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Pittsburgh re-assigned Cal O’Reily to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton today per @pghpenguins. Cal did not have to pass through waivers because he didn’t play more than 10 Games with Pittsburgh. If he is recalled, however, he will have go pass through re-entry waivers. This process is the same as when we claimed him from PHX originally.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (WBS) vs Manchester Monarchs (MCH)
When: Thursday, February 23rd @ 7:05PM
Where: Mohegan Sun Arena
WBS is currently tied for 1st Place in the Eastern Division against the Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay Lightning) with 69 Points. Manchester (Los Angeles Kings) is in 2nd Place in the Atlantic Division with 58 Points.
After a stellar win against the Portland Pirates (Phoenix Coyotes) this past Monday, the Penguins will be looking to manhandle the Monarchs and collect an essential two points to assume 1st Place Eastern Division over the Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay Lightning). Norfolk is idle until Friday where they will face off against the Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators). As I type this, Hershey (Washington Capitals) is currently losing to the Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabers) 5-2 with less than 10 minutes left in the game. The Penguins need to strike hard and often against the Monarchs and then use Friday as a chance to rest and regroup before taking on Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim Ducks) on Saturday.
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Pittsburgh has re-assigned G Brad Thiessen to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Pittsburgh doesn’t play again until Saturday so it is possible that Thiessen could be recalled again if G Brent Johnson hasn’t gotten over his illness. I doubt this will happen, but, if it does, Thiessen will be recalled to Pittsburgh and forcing G Patrick Killeen to be recalled from the Wheeling Nailers. Like I said, I don’t believe that this will happen, but stranger things have happened and I have been wrong before.
Monday, February 20th
The Pens sailed into troubled waters this afternoon taking on the struggling Portland Pirates. After a quiet first period, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton started off scoring during the second period with a goal from RW Paul Thompson (Craig, Walker). Just a little over two minutes later, Portland answered with a pair of goals from D-Man Tyler Eckford (O’Sullivan, MacLean) and from RW Ryan Duncan (Beaudoin, Miele). Wilkes-Barre answered with their own Power Play goals by RW Geoff Walker (Street, McDonald) and from LW Bryan Lerg. The 3rd Period found Portland snapping up their own PP Goal from RW Brett M MacLean. After that, it was the Penguins’ game. Brian Strait made the score 4-3 (Bortuzzo,Lerg) and then Alexandre Picard iced a shorthanded empty net goal to cap off the game at 5-3.
Three Stars of the Game:
3.) WBS – Geoff Walker 2.) POR - Brett MacLean 1.) WBS – Brain Strait
Thursday, February 23rd vs Manchester Monarchs @ 7:05 PM
LW Eric Tangradi has been recalled by the Pittsburgh Penguins and will travel to New York. It hasn’t been determined yet if he will dress against the Rangers, but he will be with the team. Tangradi has appeared in 12 NHL games this season, scoring zero goals but amassing 12 PIMS.
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Disgusted is a good word to sum up how most Penguins fans are feeling right now after a crushing 6-2 defeat at the hands of the Buffalo Sabers. Buffalo shredded Brent Johnson in the First Period with two goals, and quick goal in the Second Period which led to him being replaced by Marc-Andre Fluery. Flower came in and made some amazing saves, but I believe that the damage had already been done. After the second goal in the First Period, you could see a very deflated and overly frustrated Pens team. Fluery gave away just as many goals as Johnson had when everything was all said and done, but again, I feel that the damage delt was already too large to overcome.
A lot of chatter arose on Twitter about how lack luster Brent’s season has been this year and that perhaps it is time that we start discussing a new back-up goaltender. First and foremost, I am a HUGE Brent Johnson fan. We have all seen what BJ is capable of. When Flower wilted at the start of the 2010-2011 season, Brent stood tall and bailed Fluery’s big Chiclet teeth out of trouble. When we needed a hero, Brent one punched his way into our hearts during the New York Islanders game last February. He is a leader to the team, and simply an all around great human being.
That being said, I do believe it’s time for a change though. I don’t foresee Ray Shero allowing Brent Johnson’s slide to go unaddressed and have a sneaky suspicion that Johnson may be delt before the Trade Deadline that is quickly approaching. I feel that we may try to gather another veteran goaltender that will be of aid to MAF during the Playoffs, but then will be released at the end of the season. What I would LOVE to see happen next is Brad Thiessen being called up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to take over the Number 2 Slot in Pittsburgh, and then Patrick Killeen of the Wheeling Nailers replace Thiessen in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
I would love to see things stay within the Organization next season. I have watched both Thiessen and Killeen over the last two seasons and I personally believe that they are both ready to make League jumps. Both are more than deserving of a promotion, and it could provide the PGH Penguins, the WBS Penguins and the Wheeling Nailers with a boost of productivity. I also could be dead wrong about everything and none of my theories matter. This is what I would want to see happen though if indeed Brent Johnson is in fact traded. No one knows for sure what is going to happen. Especially not me. All I do is put my faith in Ray Shero, and wait to see what happens.
The only bonus that happened today was the signing of James Neal to a Six Year Contract Extension. I had theorized that we would try to sign him for a five-year deal, and he would negotiate a three-year deal. My thoughts behind it was that he was still a little too young to be looking for a semi-permanent home and wanted to see a little more of the Country. This six-year deals proves two things. 1.) Ray Shero is the man. 2.) I am glad I was wrong.
It’s a great day (and night) for hockey, people!
Tonight our Pittsburgh Penguins will be idle as they prepare to take on the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center. I live for these games, and always get excited when they appear on the calendar. Cross State rival match? Yes please!
We may even have some muscle back in the line-up this weekend with the possible return of Arron Asham. I doubt we will see him drop the gloves, but I have a feeling he is going to be anxious to bang some bodies around. I never thought I was going to be a Double A fan, but he sure did cement a place in my heart. I remember the day he became a Penguin and the first words out of my mouth were “That meathead from Philly?!” He has definitely proved his worth to the Pens faithful. I’d like to see him re-sign with the Penguins after this year. Come on, Ray, two more years!
Tonight is a super sized night down in the American Hockey League with twenty-four teams will be lining up at Center Circle. What do you need to be concerned with? Follow me, and I’ll show you.
First of all, our Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The boys need to bounce back from the sloppy loss against Norfolk on Wednesday that tied Norfolk with WBS for first place in the Eastern Division with 65 Points. WBS needs a huge win tonight over the Binghamton Senators to try to resume the lead.
Secondly, the Norfolk Admirals. A little breathing room in the standings would be nice and we are hoping that the Providence Bruins are going to give it to us. These are two points that we can’t afford Norfolk to get, and a loss tonight could be huge for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Lastly, the Hershey Bears. Our division rivals are taking on the Syracuse Crunch this evening. Hershey is in 3rd Place in the Eastern Division with 64 Points. A win tonight and losses by both WBS and NOR will catapult Hershey into 1st Place. I think I speak for Penguins fans everywhere that this would not be a good thing. Hershey is always a threat. ALWAYS! Even when they aren’t, they are. Let’s go Crunch!
To recap – The Penguins need to win over Binghamton, Norfolk needs to lose to Providence, and Hershey needs a loss to Syracuse. What a night!
Tonight I have full intentions on being at the Johnstown Cambria County War Memorial to watch the Wheeling Nailers take on the Elmira Jackals! This is another huge game for Divisional Standings. The Atlantic Division is being led by Elmira right now with 62 Points. Wheeling are nipping at their heels with 61 Points. A win tonight will shoot the Nailers past the Jackals by one point. I hope to be losing my voice this evening and cheering the boys on to victory! Let’s go Nailers!
That does it for me!
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