Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Houle's Your Daddy

Wheeling Nailer Goalie Martin Houle has been recalled to the Philadelphia Phantoms.

Houle was recalled today because the San Jose Sharks signed Phantoms goalie Brian Boucher to a one-year contract thus leaving the Phantoms with only Scott Munroe.

Wheeling, on-the-other-hand, is now left with only Curtis Darling and Billy Higgins until Puhalski makes a move for a keeper.

Wheeling released forward Tanner Fogarty today after activating him off IR

Monday, February 18, 2008

Go Joe!

Former Wheeling Nailer Joe Jensen became the 349th ECHL player and the 32nd Wheeling Nailer to play in the National Hockey League after playing in the ECHL when he made his debut with the Carolina Hurricanes in a 5-1 loss at New Jersey today.

Jensen logged 7:37 of ice-time in todays game and recorded two shots against Martin Brodeur.

To make room for Jensen on the roster, the Hurricanes placed team captain Rod Brind’Amour on injured reserve after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a February 14 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins and will miss the remainder of the season.

Apparently Jensen didn't feel all that well during his NHL debut yesterday as he became violently ill and was taken to the hospital via ambulance.

Here's what former Nailer coach and current Hurricane coach had to say about Jensen.
"He was throwing up during the game, between periods, to the point where I told him to take his gear off."
Jensen was treated and released and has been sent back to Albany of the AHL.

Jon Krall, signed a contract with the Nailers today. Seems like a solid pickup, the only downside is, is that he has not played since the 2004-2005 season.

The Nailers traded away Adam Henrich's rights to Elmira. (echl.com).

I guess if you were holding out hope that Norfolk would release him from his PTO, stop dreaming. Elmira just got a lot better for the playoff run, because Norfolk will more than likely not make the AHL playoffs and will more-than-likely send Henny back down.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Where O' Where To Place Blame?

I haven't read the paper today but... I hear it was a rip-fest.
It is frustrating to see how the season has gone.

It's unbelievable really.

Below, I have broken down two list...

Johnson, Guenther, Radovich, Brynes, Miller and Fogarty were all ECHL contracts brought in by Puhalski.

Collins, Chwedoruk, Swanson, Slivchenko, Clarke, Spencer, Young and Snavely were ECHL contracts the "nameless" guy brought in currently on the team. Not to mention Henrich as a free agent.

I think one of those list looks significantly better; in my own opinion, I don't think it's Puhalski's. (No offense to Coach Puhalski either, it's hard to take over a team mid season.)

However, we'd be lost for sure without guys like Collins, Chwedoruk and Clarke... Especially without the intensity of Chewy and Clarke. They seem to play hard every game.

It's hard enough (for ANY coach) to compete with a team full of ECHL only contracts, but that's what happens when you have the amount of injuries your affiliates have had.

Pittsburgh has been crushing us with call-ups (currently they have 8) and on top of that is the lack of players we have received from Philly. (currently we have 2 from the Fliers. That's the same amount we have from Pittsburgh right now too.)

It's just been a bad year. No one at the beginning of this season could've imagined all these call-ups. Actually I think that everyone was pretty amped when they saw the collection of talent that coach Patrick had on board.

You can place the blame on a coach (or coaches) all you want, but I think you can't really blame this season on a coach or coaches. Instead, I think it's more correct to blame it on a series of really, really unfortunate circumstances...

No one could've known that Manson would retire.
Our defense was really not the same after he left.

Had Puhalski had control of the team from the start,
I really don't think this season would be much different.

Actually, he has done nothing to sure up our defense since he's been here. Instead he continuously has picked up UHL-level forwards while we continue give up over 40 shots a game.

I wish I had a real, tangible answer... but I don't I guess.

Saturday, February 9, 2008


Wow, Wheeling has lost five in a row and 10 of our past 11. I guess firing a coach rarely cures all.

Anyway, this should entertain you. Here's a clip from a recent Youngstown Steelhounds game where Andy Franck and Scott Reid get into it. Quality video. The announcer is insane and sounds like the old ECW announcer.

After the goalie fight, check out the 3:35 mark... Unreal. It's so pro-wrestling.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The Return

Things have been slower than ever lately... It feels like summer already with the lack of big news... But none-the-less. I digress.

Dateline: December 5, 2007... The last time Gino Pisellini has been in the Nailer line-up.

Before losing Pisellini to the IR, the Nailers were basically a .500 team going 8-8-2.
While Pisellini was out-of-action, Wheeling was a measley 6-17-3. It's not far fetched to say that they lacked a certian punch that Pisellini brought to the team. Some much needed energy and grit.

Dateline: February 6, 2008... Over two months later will Pisellini be a cure for what ales the Nailers? It definitely couldn't hurt. At the very least, maybe we'll actually have a fight to look forward to at home games.

Welcome back Gino!