By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
For 3 1/2 seasons, Marcus Messier wore the red, white and blue of the Tri-City Americans. Tonight, he still will be in red, white and blue, but that of the Spokane Chiefs.
The Americans made a rare trade with their biggest rival Friday morning, sending Messier, 19, to the Chiefs for forward Jackson Playfair, 19.
“We were talking about something totally different,” said Spokane general manager Tim Speltz of his conversation with Americans GM Bob Tory. “I didn’t expect in the end we would have a footprint for a trade.”
It was the second big-name player the Americans traded in two days, as Tory sent second-leading scorer Connor Rankin to the Calgary Hitmen on Thursday. Rankin and Messier were the two longest-tenured players on the team.
Friday’s trade was the first one Tory has made with Spokane since taking over as GM 13 seasons ago.