After reportedly losing Dan Sexton to a European club, the Crunch have gone out and added a pair of seasoned AHLers.
It was announced this afternoon that the team had come to terms with forward Eric Neilson and defenceman Joey Mormina.
Neilson, 28, has spent the last six seasons and parts of a seventh in the AHL. Not exactly known as the most offensively gifted player, Neilson makes a living as a pugilist and disturber. In 225 career AHL games, Neilson has racked up the penalty minutes at an astounding rate. With 695 PIM over that period to go along with seven goals and six assists, it’s quite clear what Syracuse is looking for from the Fredericton, New Brunswick native.
Mormina, 31, is a nine year veteran of the A. Over those seven years, the 6’7″ defenceman has appeared in games for the Manchester Monarchs, Albany River Rats, Adirondack Phantoms, and most recently completed a three-year stint with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, where he captained the team.
While not exactly being an offensive juggernaut from the backend, Mormina is a reliable defenceman who will contribute the odd point. Over his nine year career, he’s registered 24 goals and 89 helpers.
The Crunch will look to retool their roster and get all the way back to the Calder Cup final. They’re just hoping for a different result.
Oh, and let’s not forget this:
— Syracuse Hockey (@syrhockey) July 3, 2013