Saturday, January 2, 2010

Paul in, Walls out

Brahmas make change on blue line

The Texas Brahmas placed rookie defenseman Braden Walls on waivers today and signed Todd Paul to a contract.

Walls, 24, played in six games for the Brahmas, contributing an assist on two shots and four penalty minutes during his stay.

Paul, 26, is in his sixth pro season and has played all but 17 of his 279 games in the Central Hockey League.

At 5' 10", 185 pounds, the Aylmer, Quebec native played for the Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) in 2002-03 and the Grand Prairie Storm (AJHL) in 2003-04 before going pro the following season.

He signed with the Knoxville Ice Bears (SPHL) and played in 17 games before joining the Tulsa Oilers for the remainder of the 2004-05 season. In 44 games played between the two teams, Paul tallied 39 points (9 G, 30 A) and 16 penalty minutes. In the 2005 playoffs, he added two assists and five penalty minutes in five games.

In 2005-06, he played 40 games with the Oilers before being traded to the Corpus Christi Rayz and played 17 games there. He scored 24 points (5 G, 19 A) with 49 penalty minutes.

The following season with the Rayz was his best - he tallied 34 points (12 G, 22 A) and 43 penalty minutes in 64 games played. During the 2007 playoffs, he added eight points (2 G, 6 A) and six penalty minutes in 12 games.

Paul signed with the Wichita Thunder in 2007-08 where he scored 24 points (6 G, 18 A) with 52 penalty minutes in 59 games played.

Last season, he played for the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs in 45 regular season games, tallying 13 points (3 G, 10 A) with 45 penalty minutes. During the 2009 playoffs, he added an assist and four penalty minutes in seven games played.

In other transaction news, Kevin McLeod was activated fron Injured Reserve.

Photo Credit: Robert Keith

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