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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
74 days to go.
A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
I’ve had the thought in the back of my mind ever since Jason Botterill was named as the new GM of the Buffalo Sabres on when he’d make a move and take a few players with him who were on the team he was in primary charge of last season here in Wilkes-Barre for a while now.
The day is here.
The Rochester Americans announced the signings of defenseman Barry Goers and forward Adam Krause to AHL deals Tuesday. Goers was always a capable defender who was always ready to lend a hand whenever there was an injury or recall to one of the other defensemen on the AHL squad. Krause is a dime a dozen skater who had some mild success last season (3-4-7 in 14 games) for the Penguins.
Neither will make that much of a splash around the AHL, but you may feel ripples when it’s December and the Penguins are down to their 8th or 9th depth defender up from Wheeling when the inevitable injuries or call-ups happen as they do every year.
Wait till I tell my cat Barry later. He’ll be less than enthused that his favorite player has moved on.
In a move announced about an hour later, Coal Street announced that they re-signed Jarrett Burton. Mike O’Brien mentioned on Twitter that with Carter Rowney and Josh Archibald most likely full time NHLers for the foreseeable future, Jarrett Burton’s expertise on the PK becomes all the more important.