My apologies for not doing a better job of updating this, I’ve actually been pretty sick since covering Princeton’s shocking ECAC first round playoff loss to St. Lawrence and haven’t so much as left the house since getting home Sunday night.
I think the first place I have to start is the “revised” Wheeling deal. According to someone who’d know, Nailers defenseman Mike Gershon did, in fact, fail his physical. So he was sent back to Wheeling and Justin Coutu, for now, has been returned to Trenton. Would not at all be surprising to see him moved again. Jeremy Akeson (pictured) was still dealt for future considerations…which will most likely be cash for the time being.
Akeson was one of the longest tenured members of the Devils, having joined the team out of juniors prior to the start of the 2008-09 season. In 152 games with Trenton, the 26-year-old tallied 37 goals and added 44 assists, but wasn’t able to match what he’d done in a strong rookie campaign this year.
Can’t help but to wish Akeson nothing but the absolute best, though. I know he wasn’t the most popular guy among fans this season, but I can assure you won’t find a nicer athlete off the ice. As a whole, hockey players are the best to deal with, and he was a shining example of that.
As for Coutu, he did not play on Wednesday.
— Secondly, J.S. Berube was sent down from AHL Albany and was promptly run from tonight’s 4-3 shootout loss in Reading after a game misconduct for checking from behind. He should likely be suspended for Friday’s home game against Toledo if I understand league policy on that correctly.
— Despite many thinking Dave Caruso had earned the opportunity to get another look in Albany, it was instead Jeff Lerg who was signed to a PTO. Anthony Felice has been brought back as the emergency backup goaltender. Remember when there was concern about having too many goalies in Trenton? Now, you’ve got one and an EBUG. The move was necessitated when Jeff Frazee again went down with an injury in Albany. Frazee injured the middle finger on his blocker hand during today’s pre-game skate. According to Albany head coach Rick Kowalsky, via that link, Frazee should be available next week.
To me, you know what you’ve got with Caruso, and the season is clearly over in Trenton. If you’re really looking at Lerg as someone you can bring back to the organization, why not give him the string of starts so you can better evaluate him.
— Congratulations to Mike Potacco on his first career goal in Reading tonight. Say what you want about him getting brought back, but you can’t help but to be happy for the kid.
— Tony Zancanaro bobblehead night is still on for Friday night. First 2,000 fans.
— Matt Arhontas, who perhaps could have been an option to fill the roster out with players being shipped off for cash and getting suspended, instead signed with the Reading Royals and played against Trenton last night. The grinding forward played for four years at Princeton. Taylor Fedun, the Tigers captain and a senior defenseman, signed a two-year deal with Edmonton on Tuesday.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com