Chirps from Center Ice

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

Here Comes the Calvary

Monday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Penguins trimmed their roster by 17 players. From their release…

Players assigned to WBS include: goaltenders Casey DeSmith and Leland Irving; defensemen Tim Erixon, Ethan Prow, Stuart Percy, Cameron Gaunce, Reid McNeill, Steve Oleksy and Chad Ruhwedel; and forwards Oskar Sundqvist, Adam Krause, Ryan Haggerty, Sahir Gill, Josh Archibald, Dominik Simon, Garrett Wilson and Jean-Sebastien Dea.

If you were wondering about waivers, the release mentioned the guys on now. They have noon Tuesday to be officially reassigned to Coal Street. They are…

Erixon, Percy, Gaunce, McNeill, Oleksy, Ruhwedel and Wilson all have to clear waivers on Tuesday at noon before they can join WBS.

In case you were wondering, yes, that is likely the entirety of the Wilkes-Barre blue line which is on waivers at this time. Hold your breath.

Among the names still up with Pittsburgh that could still be re-assigned here include defensemen Lukas Bengtsson, Derrick Pouliot and David Warsofsky. Forwards are Jake Guentzel, Carter Rowney, Tom Sestito. Teddy Blueger and Thomas Di Pauli are injured and cannot be re-assigned until healthy. Outlier guys like Kevin Porter and maybe Scott Wilson are more solid locks to make the roster than Guentzel, Rowney or Sestito in my opinion.

Tristan Jarry remains up. Given the fact that he has not allowed a single preseason goal in two appearances, the safe money is him getting the backup job to Marc-Andre Fleury while Matt Murray recovers from his hand fracture. It appears as if he has won that job for the time being.

The roster currently stands at 31 players. Take Murray, Di Pauli and Blueger out of the picture and that’s 28 guys. Rosters on opening night have to be at 23 so there are five more guys that have to get cut. No one on the roster presently can get sent back to juniors i.e. say a healthy Daniel Sprong, so it’s a combination of Bengtsson, Warsofsky / Pouliot on defense and Guentzel, Rowney, Sestito and one more presumably. Porter? Scott Wilson? Conor Sheary and Tom Kuhnhackl are too valuable. Tough decisions ahead for sure.

If anyone gets claimed at noon Tuesday I will be here to blog about it.

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