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Penguins Claim Feisty D-Man Mark Friedman Off Waivers from Flyers

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NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 26: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Mark Friedman (3) skates during warm up prior to the National Hockey League game between the New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia Flyers on January 26, 2021 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

The Pittsburgh Penguins added some depth on their blue line on Wednesday, and it was GM Ron Hextall snagging one of his former players. The Penguins claimed depth defenseman Mark Friedman off waivers Wednesday at noon, according to Sportsnet.

Friedman, 25, has played 11 NHL games over the past three years but has registered just one NHL assist.

In 186 AHL games, Friedman has 61 points (10g, 51) and 116 penalty minutes.

The former Bowling Green defender was thought to be organizational depth in Philadelphia, but our colleagues at PhillyHockeyNow.com tell PHN that Friedman broke through perceptions and earned NHL ice time. Some in Philadelphia even wondered if he deserved more opportunity in the NHL as a sixth or seventh d-man.

The book on Friedman includes being undersized at 5-foot-11, 185 pounds but also being feisty.

Friedman was part of Ron Hextall’s first draft class in 2014 as GM of the Philadelphia Flyers, who picked Friedman in the third round. He played three full seasons with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and 11 NHL games.

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang missed half of the third period on Tuesday night in the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 OT win over the Washington Capitals. After the game, head coach Mike Sullivan admitted Letang was dealing with an injury. Letang did play in the overtime period.

Chad Ruhwedel is currently the Penguins spare RHD, and his job does not appear in jeopardy. Yannick Weber is also an RHD. Earlier this week, the Penguins demoted Weber and lefty defenseman Kevin Czuczman. The team placed Weber on the taxi squad, while the organization sent Czuczman to the AHL.

As of writing, the Penguins have not yet confirmed their plans for Friedman, but he would have to clear waivers to be placed on the taxi squad or in the AHL.

According to CapFriendly.com, Friedman is on a two-year NHL contract which expires after next season. He carries a $725,000 cap hit and will be an RFA at its conclusion.

UPDATE: The Penguins said Friedman will join the team in time for their 7 p.m. game against Washington on Thursday.

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[…] friends over at Pittsburgh Hockey Now detailed the Penguins’ need for a depth […]

Big B
Big B
5 months ago

Somebody has to go and Hexy like stockpiling draft pcks so Chad or Ceci are going for a mid to late round pick.

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
5 months ago
Reply to  Big B

Ceci isn’t going anywhere during the season. Has been playing too well.

Big B
Big B
5 months ago

PS it happens today, book it as i am am seldom wrong and if i am wrong all i have to say is WHEN YOUR RIGHT 42% OF THE TIME YOUR WRONG 58% OF THE TIME.I was going to write 57% of the time but nobody gets a joke anymore.

Ether
Ether
5 months ago
Reply to  Big B

Dude what are you talking about??? Ceci has been playing well in 3rd pairing–this will be 100% of the time you are wrong!

Big B
Big B
5 months ago
Reply to  Ether

I did not say trade him i sais i believe it is one of the options.As of right this minute Po JO is listed on the taxi squad.At least two d-men have to go when Dummo and Jusso come back.I also said he is playing great but with Hextall’s love of draft picks he may trade him for one.

Bill Maloni
Bill Maloni
5 months ago

Can’t the Pens import the same attitudes but attached to a 6’3″ 230 pound frame?

Katz
Katz
5 months ago

Happy Purim Mark!!

Big B
Big B
5 months ago

If Ceci is not going then Chad has to go as i can’t see them keeping 5 righties and Riikola is about to come back and the team is out of roster spots.I would not trade Ceci as i would sign him or get a good forward in a deal but somebody has to go.
Dan what would you peg Ceici’s as worth?

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
5 months ago

GREAT WORK HEXY, He can play D or Wing and he gives us a little grit!

Big B
Big B
5 months ago

Seeing people saying put him on the taxi squad, but he still has to clear waivers to go there.When Riikola is activated or McCann is activated then 1 and then 2 players have to be waived or PO JO has to go down, thus a move of some kind is coming even if Zucker goes to the injury list.
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[…] to Ron Hextall and the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Philadelphia Flyers are down one defenseman. Wednesday afternoon, Elliotte Friedman announced on Twitter that the former Flyers GM claimed Mark […]

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[…] Let’s check in with Pittsburgh to see how the Penguins are feeling about claiming Mark Friedman. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now) […]

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[…] he came from the arch-rival Philadelphia Flyers – the Penguins claimed the 25-year waivers Feb 24 – but read how he described playing against his former and original team when he made […]

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