Interesting item in the ECHL transactions e-mail today. Goaltender Jeff Lerg, who signed with the Devils organization in the off-season but turned his right ACL into applesauce, has been assigned to the Trenton Devils from Lowell.
He was also placed on the 21-Day IR. Under the assumption that he has to serve those 21 days — I believe he does — that would put him on pace to be eligible to play in the March 2nd home game against Reading.
The knee injury delayed his much anticipated pro debut, as the undersized Michigan State netminder led the Spartans to the 2007 NCAA Championship. Listed at five feet, six inches tall and 155 pounds, Lerg will turn 24 years old a few days after the Trenton Devils regular season ends.
There is no doubting that when Lerg is ready — and perhaps before he’s ready — that this will create a bit of an uncomfortable situation in the Trenton nets; Three goalies for two spots on the roster. Lerg and Gerald Coleman are on AHL deals, while Dave Caruso is believed to be on an ECHL deal. However, I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see some sort of trade made at the minor league level…especially considering Lerg’s speculated return date directly coincides with the NHL trade deadline.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com