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Friedman Clears Waivers; Penguins Pass on Zohorna

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Pittsburgh Penguins Mark Friedman

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Mark Friedman has cleared waivers.

He now is eligible — and expected — to be assigned to the Penguins’ farm team in Wilkes-Barre, although Ron Hextall has not announced any intention to do so.

The Penguins also passed on a chance to claim forward Radim Zohorna, who they lost to Calgary on waivers last week.

Had they been the only club to claim Zohorna — which would have been the case, since no other club did so before the deadline at 2 p.m. today — they would have been able to send him to Wilkes-Barre.

 

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Alan Smith
1 month ago

Keep Poehling up? The guy was everywhere he should be and then some! Got size and speed! Need a fourth line player and he would fit given the role! Looked great all game long!

Benny
Benny
1 month ago
Reply to  Alan Smith

That’s a given

James
James
1 month ago

Im glad Friedman cleared waivers. So why did they pass on Zohorna? Do they just want a different kind of player? Or can they just not see a path to the NHL for him?
Seems like they have pretty good depth without him but given past injury issues with this team, I would want extra extra backups ready to fill each position.

Mike
Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  James

Guessing that Poulin, O’Connor, Puustinen, Hallendar are viewed as the depth options

John
John
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

I agree, but I’d still consider bringing back Zohorna. With the Penguins having an older roster and their injury history, the depth options may need depth options.

Dean
Dean
1 month ago
Reply to  John

Zahonra is an expensive AHL player.

John
John
1 month ago
Reply to  Dean

I agree, but Zohorna ($750,000) would be making LESS THAN HALF of what the Penguins are paying Jack Johnson ($1,916,667) for 2022-23.

Ujn Hunter
1 month ago
Reply to  John

The Penguins had no choice on Zohorna, whether they wanted to claim him or not, Hextall has no magic ball. The Penguins could not put a claim in on Zohorna and risk another team higher up putting in a claim as well. It would have forced Zohorna onto the NHL Roster with no way for the Penguins to become Cap Compliant before the Deadline. If this didn’t happen the day before rosters needed to be set, the Penguins could have taken that chance.

Michael Koritko
Michael Koritko
1 month ago
Reply to  James

Not sure if this is true but I heard that if another team put in a waiver claim behind the Pens that they would be forced to put him on the NHL roster. Is this true?

That would make sense. Otherwise, I agree with the rest. Zahorna would have been a great option to have in the AHL, but an expensive one and not the first call up either.

Frank
Frank
1 month ago

Glad that Friedman made it through.

And despite the evaluations of some Penguin fans the league pretty much yawned at the chance to “scoop up” Zahorna. But if he can play first base maybe the Pirates can give him a shot.

Vince Gori
Vince Gori
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank

Big guy who played small, not what we needed

Vince Gori
Vince Gori
1 month ago

So Dave what’s the thought process to get to the cap? Somebody floated a trade for Chychrun (???) sending Pettersson and Kapanen. Any thoughts?