The Kalamazoo Wings have announced that they have traded defenseman Adam Phillips for goaltender Nicola Riopel. They have acuired Riopel from the Norfolk Admitals. Nicola Riopel was signed by the Syracuse Crunch to an AHL contract after Allen York announced his retirement after dealing with multiple injuries. Riopel was re-signed over the summer, but his ECHL rights still belonged with the Norfolk Admirals.
With Kalamazoo acquiring Riopel, it allows the Lightning organization more control in putting Riopel where they want him. He serves as the 5th goaltender in the organization. He should spend the majority of the year in Kalamzoo but will be available to fill in in Syracuse in case of injuries either in Syracuse or Tampa that requires a fill-in goaltender in Syracuse.
Riopel was a 5th round selection of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 draft. Last season, he combined for a 13-17-1 record, 2.66 GAA, and .920 SV% in 34 games. Riopel spent his junior years playing for the Moncton Wildcats in the QMJHL. He has played for the Adirondack Phantoms and dressed, but did not play, for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Chicago Wolves, and Syracuse Crunch in the AHL. In the ECHL, he has played for the Greenville Road Warriors, Rapid City Rush, and Norfolk Admirals. He also spent three years in Europe playing for the Dundee Stars in England, Frederikshavn White Hawks in Denmark, and Rouen in France.