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Fleury's back (sort of); Curry, Minard demoted - 12-12-08

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

The Penguins demoted goaltender John Curry and forward Chris Minard to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.

Curry has appeared in three games this season, starting two and going 2-1-0 with a .913 save percentage and a 2.14 goals against average. He made 24 saves in a 9-2 rout of the Islanders last night.

Minard has appeared in six games this season with the Penguins having failed to record any points and has a plus/minus rating of minus-6.

EN Says: We're not doctors or anything, but we assume this means Marc-Andre Fleury is healthy. And with Maxime Talbot's injury, we have to assume the great Mike Zigomanis is ready to go as well.

We liked what we saw out of Curry in his stint with the Penguins. He seemed like he belonged in the NHL in a backup capacity. With Dany Sabourin scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after this season, the Penguins can reasonably expect Curry to assume the backup duties next season.

Minard hasn't exactly distinguished himself his his stints in the NHL this season. Granted he's been stuck on the third- or fourth-lines for the most part but for a player who has been ripping up the AHL this season (30 points in 22 games), you would maybe expect an occasional offensive chance here or there in the NHL.

UPDATE: Marc-Andre Fleury is scheduled to return to the Penguins' lineup tomorrow night but it is not known if he will start. He has not played since a 5-2 home win against the Sabres Nov. 15.

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(Photo: Maureen Finnerty Courtright. This is a sign her son Casey made for Curry and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins during their run in the AHL playoffs last season. She sent it to us today and we were going to post it tomorrow, but we felt this would be a better opportunity to use it.)

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