The Penguins announced earlier this afternoon that they’ve reduced their training camp roster by seven players. This is how it’s shaping up:
Harrington will go back to the London Knights of the OHL where he’ll continue to play this season. In order for Munroe, Craig, Johnson, and McDonald to return to Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre / Scranton, they will need to clear waivers first (by noon tomorrow); as long as no other teams claim them then they’ll continue to play within the Pittsburgh organization. And I’m pretty certain that this was the last cut for goalies making Marc-Andre Fleury the starting goaltender and Brent Johnson as his backup (no surprise, really).
It may be a surprise to some that Eric Tangradi was among the seven players who were cut today; however, I don’t believe that he had an exceptional training camp by any standard or even proved by his play to the Penguins organization that he wanted to stay here. There are even a few who believe that this training camp would be his last to prove himself worthy as a Penguins player and remain on their NHL roster. If that is the case then I doubt we’ll be seeing any more of him unless the season is unkind once again as far as injuries go and I believe most of us don’t want that, so Tangradi’s future in the NHL is yet to be seen.
Regardless, 32 players remain on the current roster (18 forwards, 12 defenseman, and 2 goalies), but a total of nine additional players need cut prior to opening night on October 6th. It will be interesting to see who remains, for sure.