Thursday afternoon, the Chicago Wolves announced that six-time AHL All-Star Corey Locke had been traded to the Abbotsford Heat in exchange for defenseman Mark Cundari. Locke, who has played for five teams over his nine-year AHL career, has tallied 545 points over 609 games. A 2013 AHL All-Star, Cundari has recorded four goals and six assists over 32 games this season with Abbotsford.
Locke is tied for the team lead in points this year with 25 (6 G, 19 A) in his first season in Chicago. He also was named the AHL’s most valuable player in the 2010-11 season while with Binghamton.
Cundari, a native of Toronto, won two Memorial Cups with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL before debuting in the AHL during the 2010-11 season with the Peoria Rivermen. In his AHL career, he has notched 83 points (24 G, 59 A) over 207 games.
Both players have had playoff experience, with Locke totaling 60 points (25 G, 35 A) over 58 games and Cundari one assist in three games.
Cundari is expected to help improve a struggling Wolves power play unit, which has been dismal this season. Chicago has converted on just 21 of 189 power play chances this season, or 11.1%.
The Wolves will continue on a five-game road trip Saturday afternoon against the Toronto Marlies. Abbotsford will play host to the Utica Comets Friday night as they begin an eight-game home stand.