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Clark’s Army — Tim Army Named Assistant Coach

Announced Thursday was the rounding out of the hockey operations that will oversee the on ice product of the 2017-18 campaign the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins will embark on in about two months.

Tim Army was named assistant coach, Seamus McKelvey was named head athletic trainer and Mike Joyce was named the teams strength and conditioning coach.

I was desperately looking for a pun headline to tie these announcements in together. The Army pun is a layup, Mike Joyce was a drummer in The Smiths, and Seamus would have been the boy headed to the army in the pun related to the Smiths once I couldn’t find.

Meat is Murder was a rejected pun headline. What’s with me and puns anyway? That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore.

Anyway, let’s get serious.

Joyce interned last year with the Penguins and impressed enough to land the job. He’s a Scranton native.

McKelvey had some time with the Penguins and last season worked as an assistant trainer with the Providence Bruins.

Army and head coach Clark Donatelli have a history together.

Obie went on to say that there will be audio of the call Army had with the local media available on the team website Friday so if you are looking for something to listen to give that a listen.

In case you are wondering, Army is the father of Derek, who did time in Wilkes-Barre a few seasons ago.

Out the door, a couple more things. Wheeling re-signed Garrett Meurs to a contract this week and ex-Penguin Clark Seymour is back from Austria where he spent last season, signing with the Florida Everblades.

Have a great weekend.

Depth Gage – Pens Sign Quinney 8/7

Some puns are layups. Consider this one an easy two points.

The Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins continued to fill out the back end of their lineup Monday when they announced the signing of Gage Quinney to a one year AHL contract.

Quinney played in Wheeling last season and of the players who appeared in at least 15 games, he had the best points per game ratio with .978. That nugget from Pens play-by-play voice Mike O’Brien this morning.

Color man Nick Hart chimed in later that Quinney impressed a bit at Pens camp last Fall and had a stellar season in Wheeling.

Nice to see the Penguins signing guys who put time in at Wheeling to AHL contracts. That’s how you build a strong minor league system, you reward guys who have put the time in.

The Nailers had a signing of their own today, goaltender Colin Stevens. Press release here and neat tweet with an infographic and highlights below…

Note that the Stevens signing is an ECHL signing, meaning that any AHL team, including the Penguins, can sign him to their team should the need arise.

Oh, while not officially announced, the Penguins may have an assistant coach in line to be hired this week. This from the always on the pulse of things Twitter feed of the great Mark Divver…

Stay tuned.

Haggerty Re-Signs; Penguins Promo Schedule

See, had I blogged at the time that Coal Street announced the re-signing of Ryan Haggerty to an AHL contract this morning, I would have had a second blog piece on the 2017-18 Penguins promotional Schedule when I got home and opened my mail.

Glad I didn’t in a way. It’s Summer. I don’t want to bombard you with a ton of blog posts. Go outside. Jump in the pool. Go golfing. Have a cigar (if you are old enough) Ride a roller coaster.

Anyway, it’s true. The Penguins did re-sign Haggerty for another season. Known for his heavy shot, Haggerty had a pretty balanced year for Wilkes-Barre last season, with 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points in a supporting role.

Penguins signed Cody Wydo yesterday. Do they make it 3-for-3 and announce another signing Friday? Stay tuned, I guess.

Anyway, here’s the promo schedule which I assume is out there because I have received my season ticket mailing. Nothing on their website so here I am tapping away on my MacBook on a late August evening…

Date: Promo:
Saturday, Oct. 7: Kids 14 and under free – postgame skate
Sunday, Oct. 15: Penguins Car Magnet
Saturday, Oct. 21: Kids 14 and under free – postgame skate
Sunday, Nov. 5: WBS Penguins Team Card Strip 1
Saturday, Nov. 11: Value Night ($12 Tickets) – Team Photo Giveaway
Friday, Dec. 1: Teddy Bear Toss – WBS Penguins Team Card Strip 2
Saturday, Dec. 2: Value Night ($12 Tickets)
Friday, Dec. 8: Value Night ($12 Tickets)
Friday, Dec. 22: Festivus theme – WBS Penguins Team Card Strip 3
Saturday, Dec. 23: Value Night ($12 Tickets)
Friday, Dec. 29: Value Night ($12 Tickets)
Friday, Jan. 5: Jake Guentzel Bobblehead
Saturday, Jan. 6: Duffle Bag Giveaway (season ticket members only)
Saturday, Jan. 27: Value Night ($12 Tickets)
Friday, Feb. 2: Pink in the Rink Night
Saturday, Feb. 3: Military Appreciation Night – Umbrella Giveaway (season ticket members only)
Saturday, Feb. 17: Value Night ($12 Tickets)
Friday, Feb. 23: Kids 14 and under free – postgame skate – Tux’s Birthday
Sunday, Feb. 25: Star Wars Night – WBS Penguins Team Card Strip 4
Saturday, Mar. 10: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – WBS Penguins Cooler Bag Giveaway (season ticket members only)
Saturday, Mar. 17: Kids 14 and under free – postgame skate
Sunday, Mar. 18: Kids 14 and under free – postgame skate
Sunday, Mar. 25: WBS Penguins Beach Towel Giveaway (season ticket members only)
Saturday, Mar. 31: Value Night ($12 Tickets)
Friday, Apr. 6: Fan Appreciation Night
Saturday, Apr. 7: Kids 14 and under free – postgame skate

Of the 38 home games for the Penguins, 26 of them are a theme night or a promotional giveaway. That’s pretty awesome marketing, if you ask me.-

Anyway, I’ll be right back, I’m going to work on trying to get the Penguins to give me that beach towel now to use in the month of August. Call it advanced beta testing.

Wydo You Stay A While?

Coal Street announced another signing today. Cody Wydo, who had a three game stint with the Penguins last Spring, signed an AHL deal Wednesday morning.

If you are thinking, “big whoop” think again. Wydo is essentially a point a game player at every level of hockey he has played at. He led the Wheeling Nailers in goals (30) and co-led the Penguins ECHL affiliate in points with 60.

Players like this don’t necessarily grow on trees. Smart of the Penguins to lock up Wydo for a season.

Elsewhere, one time Penguin and former captain Joey Mormina was named assistant coach to the Hartford Wolf Pack on Tuesday. We will be seeing Mormina’s towering frame in a suit and tie when the Wolf Pack come to visit the Penguins for the first time on October 21.

My puns are bad, but I don’t feel bad. Enjoy August!

Last Saturday in July

Couple things to clean out of the notebook here as August in nearly upon us.

— The Penguins signed Riley Bourbonnais to an AHL contract the other day. If he doesn’t stick with Wilkes-Barre then Wheeling has a good guy back in the fold for 2017-18.

— Pittsburgh rounded out its development cache by naming Scott Young director of player development, Jarrod Skalde player development coach, and Brendan Sullivan goaltending development coach. More from the official team press release here.

— Ex-Penguins assistant coach Jay Leach is going to be the top guy in Providence in the Fall.

— A nice feature piece on new car owner Casey DeSmith. DeSmith is an easy guy to pull for.

— Two new logos this week, one by the Belleville Senators and the other by the Binghamton Devils. Take a look:

I’d have something to add, but none of it is positive. Just remember that someone was paid money to come up with these logos.

Anyway, enjoy the nice weather.

2017-18 Preseason Schedule Announced

Strange times that we live in that we have had the full AHL schedule now for a few weeks and are just now getting a look at who the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins will be playing in preseason action.

Four games in five nights for the Penguins, who will play a pair of home and home games with the Hershey Bears and Binghamton Senators Devils.

Here’s the release. The schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, September 27 vs. Hershey at 7:05
  • Friday, September 29 vs. Binghamton at 7:05
  • Saturday, September 30 at Hershey at 7:00
  • Sunday, October 1 at Binghamton at 5:05

Something to look forward to if you are yearning for the sound of skates cutting into ice.

I Always Liked The Old Boss’ Signature

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.