Print

Just dress 18 forwards already

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Maple Leafs defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo found an interesting way to score a goal last night. Shoot it off Kris Letang's face and hope for a good bounce:

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqvxvxoMuoQ]

Additionally, Hall Gill bruised his knee in the first period and didn't play in the final two.

We're of the opinion the Penguins should just dress 18 forwards for their preseason exhibition game against Jokerit in Finland because they're running out of defensemen. We don't know if there are rules that specifically forbid a coach from not dressing a player who is listed as a defenseman on the roster, but we'd much rather see Jeff Taffe back there than Letang or any of the other Penguins blue liners who could risk injury.

Honestly, Ray Shero should just pack Alex Goligoski, Mark Eaton and company in refrigerator boxes,
fill it up with bottled water, Fruit Roll-Ups and Styrofoam peanuts and ship the entire defensive core to Sweden in that fashion via DHL.

EN reader Mark Scumaci spotted the highlights for us.

SCHNEIDER TO ATLANTA

-The Ducks finally moved defenseman Mathieu Schneider sending him to the Thrashers in exchange for defenseman Ken Klee, forward Brad Larsen and minor-league forward Chad Painchaud.

EN Says: Good move for each team. The Ducks found Schneider expendable with Scott Niedermayer's return last season and needed to find some salary cap space in order to bring Teemu Selanne back. They were able to move him and pick up two NHL caliber players and a minor leaguer for him. It wasn't an ideal situation, but Brian Burke found a way to make it work.

Larsen's a feisty energy guy who can drop the gloves on occasion. He'll fit in well with Anaheim.

Klee is a stay at home defender who is willing to play the body. We're not sure why the Ducks agreed to bring him on considering they have quite a few NHL caliber defensemen on the roster, but as we're seeing with the Penguins' rash of injuries, it's probably never a bad thing to have too many healthy blueliners.

Even after dumping Schneider's salary, the Ducks are still a little snug against the cap.

While Schneider won't turn the Thrashers into a playoff contender, he does improve them quite a bit. He provides a veteran presence at a position sorely lacking it in Atlanta. Additionally, he still can provide offense. He has reached double-digit figures in goals every season since 2001-02. Schneider is one of the best skating defensemen in the league. Watching a power play unit with him and Ilya Kovalchuk will be fun to watch.

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
Penguins

-Ruslan Fedotenko can't grow a playoff beard because of Chernobyl.

-Paul Bissonnette fought his second Maple Leafs player this week. Last night he went with Ryan Hollweg:

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwqSY_aAIFw]

-Brooks Orpik is apparently scared of Toronto defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo's shot. (Kudos to The Pensblog for the find.)

-Nino Musitelli and Luca Caputi scored goals for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 2-1 preseason win against Binghamton.

-The AHL Penguins killed 11 power plays last night.

-With the NHL Penguins having a lot of injuries on defense, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Jon D'Aversa could benefit.

-The Wheeling Nailers signed forward Matt Grennier.

-Random YouTube Find of the Day: Former Penguins forward Rick Tocchet make former Rangers defenseman Jeff Beukeboom flip out

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymkyad7ET7E]

(Insert snide little gambling joke here.)

Atlantic Division

-The Rangers ended the comeback attempt of forward Petr Nedved by cutting the free agent forward from his tryout. And the talent pool of our ex-Penguins fantasy league grows even smaller.

-Former Penguins forward Bryan Trottier is digging his job as director of amateur scouting with the Islanders.

Northeast Division

-The Canadiens are kind of a big deal in Quebec.

-Maple Leafs prospect Chris DiDomenico apparently got under the skin of Sidney Crosby.

Central Division

-Red Wings forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa compared Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk to Sidney Crosby. No word yet if he said Datsyuk was cooler than Crosby.

-The Swedish Red Wings (that sounds like a really corny band name) will meet Sweden's king, Carl IVI Gustaf, today.

-Former Predators forward Martin Gelinas is looking for work.

-The Blues are treating their fans right.

-Blues forward Lee Stempniak wants to forget about the 2007-08 season.

Northwest Division

-Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk is dealing with a back injury.

-Apparently former Penguins forward Guillaume Lefebvre has a chance to make the Oilers roster as an enforcer.

-Wild goaltender Josh Harding is officially our favorite backup goaltender. He put images of his childhood friends on the mask he will wear this season. In the past, Harding has masks with images of pink ribbons in honor of his sister who was dealing with breast cancer and a tribute to the victims of the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis last summer.

Pacific Division

-Coyotes forwards Shane Doan and Olli Jokinen are sick of personal accomplishments. They want to start winning.

-Phoenix forward Joel Perrault is out indefinitely with concussion problems.

-New Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle played well in his preseason debut for San Jose.

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.