Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Caputi and D'Aversa.

Luca Caputi and Jon D'Aversa were sent to Wheeling today for disciplinary reasons. Much like Daniel Carcillo a few seasons ago.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The call ups keep coming.

With Bryan Ewing (WBS) and Erik Johnson (NOR) loaned to American Hockey League teams this week, it brings the current list of players that are called up to 9. For the life of me, I cannot remember a time when the Nailers' have had so many called up at one time. With Ruslan Fedotenko coming back as early as this Wednesday, Wheeling may see Ewing back in town by this weekend, possibly even for Wednesday's game against Trenton.

In Wilkes-Barre/Scranton:
Bryan Ewing
Nick Johnson
Tommy Goebel
Reid Cashman

In Philadelphia:
Rob Sirianni

In Springfield:
Shane Willis

In Binghamton:
Aaron Clarke

In Portland:
Cliff Loya

In Norfolk:
Erik Johnson

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Wha'chu talkin bout Willis?

The Nailers signed former NHL forward Shane Willis as a player/assistant coach.

Willis, 31, was in Columbus Bluejacket training camp but was unable to reach an agreement with the Bluejacket's affiliate Syracuse. He missed all but one game last year with Milwaukee with a neck injury.

More help is on the way in the form of Aaron Clarke who was also released from his PTO with Binghamton earlier today.

David Brown was placed on the 7-day injured reserve after spraining his knee in Dayton on Saturday.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Big Trouble in Little Wheeling

Last night it appeared that the Wheeling Nailers would be moving to Youngstown, this morning it is all in the air. Owners Rob and Jim Brooks have both denied intentions of moving the team. In an article released this morning by the Youngstown Vindy, the story thickens.

In a quote to the Vindy, Bruce Zoldan said, “They (The Brooks Brothers) are embarrassed in front of their Wheeling fans and Wheeling facility and being questioned by the Wheeling media. If security or confidentiality was breached, it wasn’t done intentionally.”

Of course if a team were to relocate there would be some sort of confidentiality until the end of the season, because you wouldn't want to cause an uproar in your current community.
However, Youngstown has until January 21st to submit their paperwork to the ECHL offices in order to be eligble for the 2009-2010 season. The fate of next seasons team will be more clear once that deadline has passed.

I believe Rob and Jim when they say they are going full steam ahead with being here next season, I also believe that if attendance isn't increasing, that they may be forced to do the unthinkable. Until then, I would take advantage of the team that we have by attending games and supporting the Nailers. Afterall, they are having a heck of a season.

For the meantime, the team is still here and if the citizens of Wheeling still want it here, the ball (or puck) is in their court (or rink) if you will.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

News Tidbits

Nailers made a trade with the Idaho Steelheads for rookie defensemen Kelly Sullivan. Sullivan, spent 4 years playing college hockey for UMass-Lowell. He's skated in 13 games for Idaho this season. This move puzzles me a little because currently we're short on forwards. It appears that Snavely for the time being, will continue to find himself on the wing.

Coach Puhulski will join Rob Sirianni, Tommy Goebel and Nick Johnson as he has been selected to co-coach the American Conference for 2009 All Star Game along with Johnstown Chiefs coach Ian Herbers.

News on the Nailers possibly moving to Youngstown as early as next season is really starting to heat up.

Cedrick Bernier has been waived and signed with the Charlotte Checkers. David Mitchell is expected to pick up Bernier's role on the team.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tim Wallace Called up to NHL

Former Wheeling Nailer, Tim Wallace has been called up to the Pittsburgh Penguins and will join the team in New Jersey before tomorrow night's game.

Wallace, 24, has seven points (4G, 3A) in 21 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. He is the 37th Wheeling Nailer to make it to the NHL.

Tommy Goebel and Curtis Darling will both be joining Nick Johnson in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Wheeling will not be shorthanded this weekend as David Brown and Rob Sirianni have been returned to the team after their stints in the AHL. Darling will more-than-likely remain in Wilkes Barre/Scranton until Marc-Andre Fleury returns from his groin injury.

Brown has looked shakey during his stint going 1-2 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with a save percentage of .841. The word out of WBS is that he may have played himself into Pittsburgh's doghouse with his shakey play.

Sirianni, who was absent from the Nailers roster for three weeks, appeared in six games for Binghamton notching one goal and 2 penalty minutes. Before signing his PTO with Binghamton, Sirianni notched 19 points in 12 games with the Nailers (8G, 11A).

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


After the first two weeks the Nailers stand on top of the North Division with a 4-0-1 record.

Currently there are only 4 guys on the team do not have a point. Two of those four are goalies... Can you guess the other two?

Tommy Goebel was named the In Glas Co Player of the Week for Oct. 20-26. Goebel had nine points (4G,5A) as the Nailers went 2-0-1. Goebel leads the ECHL in points with 13.

John Bernier was waived today. At least we still have Cedric the Entertainer.

David Brown was reassigned earlier today. He should start sometime this weekend. Darling has seen 123 shots (28, 39, 56) this past weekend.

That's more rubber than a Swedish Hockey game...


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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Inching closer to opening day...

With opening night two days away the Nailers have another round of cuts as they released forwards Mark Nebus, Sean Berkstresser and Jonathan Ornelas. They also released goalie, Ryan Scott. Teams opening-day rosters must be submitted Thursday by 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will more-than-likely be sending the Nailers a player or two within the next week and don't expect Wheeling to get any players from the Philadelphia Phantoms this season as they're affiliated with the Mississippi SeaWolves for the 2008/2009 season. It isn't like we got a lot from them last season anywho.

Updated Training Camp List 10-15-08
Tobias Holm
Jordan Morrison
Brock Sheahan
Matt Grennier
Rob Sirianni
Aaron Clarke
Andrew Lord
Jon Grecu
Cedrick Bernier
Erik Johnson
Kelly Miller
Tommy Goebel
Boomer Ewing

Mitch Ganzak
Elgin Reid
Jeremy Scherlinck
Cliff Loya
Doug Krantz
Todd Spencer
Jonathan Bernier

Curtis Darling
*David Brown

*Currently Called Up to WBS Penguins

Monday, October 13, 2008

Nailers add defensemen to training camp

Miami of Ohio standout defenseman Mitch Ganzak was added to the Nailers training camp today.

Ganzak played two games for the Manitoba Moose last season and recorded an assist for the Moose, after completing his collegiate career.

Former Wheeling Nailer, Tobias Holm was also recently added to the training camp roster. Holm last played stateside in 1998-1999 and played for various teams in Europe since leaving the Nailers.

The Baby Pens are expected to make 2-3 more cuts when the ECHL season starts. They are currently carrying 15 forwards J.M. Daoust, Mark Letestu and Nick Johnson appear to be on the hot seat while Adam Henrich has a very outside chance of reassignment. The cuts wouldn't be because they cannot hang in the AHL, but moreso to give them more playing time to develop.

David Brown was recalled while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton starting goalie John Curry is nursing swollen ankles he is expected to return to Wheeling when Curry is ready to go.

Forwards Aaron Grynol, Anthony Attanucci, Travis Van Dyn Hoven and Matt Armstrong have been cut. Also being released were defenseman Arthur Kiyaga, Tom Collingham and Mike Gooch.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Nailers Assigned Familiar Keeper and a Pens Prospect

Goaltender David Brown and Jordan Morrison were sent to Wheeling today from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Morrison, a 7th round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2004 as a defenseman spent 4 game last season in the ECHL with the Texas Wildcatters where he played forward. He notched 3 points (1G, 2A) in 4 regular season games with the Wildcatters and added 4 more points (2G,2A) in 9 playoff games.

And in case you were wondering about Kyle Rank, he signed with the Cincinnati Cyclones today.