For the second time this month, Brandon Hynes finds himself surrounded by new teammates.
The 22-year-old Norris Point native has been living out of a suitcase as he tries to find himself a steady home in the East Coast Hockey League in his desire to crack an American Hockey League roster sooner rather than later.
Hynes, a five-foot-eight forward with with a knack around the net, is the newest member of the South Carolina Stingrays.
The Stingrays acquired Hynes and hulking six-foot-five defenceman Guy Leboeuf from the Missouri Mavericks for forward Jack Downing earlier this week.
“It was a curveball,” Hynes said from Charleston, S. C. Tuesday afternoon of being traded to the Stingrays.
During his short stint with the Mavericks, he felt like he was playing good hockey so he really doesn’t have an explanation for the move other than believing coach and former NHLer Richard Matvichuk didn’t see him fitting into his blueprint for the team moving forward.
Hynes picked up a handful of points, including a two-goal game with the Mavericks, but then he was a healthy scratch on a couple of occcasions so he knew something was up. He wondered why the team traded for him when he’s finding himself watching his team play from the stands.
He said he talked to coach Matvichuk about his concerns and was told not to worry because he would be staying put. But, the next day he gets called into the coach’s office to be informed that he was dealt to the Stingrays after he…