Tuesday, August 18, 2009


RJ Berra has been traded back to the Prince George Spruce Kings before officially lacing up the blades with the Express. The Express receive future considerations in return. Berra was acquired by the Express in a three team deal that also involved Merritt and Prince George.

Earlier this off season, Berra was sent from Prince George to Merritt as the future considerations owed to Merritt after they sent Alex Goodship up north last season.

Burnaby then acquired Berra from Merritt in exchange for Thomas Hardy.

I spoke with Express head coach Dave Mclellan today about the deal, and basically the feeling was that since Berra is a Prince George kid, and his father has ties to the Spruce Kings organization, it might be best that he resumes his career in Prince George.

Plus, the coaching staff feel with the depth upfront heading into camp for the Express, he wouldn't be utilized to his full potential and would slip down the depth chart.

Mclellan projects Berra as a player that is capable of being a top 6 forward in the BCHL. With the Express, it would have been difficult for him to crack that when they assessed his placement in their pre-camp depth chart.

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