Taylor on Traccitto, CHL defections, Pearce.

Caught up with Karl Taylor on the Reign signing defenseman Reggie Traccitto. He was able to add some context to the 20-goal season Traccitto just had with the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs. Their home rink, Jate Gatecliff Arena, is rather small and certainly helped, but Taylor was sold on Traccitto’s skills.

“He’s a good offensive guy who took advantage of the arena,” Taylor said.

Taylor said that Traccitto has “grown a lot the last few years” since converting from winger to defense, and is looking at him only as a defenseman.

Regarding Greg Hogeboom and Andrew Martens signing in the Central Hockey
League, Taylor said that “(money) is a part of it, but it’s also life
experiences.”

“The Central League is a good league, but it’s different from our league.”

The Reign retained Hogeboom’s ECHL rights, but not Martens’.

As
for Robert Pearce, who recently signed with the Idaho Steelheads,
Taylor said simply that “we wanted to go in a different direction.”

“We feel we can replace what he brought. He’s obviously going to try his best to prove us wrong.”

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.
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