Marc-Andre Fleury was recalled this past weekend from his rehabilitation stint with the WBS Pens. In five games with the farm club, Fleury posted a 3-2-0 record with a 1.41 GAA and .950 save percentage.
In efforts for the Penguins to carry Fleury, Connor James was reassigned back to the farm. James was scoreless in five games with the Pens.
So the question among the Pens' camp, and the masses of fans and blogs is, will MAF get the start in net any time soon?
If you ask him, he's ready.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Fleury said he would "be happy" to start against the Islanders in New York on Tuesday.
Saying you'll be "happy" and saying you'll be "capable" are two entirely different things. Ty Conklin's play hasn't necessarily been poor, although this past weekend's record of two overtime losses would signify otherwise.
In any case, the Penguins are currently managing three goaltenders on the starting roster. Scouts from Atlanta, Colorado, Boston and Ottawa were rumored to be present within the confines of Mellon Arena this weekend.
I predict Atlanta is looking for a defenseman (Orpik, Whitney?), if anything at all. They've already grabbed Recchi off of waivers earlier this year, and may be interested in stacking up some D behind him.
Colorado may be in the market for Erik Christensen, seeing as how Sakic, Stastny and Smyth have had their share of injuries this season. Smyth recently returned to the line-up and has yet to really provide any offensive touch to the team.
Boston may also be in the market for a guy like Christensen or Staal. Defensively the team is as sound as they come, which in turn also attributes to some of the most non-entertaining hockey to watch. Their neutral zone trap is ranked up their with the best, and veteran journeyman Tim Thomas has really found his place in net. Regardless, a few additions to help secure a playoff spot couldn't hurt one bit.
I wouldn't look to far into Ottawa for anything. After all, the Pens played Ottawa this weekend. For a scout to be in the stands while the team he scouts for is on the ice doesn't strike me as odd.