Chirps from Center Ice

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Danny Kristo Traded – First Chip to Fall?

If you are a defenseman on the Pittsburgh Penguins, you have to look behind you constantly to watch out for the injury bug. Seems like every serviceable defenseman on the Penguins is out with something…

– Kris Letang – day-to-day with an upper body injury.
– Justin Schultz – concussion. Practiced Thursday but is still not cleared.
– Trevor Daley – announced today that he is out six weeks after having his left knee operated on.
– Olli Maatta – hand surgery. Out six weeks.

Brian Dumoulin and Ian Cole are the only regulars, for now, that haven’t had a hit put out on them from the injury bug. Dumoulin had his jaw broken earlier in the year.

Cameron Gaunce, Steve Oleksy and Chad Ruhwedel are players up in Pittsburgh that have played in Wilkes-Barre for a time. Oleksy and Ruhwedel have been the interchangeable seventh defensemen that, had all of the above defemsemen been healthy, one of two would still be in Pittsburgh.

So the Pittsburgh Penguins were in the market for a defensemen and Thursday they got one in the form of Ron Hainsey in a trade that saw Danny Kristo get shipped to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Hainsey will report to the NHL and Kristo will likely report to the Hurricanes AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.

Danny Kristo came over in the trade which saw Reid McNeill get sent to the St. Louis Blues in a change of scenery for both players earlier this year. Kristo appeared in 32 games and had six goals and five assists. You could tell a few games into his tenure that the fit wasn’t there. Kristo was touted as a goal scorer, but only scored December 3 against St. John’s before going cold and not scoring again until January 7 against Binghamton. He had been a healthy scratch here and there and depending on the way you analyze things, was getting bumped in the lineup in favor of Patrick McGrath.

Kristo’s departure leaves the Penguins with 14 forwards, only 13 of those are available for the weekend as Thomas DiPauli was ruled out for this weekend.

Wilkes-Barre plays the Utica Comets Friday and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Saturday on the road this weekend.

Gameday for the matchup against the Utica Comets will hit the blog Friday at 3 p.m.

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