No, none of these guys are dead. Obviously. But, as the season mercifully winds down, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at what the players who’ve been released or
dumped off for cash traded have been doing since their time in red, white and black.
Akeson had been with Trenton since the start of the 2008-09 season before being dealt to Wheeling earlier this month. In 57 games with the Devils this season, Akeson posted 22 points (11-11-22) and 93 penalty minutes. Since the trade, the 26-year-old has played in just two games for the Nailers and has since been placed on the IR with a lower body injury.
Coutu was originally involved in a deal that sent he and Akeson to the Nailers for Mike Gershon, but after Gershon failed his physical, Coutu was instead shipped off to Kalamazoo. The Wings, coincidentally, come into town on Friday night. In any event, Coutu, who joined Trenton midway through 2008-09, tallied one goal and 11 assists in 49 games for the Devils this season. Since the trade, the physical blueliner has played in six games for Kalamazoo, amassing zero points and six penalty minutes in the process.
Watson is on his fourth team of the season, and second since being let go by Trenton midway through the year. The 28-year-old forward, who has now played on seven different ECHL teams, collected zero goals and nine assists in 17 games while with Trenton. After his stay in the capital city had ended, Watson joined the Cincinnati Cyclones, where scored two goals and added three assists in 15 games before being released. Subsequently picked up by the South Carolina Stingrays, Watson has yet to record his first point with them in four games.
Burnett, believe it or not, scored two goals in his two games with Trenton this season. The oft-injured defenseman first joined Trenton in 2008-09, and scored more points in those two games than he had in his previous 22 games over the course of the last two seasons. The rugged 28-year-old defenseman was shipped as far away as physically possible, dealt to the Victoria Salmon Kings early in the year. Since then, he’s played in 34 games for Victoria, scoring one goal while adding two assists and 87 penalty minutes.
The Kyle Kucharski Experience is currently taking place in Gwinnett, who picked him up after Trenton gave him an ill-advised second chance following a lackluster 2009-10 season. Kucharski picked up just one point, an assist, in 14 games with the Devils this season. Ironically, the 24-year-old scored his first goal of the season in the Gladiators most recent visit to Trenton, and has posted a respectable 3-3-6 line in 17 games with Gwinnett this year.
Even Waldo is envious of Mike Brown. Brown has worn no fewer than six uniforms this season, Trenton included, and is currently back with the Louisiana IceGators of the SPHL. Back when Trenton was ravaged by call-ups and injuries between the pipes, the 26-year-old netminder appeared in six games for the Devils. His uneven performance — 4.09 GAA, .886 save pct. in six games — didn’t make enough of a case to keep him around, so he was let go and eventually surfaced with the Wheeling Nailers. He also backed up for Las Vegas this season, and has played for the CHL’s Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees and SPHL’s Mississippi Surge.
Unfortunately, Connelly was the inspiration behind this post, as he was released today by the Utah Grizzlies. After already having played for the Elmira Jackals and South Carolina Stingrays, Connelly joined Trenton early in the season and played in 22 games. He went 6-10-3 with a 3.45 GAA and .883 save percentage and was eventually dealt to Utah after he ended up as the odd man out with the Devils. But Connelly would last just five games with the Grizzlies, allowing 15 goals on 125 shots in 213 minutes of play.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com