He Ain’t No Syv — Penguins Sign D Danny Syvret
March 9, 2015
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Programming Note: I am pushing back the Week 22 AHL Power Rankings back an hour. They will be out at 5 instead of their standard 4 p.m. time.
The Penguins announced they have signed defenseman Danny Syvret to a PTO today. Syvret had previously been on a PTO with the Iowa Wild, but was released this morning.
Syvret is an excellent pickup for Wilkes-Barre. Here are a few examples of why I make that claim:
In 58 games with Iowa this season, Syvret is 4-14-18. But don’t look at those numbers and run away screaming. The Wild have been piss poor all season long. Last season with Hartford, Syvret was seventh overall in defensemen scoring and led Hartford overall in scoring. He’s probably happy that he is heading to a contending team that can make another deep run into the playoffs.
That is easily fixable. Not only is Drazenovic still out week to week, but Pierre Leblond’s services probably won’t be needed come late April and beyond once Drazenovic does return.
This was probably a match made in heaven for all parties involved. For Syvret, he was on a PTO with an Iowa team that wasn’t going anyplace. He was more than likely headed to a contending team for the stretch run anyway. For the Penguins, they lost Reid McNeill to injury this weekend, so the need for a defenseman over a forward was a priority. On top of all that, with today being the AHL trade deadline, there haven’t been many moves at all. Technically this wasn’t a trade, but there weren’t many teams willing to swap AHL contracts with so many teams both in the Eastern and Western Conference still in the hunt for the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs.
I am guessing that Syvret will make it to town and be available for Wednesday’s meeting with Hershey.
Also announced today, Penguins Goaltender Matt Murray was named AHL Player of the Week (again) after his history making weekend.
Let’s Go Pens!