Chirps from Center Ice

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

Rowney Re-Signs 6/15

News out of Coal Street Monday afternoon was that they re-signed F Carter Rowney to a one year AHL pact.

Rowney had a breakout year this season for the Penguins, seventh on the team in points with 10-21-31 and a +14 in 63 games for the Penguins in 2014-15. He also had a 64.25% GF% and a 63.83 ESGF%.

I considered Rowney a Priority One guy for the Penguins to re-sign in the offseason. This is an AHL deal, so his Europe prospects were probably there but he most likely wanted to give it one more run in North America and possibly a shot at an NHL deal in 2016-17 or beyond.

Regardless, with Tom Kostopoulos re-signing a month ago and Barry Goers in the fold again, it would look like the band is getting back together.

Mike O’Brien had these series of tweets which I found appropriate…

[tweet https://twitter.com/MikeOBrienWBS/status/610508440306348032] [tweet https://twitter.com/MikeOBrienWBS/status/610509270308790272] [tweet https://twitter.com/MikeOBrienWBS/status/610509642800697344]

EDIT: The Pittsburgh Penguins announced later in the afternoon that they have signed D Niclas Andersen to a one year entry level contract. Andersen is a 27 year old left-handed defenseman that is 6’1 and 218 pounds. He captained Brynas of the Swedish Elite League this past season. He was a fourth round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 2006 but never signed. From the limited information out there that I can read that isn’t Swedish, he looks like a defensive defenseman. He’s projected to be a depth guy, which means that he could see Wilkes-Barre in the Fall.

I have updated the 2015 Offseason Moves List appropriately, including the Andersen news.

Let’s Go Pens!

One response to “Rowney Re-Signs 6/15

  1. Cyguy June 15, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    I agree, Rowney is a priority. We need his grit.