Chiefs deal veteran blueliner to Nanaimo

Shay Laurent is a Nanaimo Clipper after the Chilliwack Chiefs completed their third trade-deadline deal.

The Chilliwack Chiefs have made their third trade deadline deal, sending defenceman Shay Laurent to the Nanaimo Clippers.

The Chiefs get future considerations in return.

The 20-year-old blueliner leaves town for a second time. After last season, Laurent was sent to Coquitlam as the future considerations to complete the Philip Zielonka trade deadline deal. After just two games with the Express, Laurent asked to be sent back to Chilliwack.

Chiefs general manager Harvey Smyl sent futures to Coquitlam, re-acquiring the D-man.

But Laurent hasn’t had a particularly strong season. Normally a defensively steady player, the Alberta native has contributed to Chilliwack’s league-worst 4.54 goals-against average.

When Laurent isn’t playing well defensively, he doesn’t offset it with offensive contributions. He had zero goals and eight points in 41 games this season. For his career, Laurent has five goals and 41 points in 149 games.

He joins a Clippers team (20-19-1-1) that will be playoff bound. Nanaimo is locked into a spot in the Island division, likely as the third seed visiting Victoria or Powell River.