It’s Still Over…

Might as well roll out Vince McMahon’s “No Chance” theme music the next time the Trenton Devils skate on home ice, because this team is done.  Zero points out of a possible six when they needed, at the very least, four…and yes, the last six games of the season are essentially meaningless.

Trenton lost all three games on their southern road swing, tonight losing to the Gwinnett Gladiators, 4-2.  They blew a second period lead, and gave up three power play goals.  Chris Murray put together a solid 22 penalty minutes in the loss as well.  Jeff Prough and Slavomir Tomko scored Trenton’s only goals.  Dave Caruso made 28 saves in the loss.

Trenton returns home on Wednesday to host the Toilet Bowl…the ECHL’s worst two teams face off for one last time, as (16-39-7-4) Johnstown comes to town to face the (28-29-4-5) T-Devils.  No truth to the rumor that the first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive forks to stick in the team…and based on mid-week attendance, there would be quite a few utensils left over anyway.

Sarcasm aside…since Gerald Coleman hasn’t dressed for the last two games for who knows what reason, Jeff Lerg’s pro debut may be a good enough reason to come to the arena.  He wasn’t brought here to just sit around, and with the team now six points out of it with six games to play, that debut is now inevitable.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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7 Responses to “It’s Still Over…”

  1. Trentondevilsfan Says:

    Fwiw Coleman seemed just fine at cheeburger cheeburger. No question the team is toast this year. Ah well.

  2. chiarams Says:

    “He wasn’t brought here to just sit around”

    No – that’s Cormier’s job.

  3. titans04 Says:

    As if there needed to be any other proof of who’s calling the shots roster wise, in his pre-game interview Rick mentioned having to call”his boss” to find out whether or not they could have Lerg fly down for yesterdays game.

  4. Trentondevilsfan Says:

    Lerg is a legit prospect, obviously too important to entrust to Killer. Not the first time something like this has been mentioned.

    What the heck, at this point might as well pat Gerald on the head and send him along and have Lerg start the rest of the games; give Caruso the final home game as a ‘thanks for the effort’. But let’s see what Lerg brings. With the realization there’s nothing left to fight for and our already leaky defense, he’ll have plenty of opportunity to show his stuff. As a bonus it’ll give us something interesting to watch!

    So does Killer come back next year? If he wants to, I suspect the job might be there. While it’s true not as many guys blossomed as last year, Pender’s play improved and the org seems to like him. Caruso found his game again. Tomko, who was BRUTAL when he got here, has of late improved. The team overall could have mailed it in a long time ago but didn’t – we’ll see if that holds true. Rick and Vince have been good company men in public.

    When you look at what the on ice focus seems to be, I could see them bringing him back. They kept Kleinendorst up in Lowell for awhile with less results.

    Whether he wants another go around, who knows.

  5. I want real hockey in Trenton Says:

    Even if Rick didn’t want another go-around, who else would take him? The time for him to cash in was last year, but either he didn’t want to leave or no one else was interested, despite the accomplishments. If it was the latter, and Rick didn’t get any better offers despite being Coach of the Year, what does that tell you?

  6. Trentondevilsfan Says:

    There’s no job security in coaching, but if Rick’s figured out what the Devils want from him and is willing to keep doing that, he’ll have the closest thing to it. I certainly have no idea, but given the way the Devils focus on individual player development out on the farm, there are definite success stories there.

    And coaches can always get gigs, they’re recycled all the time, so I’m sure he could pop up somewhere.

    Is it too soon to start guessing who might be invited back? Is this Little Tony’s last hurrah?

  7. Use a spoon...it hurts more Says:

    It’s a shame….a damned shame.

    Yes, the organization relied to heavily on Coleman the unreliable.

    Yes, the team relied to heavily on a “no-show” defense.

    Yes, they were plagued by mid-season injuries.

    And yet, the season ticket fans recognized this, and continued to support them.

    Mistakes were made – but can it all fall on shoulders of the “Lou & Sons” organization, the coaches or the players?

    Well, um…..YEAH!

    Each played their part – too bad it wasn’t on the ice.

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