Category: Pittsburgh Penguins
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Penguins center and NHL leading scorer Evgeni Malkin had a disciplinary hearing with the NHL by phone after the team’s practice today at Southpointe.
The league is investigating Malkin’s hit on Los Angeles winger Wayne Simmonds in the final minute of the Penguins’ 4-1 win last night at Mellon Arena.
Any suspension handed down to Malkin would be expected before the Penguins’ important Eastern Conference showdown with Philadelphia at home tomorrow afternoon. Malkin has not missed a game this season and tops the NHL with 104 points.
From the Penguins:
Forward Miroslav Satan will report to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by Pittsburgh Penguins Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Satan, 34, recorded 17 goals and 19 assists for 36 points in 65 games for Pittsburgh this season.
The 6-foot-3, 191-pound native of Topolcany, Slovakia has played 1,102 career NHL games over 13 seasons with Edmonton, Buffalo, the New York Islanders and the Penguins. He has scored 354 goals and 367 assists for 721 points.
Satan set his NHL single-season highs with 40 goals for Buffalo in 1998-99 and 75 points for Buffalo in 2002-03.
For as well as the Penguins have been playing lately, going 8-1-1 under IHCDB and sweeping their five-game road trip, they still woke up this morning finding themselves in a dogfight with six, probably seven, teams battling for the final playoff slots.
Going into tonight’s Rangers/Hurricanes tilt in Raleigh, the Pens, Rangers and Panthers are all tied for 6th, and only four points behind 4th place Philadelphia.
The main reason the Penguins haven’t gained more ground than they have is because other than Buffalo, none of the other teams have really slumped lately. Here are the records in the last 10 games for the teams in question;
All you need to remember from Gary Roberts’ tenure in a Pittsburgh Penguins sweater is summed up with this pummelling of Ben Eager….
Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby will remain out of tonight’s game in Tampa Bay vs. the Lightning with that sore groin.
No word whether he’ll be able to go on Thursday vs. the Florida Panthers.
Per Sportsnet, the Penguins’ Bill Thomas was placed on waivers today.
Of course, this has set off loads of speculation, especially since the Penguins roster, with Thomas on waivers is now at 21. Mike Zigomanis and Philippe Boucher are both on IR. Sidney Crosby may come back to the lineup tomorrow vs. Tampa Bay, but he was never on IR.
Let’s see what GMRS has up his sleeve this time.
From the Penguins:
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS RECALL JANNE PESONEN FROM WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Janne Pesonen from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. Pesonen, 26, has played a total of seven games during six stints with the Pittsburgh this season, including his NHL debut in St. Louis on November 1. Pesonen ranks second with 49 points (16 goals, 33 assists) and 33 assists on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He has a plus-eight rating through 47 games this season. The 5-11, 180-pound forward led the Finnish Elite League last season, recording 78 points (34 goals, 44 assists) in 56 games with the Oulu Karpat. He contributed 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) during the postseason, helping lead Karpat to its fifth league championship. The native of Suomussalmi, Finland was originally drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the ninth round (269th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Pesonen signed with the Penguins as a free agent July 7, 2008.
Practice Report: Sidney Crosby left today’s practice at Southpointe early with a sore groin. He is probable for tomorrow’s game vs the New York Islanders. More details to come…
Not entirely unexpected….
From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned defenseman Alex Goligoski to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Goligoski, 23, began the season with Pittsburgh, registering 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) along with a plus-five rating in 44 games. He notched his first NHL goal Oct. 5 versus Ottawa. Goligoski leads all rookie defensemen with six goals, 14 assists and 20 points, while tying for fifth among all rookies with eight power-play points (four goals, four assists).
The 6-0, 178-pound defenseman made his NHL debut scoring two points (two assists) in three games with Pittsburgh in the 2007-08 season. Goligoski has played 47 career games in the NHL registering 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) along with 18 penalty minutes. He collected 38 points (10 goals, 28 assists) along with 53 penalty minutes in 70 career games in the AHL with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last season. He also contributed 28 points (four goals, 24 assists) in 23 post-season appearances through the Calder Cup Finals with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
The native of Grand Rapids, Minnesota played three seasons of NCAA hockey with the Minnesota Gophers appearing in 117 games and posting 98 points (25 goals, 73 assists) before joining the club in 2007. Goligoski was selected by Pittsburgh in the second round (61st overall) of the 2004 Entry Draft.
With Tyler Kennedy suspended for one game due to his bruhaha with Leafs rookie Luke Schenn Saturday night, the Penguins have recalled touted prospect Luca Caputi from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. However, don’t get too aroused, I’m sure with HCMT behind the bench, Caputi will get his 3-5 minutes of ice time on the 4th line.
From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Luca Caputi from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Caputi, 20, has appeared in 46 contests with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, ranking fourth with 35 points (13 goals and 22 assists) along with 35 penalty minutes. He ranks second on the team with 22 assists while posting a plus-one rating. Caputi joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season just prior to the start of the AHL Calder Cup playoffs. He contributed eight points (four goals, four assists) in 19 post-season contests with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
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