Pens recall AHL tough guy Farnham prior to Flyers tilt

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Pittsburgh made an intriguing roster move on Wednesday morning, prior to its Rivalry Night matchup against Philadelphia — Bobby Farnham, the penalty minutes leader with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, has been recalled and appears ready to suit up this evening.

Farnham, 25, has fought 10 times this season — seven in the American League and three in 10 games with Pittsburgh. The Brown University product has made a name for himself over the last two AHL campaigns as an undersized (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) yet willing combatant; in ’12-13, he fought 21 times while racking up a staggering 274 PIM and last year, Farnham fought 12 times while taking 166 penalty minutes.

In a recent USA Today profile, Farnham explained how he approaches things at the NHL level:

Farnham proudly notes that he’s started turning down fights, something he never did in his first year with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, when he got in 25 fights and would go with just about anyone who glanced in his general direction. He fought big guys even, guys way out of his weight class, guys who’d put him down in seconds. He’s stopped that.

“I’ve earned that right. I tell guys to [expletive] themselves now. I’ll say that, too. I’ll say: ‘Go [expletive] yourself.’ I can do that now.” He pauses, then laughs.

“Well, I can do that down in the AHL. I can’t do that up here.”