NHL rosters are due today, so the Pittsburgh Penguins assigned forward Kevin Porter, defenseman David Warsofsky and goaltender Tristan Jarry to the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins today.
Wait. Tristan Jarry?
Yes. Tristan Jarry was assigned to Wilkes-Barre. The reason for this is because the Pittsburgh Penguins claimed goaltender Mike Condon off of waivers from the Montreal Canadiens at noon Tuesday.
While yes, this transaction makes zero sense, the brain trust wants Jarry to get reps at the AHL level rather than sit and hold a clipboard and blow bubbles backing up Marc-Andre Fleury while Matt Murray continues his recover from his hand fracture. As soon as Murray is good to go, Pittsburgh waives Condon. The Canadiens would get the right of first refusal, can re-claim Condon and assign him to their AHL affiliate in St. John’s. Condon is nothing more than a pure rental while their star recovers.
It sucks for Jarry because there is nothing more he could have done or been asked of in camp. He will be in the NHL someday, today just isn’t his time. They want him to continue to develop his game in the AHL.
It also sucks for Casey DeSmith, who head coach Clark Donatelli dubbed dubbed on Sunday as his starter against Hartford on Saturday. DeSmith had a stellar camp. This business can be brutal sometimes.
In a later transaction, goalie Doug Carr was released and will report to the Wheeling Nailers.
Tom Sestito, who cleared waivers yesterday, was not re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre. You may not have heard but Sidney Crosby was diagnosed with a concussion suffered in practice last Friday, so Sestito is up for the time being as the 12th or 13th forward. As for Warsofsky, I think the brain trust thinks that keeping Derrick Pouliot around NHL players with NHL coaching will be better for his development vs. being sent back to the AHL where he has sort of hit a ceiling.
So the rosters appear set. Add in Warsofsky and Porter into these line combos from practice Tuesday…
… and you probably have a team ready to contend out of the gate again like prior years.
Don’t forget about the AHL Previews running on the blog. The Central Division Preview is up on the blog one post down. North goes tomorrow.