The Omaha Lancers and Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets made a trade today. Omaha acquired goaltender Drew Palmisano from Ohio for defenseman Dennis Urban. This pretty much makes it official that Gudmandson is out.
I can't believe Ohio would do this trade. Palmisano is a very good goalie and still has a couple years of eligibility left, while Troy Redmann is done after this year. Ohio could have built around their goal tending, but I guess they chose to go another route.
Palmisano has posted a 1-6-3 record for the Jackets this season, being in net for the team's only win. Drew has a 3.70 goals against average and a respectable 90.3 save percentage. Despite the horrible record, Palmisano was able to stop a lot of very good scoring chances he faced, but it's tough to win games when you have to face 40-60 shots per game.
Urban was the first round pick of Omaha last May and had recorded 10 points (4-6--10) in 21 games for the Lancers. Dennis played last season for the Mahoning Valley Phantoms of the NAHL and notched 30 points. He also spent time at the forward position this season.
This deal appears to favor Omaha in every way, except it leaves them a little short on the defensive end of things. This trade gives Omaha arguably the two best young goalies in the league.
EDIT: Ohio also received a 4th round pick in next year's draft with Urban. Ohio also added Brandon Czarnecki to become their backup goalie for the rest of the season.