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Drummondville Voltigeurs trade DiDomenico, Tavares rumours swirl

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Drummondville Voltigeurs trade DiDomenico, Tavares rumours swirl

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One day after winning gold with the Canadian juniors, forward Chris DiDomenico has been traded to the Drummondville Voltigeurs by the Saint John Sea Dogs.

Going to the Sea Dogs in exchange are goaltender Simon Giroux, winger Mathieu Gingras, a first-round pick in 2009 and a second-round pick in 2010.

DiDomenico adds to a potent Voltigeurs offence that leads the QMJHL in goals with 197.

The sixth-round pick (164th overall) of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2007 NHL draft, DiDomenico has 75 goals and 129 assists in 166 games with the Sea Dogs.

``Chris has been a great player for us these last few seasons and it has been an absolute pleasure to have coached him,'' Saint John GM and head Jacques Beaulieu said in a statement. ``He has a very bright future ahead of him, and we wish him nothing but the best as he continues down what promises to be a highly successful career path.''

Meanwhile rumours surrounding the future of DiDomenico's world junior teammate and tournament MVP John Tavares still swirl as the London Knights and Windsor Spitfires continue to jockey for the right to land the Oshawa Generals star.

Tavares was asked about his future at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Tuesday and the possibility his Oshawa career might be over.

``I started thinking about it (Monday) night, obviously, and I just want to make sure I make the right decision with everything. The club's been handling it great and everyone's been very respectful and, you know, I just want to make sure I make the right decision,'' Tavares told reporters.

When asked about joining either London or Windsor, the OHL star again touched on his time in Oshawa.

``Both teams are obviously great but Oshawa's been my home for three-and-a-half years and my heart will always be there,'' said Tavares.

``No matter whether I get moved or not it's been a big part of my life and a stepping stone in my career and they gave me the opportunity to play hockey in the OHL, so I've very thankful for that and the people have been very supportive to me and that's going to make it very difficult.''

Tavares has 25 goals and 27 assists in 31 games for the Generals this season.

At the world juniors he notched eight goals and seven assists in six tournament games.

The OHL's trade deadline is set for Friday.

In 34 games in the QMJHL this season, Gingras has seven goals, four assists and 14 penalty minutes. The six-foot, 170-pounder from Woodbrige, Ont., was originally selected by Drummondville in the third round (53rd overall) of the 2007 QMJHL entry draft.

The QMJHL trade deadline is Thursday at noon.

Out west, the Regina Pats have acquired forward Matt Robertson from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for forward Michael MacAngus and a fourth-round pick in the 2009 WHL bantam draft.

MacAngus has played all 44 games with the Pats this season, recording 11 goals and 17 assists, and hasn't missed a game since the 2006-07 season.

Matt Robertson, a Prince Albert native, was fourth in Raiders scoring with 15 goals and 19 assists.

``We felt we needed to be quicker and improve our power play and this deal addresses both areas,'' Pats GM Brent Parker said in a release.

The WHL's trade deadline is set for Saturday.

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