From the Point Too
by brianmetzer on 09/28/11 at 01:32 PM ET
As Penguins training camp rolls on, so do the roster cuts following each game, the latest being a 3-2 Penguins victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Kansas City. The Birds have pared seven more bodies from their camp roster and there are a couple of interesting names on the list.
Headlining those assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton today are Eric Tangradi, Nick Johnson and Ryan Craig. They are joined by forward Colin McDonald and goaltenders Scott Munroe and Brad Thiessen. The team also returned defenseman Scott Harrington to his junior team, the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.
Though Johnson and Craig have each logged NHL minutes for the Penguins over the past year, it is Tangradi ‘s demotion that is probably dropping the most jaws this afternoon.
The 22-year-old Tangradi, acquired from Anaheim in the deal that shipped Ryan Whitney to the Ducks in exchange for Chris Kunitz, has yet to make an impact in Pittsburgh. Some might say that he hasn’t gotten a true opportunity to shine, while others will say that he hasn’t taken advantage of the chances he has gotten.
Whichever side you fall on, he again finds himself making the long drive back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Craig, Johnson, McDonald and Munroe will have to clear waivers before they can report to the Baby Penguins. All of which have qualities that could be intriguing to another team in the league, which makes these cuts some of the hardest to make for a general manager.
We will find out at noon tomorrow who, if anyone has been claimed…
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