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.
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