Keep Digging, Watson

For the Trenton Devils, life goes on after the Dan Charleston incident.  For Chase Watson (pictured), however, he’s headed north.  Well, north in the standings at least.  He’s actually heading out west, as the Devils traded the forward/one-time defenseman to the Cincinnati Cyclones.  Trenton will receive let’s face it, probably nothing “future considerations” in the deal.

The 28-year-old Pennsylvania native moves on to his sixth ECHL team after prior stints with Augusta, Wheeling, Johnstown and Reading.  This season, Watson joined the T-Devils after a four-game stint with the CHL’s Arizona Sundogs, and contributed nine assists in seventeen games.

— Two other moves to discuss, albeit briefly.  Trenton has activated Brad Miller from the 3-Day IR and placed Taylor Vichorek on the 3-Day IR. 

— Since the Charleston thing hasn’t been talked to death as it is, let’s talk about it some more.  Other ECHL writers have taken notice.  Video of the incident has surfaced.  If you wish to view it, you may do so here.  It is, as I’ve admitted, the first time I’ve seen it.  It is pretty much what I thought it would be. 

Not that I don’t look like a crappy journalist as it is throughout the duration of this story, but I feel like I should explain why I didn’t see it take place.  If people out there think I’m trying to make this about me, have a field day with that.  Anyway, writing on deadline isn’t the easiest thing in the world to begin with.  In a game that’s back and forth and gets tied four times, it’s especially difficult.  For the majority of the last ten minutes or so of the third period, my head was buried in my laptop trying to hammer out the story that you were going to read in the next day’s paper.  I saw the last few seconds, saw that Charleston’s wasn’t going to get a shot off, and put my focus back on my laptop.  I literally did not know for a minute or two what had happened, because why would anyone expect that?

Also, here is the direct link to the story on the suspension that appeared in yesterday’s Trentonian.  Considering neither the Devils or the league gave me much to work with at all — and I’m not saying that’s right or wrong — I think that story came out pretty well.  So no more beating myself up.  I hope Dan Charleston feels the same way about himself.

— For those of you looking for positive Devils stories…I, uhhh…did this ECHL.com feature on Mike McKenna.  Really good, interesting guy.  Invited me to sit down next to his locker when he was up in Newark, and we just chatted for ten minutes or so.  What you see there in that link is how the chat went.  And I also shot the photo, too.

— I’d have gotten the Watson info to you earlier, but I was covering the New Jersey Nets on an assignment for NBA.com.  Which also turned into a story in, you guessed it, The Trentonian.  I’ll also have either a “additional reporting by” or “contributed to this story” credit on NBA.com for some work I did on a “Russian Culture” themed piece.  Alex Ovechkin was recognized at center court before the game.  Also in attendance were Kim Kardashian and Jay-Z.  Both of them walked right past me.  Good times.

— Speaking of celebrity-type folks, it seems Grant Marshall will be signing autographs in Atlantic City prior to the 4 PM game there on Sunday.  I’ll leave it at that, because I’m sure your diatribes on how it would make infinitely more sense to have that happen in Trenton so you can maybe get a few more people in the seats and attract more fans to the building you play 35 games in as opposed to just one are far, far more creative than mine.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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13 Responses to “Keep Digging, Watson”

  1. Shtikl Says:

    GOOD story about big Mac. Glad you got to meet him.

  2. trentondevilsfan Says:

    Good luck to Chase. The Marshall thing? Typical. But I guess that’s why they wanted me to pay again for a game we already paid for – guess that was the STH gift this year.

  3. Bradley Says:

    Former Devil Bruce Driver and former Flyer Bernie Parent were signing autographs in AC before the Albany Devils vs Adirondack Phantoms game last month.

    I think it’s a good idea to have one Trenton game in AC, gives fans an excuse to go to AC and have a good time at the casinos.

    I think 4 games for the Albany team is overkill, they should play a game or two at The Rock or even here in Trenton, but not all the way in AC which is a long hike for the fans of Albany.

  4. titans04 Says:

    Still waiting for the real Devils to show up in Trenton just like Lou said they would, “they’re only a short train ride away”. Understandably these things take time to plan so maybe 2-3 years from now it will happen. By then if the team is still here (which I personally doubt) they could sit all the people at the game at one table with Olivier Magnan, how cool is that?

  5. ForeverTitans Says:

    Great point! I remember all those promises and year after year we seem to get less and less as season ticket holders. I’m starting to think I will just buy tickets when I want to come next year. Zero benefit for STH.

  6. devildawg Says:

    will there definitely be a team next season FT?

  7. Shtikl Says:

    Where else will the ECHLers learn how to lose in front of empty seats so they can move smoothly into the next level of the Dweebles’ system when they’re called up to the AHL?

  8. tdevils Says:

    I have very little issue with a game or two being played in Atlantic City. I do have issue with fans who come to the other 35 games not getting the same benefits that those who will attend one will.

  9. titans04 Says:

    Shtikl as always makes a great point. AC and Trenton serve that purpose perfectly.

    Mike do you have a link to the interview you did with CL where he say’s basically that he’s not responsible for filling seats and he’s only concerned with those people that do come?

    I have the opportunity to make some easy money off a nieve Albany fan.

  10. Bradley Says:

    A lot of dry humor & sarcasm here I see.
    Not a fan of it.

  11. Bradley Says:

    What kind of fan are you Shtikl.

    Dweebles? Not cool brother.

  12. chiarams Says:

    If you don’t like dry humor and sarcasm you’re totally reading the wrong blog.

  13. titans04 Says:

    Bradley first it’s great to see another name here posting and it’s always great to hear other opinions.

    A question and I ask it respectfully, what have the adevils brought to Trenton other than apathy from what little is left of the market? They assumed like they did in Lowell that just by rolling out the logo people would come running. They failed in Lowell, they failed in Trenton and jump over to the Albany blog and it’s about 75/25 in favor of most people saying they failed ALREADY. In Albany.

    As a fan of Trenton hockey and not a fan of the Devils organization they haven’t brought anything to the table. As a Rangers fan I didn’t give a crap when we were affiliated with the Flyers either. To me it’s only about Trenton I couldn’t care less if they were affiliated with the Taliban. To me it’s only about wins and loses and it sure looks like we’re going to be on the outside looking in again come playoff time. 3rd time in 4 years. Their AHL affilate has missed the playoffs 10 of the last 11 years. The one thing they’re good at is being req’d last in attendance no matter where they go. It’s the reality and that sucks.

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