Chirps from Center Ice

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

Never Stop Improving

It’s not only a catchphrase of a home improvement chain but one of my mottos in life. Never stop improving. Anyway, it’s also what the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins are doing this week with the recent reassignment of Bryan Rust and the status of Tom Kuhnhackl this week who is close to returning.

So you have a 16-2 hockey team that is only going to get better with the additions of Tom Kuhnhackl and Bryan Rust?

But wait, there’s more.


Pittsburgh is on the West Coast this weekend with games in Los Angeles and Anaheim this Friday and Saturday, but when they return there’s a chance that David Warsofsky could get sent back and the Penguins could get even better.

So, what do you do? What do the lines look like?

Well, for one thing, Tom Sestito was injured in practice this week and had an MRI. He was expendable anyway as he was likely the one that was going to sit when Rust or Kuhnhackl returned.

So say Rust gets back before Kuhnhackl, but Kuhnhackl plays this weekend, per Mike Sullivan to the media Thursday…


The bottom six are Dominik Uher, Tom Kostopoulos, Oskar Sundqvist, J-S Dea and Josh Archibald with Sestito hurt. You must scratch one. Who?

You aren’t scratching the captain, Tom Kostopoulos. Oskar Sundqvist has done nothing to warrant a scratch. Archibald brings energy and Dea is good on the power play. Uher? He plays defense.

Another thing to consider is that one of Scott Wilson, Kael Mouillierat, Conor Sheary, Kevin Porter, Carter Rowney and Dominik Simon get bumped down or off a line when Rust returns. What do you do?

Good problems to have. We won’t have long to wait as the Penguins start a three in three weekend tomorrow at home against Lehigh Valley.

‘Tis the season…


They debuted the sweater Thursday on a local radio station. While the sweater looks nice and almost like a real ugly sweater, I question the reveal on radio. “I saw it on the radio,” just doesn’t make sense.

Gameday for tomorrow’s matchup against Lehigh Valley will hit the blog at 3 p.m.

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