Chirps from Center Ice

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

J-S Dea Claimed on Waivers by NJ Devils

The ghosts of Ray Shero and John Hynes strike again…

Always a possibility, never a certainty that a guy would get claimed. I didn’t forsee any team claiming Dea, but Shero signed him as an undrafted unknown and Hynes helped develop him. Dea was a good player stuck on the wrong franchise. There never was any doubt that he would start the season in Wilkes-Barre in my mind, but he’s over-ripened at the AHL level and needed to break out. New Jersey putting a claim in on him allows that.

This after a nice article from Jonathan Bombulie which was featured on the AHL site today.

In case you are wondering, the Penguins would have the right of first refusal should New Jersey ever try to sneak Dea down to their AHL club in Binghamton and re-expose him to waivers. Pittsburgh could then re-claim him and assign him to Wilkes-Barre. I don’t see that happening, but I’ve been wrong before.

Zach Trotman was the other player put on waivers by Pittsburgh Thursday and he cleared. No Penguins were on waivers noon Friday.

The AHLTV set top app (I only have Apple TV, can’t speak on others) is live in the App Store, so if you have a smart TV with the apps supported by the AHL’s new streaming device, queue up ‘AHLTV’ and stream away this upcoming season.

Practice updates were quiet Friday, I didn’t see anything from Tom or Tyler out of Coal Street today. So more Saturday night here on the blog after the Penguins second preseason game of the season against Hershey. Head Coach Clark Donatelli did tell the media Thursday night that Anthony Peters would get the whole game Saturday. Beyond that as far as other lineup changes is anyone’s guess.

Talk to you Saturday after the game.

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