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Colts, Sting at odds over trade last year 0

IAN SHANTZ

A trade completed between the Barrie Colts and Sarnia Sting last season has both sides butting heads this season.

The Colts shipped goalie Andrew Perugini, former overage forward Vladimir Nikiforov and a sixth-round pick in 2008 to the Sting in a New Year's Day deal that brought defenceman Dalton Prout, forward Colton Kennedy, goalie Peter Di Salvo, former overage forward Ryan Berard, along with second- round picks in 2008 and 2009, and a conditional third-round selection in 2011 to Barrie.

The murky part of the deal -- currently being looked into by the Ontario Hockey League -- involves Matt Martin.

Part of the deal involving the two squads apparently included Martin coming to Barrie at the end of last season.

The 19-year-old forward, drafted by the New York Islanders in the fifth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, is attending a tryout with the pro club, but is expected to return to play for the Sting this season.

The trade snag for Barrie came when

Martin apparently refused to waive a so-called no-trade clause, choosing instead to stay in Sarnia.

A tug of war between Barrie and Sarnia has ensued, with the Colts seeking compensation if Martin remains in Sarnia.

The trade issue has been brought before the league to resolve.

"There is a matter," Canadian Hockey League and OHL commissioner David Branch confirmed yesterday.

Branch declined to comment further on the issue.

"I'm not at a position to comment about that right now. We're working through the process," Branch said. "There is no timeline."

Colts president and co-owner Howie Campbell also refused to go into detail on the matter.

"It's in arbitration, and that's where it sits," Campbell said yesterday from the Colts dressing room.

Sting general manager Alan Millar did not return a phone message yesterday.

Martin, a Windsor native, played in 66 regular-season games with the Sting last season, recording 25 goals and 13 assists.

He could be a candidate to be named the Sting's captain this season.

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