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Penguins Sign Valabik to Two-Way Deal


Looks to be a depth signing on the blue line. Valabik is a giant at 6-7, 245 lbs and adds size, grit and experience to the young WBS defense core.

Penguins sign 2010-11 AHL leading goal scorer


The Penguins just made a ton of WBS Penguins fans very happy! Ray Shero goes out and signs the AHL's leading goal scorer from last season. Colin McDonald scored 42 goals last season with the AHL's Oklahoma City Barons and will most likely joining WBS next season. For more coverage of the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, follow my blog on Twitter: Highland Park Hockey.

A Look at the Penguins Organization Heading into July 1st


Closing in on the start of free agency, the Penguins are at the center of attention. Penguins fans have been waiting for what seems like forever to find out if Ray Shero and company will be...

2010-11 Season Review: Joe Vitale


Is Joe Vitale ready for the NHL in 2011-12? Similar to a Max Talbot type player, could Vitale see himself in a Pittsburgh Penguins uniform come October, filling Max's role?

Keven Veilleux, What Dupuis Signing Means for WBS Penguins


I really like Keven Veilleux and think you might see him in a Pittsburgh Penguins uniform at some point in 2011-12, due to injury recall or something else. He won't make the NHL club out of camp but I think he's close to being NHL ready.

Thiessen Receives Qualifying Offer, TK Does Not


Not surprised by Thiessen's qualifying offer but the lack of one for Tyler Kennedy was not expected, at least by me. More on Thiessen, great kid and a great year in 2010-11. With John Curry signing overseas he's the clear #1 goalie in the AHL heading into camp.

WBS Penguins Re-sign Lerg/Walker


Great news today as the Penguins have re-signed Bryan Lerg and Geoff Walker to one-year AHL contracts. Glad to see the organization boost its AHL affiliate with two more guys from last year's dominating team. They have now brought back Zach Sill, Ryan Craig, Nick Johnson, Ben Street, Bryan Lerg and Geoff Walker to a team who already has the likes of Joe Vitale, Keven Veilleux, Nick Petersen and Paul Thompson. If the NHL Penguins sign some NHL forwards, then we could see a WBS team improve even more with possible additiions of Eric Tangradi and Dustin Jeffrey. Wow!

2010-11 Season Review: Eric Tangradi


Eric Tangradi started the season in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins. After a goal and an assist in nine games, Tangradi was sent down to the AHL. He didn't seem to take the demotion well to say the least. With just three goals and an assist after 15 games with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, there was a lot of concern about Tangradi's work ethic and attitude.

2011-2012 Team Needs: Atlantic Division - Philadelphia Flyers


The Flyers have a lot of money invested in their top players and don't have a lot of wiggle room to sign their big free agents Bryzgalov and Leino. They might have to move a big salary like Versteeg, Carle or Coburn and possibly move Bobrovsky to get a top prospect or early draft pick.

2011-2012 Team Needs: Atlantic Division - Pittsburgh Penguins


An interesting little post I put together over at The Hometown Fan about the Penguins in-house options. I'm going to be working on putting out all 30 teams with looks at their free agents as well. Feel free to comment on the Penguins I talked about.

2010-11 Season Review: Ben Street


After 51 points (24G-27A) in 38 games with the Wheeling Nailers, Ben Street finished the year in Wilkes-Barre, tallying 23 points (12G-11A) in 36 games. He made quite a duo with Nick Petersen in the ECHL, and I'm excited to see if the two will be paired on the same line in the AHL in 2011-12.

2010-11 Season Review: Brian Strait


Strait played three games with the NHL Penguins this past season and while he didn't register any points for Pittsburgh, he played sound positional hockey and gained some valuable experience. He will certainly play a pivotal role on the AHL Penguins blue line this season.

2010-11 Season Review: Brett Sterling


While he only managed seven games with the big club, Sterling made the most of his time, posting five points (2G, 3A) while on recall in February when injuries struck hard to the Penguins forward core. But what is his future with the Penguins organization?

2010-11 Season Review: Carl Sneep


With Steve Wagner and Andrew Hutchinson gone and the status of unrestricted free agent Corey Potter still uncertain, Sneep could play a more pivotal role on the blue line in 2011-12.

2010-11 Season Review: Zach Sill


Zach Sill was the first player in the off season to be re-signed, as he was rewarded for his hard work throughout the season with a two-year contract extension last month.

John Curry to Play in Germany


Like Steve Wagner last week, John Curry has also elected to take his game to the DEL, signing with Hamburg this morning. This leaves Thiessen as the clear #1 in the AHL.

Penguins Re-Sign Ben Street to AHL Deal


The Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins have announced that they have re-signed forward Ben Street to a one-year AHL contract. Street was the ECHL's Rookie of the Year last season, and was clearly a top priority of the organization's free agents.

2010-11 Season Review: Corey Potter


Corey Potter would be a great guy to have back next season on defense. He has experience at the AHL level and would be a great mentor for guys like Simon Despres, Robert Bortuzzo and Carl Sneep.

Penguins Re-Sign Forward Ryan Craig


The WBS Penguins captain will be back next season. Great signing!

Wagner to Germany, A Look at FA Dmen


The news became official early this morning when the DEL's Adler Manheim Eagles team website released the story that Wagner has indeed signed to play in Germany next season. I wish Wagner all the best with his new team. After the jump, a look at what Wagner's departure means for the organization's depth on the blue line as well as the free agents that could be retained.

WBS Coaches Re-Signed, AHL UFA's to Think About


I know I'm late on the news of the organization bringing back both coaching staffs on multi-year contracts. Damn those 24 hour viruses! I also added a little about the AHL UFA's that need a decision before July 1st. There's a lot on the list but only 4-5 that should be considered for 2011-12 Thoughts?

2010-11 Season Review: Nick Petersen


Despite playing only half a season with the ECHL's Wheeling Nailers, Petersen still finished as 23rd in the regular season scoring race. He was clearly a man among boys in Wheeling and was recalled for good at the beginning of February.

2010-11 Season Review: Joey Mormina


Mormina is a big defensemen who plays solid defensively, but that's about it. He's really one dimensional and while I liked his play, I think with the talent on defense coming back next year the Pens need to pass on Mormina. Thoughts?

Penguins Re-Sign Forward Nick Johnson


This according to RDS reporter Renaud Lavoie, Nick Johnson gets a 1 year, two way deal worth $550k at the NHL level. I think this guy will be a good "tweener" player next season. Should dominate the AHL level on top line and can be a reliable call-up. Thoughts?

Unsigned Draft Picks Ekbom, Bathgate Released


Not overly surprised by the news of these two being released. But what about Alexander Pechurskiy - the third unsigned draft pick. I'm almost positive he has to be signed or released by Wednesday too. If the organization was going to release all three why wouldn't they announce all three at the same time? Or am I incorrect in that AP also needs a verdict by 6/1?

The Highland Park Hockey Blog 2.0


The new design is nearly complete for my WBS Penguins blog. For those on Twitter I'm running a small contest of sorts. All you need to do is retweet my blog's Twitter post of the 2.0 story and give the blog a shoutout, either a #FF today or just a regular shoutout this weekend to be entered for a chance to win some WBS Penguins memorabilia. Sound good folks?

2010-11 Season Review: David Marshall


Let's take a look at David Marshall's year. He played with two other AHL teams before making his WBS Penguins debut in February, but was a hard worker and deserved a write up despite only appearing in 22 regular season games.

2010-11 Season Review: Bryan Lerg


Lerg finished the regular season strong but like most scorers the WBS Penguins relied on, he quietly drifted away in the playoffs. Sure a leg injury towards the end of round 1 didn't help, but will his connection with the coaching staff be enough for him to be brought back?

2010-11 Season Review: Robert Bortuzzo


I'm going to have a review of every WBS Penguins player much like Hooks and Frank are doing for the NHL Pens. Here's the first one. Rate Robert Bortuzzo's season on a 1-10 scale.

2010-11 Season Review: Nick Johnson


Johnson was another WBS forward missed in the playoffs. I'm very high on him and think he needs to be re-signed, whether its for a top line spot in the AHL or a bottom six role in Pittsburgh. Thoughts?

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