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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 that happened after the Penguins 3-2 overtime win against Springfield Saturday that hasn’t been mentioned here on the blog yet.
– Most noteably, Bobby Farnham is currently on waivers. He was waived Sunday by Pittsburgh. If
New Jersey nobody claims him, he will be assigned to Wilkes-Barre today at noon.
Makes me wonder what would happen with a guy like Tom Sestito if Farnham clears and is assigned here. Does Wilkes-Barre part ways with Sestito and go with Farnham every night? I think yes, because one is on an NHL contract (Farnham) and one is on an AHL PTO (Sestito)
– Bryan Rust was injured in Saturday’s overtime win in Nashville against the Predators. Rust took a puck off of the hand and wasn’t seen since. Pittsburgh Penguins Head Coach Mike Johnston didn’t have an update at Sunday’s practice (shocking) but said that the injury is, “long term” in nature.
Speculating, but it’s probably a hand fracture. Something like that is an 8-12 week recovery time, longer depending on where the fracture was an even more if they delay surgery or if he has surgery. You are looking at 4 weeks in a cast, then 4 weeks in a splint, then an additional 4 weeks of therapy at the very least. He’ll lose strength because he won’t be able to use the hand and probably upper body strength because he can’t lift weights with one hand. 12 weeks from now is the middle of January.
If hockey teams just disclosed injuries, then this is all avoidable. It is the one thing that I detest about the business.
– In case you missed it, I watched the Wheeling Nailers on ECHL.TV Sunday afternoon and blogged about the result, a 4-3 win against the Brampton Beast that propelled the Nailers into first in the North Division.
– Finally, the Hershey Bears had their home opener Saturday night and their GM, Doug Yingst, announced his retirement effective at the end of the season. Yingst is one of the greater minds in this business at this level and will leave a big hole when he steps down in the Spring.
My Week 3 AHL Power Rankings hit the blog at 4 today. Check those out then.
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