The Pittsburgh Penguins have made another round of roster cuts. From the team:
The Pittsburgh Penguins reduced their training camp roster by seven players, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Forwards Ryan Craig, Nick Johnson, Colin McDonald and Eric Tangradi and goaltenders Scott Munroe and Brad Thiessen were assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Defenseman Scott Harrington was returned to his junior team, the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
Craig, Johnson, McDonald and Munroe will have to clear waivers by Thursday at noon before joining WBS.
None of the moves can be too surprising- Tangradi is the biggest name, but given he's still waiver ineligible, and a bunch of other roster bubble guys would have to go through waivers (like Joe Vitale and Richard Park) it makes a little more sense.
Also interesting- Harrington goes back to junior but Joe Morrow remains in camp. He'll at least get another pre-season game or two to show his stuff. Will Morrow stick in the NHL for the first nine games? That was totally out of the question a few weeks ago, but with Morrow's performance coupled with Brooks Orpik not practicing regularly from his hernia surgery, seeing Morrow early in the year could be possible.
No one, I believe, has been claimed on waivers yet this season. And unless some team thinks that anyone on the wire can make their NHL team, there's no point in claiming him. With due respect to those cut, I'd expect them all to clear waivers and end up in Wilkes-Barre.