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