Just got the release from the Devils…but Albany has sent Trevor Kell, Myles Stoesz (above) and Darcy Zajac back to Trenton. Additionally, Dave Caruso has been called up to Albany. Not sure how close Jeff Lerg is to returning yet, so I’d imagine you’ll likely see Anthony Felice brought in as an emergency backup if Lerg can’t go. Caruso’s call-up obviously gives the goaltending reigns to Shane Connelly, who was surprisingly solid in his loss to South Carolina despite not having played in almost a month.
I was thinking about writing something about how I’d like to see Stoesz come back for a little while. Specifically, for Friday. Elmira comes to town, and so does Jon Mirasty. He’s going to run around all game, it’s what he does. I respect the hell out of everyone in that locker room, but there’s nobody you’d really want on the roster as it was holding him accountable for that. Coutu, Vichorek, etc…all willing and able, but Mirasty is a legit heavyweight. With Stoesz on the roster, he might be able to serve as a bit of a deterrent.
Anyway, here’s the release…
(PR) ALBANY, N.Y. – Dave Caruso has been recalled on loan from Trenton (ECHL) to Albany (AHL), while Trevor Kell and Darcy Zajac have been returned on loan from Albany to Trenton. Also, Myles Stoesz has been loaned to Trenton. The announcement was made by Albany and Trenton General Manager Chris Lamoriello.
Caruso, 28, is making his third stint with Albany this season. He has played in four AHL games this year, posting a 1-2-0 record. Earlier, the Queens, N.Y. native was recalled from Trenton on Nov. 10 and returned on Nov. 13. Days later on Nov. 19, he came back to Albany. Caruso made his season debut in relief against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Nov. 24 and won his first game against Binghamton on Nov. 27. He was returned to Trenton on Dec. 12. In the ECHL this season, Caruso has posted a 5-8-0 record with a 3.33 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.
Kell, 24, was recalled on loan from Trenton on Nov. 14 and appeared in 21 games for Albany. He registered a goal and two assists, including a multi-point effort against Adirondack on Dec. 5. The Thunder Bay, Ontario native returns to Trenton where he began the season. Kell played nine games in the ECHL, posting a then team-best 11 points with five goals and six assists.
Zajac, 24, joined Albany after being recalled from Trenton on Nov. 27. While in the Capital Region, he appeared in 15 games and registered a goal and an assist. Zajac, who hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba, scored his first career goal in a 4-3 win at Binghamton on Dec. 31. He began the season in Trenton where he played 14 games, registering two goals and six assists.
Stoesz, 23, has been in Albany for the entire season and has played seven games, racking up 30 penalty minutes. A Steinbach, Manitoba native, he made his 2010-11 debut in a 3-0 loss against Syracuse on Nov. 12. In his four-year professional career, Stoesz has played 136 ECHL games, posting 12 goals and seven assists.
The Devils travel to Worcester tonight for a 7 p.m. start.