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A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
I figured I would bring this back from the dead after not doing it last season. It’s the contract board for the offseason for the Penguins.
I discuss only players that played in the AHL for Wilkes-Barre. In my next blog post, whenever that is, I will pin this to the top of the blog and add it to a page and edit it as the summer goes on.
Here we go, in no particular order.
|Dominik Simon||C||RFA||Serviceable enough that the Penguins may qualify him. If not, he’s definitely a upper echelon tweener type player.|
|Josh Jooris||C||UFA||Didn’t really have much of an impact after coming over in the Greg McKegg trade. Was a full time NHLer when the trade happened with Carolina. Could fit in nice somewhere else.|
|Andrey Pedan||D||RFA||Rumor is he is KHL bound. PIT may qualify his North American rights.|
|Thomas DiPauli||LW||RFA||Should get qualified. Injury cut short the remainder of his season.|
|Ethan Prow||D||RFA||Should be a lock to be qualified and will be playing meaningful AHL minutes in 18-19.|
|Teddy Blueger||LW||RFA||Had an NHL cup of coffee but never dressed in a brief call-up. Expect him to be qualified.|
|Lukas Bengtsson||D||RFA||May have a European deal lined up. Has health issues which has kept him from playing a full season.|
|Tobias Lindberg||LW||RFA||Was one of the minor keys in the move that brought Derek Brassard to Pittsburgh. Never played a game with WBS.|
|Daniel Sprong||RW||RFA||GM Rutherford indicated on breakup day that he expects Sprong to be with Pittsburgh in the Fall. In order for that to occur he must be qualified.|
|Kevin Czuczman||D||UFA||He’s the type of player you want to see come back next season. I think he moves on though.|
|Frank Corrado||D||RFA||He’ll be 26 next year and has played in just 7 games for PIT. I let him walk. We’ll see what happens.|
|J-S Dea||C||RFA||Didn’t really do much to establish himself this season in the AHL. He’s an interesting case.|
|Tom Sestito||LW||UFA||Have a sense that if he decides to re-sign, he does so here in WBS as I get the sense that he has enjoyed his time here. Otherwise, I think he retires.|
|Jarred Tinordi||D||UFA||He may be looking for NHL work elsewhere, but that ship may have sailed.|
|Zach Trotman||D||UFA||Same as Tinordi above, Trotman is a year older, too.|
|Michael Leighton||G||UFA||At age 36, that’s a lot of tread on the tires. He’d fit in perfect next year with Anthony Peters as his mentor as PIT doesn’t have any other goalies under contract eligible to play in the AHL next year.|
|Vincent Dunn||C||RFA||Was one of the minor pieces in the Derek Brassard mega deal and never played in WBS.|
|Tristan Jarry||G||RFA||Question becomes did Jarry establish himself enough to be Matt Murray’s backup for next year. Casey DeSmith is already under contract so Jarry is already behind the proverbial 8-ball. Plus, Jarry would need waivers.|
Below are the players on AHL contracts only.
|Ryan Haggerty||RW||UFA||Wilkes-Barre re-signed him last summer. I’m sure they would like to to the same, but will he return for a third year?|
|Christian Thomas||RW||UFA||While auditioning for international work, still managed a good year in the AHL. He’s high on my list to get back here in 18-19.|
|Jarrett Burton||C||UFA||He’s a love him or hate him type player. The coaching staff seemed to love him as Burton was a staple in the lineup night in and night out.|
|Joseph Cramarossa||C||UFA||Hard nosed, lunch pail type player. More success with WBS then with Stockton, where he came over from in a trade for Colin Smith|
|Cody Wydo||LW||UFA||ECHL depth player. I don’t see a fit here with the crop of draft picks at forward coming down the pipeline.|
|Reid Gardiner||RW||UFA||Sort of got lost in the shuffle after getting re-signed by WBS out of juniors. Can he carve an AHL niche? Sure. Will it be with the Penguins? Remains to be seen.|
|Patrick McGrath||RW||UFA||Local product limited to 19 games because of one dimension.|
|Kevin Spinozzi||D||UFA||Made team out of training camp and was used as ECHL depth.|
|Kevin Schulze||D||UFA||Dime a dozen defender.|
|Cam Brown||C||UFA||Decent year in the ECHL with the Nailers. Was contracted out to two AHL teams, the Penguins had his services for one game.|
|Gage Quinney||F||UFA||AHL depth. Plays a role, but so do a lot of other guys in a similar boat.|
|Troy Josephs||C||UFA?||I can’t find anything on his status as far as U/RFA. I think it’s fair to say he was lost in the shuffle this season.|