from an injury, and Saint John acquired a veteran goalie to make its run at a title, settling on last year’s President’s Cup-winning keeper Marco Cousineau. The Sea Dogs sent four draft picks to PEI to complete that transaction.

The league’s trade deadline this season is at the end of next week. Last year, seven trades were registered on the penultimate day of trading, and 14 deals were certified on the final day.

“We’re still working on a few things, too,” Shannon said. “We can’t really say what just yet.”


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