The Pittsburgh Penguins did some house cleaning Sunday night. The organization sent 18 players to their AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins including forwards Teddy Blueger, Adam Johnson and Jimmy Hayes.
Hayes is one of seven players sent down to WBS who must clear waivers. Forwards Tobias Lindberg and Garret Wilson also must clear waivers. Defensemen Chris Summers, John Stefan Elliott, Ethan Prow, and goaltender John Muse must also pass through waivers. Only Hayes who has 334 games of NHL experience may get a look from other NHL teams. The Penguins signed Hayes to a two-way contract in July.
The other players sent down to WBS Penguins also include forwards Thomas Di Pauli, Sam Miletic, Sam Lafferty, Anthony Angello, Linus Ohlund, Ryan Haggerty, and Joseph Cramarossa. Defensemen Will O’Neil and Jeff Taylor were also sent down to WBS.
The Penguins also made the termination of Freddie Tiffels’ contract official. Tiffels was the Penguins sixth-round choice in 2015 but didn’t find traction with the organization. Tiffels will play in Germany this season.
Blueger, Haggerty and Di Pauli made a final impression, Sunday against Detroit. Haggerty and Blueger scored the Penguins two goals, Sunday. Di Pauli had two assists and Haggerty had one helper. They were generally the Penguins best line.
The WBS Penguins training camp begins Tuesday, September 24.
The Penguins have a few more cuts to make before opening night, Oct. 4. Currently, they have 27 players remaining in camp; 15 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders. Teams may carry a maximum of 23 players. Click here to view the updated Penguins roster.