The Penguins have claimed center Cal O’Reilly off re-entry waivers from the Phoenix Coyotes.
Pittsburgh will be O’Reilly’s third team of the season. The 25-year-old was traded from Nashville to Phoenix back in October.
O’Reilly has 40 points in 107 career NHL games, which isn’t such a bad stat line when you consider he typically plays just 12-15 minutes per game (not to mention Phoenix and Nashville aren’t exactly the 1980s Edmonton Oilers.) A pending RFA, his $1.05 million cap hit will be split equally between the Pens and Coyotes.
It should be interesting to see how O’Reilly fares on a team that can put the puck in the net. With centers Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal out with injuries, he could feasibly find himself playing in the top six.