CINCINNATI, OH – After losing seven of the last eight games, Cincinnati Cyclones Head Coach Matt Macdonald needed to think fast to do something to right the ship as things were getting out of control and getting out of control fast. Tough decisions needed to be made to shake this roster up and get this team playing the way they need to be, and the first of those tough decisions has been made as forward Colin Mulvey has been dealt to the Indy Fuel in exchange for forward Patrick D’Amico.
After the news broke out, scrolling through the Facebook and Twitter feeds, it was pretty obvious Cyclones fans didn’t approve of this move, which is to be expected as Mulvey has become a fan favorite and nobody likes to see a fan favorite get traded.
It’s an unpopular opinion but this was a good move on the Cyclones’ end. It hurts to give up a guy like Mulvey, but when you look at it from the business side of things, he was nowhere near producing offensively at the rate the team needed him to in order to be successful and make a run at a playoff spot.
In a similar situation last season, the Cyclones acquired Mulvey from South Carolina mid-season in an attempt to boost the offense during the home stretch of the campaign. In 25 games with Cincinnati to close out the 2015-2016 season, Mulvey accumulated 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 25 games.
This season? He’s only put up 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in 34 games. Compared to last season, that’s nine less points scored in nine more games played. That’s not good. To say it’s been an “off year” for him would be an understatement. We all know the high level player Colin Mulvey is, we saw it last season. His speed can make any opposing defenseman just look silly. However, for whatever reason, the same magic he had then wasn’t there now.
A tough move to make, but a necessary one. We wish Colin all the best in Indy, and who knows, maybe a change of scenery and a fresh start in a new city will give him the “Mike Embach effect” that will get him pumped back up again only to come back and terrorize Cincinnati for all eternity.
D’Amico, on the other hand, is around a half a point per game guy, tallying 16 points (six goals, ten assists) in 38 appearances with Indy so far this season. Considering how bad the Fuel have struggled this year, going on that abysmal 14-game losing skid earlier in the season, D’Amico has some pretty decent numbers. If Coach Macdonald’s track record of finding some diamonds in the rough through his past trades holds up, this could work out greatly for the Cyclones.
In addition to D’Amico coming in, the Cyclones are also getting some much needed reinforcements up front with the return of forwards Andrew Yogan and Shawn O’Donnell to the line-up.
O’Donnell returns after being released from his PTO by the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals yesterday morning. Yogan returns after being sidelined for the past month with a lower-body injury and hasn’t played since New Year’s Eve. These are two of the Cyclones biggest offensive weapons as between the two, they have 44 points (19 goals, 25 assists) on the season. In this seven losses in the last eight games stretch, Cincinnati has been outscored 30-18, so getting these two back into the line-up is huge.
The Cyclones begin a three-in-three tonight at home inside U.S. Bank Arena in their first ever meeting with the Rapid City Rush at 7:35pm EST. It’ll also be the return of veteran defenseman Riley Weselowski to Cincinnati after spending last season in a Cincinnati sweater.
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