Johnstown will visit Trenton tonight, and Munce might see more action.
The Munce trade might be a sign of things to come for a last-place Chiefs team that has dropped six of seven games since Jan. 5. Johnstown now has three solid goaltenders, all prospects, in Morgan Cey, Gerald Coleman and Munce.
Coleman has missed most of the past month with a leg injury, but has been cleared to resume play, Chiefs Vice President of Hockey Operations Ryan Belec said.
“Tampa Bay acquired a goaltender and assigned him here to Johnstown,” Belec said. “We’re always happy when Tampa assigns quality players here, and Ryan Munce certainly fits that bill. For the foreseeable future, we’re going to have three goaltenders here and we’re going to use that to our advantage.
“Gerald is doing well. He’s now cleared through the injury but he just hasn’t seen a lot of ice time of late. Having the two goalies is going to allow Gerald the time to practice this week and we don’t have to rush him back into the game.”
Belec didn’t rule out more moves on a team loaded with Lightning and Springfield contract players.
He said that doesn’t mean Tampa will make a trade simply to swing a deal. Belec said he’s hoping that the team will snap out of this skid by putting in a better effort. The VP’s other duties with Tampa Bay forced him to miss the Chiefs’ past few games, but Belec conceded he’s heard multiple reports questioning some players’ work ethic.
“If it’s one that’s right for us and it will help the Chiefs win hockey games, we’re certainly going to do it,” Belec said of a potential trade. “We’re running up the phone lines and the e-mail. But nothing is imminent. We believe we have a good cast of players here now. But when you’re not winning, you certainly have to field the phone calls and make some phone calls to see what options might be out there.”