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Dylan Reese

Pens defenseman Reese off to KHL


Our day wouldn’t be complete without at least one story of a KHL defection.

Igor Eronko or sports.ru reports Penguins defenseman Dylan Reese has signed a one-year contract with Amur Khabarovsk in the Russian league.

Reese played in just three games with the Pens this season while spending most of it in the AHL with Wilkes Barre-Scranton. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5.

Reese has played 77 games in the NHL over four seasons, three with the New York Islanders. He signed a one-year deal with the Penguins before this season.

Pens’ Letang to miss second straight game

Kris Letang

Pittsburgh will be without All-Star defenseman Kris Letang for the second straight contest when it faces New Jersey on Saturday.

Letang, 25, was injured during last Sunday’s win over Washington with an unspecified lower-body ailment. He proceeded to play over 25 minutes in Tuesday’s win over the Isles, then sat out Thursday’s rematch with the Capitals.

It’s expected that Dylan Reese, who made his season debut on Thursday, will fill in again for Letang against the Devils and play alongside blueliner Simon Despres.

Losing Letang will hurt the Pens, as he’d gotten off to a tremendous start. The offensive defenseman scored nine points through his first 10 games and was averaging over 25 minutes a night.

Pittsburgh plays the Devils in back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday, and there’s no word if Letang will be ready to return to action for the second half of the series.

Butler, Porter, Blunden among 63 NHLers placed on waivers

Bobby Butler

In advance of the Sept. 15 expiration of the collective bargaining agreement, several NHL teams took advantage of a special waiver exemption with regards to the AHL.

From the Globe and Mail:

One of the few things the NHL and the NHL Players Association agreed on this week was a mechanism for shipping players to the AHL in case of a lockout.

Players who are subject to clearing waivers and who are waived before the Collective Bargaining Agreement expires at midnight Saturday can be assigned to the AHL and then can return without re-entry waivers if they are recalled three days before play resumes.

That includes those on two-way contracts.

Here’s the full list of the 63 put on waivers, as provided by TSN:

Anaheim Ducks: Jordan Hendry

Buffalo Sabres: Nick Tarnasky, Kevin Porter

Calgary Flames: Akim Aliu, Paul Byron, Krys Kolanos, Joe Piskula, Ben Walter

Carolina Hurricanes: Brett Bellemore, Nicolas Blanchard, Zach Boychuk, Justin Krueger, Jerome Samson, Brett Sutter, Chris Terry, Tim Wallace, Justin Peters, Marc-Andre Gragnani, Bobby Sanguinetti

Columbus Blue Jackets: Cody Bass, Nick Drazenovic, Nick Holden, Andrew Joudrey, Ryan Russell

Edmonton Oilers: Dane Byers, Tanner House, Alex Plante, Yann Danis

Los Angeles Kings: Andrew Bodnarchuk, Stefan Legein, David Meckler

Montreal Canadiens: Michael Blunden

New Jersey Devils: Jay Leach, Matt Anderson, Bobby Butler, Tim Sestito, Chad Wiseman, Steven Zalewski, Jeff Frazee

New York Islanders: Sean Backman, Colin McDonald, Nathan McIver, Matt Watkins, Ty Wishart

Phoenix Coyotes: Alexandre Bolduc, Chris Conner, Chad Johnson, Rob Klinkhammer, Joel Rechlicz

Pittsburgh Penguins: Philippe Dupuis, Benn Ferriero, Alex Grant, Riley Holzapfel, Warren Peters, Dylan Reese, Trevor Smith

San Jose Sharks: Danny Groulx, Bracken Kearns, Jon Matsumoto

St. Louis Blues: T.J. Hensick

Tampa Bay Lightning: J.T. Wyman

Toronto Maple Leafs: Greg Scott, Ryan Hamilton

Offseason Report: Pittsburgh Penguins

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin

From July 16-Aug 16, we’ll be profiling all 30 NHL teams by recapping what they did this offseason and previewing their upcoming campaigns.

2011-12 season

51-25-6, 108 points. 4th in Eastern Conference. Second in the Atlantic Division, fourth in the Eastern Conference. Lost to Philadelphia (4-2) in the first round.


Brandon Sutter, Tanner Glass, Benn Ferriero, Warren Peters, Dylan Reese, Tomas Vokoun, Brian Dumoulin, Jeff Zatkoff


Jordan Staal, Zbynek Michalek, Steve Sullivan, Brent Johnson, Cal O’Reilly

2012 Draft

1st Round, 8th overall — Derrick Pouliot (Portland – WHL), 22nd overall — Olli Maatta (London – OHL)

Looking back

What was shaping up to be a monster playoffs for the Penguins turned into a monstrous failure. Pittsburgh looked like world beaters heading into the playoffs and facing off with a Flyers team that struggled with keeping teams off the scoreboard, things were shaping up well for the Pens. Instead, Marc-Andre Fleury turned into a sieve while the Pens couldn’t stop the Flyers from scoring goals at will before losing in six games in the first round. The Pens defense looked rough and Fleury had an all-time terrible first round of the postseason getting lit up by Philly. Yes, they have the league MVP in Evgeni Malkin as well as the league’s best player in Sidney Crosby, but unless they figure out the rest, they’ll have questions.

Looking forward

It’s tough to be down on a team that has, arguably, the two best players in the league in Malkin and Crosby, but the Penguins haven’t done much to improve themselves in the offseason. As it stands, the Pens’ forward units will be the same despite a few subtractions. Gone is Steve Sullivan and in his place is, perhaps, young forward Eric Tangradi.

Pittsburgh is trying to lure Shane Doan to town, but with him hopeful to stay in Phoenix, banking on him coming to town is a badrisky idea. As it is, Pittsburgh will hope to see continued big seasons from Chris Kunitz and James Neal while getting more from Tyler Kennedy and Pascal Dupuis. Oh yeah, Pittsburgh’s defense needs to somehow be better while not adding anyone either. While Kris Letang and Brooks Orpik are solid, guys like Paul Martin and Matt Niskanen will have more asked from them as well as a slew of young blue liners. At least things in goal are solid now that Tomas Vokoun is there to make sure Fleury stays focused on the job at hand. At the very least, the Pens have GM Ray Shero handling things and coach Dan Bylsma locking it down on the field.

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Laviolette on Crosby-Giroux fight: “I loved it”

Peter Laviolette

It seems as though Peter Laviolette has no problem with the rough stuff — even when it involves his star player.

The Philadelphia Flyers head coach was asked about a first period dust-up between the unlikeliest of combatants — Sidney Crosby and Claude Giroux — and responded with real enthusiasm.

“I thought it was great,” Laviolette told reporters. “I loved it. That’s playoff hockey isn’t it? Two of the worlds best players dropping the gloves.”

Here’s the fight, again, for those that missed it:

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This was a rare situation for both stars to find themselves in.  According to HockeyFights.com, Giroux came into today’s game with three fights under his belt, Crosby five. Giroux last fought in January against the Islanders’ Dylan Reese, Crosby in Nov. 2010 against now-teammate Matt Niskanen.

Of course, the Crosby-Giroux fisticuffs were just the beginning of a penalty-filled opening frame. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia combined for 72 penalty minutes on 18 penalties, including six roughing minors, four fighting majors, two games misconducts and even a five-minute match penalty.

More Laviolette:

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