On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that winger Anthony Angello and center Frederick Gaudreau were re-assigned to the Penguins taxi squad. PHN made the mistake of assumption that it was a paper move as teams do every day to save a precious few salary cap dollars.
For Angello, it was not just a paper move.
At the Penguins practice on Monday morning, Angello was not on the ice with the NHL squad. Instead, forward Radim Zohrona had a sweater.
Gaudreau was a participant in the Penguins NHL practice.
The Penguins recalled Zohorna on Monday morning to the taxi squad, along with Drew O’Connor. Neither are listed with the Penguins NHL roster, but Zohorna also participated with the NHL club.
Zohorna, 24, played two games for the Penguins this season and notched one goal. His first NHL goal came on his first shot in his NHL debut on March 25. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward has played in 12 games for the WBS Penguins this season, with 11 points (3g, 8a). Zohorna is playing in his first professional season in North America after signing with the Penguins as an undrafted free agent on April 29, 2020. He has played the last six seasons in the Czech Republic’s top professional league, the Czech Extraliga, split between BK Mlada Boleslav and HC Kometa Brno.
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry looks to be ready to return to the Penguins lineup after missing both games in Boston last week and two periods against the New York Islanders.
Jarry was a full participant on Monday. In a corresponding move, the Penguins sent Maxime Lagace to the taxi squad.
“I think just working with the training staff and making sure I’m staying on top of things, I think it was a little bit of a blessing that it happened now, and we still got some games left in the season,” Jarry said. “Just being able to stay on top of my conditioning and just get some good practices in with the team, I think that makes sure my conditioning stays where it needs to be. And I’m able to translate that right to my games.“
Brandon Tanev, Teddy Blueger & Mark Friedman
The Penguins speedy winger was absent from practice. Tanev recently missed five games with an upper-body injury. He was activated from IR on April 1.
However, head coach Mike Sullivan admitted Tanev was injured in the game against Boston on Saturday and will be out week-to-week.
Tanev is the third Penguins player to be significantly injured against the Boston Bruins. Evgeni Malkin and Teddy Blueger were injured in two-game set in March. Neither has played since. Malkin isn’t yet skating.
Blueger was again a full participant in the Penguins up-tempo practice. He even roofed a shot over Jarry.
Defenseman Mark Friedman who has been skating with the taxi squad while on IR was a full participant in the team practice. Friedman had a goal and an assist on March 4 against his former team, the Philadelphia Flyers. However, he was injured later in the game and has not played since.
Pittsburgh Penguins Practice Drill:
Check this out for pace and speed. This drill lasted for about 10 minutes, and Sullivan’s voice boomed through the UPMC Lemieux Complex, “Speed! Speed!”