After watching his team escape Wednesday night with an overtime victory -- but only after squandering a four-goal lead -- Connecticut Whale coach Ken Gernander seemed miffed.
He called his team's inconsistency "maddening" and said he did not know what to expect from the roster, from game to game, period to period and shift to shift. And he recently said the inconsistency wasn't just the product of youth -- veterans were also making mistakes.
So the organization is trying to shake things up. Last week, forward Tommy Grant was traded to the Sharks for forward Brandon Mashinter.
And on Thursday, Chad Kolarik was traded to the Penguins organization for veteran Benn Ferriero.
That move comes just hours after leading scorer Kris Newbury was promoted to the Rangers. So the Whale lost their top two scorers and have lost three of their top six scorers.
Meanwhile, Chris Kreider has continued to struggle in the NHL and he could be heading back to the Whale.
Kolarik has 16 goals and was set to represent the Whale at the AHL All-Star game next week. He missed all of last season with a knee injury and has bounced back strong this year.
Ferriero has four goals in 34 goals. The Massachusetts native has 48 goals in 155 AHL games and has played in 92 NHL games with San Jose.