Saturday, September 27, 2008

Penguins make more cuts

Here's the group of 25 players Pittsburgh is bringing overseas, with one more cut still to come to get down to a 24-man roster before the season opener next Saturday in Stockholm:
The forwards are Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Petr Sykora, Miroslav Satan, Ruslan Fedotenko, Matt Cooke, Max Talbot, Tyler Kennedy, Pascal Dupuis, Eric Godard, Jeff Taffe, Janne Pesonen, Bill Thomas and Paul Bissonnette.

The defensemen are Brooks Orpik, Rob Scuderi, Hal Gill, Mark Eaton, Darryl Sydor, Kris Letang and Alex Goligoski.

The goaltenders are Marc-Andre Fleury, Dany Sabourin and John Curry.
Cut today were Danny Richmond and Connor James. Expect the next one to go to be one of the enforcer types (Godard or Bissonnette).



At 1:30 p.m., September 27, 2008, Blogger Lowetide said...

Terrific talent but a lot of garbage at the end of that roster. I'd bet money they go get Colby Armstrong back at/before the deadline.

At 1:54 p.m., September 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Resigning Orpik looks so much more significant now than it did at the time, now that Gonchar and Whitney are missing the start of the season.

At 1:55 p.m., September 27, 2008, Blogger Freeptop said...

Godard is a lock to make the roster. He's on a one-way deal, and he's the only heavyweight the team has. Considering how much fuss has been made about the Pens losing Laraque, I can't see them dropping Godard. He won't dress every night, but he's a lock for the roster.

It's really down to one of Bissonnette, Pesonen and Thomas getting sent down, and which one depends on a variety of factors.

For example, Pesonen could be sent down so that he can take some more time to adjust to the North American game. The fact that he's the only one of the three that wouldn't have to clear waivers hurts his chances at making the NHL roster. Bissonnette would make the roster in this scenario to help address the grit and toughness issue that so many people are saying the Pens have. He would be an additional agitator/enforcer who wouldn't get a whole lot of ice time, but would be there when the Pens needed that additional toughness. Thomas would simply be a reserve forward in that scenario, one who could sub in when Godard and Bissonnette were not playing.

That's not necessarily what will happen, but it does illustrate that the choice isn't necessarily as cut and dry as it seems from afar.

At 6:01 p.m., September 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

john saunders is an idiot and always will be... bias and stupid

At 11:27 p.m., September 27, 2008, Blogger YzermanZetterberg said...

Is moving Bissonnette to forward a recent development? As far as I know, he's always been a d-man.


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