Acquired off waivers today, new Penguins right winger Mark Arcobello is joining his third team in the past three weeks.
On Dec. 29, the 26-year-old native of Connecticut was dealt from the Oilers to the Predators. After a four-game stint with Nashville, Arcobello (5-foot-8, 172 pounds) was placed on waivers yesterday with the intention of sending him to the AHL.
Capable of playing any forward position, Arcobello chatted earlier this afternoon about being acquired by the Penguins.
What's your reaction to being acquired by the Penguins?
"I'm definitely excited, especially since I was on waivers. It looked like if I didn't get claimed, I was probably going down to the minors. Getting picked up by a team that's high up in the standings is always good. I'm pretty exciting to join a pretty good roster with some pretty big names on it."
What have the past few weeks been like with all the movement?
"It's been a lot of uncertainty I guess. I told the people in Nashville here that I went from being really comfortable in Edmonton to fighting for a spot again in Nashville. Obviously, there's a lot of good players here and it didn't work out. To get another chance in Pittsburgh is great. I think I learned a lot the last few weeks about what it's like to be traded and moved around. I think I've grown a little bit as a player and a person in that regard. It's a great opportunity and I'm happy to embrace it."
How do you describe yourself as a player?
"I think I be used up and down the lineup. My versatility is pretty good. I think I can add some … I'm not a big guy but I think I can add some physicality. I can get in on the forecheck hard. My offensive numbers in the NHL ... I think if I'm given the right opportunity, I can produce. I want to be as smart of a player as I can. Responsible on both sides of the puck."
You were used primarily as a third liner in Edmonton this season.
"Yeah. I played a lot of time on the third line and then I kind of rotated between the third and fourth line minutes. The beginning of the year, I was playing a lot of minutes, getting a lot of responsibility. Then it kind of dwindled as the team started to struggle. I've spent the last couple of years on third and fourth line."
You're listed as a right winger and you've taken a lot of faceoff this season. Can you play either wing or is it just right wing and center?
"No, I can play either wing."
Has general manager Jim Rutherford or anyone with the team relayed how you might be used with the Penguins?
"No, not yet. I think once I get to town we'll sit down and have have those discussions. Right now, it's just get everything I have here and get to Pittsburgh as soon as possible."
As someone born in Connecticut, you had to have grown up as a Hartford Whalers fan.
"I went from being a Whalers fans … When I was a little kid, when they left, I kind of switched to the Rangers.”
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