Blazers release Inglis
Charles is no longer skating with the Kamloops Blazers — and it's not because he caught the Inglis flu.
The Blazers released controversial forward Charles Inglis — who did not score a goal in 11 games with the Blue and Orange — on Wednesday, Dec. 12, following a 5-2 loss to the Oil Kings in Edmonton.
"To be honest, I knew the chances of it working here were less than 50 per cent, but I thought we gave it a fair shake," Blazer GM Craig Bonner said.
"It just didn't work out."
Inglis was under the microscope upon arrival in the Tournament Capital.
"Going into the trip, the coaches expressed, and I was in agreement, some concerns with Charles' play and his presence on our team," Bonner said.
"He demands a lot of attention, but the majority of it was performance."
Inglis had five assists, 13 penalty minutes and was minus-2 in his stint with the Blazers.
"His production . . . he was struggling," Bonner said.
"I thought his work ethic and his compete level, which we pride ourself on, was average at best."
On Nov. 19, Kamloops traded a conditional fifth-round pick in 2015 to the Red Deer Rebels in exchange for Inglis.
The condition was Inglis had to be on the Blazers' roster past the Jan. 10 WHL trade deadline, so the pick is returned to Kamloops.
Inglis' departure leaves Bonner with a 20-year-old spot to fill.
With the recent acquisition of 19-year-old defenceman Joel Edmundson from Moose Jaw, it's likely the Blazers will be in the market for a top-six forward.
There is a Christmas-break trade freeze from Saturday, Dec. 15, to Dec. 27.
Bonner likely won't make a move before Saturday.
"We'll see what's out there," he said.
"We have some ideas."
Lane Scheidl of the Regina Pats might be on Bonner's radar, along with 20-year-old Vancouver Giant forwards Trevor Cheek and Kale Kessy.
Elgin Pearce of the Medicine Hat Tigers is another over-age forward who might be on the trading block.
Inglis flew home to Saskatoon on Thursday (Dec. 13) morning.
His most-memorable moment as a Blazer likely came when he spoke to the press after his Blazer debut — a 2-1 loss to the Pats on Nov. 21
Inglis challenged Dyson Stevenson to a fight early in the first period of that game, but the Regina forward refused.
In a post-game interview, the former Blazer accused Stevenson of catching the "Inglis flu."