With the Pittsburgh Penguins cutting ties with forward Dustin Jeffrey, it has sent a message to Matt D’Agostini that the coaches are sold. Jeffrey was placed on waivers and picked up by the Dallas Stars on Saturday.
Recently, D’Agostini has been spending time on the third line with Brandon Sutter and Beau Bennett. Before the return of James Neal, he was seeing a lot of action on the second line with Evgeni Malkin.
Either way, D’Agostini has served well for the Penguins, showing a great presence on the ice. He has the speed, the hockey IQ , and he works hard to make the most subtle plays throughout the course of a game. However, his efforts did not go unnoticed. Even with the return of Neal and Bennett, D’Agostini maintained a roster spot whether it was on the second or third line.
With the Penguins getting set to host the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night, head coach Dan Bylsma may look to switch it up and place D’Agostini with Malkin and Neal and allow Jussi Jokinen to accompany Brandon Sutter on the third line. Pittsburgh has scored one goal in each of their last four losses and has lost their scoring touch as of late. Whether or not it is a case of trying too hard or simply a lack of execution, Bylsma has to do something to get Malkin scoring goals again.
The 27-year old Ontario native was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the sixth round of the 2005 draft and has one assist through six games so far with Pittsburgh.