Devils Acquire Tomko, Shut Up Their Dopey Beat Writer

The Trenton Devils have acquired defenseman Slavomir Tomko from the Wheeling Nailers.  The Slovakian born D-man stood out to me in last year’s playoff series against Elmira, although he didn’t exactly light up the scoresheet during the regular season.

The 26-year-old has seen limited action with Wheeling this year, but has posted a line of 3-3-6 in nine games.

Before they can even think of addressing their mostly anemic offense, the team needed to address the shortcomings at the blueline that have affected both the team as a whole and the goaltending statistics of both Dave Caruso and Gerald Coleman.  This move is hopefully just the start of that.  Thinking Tomko himself can turn the team around defensively is — just as thinking this team can turn it around in the second half with what they have right now, Tomko included — would be wrong.

But this is a big move in the right direction.  Tomko should be used on the team’s first D pair and will likely see some time on the power play as well.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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