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Bennett back to AHL, Boychuk on waivers

Mar 4, 2013, 4:28 PM EST

Beau Bennett scores first career goal, with Sidney Crosby Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Beau Bennett to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the club announced today.

Bennett, the 20th overall pick in the 2010 draft, had a goal and two assists in eight games with the Pens. The 21-year-old scored his first NHL goal against Tampa Bay on Feb. 24.

The Penguins also placed forward Zach Boychuk on waivers today, the same day the club announced the return of forward Evgeni Malkin to tonight’s lineup.

Boychuk, 23, failed to notch a point in seven games after being picked up from Carolina.

It’s possible Bennett could be called back if Boychuk is claimed or sent down.

  1. Tyler - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    I’d rather see Bennett in the lineup than Kennedy; TK has been awful.

  2. mwalluk - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Pens now only have 12 Forwards, something is going down

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      If they don’t call him right back up tomorrow, I’ll believe that. Might just be a roster quirk.

  3. steelpenbucs87 - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    GAH! Tyler Kennedy is playing arguably the worst hockey of what is already an extremely mediocre career and then we decide to send down Bennett and waive Boychuk?

    I don’t mind Boychuk going down but Bennett has played well so far and earned a spot – certainly more than TK.

    • odj810 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      boychuk will get claimed.

  4. heyzeus143 - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Confusing

  5. Steeley McBeam - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    More dissapointed with Bennett moving than Boychuk but I’m with you guys, why does TK still have a spot on such a young and talented roster?

  6. pajabroni - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Nothing fishy is going down. The pens were not expecting Malkin to be back tonight. After the morning skate he passed his tests and they needed a roster spot for him since Mark Eaton is now on the team.

    Bennet was sent down because it can be done so without putting him on waivers, and Boychuk was put on waivers so that Bennet will be able to come back in time for next game.

  7. murtdurt - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Caines will just reclaim him. They were never happy to lose him

    • soj83 - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      If not the Canes, I could see a few other teams like Fla, Buf, or Cgy maybe making a claim on Boychuk. He hasn’t been great in the NHL but with Florida’s injuries lately and Buf and Cgy looking to shake up the lineup a little it may be worth the claim. A low cap hit and he is a RFA at the end of the year, might be worth kicking the tires for the rest of the year for those or other teams and you can let him walk after this year. He can still be a 4-9 forward if he finds his groove in the NHL.

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