We learned over the weekend in a fairly low key quasi-announcement that Houston Heat had filled out their 2014 roster by partially gutting Edmonton Impact with the pick-ups of Timmy Montressor, Ryan Moorhead and Greg Siewers. Those additions along with the Thomas Taylor pick-up give Heat a solid 10 player roster and match experience for experience against the players Heat lost in the off season. To my mind Heat still looks snake heavy--and I still like the idea of trying Dizon out on the D-side but I'm also confident Coach Trosen has a good handle on his players strengths and weaknesses. The key for Heat will be the consistency the team gets from the players filling the Solnyshkov role.
On the flip side is the hit Impact takes. While the team retains an experienced solid core it leaves some holes to fill in the roster of a team that was consistently vying for wins last year. Word on the street has been that a number of Infamous players have been quietly shopping their services during the off season (without much luck so far.) Odds are Impact will look to replace experience with experience so expect the team to target established talent. Could they make another run at Vanderbyl or a Damage player or two? A few more player moves could shake up the status quo and create some new opportunities. Time will tell.