Pittsburgh Penguins

Pens waive Ebbett


Pittsburgh placed veteran forward Andrew Ebbett on waivers Thursday, per TVA.

Ebbett, 32, has appeared in 17 games for the Pens this year, scoring one goal and five points. The decision to waive him comes one day after the club grabbed ex-Oilers and Preds center Mark Arcobello off waivers — and it’s fair to suggest that Arcobello, 26, is really just a younger version of Ebbett.

Both are diminutive, offensively inclined centers that’ve shuffled between the NHL and AHL throughout their professional careers. If he clears, Ebbett will be off to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where he’s scored five goals and 17 points in 17 games this year.

One more: Fleury to replace Rinne at ASG


Busy morning on the All-Star goalie replacement front.

Shortly after the NHL announced Jaroslav Halak would fill in for the injured Jimmy Howard, it revealed that Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury would head to Columbus in place of Pekka Rinne, who’s sidelined with a knee sprain.

This will mark Fleury’s second All-Star Game appearance, and it is well deserved. The 30-year-old netminder has posted excellent statistics this season, ranking fourth in the NHL with 22 wins, sixth with a 2.16 goals-against average and seventh with a .926 save percentage. Fleury also leads the league in shutouts, with six.

So, to recap…your 2015 NHL All-Star Game goalies are now Fleury, Halak, Corey Crawford, Sergei Bobrovsky, Roberto Luongo and Carey Price.

Cue Washington fans expressing outrage that Braden Holtby wasn’t chosen as a replacement.

Halak to replace Howard in goal at All-Star Game


The NHL named one of its two replacement goalies for the 2015 All-Star Game on Thursday, announcing that Islanders netminder Jaroslav Halak would replace the injured Jimmy Howard.

Halak’s certainly deserving of the honor. The 29-year-old has been a rock in goal for the Eastern Conference’s top team this season, going 23-8-0 with a .917 save percentage and 2.22 GAA. Halak also sits third in the league in shutouts, with four.

This marks the first time Halak’s ever been named to an All-Star Game and gives the Isles two participants in Columbus, as captain John Tavares will also be part of the annual gala.

As mentioned above, the NHL will need to find another goalie replacement as well; today, Nashville announced that Pekka Rinne would be held out of the next three games and the ASG due to a sprained knee, and would be re-evaluated following the break. The list of potential replacement candidates includes Washington’s Braden Holtby, Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury and Anaheim’s Frederik Andersen.

Two-game elbowing suspension for Suter, who had ‘no reason’ to hit Downie


Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter has been suspended two games for elbowing Pittsburgh’s Steve Downie on Tuesday night, the NHL has announced.

“Having poked the puck away from Downie and to a Minnesota teammate, Suter has already broken up the play when he delivers this blow,” the Department of Player Safety explained. “He therefore has no reason to initiate any body contact with Downie, who no longer possesses the puck.”

The incident occurred early in the second period of the Penguins’ 7-2 victory. Full video explanation here:

The league notes that while Downie left the game and didn’t return, he did not suffer an injury on the play; it also mentions that Suter has no previous disciplinary issues prior to this punishment.

As a result of this suspension, Suter will now miss Minnesota’s next two games — Thursday at Buffalo, Saturday at Xcel versus Arizona — and forfeit $81,058.72 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Pens claim Arcobello off waivers from Preds


David Perron might soon have a familiar face in Pittsburgh.

The Penguins claimed Mark Arcobello — Perron’s former teammate in Edmonton — off waivers from Nashville on Wednesday, per ESPN.

Arcobello, 26, was acquired by the Preds on Dec. 29 from Edmonton in exchange for Derek Roy and proceeded to appear in four games for Nashville, scoring once in his team debut. Prior to his time with the Preds, Acrobello had seven goals and 12 points in 36 games for the Oilers, this after scoring four goals and 18 points in 41 games a season ago.

Though undersized — 5-foot-9, 165 pounds — “Arco” is a highly skilled player that scored routinely at the AHL level; the former Yale standout had 96 points in 89 games over parts of the last two seasons with Edmonton’s AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City, and could really benefit from playing with Pittsburgh’s offensively gifted forwards.

It’s not 100 percent clear where Arcobello will head first: Pittsburgh, or the Pens’ AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Per the Post-Gazette, Bryan Rust would be a potential candidate to be sent down to the farm should Pittsburgh decide to keep Arcobello at the NHL level.