Chirps from Center Ice

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

Loading Up For the Long Haul

The Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins made a move today that made this guy look like a buffoon:

I was talking about today’s AHL trade deadline.

I could not have been more wrong.

The Penguins acquired Derek Nesbitt from the Peoria Rivermen around lunch time today. Nesbitt was the leading goal scorer for the Peoria Rivermen, and the then fourth highest goal scorer in the AHL’s Rumored Western Conference. Nesbitt has 26 goals, 21 assists, 47 points in 66 games for the Rivermen this season.

Wilkes-Barre and Peoria have never played each other in their respective franchise histories, but they sure do like doing business with one another. Danny Richmond and Andy Wozniewski come to immediate mind from a few years ago. Jonathan Filewich too. The Pens get Nesbitt today for, “future considerations” so no player from the Pens is headed out West.

The Penguins are loading up for the long haul, folks. Offense drying up in postseason has been this teams Waterloo. The addition of Chad Kolarik earlier in the year and now the add of Derek Nesbitt ensure that the offensive firepower is there. Also, there’s a kid by the name of Bennett that can come back from the parent club once James Neal gets healthy.

(edit: Link here for Jonathan Bombulie’s impeccable analysis of the days events. When Bombulie uses, “biggest splash … in franchise history” you know it’s a big deal)

(edit 2: Don’t expect Nesbitt to play a regular season game for the Penguins. Nesbitt is recovering from a healing lower body injury. This coming from Dave Eminian, who covers the Rivermen. Nesbitt should be good to go for playoffs.)

It’s about to get interesting in these parts. Buy the ticket. Take the ride.

Let’s Go Pens!

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