Former Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Luca Caputi has turned to coaching.
Caputi, who appeared in 35 NHL games with the Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs, has been named an assistant coach with the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm.
“Its been an unbelievable seven year ride playing pro hockey. The experiences, friendships, and support from everyone involved has been amazing,” Caputi said via Twitter. “I’ve been blessed to play the game I love for so long. Just want to thank everyone who has supported me over the years. Its been unreal.
“That being said I’m very humbled, fortunate, and excited to begin my coaching career with a very respected, successful and professional organization in (Guelph). I can’t wait to start this new path in the game I love.”
The 26-year-old was originally a fourth-round pick of the Pens (111th overall) in 2007.
He scored three goals and six assists to go along with 20 penalty minutes split between the Penguins and Leafs.
Caputi spent last season with Oskarshamn IK in Sweden’s first division.
In a lead that we could have repeatedly recycled over the last few years, the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs made yet another trade. This time, the Leafs sent oft-injured prospect Luca Caputi to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for disappointing youngster Nicolas Deschamps. What are the odds that Brian Burke and Bob Murray have each other on speed dial?
Both prospects have had a tough 2011-12 season in the AHL this year. Deschamps, who was a highly-touted 2nd round pick from the 2008 draft, has struggled with only seven points in 31 games this season. Likewise, Caputi has struggled with injuries and only has three points in 21 points. Both teams will hope the left wing swap will light a fire under the pair of prospects that have been underwhelming through their professional careers thus far.
Hopefully for Ducks fans sanity, this trade goes a little better than that Francois Beauchemin for Jake Gardiner and Joffrey Lupul trade in February. That isn’t really working out so well for the struggling Ducks.
The best part about the trade? They both get to play against their former teams as the Syracuse Crunch and Toronto Marlies faceoff tonight. Awkward.
While I’ll always remember him for the part he played in a ridiculous local commercial when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Colby Armstrong is also known for his rugged style mixed with a touch of half-decent scoring ability. The Toronto Maple Leafs might have overpaid him a touch this summer, but he’s a valuable player and the team will miss him quite a bit.
Armstrong should miss four to six weeks because he will need surgery on his finger after injuring it during Tuesday’s game against the Florida Panthers.
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Armstrong will need surgery after popping a tendon in his hand during Tuesday’s Leafs victory over the Panthers and will miss four-to-six weeks of action.
Another former Pittsburgh Penguin Luca Caputi will reportedly take Armstrong’s place in the lineup, at least for the time being.