In one of the most shocking moves yet by the Devils, they sent rookie defenseman Ansi Salmela to Lowell and journeyman Jay Leach has been recalled. Salmela has been an exciting player to watch since his return from a earlier stint at Lowell. Salmela has been on of the key guys on the power-play providing a shot first attitude and now the Devils bring Jay Leach back, who played solid replacing Mike Mottau during his suspension.
This move makes no sense and the only logical answer I can come up with is that they wanted some bigger defenseman to play against the Flyers, Canadians and Rangers forwards. And that Salmela was the only one who would not have to clear waivers.
But for all purposes this is just a dumb stupid move and if they feel they need to make a change on defense and bring another big defenseman to the mix then trade Mike Mottau and get the likes of a Jay Bouwmeester or Mattius Ohlund. But do not send our only real offensive defenseman down to the minors. DUMB, DUMB, DUMB, DUMB!
Prediction Devils power-play over the next four games will score maybe one or two goals!