Vokes Back On IR; Nolet Transferred To 21-Day IR

A little housekeeping live from the New Jersey Devils press box here in Newark…

The Trenton Devils have placed Matt Vokes on the 7-Day IR and transferred defenseman Martin Nolet to the 21-Day IR.  Additionally, the Shane Connelly trade is now official.  As a result, Jack Kauffman has been let go as the EBUG.

For Vokes…well, it’s bad news for a great guy.  The hard-working and skilled forward lasted just two games in his return from an ankle injury, but made his presence felt while he was out there — he notched a goal and two assists.  Hopefully, his story isn’t similar to that of Chris Poli’s…Poli, you’ll recall, always put up numbers while he was out there.  Problem is, he was never out there.  Coincidentally, Gwinnett dumped him off to Wheeling today after he had a lackluster start for the Gladiators.

And for those of you anxiously awaiting the Kris Mayotte era in Reading…ummm, might be time to go to the box office and get a refund.  They canned him already.

I’ll have more info on Vokes, Nolet, Lerg and the rest of the guys when I get it on Saturday when Trenton hosts Reading.  Not sure of in-game coverage plans yet…I was initially supposed to do the game for The Trentonian, but switched out to another game later in the month, so I’ll figure that out when I get to the rink.

In the meantime, be on the lookout for my ECHL.com stuff, which will run once or twice a week.  I spoke to Johan Hedberg, Olivier Magnan and Mike McKenna today for features you’ll see on there.  In addition, I spoke to Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias about Hedberg, to Andy Greene about Magnan and to Hedberg about McKenna.  Devils fans won’t want to miss these stories, I can assure you.

And none of it would be possible without New Jersey’s great Senior Director of Communications, Jeff Altstadter, who has always gone out of his way to accommodate me whenever I’ve needed to come up for a story.  It’s easy to be critical of the Devils sometimes, but they’re a classy organization and Jeff’s help has been very much so appreciated over the past three seasons, just as Paul Roper and Dan D’Uva have been in Trenton and Mike O’Brien’s was in Lowell.  I am very, very fortunate to do what I get to do, and I don’t always show that — see: writing style, sarcastic — and it never hurts to thank those who help you get to where you’d like to one day be.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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