Pittsburgh Penguins Sign Tom Kostopoulos, Recall Beau Bennett; Zach Boychuk Claimed by Nashville Predators

By Stephanie Lewark
Jason O. Watson – USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins just announced this afternoon that they’ve signed forward Tom Kostopoulos to a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000.

Kostopoulos has been playing with the Penguins AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre Scranton this season on a professional tryout (PTO).  The Penguins will be placing Kostopoulos on waivers today at noon and, if he clears by noon tomorrow, he will then be re-assigned to the WBS Baby Pens. 

It appears as if Penguins general manager, Ray Shero, is doing some paperwork to reorganize his team and keep the players he wants without the risk of losing them. 

Yesterday, in a surprising move, the Penguins sent star rookie Beau Bennett back down to Wilkes-Barre Scranton and placed Zach Boychuk on waivers.  The main purpose of this move was to make room for Malkin’s return; however, many believe that Bennett will return once Boychuck clears waivers and is sent to Wilkes-Barre Scranton or another team claims him.  There are others who still believe that sending Bennett back down to play in the AHL is just to give him more time to develop.

In the latest developments to these stories, the Penguins also announced that they have, in fact, recalled Bennett shortly before posting this.  It’s also been reported that Boychuk has been claimed off of waivers by the Nashville Predators.  It looks like Bennett is back on the Penguins NHL roster to stay and clearly their future plans include this talented rookie winger.

Stephanie Lewark is a featured Pittsburgh Penguins writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.

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