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Sea Wolves Trade Jeff Bes For Defensive Help

Mississippi Sea Wolves Head Coach Bob Woods needs to shore up his team's defense and on Tuesday he traded center Jeff Bes to the Augusta Lynx in exchange for defenseman Jim Baxter and future considerations.

Coach Woods said he had to give up a quality offensive player to get a quality defensive player in return. Bes leaves the Sea Wolves after playing 23 games. He was the Sea Wolves leader in points with 28 points netting nine goals and 19 assists. The 29-year-old also had 62 penalty minutes and a team worst minus nine.

In 26 games in Augusta, the 22-year-old native of Brantford, Ontario posted four goals and seven assists for 11 points, along with 20 penalty minutes. The 6-3, 195-pound blueliner is in his third year of professional hockey. Last season in Tallahassee, Baxter tied for 10th in ECHL scoring among defensemen scoring 15 goals, adding 32 assists for 47 points in 72 games. He was a 7th round selection in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes.

Bob Woods said, "It's a good trade for our hockey club. It wasn't easy trading Jeff, but we needed to change the chemistry, 10 wins in 23 games isn't good enough. If you want something good, you have to give up something good. We were looking for a solid experienced defenseman and Jim Baxter fits the mold, plus the future considerations will benefit us down the road. Baxter is a player that I've been trying to acquire since the summer. I expect him to be an excellent addition to our defense and power play. I'm excited about having him join the Sea Wolves."

Sea Wolves General Manager Jean Gagnon said, "As tough as it is trading Jeff Bes, we needed to make a sacrifice to become a better hockey club. Jim Baxter will make us a better team."

Baxter will be wearing uniform number eleven, the same uniform number worn by Jeff Bes. He'll be in the Sea Wolves lineup 7:05 Wednesday night when Mississippi entertains the New Orleans Brass.

By A.J. Giardina

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