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Pens claim Zach Boychuk; Leafs nab Frazer McLaren

Jan 31, 2013, 12:23 PM EDT

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A couple of waiver pick-ups to pass on, via TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

First, the Penguins have claimed forward Zach Boychuk from Carolina. The 23-year-old has played just one game for the Hurricanes this season, with no points.

Drafted 14th overall in 2008, Boychuk’s NHL career has been a disappointment to date. He has, however, put up good numbers in the AHL with the Charlotte Checkers (32 points in 37 games this season), and apparently he may get a shot on Evgeni Malkin’s line in Pittsburgh.

Second, the Maple Leafs have claimed forward Frazer McLaren from San Jose.

Like Boyhcuk, the 25-year-old has spent most of the season in the AHL, appearing in just one game for the Sharks.

Unlike Boychuk, McLaren is mostly known for his toughness.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Well played, Mr. Shero…..

  2. f2maestro - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see where Zach fits in on the Pens’ roster. At this point, anything is better than Eric Tangradi or Dustin Jeffrey.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      I agree on Tangradi – disagree on Jeffrey – I still think Jeffrey needs his shot first. I don’t gather that Boychuk is a third or fourth liner, though…so it should be interesting.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      Jeffrey actually looked pretty solid last game.

  3. ferrantej - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    7G, 11A in 73 career NHL games – yep, that will fix those goal scoring problems. Brilliant move there, Ray – almost as good as not signing Steve Sullivan for what would have been around $1-$1.5 million a year. How long is Shero going to continue to live off the Kunitz and Neal trades?

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Boychuk is 23 and hasn’t gotten settled in the NHL to this point, has some speed – from what I can gather, there’s a reason he went 14th (before Erik Karlsson) in that draft. We gave up NO ONE for this deal, and will pay him what, $600k? I think this was a pretty damn good move…

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        For once I agree with you. Low-risk high-reward pickup.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Sutter and Pouliot for Staal?
      And like the other poster said, the Pensg ave up nobody to make a waiver claim.

      You sound like a bitter ex-gf

      • tfaltin - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        I think it’s a bit pre-mature to say the Staal trade was a win for the Pens. That said, nothing to lose picking up Boychuk. I thought this would be the year he’d make an impact for the Canes.

      • ferrantej - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        I’m not saying he didn’t make good trades for Neal and Kunitz, but if you’re going to give him credit for those you also have to fault him for signing Ponikarovsky, overpaying for Martin and Michalek, and letting Sullivan walk.

        I’m just getting tired of these moves picking up garbage players and swapping minor leaguers. Boychuk is 23, and I don’t care who was drafted before or after him, 5 years is more than enough time to prove yourself as a bust. Which he’s done.

        And what has Sutter shown this year? Other than giveaways that is. He’s supposedly a good faceoff man but he must be winning them all in the neutral zone because I have yet to see him win an important one in either the offensive or defensive zone.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        I hope ‘ferrantej’ never has a kid in amateur hockey. Talk about needing therapy.

        He hasn’t played 5 years in the NHL, all of his games in the NHL combined don’t even amount to one year, and the years he’s spent in AHL look good to me…so not sure what you’re even saying, really. Doesn’t look like a bust.

        We are 6 games into the season and won the cup three years ago for Christ’s sake, man. Pull yourself together.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        tfaltin – while agree it still needs to be evaluated the fact of the matter is Staal was gone after this season anyway. He wasn’t staying in Pittsburgh behind Malkin and Crosby, so to get the 8th overall, a DMan Prospect, and a third line center (who is younger than staal) is a good haul already.

        Ferrantej – you are just ridiculous man. This was a waiver claim – a no risk move, throw him out there and see if he has any chemistry. The fact of the matter is Shero has been able to make two great trades (Kunitz, and Neal/Nisko), another that looks great (see above), and has been able to build a strong base of prospects that a lot of hockey writers are bullish about (Bennet, Megna, Morrow, Despres, Pouliott, Matta, Bortuzzo, Dumolin), and last but not least went out and got a SOLID back up tender to help Fleury. You are out of control.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        Sutter is even in +/-
        Wins more face-offs than he loses
        And has 3 giveaways to 3 take aways

        This year

  4. ferrantej - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    LOL – nowhere did I say “the sky is falling.” Five years is MORE than enough time to be considered a bust for a forward (not for a D). And nowhere did I say he played 5 years in the NHL. He’s been a PRO for 5 years.

    This is why I don’t bother commenting very often on here – people read only the part of the post that they want to read and then fill in the rest with whatever backs up their argument, and you “need therapy” if you don’t agree with them.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      The stats you gave (your evidence for calling him a bust) were only NHL stats. They do not include his other PRO stats, though. So you see where the block is. You’re trash-talking a 23 year old first round pick that you’ve never even seen play. I believe you called him “garbage”…but in his PRO career (only AHL and NHL) he’s played 249 games, has 65 goals and 99 assists for 164 points.

      You’d have probably called Dupuis garbage too before last year – this happens to younger forwards a lot when they are asked to come in to the NHL playing a position or a system that they’ve never played – and asked to play only on a spot basis.

      Anyway – I’ll leave you alone, I’m alright with you not commenting very often, your argument just doesn’t make any sense, bro.

  5. letsgopens8771 - Jan 31, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    I really like this move and I was impressed by what I saw in his came @ Carolina. I like that we added a speedy forward with a decent shot and the ability to go to the net and make plays. If they do what they planned to do, it will be interesting to see him alongside 71 & 18.

    That said, the primary focus should not be on scoring goals because you have so much offensive firepower ALREADY. The problem with the Pens is that they are ALL offense and NO defense. Defense wins you hockey games and helps to boost goaltender’s confidence. I’d like to see the Pens keep up the same intensity level and not get lazy with the puck, like how they played when they beat the Flyers in the 1st game of the season. Sometimes, you have to score garbage goals instead of pretty highlight reel ones.

    Keep up the good moves though, Shero. Your next move better be in the trade deadline for a SHUTDOWN Defensemen who can provide an answer for annoying people like Giroux. i.e.- Marek Zidlicky, Ladislav Smid, Mark Stuart, Dennis Seidenberg etc. etc. All this talk of the Pens trying to make a move for Setoguchi is pointless because they do not need help scoring goals. They need help in the back.

    Once the Pens rachet it down on defense and learn to hold a lead, then they will be in good shape again.

    IN SHERO WE TRUST!!! GO PENS!!!!

    • letsgopens8771 - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      Oh, and about intensity level, I meant keeping the same level of high intensity all the way through the hockey game. Sorry about that.

  6. phillyphannn83 - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Just like to point out, 5 1/2 hours in and no troll posts from Flyers fans. Check the Flyers posts for the reciprocal…took less than an hour to get one.

    • sportsfreak13 - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      I didn’t see a pens fan trolling on the giroux post. What username?

  7. phillyphannn83 - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Should’ve included my opinion on this post with the above comment…anyone unhappy with this signing is just plain dumb. No risk high reward is spot on. Give the kid a chance, it might help. If not, cut your losses for basically zero negative impact on the team. They’re underachieving right now as it is so you better try something to fix it(not that I want them to) if you’re Shero.

  8. phillyphannn83 - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    puckmepuckyou

    • sportsfreak13 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      Didn’t realize he was a pens fan. Thought he was a frustrated flyer fan. My apologies.

  9. ironman721 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    He will probably suck but what the hell. Nobody else seems to want to step up and play on the Malkin line.

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