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Penguins Put Friedman on Waivers; Zohorna is There, Too

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The logjam on the Pittsburgh Penguins’ defense is beginning to break.

They placed defenseman Mark Friedman on waivers this afternoon. If he is not claimed by 2 p.m. tomorrow, he can be assigned to their farm team in Wilkes-Barre, although the Penguins would not be obliged to send him there.

Forward Radim Zohorna, who was lost to Calgary on waivers Monday, was placed there again by the Flames today. The Penguins would be able to reclaim him and assign him to Wilkes-Barre.

The move with Friedman pares the Penguins’ roster to 23, which is the most a team is allowed to carry, but they still remain above the NHL’s salary-cap ceiling of $82.5 million.

They currently are carrying eight defensemen, one more than is expected to be on the roster when the regular season opens Thursday against Arizona at PPG Paints Arena.

Friedman, whose feisty style has made him popular with much of the fan base, has been a depth defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins since they claimed him on waivers from Philadelphia on Feb. 4, 2021.

He has appeared in 31 regular-season games with the Penguins, putting up three goals, five assists and 28 penalty minutes.

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Rob
Rob
1 month ago

The only thing shocking about this is that Joseph was not also put on waivers. Perhaps there is a team interested in giving up an asset for him or another trade is in the works and they will then be able to keep 8 defenseman on the roster. No clue what is going to happen.

Ethan
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

“Shocking” seems a wee heavy. He is young, affordable, and by all accounts a nice kid. Plenty of potential there as well. Why would you want to lose an asset like that for nothing? Especially when he is almost alone in that category at the moment. I may not know what it is like to play in the NHL, but I do know it is not fun to tryout when you know any mistake can cost you a spot. I’ll be glad if PO still a Penguin this season (and Friedman if he clears as well).

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Ethan

Well, my thinking is that why would a team trade for him when the Penguins are most likely going to be forced to put him on waivers and he could be had without giving up an asset. My personal opinion has always been that they should trade Pettersson and open up extra cap space and see what P.O. can do, but that seems unlikely

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

I also agree about Friedman. He should be the 7th d imo. Nothing against Ruhwedel, the exact opposite. He deserves to play and they signed Rutta to replace him, so i think he should be traded so he can play and not sit in the press box

Jcyyy
Jcyyy
1 month ago

Dan will the pens claim Zohorna?

Wasnt
1 month ago
Reply to  Jcyyy

I think you meant Dave, and I’m wondering the same thing or is there some other option?

maybeTROLLn
maybeTROLLn
1 month ago
Reply to  Wasnt

let us stop the comment policing jc

Crosby32746@yahoo.com
Crosby32746@yahoo.com
1 month ago
Reply to  maybeTROLLn

Isn’t that what you just did? Should have to pass an IQ test before commenting LOL!

Katz is dumb
Katz is dumb
1 month ago
Reply to  Jcyyy

Why wouldn’t they? They can claim hom and send him to the baby pens without having to clear waivers. Then he is available to the Penguins to be called up if there is an injury.

Vince Gori
Vince Gori
1 month ago
Reply to  Katz is dumb

Don’t other teams below the Pens still have the ability to claim him first?

Dan Kingerski
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Vince Gori

Other teams ahead of the Penguins may claim him. However, Calgary is near the bottom of the list, which means Zohorna almost cleared on Monday. Odds are good that he will be available to the Penguins if they want

Dan Kingerski
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Jcyyy

I certainly would. He would be worth stashing in WBS and giving him more time to put it all together, imho

Crosby32746@yahoo.com
Crosby32746@yahoo.com
1 month ago
Reply to  Jcyyy

Zohorna coming back home!!! U can count on it!

Vince Gori
Vince Gori
1 month ago

Not the move I hoped for. He’ll probably be claimed. As to Zohorna no need to reclaim him but they probably will. Glad they kept Chad.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Vince Gori

If they can reclaim Zohorna, they should in order to add more forward depth for when the injuries inevitably happen.

Ethan
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

On this point I completely agree with you

walligo1@yahoo.com
walligo1@yahoo.com
1 month ago

they are deep at center….trade bleuger

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

Wow! So we have our top 3 centers over 35 and Einstein wants to trade the fourth one to make room for….

Exactly!

Charmaine
Charmaine
1 month ago

NO

walligo1@yahoo.com
walligo1@yahoo.com
1 month ago
Reply to  Charmaine

bleuger gonna be a free agent wont afford him anyway

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

I guess they liked P U over Mr injury prone!!!

Uros
Uros
1 month ago

Wow, a shocker! Nobody wants a 26 year old depth forward for their AHL team? As for Joseph, I’m keeping a 23 year old prospect. Although there are some that mature earlier, I still believe he can nake it. I would keep him over Mark and Chad too. Regardless, I will be happy with whatever the management decides because I believe they’re much more qualified for that than me. The team looks spectacular and, as we all know, some eggs need to be broken in order to make an omelette.