Sunday, June 01, 2008

Penguins add Goligoski

Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Alex Goligoski from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Goligoski currently ranks second in the playoffs scoring 25 points (four goals, 21 assists) in 19 postseason games as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has advanced to the Calder Cup Finals vs. the Chicago Wolves.
>> team release
You do know what they say about desperate times.

By all accounts, Goligoski has had a terrific AHL playoffs and it's expected he'll be with the NHL club next season. Undersized but very skilled with the puck, the University of Minnesota alum has tied the record for most postseason points by a defenceman, and he doesn't turn 23 until the end of next month.

It's a lot to ask him to do something against the Red Wings, especially given he played Sunday afternoon in a loss against the Chicago Wolves in the Calder Cup finals, but his presence in Game 5 might not hurt.

The Penguins could, at the very least, use a Malkin replacement to play the point on the power play.

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At 10:26 p.m., June 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pittsburgh just won the Cup

At 10:32 p.m., June 01, 2008, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

I love Alex Goligoski, and I think that he's going to be a fabulous NHL power play defenseman . . . in a couple of years. I confess that I don't understand this move. The simple fact is that either Malkin plays like he can, in his normal minutes, or the Penguins lose. Alex Goligoski (or Gary Roberts, Mr. Cherry) can play as well as he is capable of, and it won't be good enough for Pittsburgh to win three straight games.

There is a saying in bridge that, if the only way you can win a hand is for the guy to your left to be holding the Jack of Diamonds, you might as well play as if the guy to your left has the Jack of Diamonds. Malkin must play like he is capable of for the Penguins to win, so Therrien might as well coach as if he's going to play like he's capable of. There isn't any other road to success. Losing with Alex Goligoski is pretty much the same as losing with Evgeni Malkin.

At 12:06 a.m., June 02, 2008, Anonymous Kevin Forbes said...

I think this has everything to do with Letang and not that much to do with the status of the Penguins. Letang left the team to go to Bourdon's memorial service on Sunday. Bourdon's funeral is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

I would expect the Gogligoski callup is just to ensure the Penguins have another option at the blue line for Monday's game if one of the top six can't play.

At 12:21 a.m., June 02, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Definitely, Kevin, that sounds about right. I was kidding about using him on the power play.


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