The Trenton Devils have placed forward Ryan Ginand on the 3-Day IR, and activated defenseman Justin Pender.
Ginand, who has cooled off a bit as of late, has scored 12 goals and added nine assists in 32 games this season. No word on the specifics of his injury, and I wouldn’t expect them. This seems to open the door for Kevin Cormier to join the team as a tenth forward, although I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see Rick Kowalsky use nine forwards and seven D.
Pender has posted a 7-8-15 line in 39 games for Trenton, and his shooting accuracy had seemed to improve a bit before he went down with an injury. He still has some Fulton Reed in him, but there’s no doubting the big man has got an NHL caliber slapshot.
Additionally, the Reading Royals will likely have a different goalie between the pipes than who you’re used to when they come into town on Saturday…the Royals have acquired Josh Johnson from Bakersfield for future considerations.
In his third professional season and third in the ECHL, Johnson has played for the South Carolina Stingrays and Gwinnett Gladiators as well. He’s appeared in just five games this season, however, he’s needed as a result of what appears to be a long-term injury for Andrew Engelage and Matt Dalton’s recall to the Boston Bruins.
Trenton heads up to Elmira tonight for a critical game — they’re all critical at this point — before coming back home tomorrow night at 7 PM. Bobbleheads of the ever-chatty Jeff Frazee will be given away, so don’t miss it.
UPDATE: Just grabbed this from the Jackals Twitter page: The Elmira Jackals announced Friday that they have been assigned wingers Keegan Dansereau and Matt Lowry by their AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. In addition, the Jackals announced that they have loaned left winger Maxime Gratchev to the Rochester Americans (AHL).
In 32 games with the Jackals this season, Dansereau has 32 points (12g-10a) and is fifth in the ECHL with a shooting percentage of .226.
Lowry has five goals and 10 assists with the Jackals this season.
Gratchev will be appearing with his second AHL team this season when he suits up for Rochester in its game against Grand Rapids on Friday night. One of the Jackals two all-stars this season, he has 39 points (16g-23a) in 34 games with Elmira in 2009-2010.
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