Les Canadiennes de Montréal announced today that they would complete the 2015 Jordanna Peroff trade by sending third-string goalie Amanda Makela to the Toronto Furies.
Makela was an eighth-round draft pick for Montréal in the 2016 CWHL Draft and did not play any games with them last season. She played six games for the Buffalo Beauts in the inaugural season of the NWHL, where she put up a save percentage of .909 and had a goals against average of 2.79.
A native of Thunder Bay, Makela played her college years with Mercyhurst, where she was the starter for her final two years. She has had some national team experience, including two games at the 2010-11 U18 Women’s World Championship where she was recognized with the award for best save percentage (.956).
Update: Makela had this to say on Twitter:
The Furies’ goalie situation this season seems to be somewhat up in the air, with rumours that starter Christina Kessler is considering retirement. Sami Jo Small has been third goalie for the team for several years now and only played one game in the 2016-17 season — with an opening on the Furies coaching staff perhaps she may move on from playing entirely. While that would still leave Sonja van der Bliek — a more than capable goalie in her own right who has previously been a starter for the Thunder — as the de facto starter, some competition and a solid back-up would be more than welcome.
The number of goalies available in the draft this coming weekend is unusually high and at least four of them seem likely to have picked the GTA as one of their preferred locations. Hopefully the Furies will find the right balance between experienced veterans and skilled rookies to lead a winning campaign this season.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated the Peroff trade was in 2014.