Making Moves… (UPDATED)

Jeff Lerg has been called up to AHL Albany on a PTO. 

Lerg, pulled after allowing four goals on 12 shots in 20:51 yesterday afternoon against Reading, will be enjoying his second stint with Albany thanks to a knee injury suffered by Martin Brodeur during yesterday’s New Jersey Devils game.  In 13 games this season for Trenton, Lerg is 6-7 with a 3.61 GAA and .883 save percentage.  He has yet to appear in an AHL game.

In other news, Florida has released goaltender Shane Owen from his ATO and Gwinnett has signed Kyle Kucharski.

Why is Owen’s release significant?  Owen was in Devils training camp this season, so he’s obviously familiar with the organization…more importantly, they’re familiar with him.  With games coming up on Wednesday and Thursday at home against Kalamazoo and Trenton needing a goalie, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Owen brought in.

Owen, 20, has split his last four seasons between Erie of the OHL and Moncton of the QMJHL.  He played in one game for the Everblades this season, lasting 46 minutes while allowing five goals in a loss.

Kucharski, whose Devils jersey was raffled off last night, will get another one to wear thanks to the Gladiators.  The 23-year-old notched just one assist in 14 games with Trenton this season after putting up a 8-13-21 line in 49 games with the club last season.

All these moves are in addition to Jeff Prough being summoned to Albany, which was reported earlier today.

UPDATE: Elmira has been assigned goaltender Timo Pielmeier by the Anaheim Ducks from AHL Syracuse.  Straight from their PR: Pielmeier had been recalled by the Ducks from their AHL developmental team, the Syracuse Crunch, on Feb. 4. With the Crunch this season, Pielmeier has appeared in 27 games, going 10-14-1 with a .901 save percentage and a 3.33 goals-against average. He went 4-2 with the Crunch from Dec. 31 to Jan. 19 with a .921 save percentage and a 2.39 goals-against average and won three-straight games from Oct. 16 to 23, with a .969 save percentage and a 1.00 goals-against average.

A native of Deggendorf, Germany, Pielmeier tended net in his rookie season of 2009-2010 with the Bakersfield Condors, compiling a 27-22-5 record with a .883 save percentage and a 3.29 goals-against average in a club record 57 games. Pielmeier was named the ECHL’s Goaltender of the Month for November of 2009 and played in the 2010 ECHL All-Star Game for the National Conference. He was drafted 83rd overall in the third round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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20 Responses to “Making Moves… (UPDATED)”

  1. Titans04 Says:

    You’re starting goalie tonight Dave Caruuuuuuuusoooooo.

  2. trentondevilsfan Says:

    Can we start a petition to have Albany keep Lerg for the rest of the season?

  3. chiarams Says:

    1-0 WBS 2 minutes in. I love the Devils.

  4. Langhorne Devil Says:

    2-0 Ben Street with Both – he must love playing Devils teams

  5. chiarams Says:

    So – Ben Street:

    against Trenton – 7gp, 6g, 9a, 15pts – 2.15ppg
    against rest of ECHL – 31gp, 18g, 18a, 36pts – 1.16ppg

    against Albany – 1gp, 2g, 0a, 2pts
    against rest of AHL – 6gp, 1g, 0a, 1pt

    He better add Chris L. to his Christmas card list. Maybe get him a fruit basket too.

  6. Ashmore Says:

    Lerg is backing up…so presumably, McKenna is in fact headed to New Jersey as expected.

  7. Langhorne Devil Says:

    Id Bet Petersen probably has similar splits too. chiarams?? (sorry feeling too lazy to do it myself today!)

  8. chiarams Says:

    Happy to help…

    Petersen:
    against Trenton – 8gp, 5g, 12a, 17pts – 2.13ppg
    against rest of ECHL – 32gp, 19g, 21a, 40pts – 1.25ppg

    Make that 3-0 WBS – hilarious.

  9. chiarams Says:

    posted too soon…

    Petersen
    against Albany – 1gp, 0g, 2a, 2pts
    against rest of AHL – 5gp, 0g, 0a, 0pts

    Hope Chris enjoys all these newfound friends around the league(s)!

  10. Langhorne Devil Says:

    Thank you 🙂

    and 2 assists in tonights game already

    I think it would be harder to find players who do substantially worse against us – but good againts everyone else.

  11. chiarams Says:

    Happy to oblige….

    The Devils have shut down Andy Bohmbach…
    Against Trenton…4gp, 1g, 1a, 2pts
    Against the rest of the ECHL…39gp, 17g, 22a, 39pts

    So that’s something…I guess…

  12. Langhorne Devil Says:

    Woahhhh we OWN him. 🙂

  13. Langhorne Devil Says:

    So T04.. Come on as todays roving reporter lets have a first intermission report? A capacity crowd at the BH???

  14. Titans04 Says:

    No way to explain just how brutal they are from top to bottom. Caruso looks like a beer leaguer 3 goals on the first 8 and I swear he looked behind him on almost all the rest. Killer looks like a beaten man spending a lot of time looking at his shoes. Can’t even get the shit show started at this point. Young and PLL at least tried that Boulerice just skating away until Young slashes him in the rib cage and even then all he does is yells don’t swing your stick at my.

    Thomas got abused by Street on the first one. It took less that 10 mins to see just how terrible these guys are.

  15. Titans04 Says:

    Seems like a boat load of Wheeling guys for WB. Standard issue we look tiny overall compared to them. I’ll be kind and guess 1000-1200 maybe. I think our ED is in the house representing the ECHL branded bottom feeders.

  16. trentondevilsfan Says:

    They’re as bad as Darryl Boyce looks: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2011/2/4/1975211/darryl-boyce-injury-nose-maple-leafs

  17. chiarams Says:

    At least they tied the second period. Moral victories.

    Queue the cliche machine.

    “I liked our hustle…”
    “A couple bounces and we get at least a point…”
    “We played great for 30 minutes…”

  18. Titans04 Says:

    Really have the system down in Albany too. At this point it’s just piling on but I swear they looked like a team that couldn’t care less as a whole. Hell even Robitalle(sp) was making a bid for the lady bing tonight, just my luck. Hate to say it because there’s no bigger fan of LeBlonds than I am but he too showed virtually no passion whatsoever. Yes he asked Boulerice early and then slashed and crosschecked a little but he played like a guy who took a 400k pay cut and had enough at this point. The bench was dead even worse than ours of you could believe that. The two simultaneous fights were nothing. Just lazy terrible uninspired boring ass hockey. The worst part I would say the crowd was pretty damn close to being split down the middle. There wasn’t a single Devil that you could say Ypu could see playing at the next level and that’s scary. Lots of talk on other boards about Henrique, Urbom and Josefsen and I don see it even a little bit. They mailed this one in before they got off the bus. WB went to cruise control after the first. Dave was at least respectable after the first maybe you see the link between the two. Devils hockey has taken AC by storm just like it has in Trenton and Albany.

  19. Shtikl Says:

    Definitely not the same team that came to Worcester and beat the Sharks less than a month ago. McKenna had a good game that night, maybe the team needs more of a spark from the netminder. Caruso’s a nice guy, too, but just not gonna carry the team every night. So who’s Connelly’s backup now?

  20. chiarams Says:

    Christ, the Devils can’t even get an AC reporter to turn out for a game in AC on a Monday night. Must’ve been a lot of conflicts.

    Pretty sure any of us could’ve written this after reading the box score…

    http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/sports/albany-devils-fall-in-game-at-atlantic-city-s-boardwalk/article_4f614d30-6278-5454-8353-961fd67a1388.html

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