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PHN Extra: Ducks Giving Sprong Opportunity the Penguins Wouldn’t

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Daniel Sprong, once the promising prospect who was going to eventually move into Phil Kessel’s spot as a Pittsburgh Penguins star sniper, is back at PPG Paints Arena. And he’s talking.

But it was Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle who – unwittingly or not, but probably not – had the most pointed thing to say about Sprong not working out with the Penguins, who drafted him in the second round in 2015.

“I don’t think it would be fair to the player to put him into a fourth-line role when he’s provided offense at every other level than here,” Carlyle said of Sprong, who was traded to the Ducks Dec. 3 in exchange for defenseman Marcus Pettersson.

“We’re going to give him an opportunity to see if he can score goals at the NHL level on a consistent basis.”

Yowza.

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Shelly is the newest columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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