I’ve been busy the past few days — for example, I was fortunate enough to cover my first game at Madison Square Garden last night: Knicks vs. Spurs — so my apologies for not getting this info to you right away. Were there any pressing T-Devils news, I assure you it would have been on here.
Anyway, let’s get the self-promotion completely out of the way first. Here’s my latest for ECHL.com on former Wheeling Nailers tough guy Zenon Konopka. Konopka shared a lot of interesting anecdotes about his Kelly Cup run with Idaho that you won’t want to miss, and there’s some comments from first overall pick John Tavares in there as well. There are some weird issues with line breaks in the story format on the site…fight through them, kids. It’s worth a read.
OK, that stuff aside…
Reading made a few moves. The Royals picked up some Elmira leftovers, signing former Jackals tough guy Brett Gallant and claiming netminder Zane Kalemba on waivers. Gallant had played in 13 games this season, posting no points and 80 penalty minutes. Kalemba, a Hobey Baker Award finalist at nearby Princeton University, had played in four games with the Jackals, posting a 4.40 GAA and .821 save percentage. Kalemba had been with Victoria, who somewhat inexplicably signed Chris Beckford-Tseu, who hasn’t put up a good season in a long time despite NHL experience with the Blues.
Subsequently, the Royals released Scott Darling, who did not appear in a game for them.
Gwinnett, who comes back to town in late February, has signed former Trenton defenseman Luke Lucyk. Lucyk, who played in 19 games with Trenton last season, had been with the SPHL’s Augusta Riverhawks prior to signing with the Gladiators.
The AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs have assigned goalie Peter Delmas to the Wheeling Nailers. Trenton hosts Wheeling on January 12th. Delmas, who was Colorado’s second round pick in 2008, was 1-0-1 with a 1.92 GAA and .933 save percentage with Hamilton. Delmas will likely be heading to Trenton next week, Mike Brown will not be.
Brown, who appeared in six games for Trenton this season, was let go after playing in three contests for Wheeling. He was 1-1-1 with a 3.89 GAA and .879 save percentage.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com