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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
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A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
Couple things going on at Coal Street this afternoon.
If you haven’t heard, Beau Bennett is back in town. He’s been re-assigned. John Hynes told Tom today that it is not a conditioning assignment. Bennett has straight up been re-assigned.
Bennett’s history of injury is vast. Has he done enough in your eyes to just be handed an NHL job as soon as he comes off yet another injury? I don’t think so. If his contract was structured a way to where he could only play in Wilkes-Barre on a conditioning assignment and return to Pittsburgh, then it’s an entirely different story. I would like to see Bennett string together 10 solid AHL games consecutively and then we can reassess whether or not Bennett deserves an NHL recall permanently. The idea is not so much how many points can he put up in ten games as much as it is not getting hurt again. It’s a cold reality and please don’t take it like I am ragging on or making fun of Bennett’s sheer inability to stay healthy, because I am not.
The other news of the day was the recall of Carter Rowney from Wheeling and the reassignment of Matia Marcantuoni to the Nailers. Zack Torquato was cut loose from his AHL contract and will return to the Nailers, where he is on an ECHL contract. I would not be surprised to see Torquato sign with another AHL team should the need arise in one of the other 29 cities.
Hynes gave Venesky some other injury updates…
Next blog entry, barring anything else, will be Friday’s Gameday setup vs. Hershey.
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