Penguins Notes 2/12/13
Unfortunately for the Penguins, the Devils were able to take both games in the Home at Home series this past weekend. This ended the Penguins 5 game win streak, and allowed the Devils to take a three point lead in the Division and conference standings.
It may be time to end the Boychuk experiment. In 5 games with the team ,in which he has played almost entirely on Malkin’s wing, Boychuk has 0 goals, 0 points and is a -2. Adding to that, both Neal and Malkin have not scored an even strength goal since Boychuk has been apart of their line.
Beau Bennett may be getting his chance sooner or later, with sooner seeming more likely each day.
Trade rumors seem to be spreading like a wild fire through the league, and the Penguins are right in the mix. Many believe that the team is in search for a top six forward to play along Malkin and Neal, but do not rule out the possibility of the team upgrading the defense. With Niskanen and Letang out the Pens have been able to throw together a decent defensive core, but it is not one that can take a team to the Stanley Cup finals… Yet.
Joe Morrow was sent back down to Wilkes Barre on Monday after being called up Sunday morning prior to the game against the Devils. Bylsma stated that Morrow was only called up as insurance to the Pens defense that is a bit banged up.
The Penguins had scouts At the Blue Jackets – Sharks game last night. (Let the speculation begin.)
Around the League
Veteran Defenseman Jay Pandolfo should be signing a contract with the Boston Bruins this week. He has been practicing and traveling with the team for a while now without a contract. Per Bob MacKenzie
Former Penguin Ryan Malone sustained a lower-body injury during the team’s usual pregame kick-around with a soccer ball and missed the game on Sunday. Tampa Bay Times
The League and NHLPA are planning on meeting and talking NHL realignment, which could be in place by next season. It is expected that during these talks the league may begin to test the idea of another expansion. thefourthperiod.com
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