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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
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A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
With the recall of Derrick Pouliot to Pittsburgh leaving Wilkes-Barre thin on the blue line, Coal Street was proactive this morning and signed Ryan Parent to a professional tryout agreement Wednesday.
Parent appeared in two postseason games for the Penguins last year, attended training camp, but hasn’t played any meaningful hockey since last Spring.
Couple things with this signing.
First, the reason for the Pouliot Monday recall to begin with was the uncertainty of Kris Letting’s heath status and the fact that David Warsofsky was essentially back body dropped by a falling referee Tim Peel on Sunday. Warsofsky suffered a concussion as a result. This comes a day after Pittsburgh traded away Adam Clendening as a throw in for the services of Carl Hagelin, necessitating the need for a seventh defenseman, being Pouliot.
Hockey teams don’t release injury specifics like every other sport on the planet worth watching. It’s an archaic, stupid policy that hockey teams have clung to in the name of “tradition.” I can bloviate further, but it’s not worth it. The policy won’t change any time soon. Anyway, my point to all of this is that because teams don’t release specifics, you have to sort of read the, “tea leaves” and see what a separate move means as part of the whole.
My guess here is that the word on the Warsofsky concussion is not good and Derrick Pouliot is going to be up for a while, likely missing AHL All-Stars and beyond. There is no other reason to sign a veteran like Parent if either a) Warsofsky is going to be out a while and you need Pouliot to play seventh defensemen or b) someone, likely a defenseman, is getting moved at the trade deadline.
Pens leave for Portland for two huge games against the Portland Pirates Friday and Saturday before wrapping up the road trip Sunday in Providence.
Let’s Go Pens!
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