Tag: Harry Zolnierczyk

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Penguins re-sign depth tough guy Zolnierczyk


The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired a little more grit with the acquisition of Harry Zolnierczyk this off-season, and now they’ve shown that with a new contract for the rugged forward.

The Penguins re-signed Zolnierczyk to a one-year, two-way contract that is worth $550,000 at the NHL level, the club announced on Friday.

In 44 career NHL games, Zolnierczyk has three goals and seven points, to go along with 71 penalty minutes. In this lockout-shortened season, he appeared in seven games with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pennsylvania rival of the Penguins.

On March 2, against the Ottawa Senators, he was kicked out of the game after being given a major penalty for charging, with just 1:26 of ice time under his belt.

So, he’s not in the Penguins organization for his scoring abilities.

Zolnierczyk originally joined the Flyers as an undrafted free agent. Oddly enough, his last regular season game for Philadelphia in 2013 was against the Penguins.

The Penguins actually saw him twice this past season – both times in Pittsburgh.

Cooke unlikely to re-sign in Pittsburgh

Matt Cooke

Matt Cooke’s days as a Penguin could be numbered.

With the start of free agency just a day away, it appears Cooke — who has been with the Pittsburgh organization since 2008 — isn’t close to a new deal.

As such, he’s primed to hit the open market and, according to Pens GM Ray Shero, it’s tough to see the veteran winger coming back if that happens.

“Most guys, if they get [to unrestricted free agency], there’s more money, or they want a change,” Shero told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Cooke, 34, has enjoyed a career revival in Pittsburgh.

After a number of violent on-ice incidents — the Marc Savard hit and two suspensions in 2011, including the entire opening playoff round — Cooke vowed to change his game and did exactly that during the 2011-12 season.

He went incident-free, racked up just 44 PIM (he had 129 the year prior) and, perhaps most impressively, scored a career-high 19 goals — all at the age of 33.

As such, Cooke will probably garner considerable interest on the open market, even with his spotty history.

Shero said he spoke with Cooke’s agent, Pat Morris, a few weeks ago to exchange ideas about a new deal.

Problem is, the Pens don’t have a ton of space under the salary cap — approximately $4 million — a number expected to change with the qualifying offers out to defenseman Roberto Bortuzzo and forwards Dustin Jeffrey and Harry Zolnierczyk.

Shero also told the Post-Gazette he expected Cooke to “go out, look around, and see what’s there,” in free agency.

PHT’s 2013 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker

Jarome Iginla

Wednesday, Apr. 3 is the final day for NHL teams to make trades for the 2013 regular season. The deadline is set for 3PM ET — be sure to check back here often as we’ll update the tracker throughout the day.

Here’s a complete list of all trades since Mar. 23:


Apr. 3

To Washington: Martin Erat, Michael Latta
To Nashville: Filip Forsberg (link)

To Minnesota: Jeff Deslauriers
To Anaheim: Future considerations (link)

To Boston: D Wade Redden
To St. Louis: 2013 seventh-round pick (link)

To New Jersey: F Steve Sullivan
To Phoenix: 2013 seventh-round pick (link)

To Anaheim: F Matthew Lombardi
To Phoenix: F Brandon McMillan (link)

To Toronto: D Ryan O’Byrne
To Colorad: 2014 fourth-round pick (link)

To San Jose: F Raffi Torres
To Phoenix: 2013 third-round pick (link)

To Columbus: F Blake Comeau
To Calgary: 2013 fifth-round pick (link)

To Minnesota: F Jason Pominville, 2014 fourth-round pick
To Buffalo: G Matt Hackett, F Johan Larsson, 2013 first-round pick, 2014 second-round pick (link)

To Philadelphia: G Steve Mason
To Columbus: G Michael Leighton, 2013 third-round pick (link)

To Columbus: F Marian Gaborik, Steven Delisle, Blake Partlett
To New York Rangers: F Derick Brassard, F Derek Dorsett, D John Moore and 2013 sixth-round pick (link)

To Tampa Bay: G Ben Bishop
To Ottawa: F Cory Conacher, 2013 fourth-round pick (link)

To Pittsburgh: F Jussi Jokinen
To Carolina: 2013 conditional draft pick (link)

To Edmonton: F Jerred Smithson
To Florida: 2013 fourth-round pick (link)

To San Jose: D Scott Hannan
To Nashville: 2013 sixth-/seventh-round pick (link)

To Boston: F Rob Flick
To Chicago: F Maxime Sauve (link)

Apr. 2

To New York Rangers: F Ryane Clowe
To San Jose: 2013 second-round pick, 2013 third-round pick, 2014 second-round pick (link)

To Montreal: D Davis Drewiske
To Los Angeles 2013 fifth-round pick (link)

To Boston: F Jaromir Jagr
To Dallas: F Lane MacDermid, F Cody Payne, 2013 second-round pick (link)

To Vancouver: F Derek Roy
To Dallas: D Kevin Connauton, 2013 second-round pick (link)

To Colorado: F Tomas Vincour
To Dallas: D Cameron Gaunce (link)

To Phoenix: F Matthew Clackson
To Washington: F Joel Rechlicz (link)

To Carolina: D Marc-Andre Bergeron
To Tampa Bay: F Adam Hall, 2013 seventh-round pick (link)

Apr. 1

To St. Louis: D Jay Bouwmeester
To Calgary: 2013 or ’14 first-round pick, 2013 fourth-round pick, G Reto Berra, D Mark Cundari (link)

To Los Angeles: D Robyn Regehr
To Buffalo: 2014 second-round pick, 2015 second-round pick (link)

To Chicago: F Michal Handzus
To San Jose: 2013 fourth-round pick (link)

To Anaheim: F Harry Zolnierczyk
To Philadelphia: F Jay Rosehill (link)

Mar. 30

To St. Louis: D Jordan Leopold
To Buffalo: 2013 second-round pick, 2013 fourth-round pick (link)

To Philadelphia: D Kent Huskins
To Detroit: 2014 seventh-round pick (link)

Mar. 28

To Pittsburgh: F Jarome Iginla
To Calgary: 2013 first-round pick, F Kenneth Agostino, F Ben Hanowski (link)

Mar. 25

To Pittsburgh: D Douglas Murray
To San Jose: 2013 second-round pick, 2014 second-round pick (link)

Mar. 24

To Pittsburgh: F Brenden Morrow, 2013 third-round pick
To Dallas: D Joe Morrow, 2013 fifth-round pick (link)

Trade: Philly sends Zolnierczyk to Anaheim for Rosehill

Harry Zolnierczyk , Mike Lundin, Zac Rinaldo,  Peter Regin

The Anaheim Ducks have acquired forward Harry Zolnierczyk from Philadelphia in exchange for pugilist Jay Rosehill, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Zolnierczyk, 25, has spent the last two seasons shuttling between Philly and its AHL affiliate in Adirondack. He played in 37 games for the Flyers during the 2011-12 season, scoring 3G-3A-6PTS.

This season, the former Brown University product appeared in seven games, making a name for himself with a series of controversial hits.

The most recent one came in early March, when he was suspended four games for charging Senators forward Mike Lundin. (Pictured)

Rosehill, 27, signed a one-year deal with the Ducks in early January, but has spent the entire season playing with AHL Norfolk. He’s actually been somewhat productive with the Admirals, scoring 4G-4A-8PTS in 33 games while racking up 90 PIM.

Rosehill last appeared in the NHL during the 2011-12 campaign, appearing in 31 games for Toronto. He failed to score a point but did register 60 penalty minutes and a minus-four rating.

So, what does this deal mean for each team?

Zolnierczyk’s aggressive ways will add to a Ducks team loaded with size: David Steckel (6-foot-6, 215 pounds) Bryan Allen (6-foot-5, 226 pounds), Sheldon Souray (6-foot-4, 233 pounds) Patrick Maroon (6-4, 225) and Brad Staubitz (30 fights over the last two seasons).

Of course, Harry Z will have to make the Ducks first. He’s reportedly off to Norfolk to start.

Rosehill could squeeze into the Flyers lineup given the injuries to forwards Danny Briere, Max Talbot and Jody Shelley, though it seems like the AHL is a more likely landing spot.

Briere day-to-day with upper body injury, out tonight vs. Pittsburgh

Danny Briere

The Flyers are going to be a bit shorthanded when they face their cross-state rivals in Pittsburgh tonight.

Philly GM Paul Holmgren said Danny Briere is day-to-day with an upper body injury suffered yesterday in practice and will be out of tonight’s game. Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post says it’s likely Harry Zolnierczyk will draw into the lineup to replace him. Mike Knuble is also a possibility.

Briere has battled injury problems over the last few years, but he’s missed just four games this season for the Flyers. That said, his production is down with just five goals and eight assists this season. His 13 points put him 18 behind team leader Jakub Voracek. With the Flyers pushing to make the playoffs, losing anyone producing points is an unnecessary blow.