Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

Thursday is Just Another Day

Happy Valentines Day to one and all.

For the smarter population single people out there, it’s just another Thursday.

I’m cleaning up some old news and have a poll for you to vote in so let’s roll…

Eric Tangradi was traded to Winnipeg for a seventh round pick yesterday. I’m not going to get into the arguments as to whether Tangradi was a good fit in Pittsburgh or bash his skill set. Hockey players want to play hockey. Eric wasn’t given a chance to do that playing for Pittsburgh, so he goes to Winnipeg to get his chance at playing hockey in the NHL. I’m happy for him and thank him for all he’s done in Wilkes-Barre.

With the return of Dylan Reese, Reid McNeill was sent back to Wheeling yesterday.

Beau Bennett was called up to Pittsburgh today. Here’s Bombulie’s take on Bennett from yesterday and today, mixed in with a practice update and a few quips about Tangradi’s trade to Winnipeg.

While I do believe that Bennett will be a full time NHLer one day, that day isn’t today, tomorrow or any time soon. He will most likely slot in with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal on second line duties. We have seen countless players of recent try out at that slot. Tyler Kennedy, Dustin Jeffrey, Zach Boychuk, Tangradi, etc. have all tried and failed. Bennett is a 21 year old in his first year of professional hockey. The Pittsburgh fanbase is a giant microwave. They want everything now. The first sign of non-production or failure, they call for the head. I am not saying that I want or expect Bennett to fail, I am saying that the fanbase isn’t going to give him much rope if any to crawl before he walks. If, six games from now, Bennett is 0-2-2 in Pittsburgh, you will have some in the fanbase calling him a bust or another Eric Tangradi. That does nothing for his development at all in my biased, I-can’t-believe-you-are-taking-one-of-Wilkes-Barre’s-best-players-why-are-you-doing-that mentality.

So anyway, it begs this question I am asking you, the reader. Please answer honestly:


Gameday for tomorrow’s matchup vs. Norfolk will be up Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Let’s Go Pens!

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