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Crease logjam a good problem for Herd

Peter Delmas’ clean bill of health puts the Halifax Mooseheads in the driver’s seat when it comes to goaltending trade talks.

Delmas, a Bedford native entering his over-age QMJHL season, is “100 per cent” healed from a nagging hip injury that plagued him all of last season, creating something of a logjam in the Mooseheads’ crease with 18-year-old Mathieu Corbeil.

“He’s 100 per cent now,” said Delmas’ agent, Jean-Pierre Lareau, adding that doctors recommended against surgery.

“Time is the best healing process when there’s no fracture. He’s training and ready to go.”

Lareau said he expects Delmas to “go back to junior and prove himself” after being left unsigned this month by the Colorado Avalanche, which drafted him 61st overall in 2008.

The Mooseheads, meanwhile, could use their crease strength to their advantage when the QMJHL trade period opens Friday morning in Drummondville, Que.

Delmas was considered a premier Q goalie before injuries hit, while Corbeil has been pegged as a potential top-four-round pick in June’s NHL draft.

Either the Mooseheads keep both in a platoon rotation or one of them is expendable in a trade. Corbeil, with two seasons of Q eligibility to Delmas’ one, has more value.

Dealing a goaltender could help the Mooseheads reshape their roster, especially if they land a goal-scoring forward in return.

They have enough picks in Saturday’s draft — a whopping five in the top 37 — to draft a “goalie of the future” and recoup their losses.

But Mooseheads head coach and general manager Cam Russell didn’t rule out bringing both goalies back.

“We’re fortunate,” Russell said.

“We have two excellent goaltenders coming back and we have to make a decision on which direction we’re gonna go.”

– Matthew Wuest will be covering the draft in Drummondville, Que. For his coverage, visit our Q Files blog at www.metronews.ca/qfiles or follow @metroqfiles on Twitter.

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