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Penguins Put Zohorna on Waivers, Too

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PIttsburgh Penguins Radim Zohorna

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced 17 personnel moves Sunday, trimming their training-camp roster to 28.

Turns out there actually was an 18th, and the camp roster is down to 27.

Forward Radim Zohorna was not mentioned in the press release issued by the team to announce that 15 players were going to be sent to their farm team in Wilkes-Barre, and that two others were going back to their junior clubs.

Ron Hextall, however, confirmed that Zohorna has been put on waivers, along with Drake Caggiula, Dustin Tokarski, Alexander Nylander and Xavier Ouellet.

He also noted that those players cannot officially be assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton until they have made it through waivers unclaimed.

Zohorna is the only one of the 18 players who were demoted or reassigned today who still is listed on the Pittsburgh Penguins’ training-camp roster, which continues to list 28 men.

Zorhorna’s demotion was a bit of a surprise, because he was having a strong camp and appeared to be a serious contender for a spot on the bottom-six. He appeared in 17 games for the Penguins in 2021-22, putting up two goals and four assists.

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Crosby32746@yahoo.com
Crosby32746@yahoo.com
1 month ago

Why is anyone shocked??? He is not a full time NHL player!

james e reuss
james e reuss
1 month ago

I think he is proving he is. By putting him on waivers now there is a better chance he passes than if he starts the season then goes on when Carter comes back.

Pens' Igloo
Pens' Igloo
1 month ago

1) His advanced stats suggest otherwise. His sample size may be limited, but at the very least it shows he deserves more time.
2) He’s drawn really good reviews in TC/Preseason about his play/conditioning/etc. by coaches and those watching the practices/games.
3) I think there’d be less surprise if O’Connor or Caggiula made the roster instead of him. But Josh freaking Archibald is the one that somehow got it over all of them. I mean talk about a serious let down.

James
James
1 month ago

I feel like some movement on the waiver wire is coming across the NHL. I have a feeling one if not two players (O’Conner, Cagguila, Zohorna) will be claimed, or at least should be, if the other teams know anything about those players. If that happens, look for Hextall to claim someone of waivers. If he is big on having depth in the lineup, losing a forward and/or a defender to waivers is going to necessitate a move in my opinion. I think PO is a goner personally.

Ethan
Ethan
1 month ago
Reply to  James

DOC is waiver exempt so no claim coming there. And you would think he was the second coming according to some media sources and, while I think he could still be a decent player, I am still in the wait and see category. Lots of fans believe POJ is a bust but I am in the wait and see group with him as well. As for Zohorna I am baffled as I thought this team was trying to get bigger and well the dude is large and by most accounts had a decent camp. Why would you go with Zucker… Read more »

David Skeele
David Skeele
1 month ago
Reply to  Ethan

I do sort of wish he would play like a big guy once on a while. All that weight is a waste if it’s never thrown around.

Pens' Igloo
Pens' Igloo
1 month ago
Reply to  Ethan

For me, the surprise regarding DOC (who is also very big btw) and Zohorna is mostly because Josh Archibald somehow got a valued roster spot over both of them. It’s not that I have any delusions that DOC or Zohorna will be otherwordly studs or anything (one can dream, but the odds are low there). But by all indications I’ve seen/read, they look like they’ve really improved their game to the point of being solid bottom 6 guys with upside. We know what Archibald is thanks to his large sample size in the NHL, and there’s no upside there. And… Read more »

Hot wings cliff
Hot wings cliff
1 month ago

Bring back Paul Baxter

Moe Ali
Moe Ali
1 month ago

Hex miscalculated his forwards for the new season. Should not have resigned KK for 6.4 over 2 yrs. Zahorna is an up and coming tall, strong forward who should be in the line up, not on waivers. McGinn should have been traded or given away for a few pucks to keep big Z.

Pens' Igloo
Pens' Igloo
1 month ago
Reply to  Moe Ali

Given how he played last year and the current salary cap climate, zero teams would be interested in taking on McGinn’s contract.