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Penguins acquire former Flyer Zolnierczyk

Jun 24, 2013, 2:20 PM EST

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have brought forward Harry Zolniercyzk back to the state of Pennsylvania, acquiring him from Anaheim in exchange for Alex Grant.

Zolnierczyk, 25, split last season between the Ducks and Flyers, appearing in seven games with Philly and none with Anaheim — he was shipped immediately to the Ducks’ AHL affiliate in Norfolk, and played out the season there.

Though his time in Philadelphia last season was brief, Zolnierczyk made his mark. He was tossed from a game against Washington for kneeing Caps forward Mathieu Perreault, then suspended four games for charging Ottawa’s Mike Lundin.

Zolnierczyk appeared in 44 career NHL games with Philadelphia from 2011-13, scoring seven points.

His acquisition will likely bring some spice to the Penguins-Flyers rivalry, assuming he can make the Pittsburgh roster out of training camp.

  1. jaredphi - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Oh boy.

    Lucky for Pitt that they only gave up a fellow minor leaguer for Harry Z….b/c, frankly, he’s a lot of flash with no substance to back it up (i.e. he’s fast and hen moves well but he can’t finish…and he’s prone to taking really stupid penalties).

    And, no, he will not make Pitt’s roster out of training camp.

    • hockey412 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      I’d bet they’re hoping to try to get him to kill penalties…that’s all I can think of. But he can’t do that from the box.

      • jpelle82 - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        i’m hoping shero brought him for a team building exercise….like let everyone shoot pucks at his head as a team during camp and then release him after a swift kick to the balls

      • jaredphi - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        ROFLAO @ jpelle82’s post.

        Best use for Harry Z I’ve heard yet…

      • laxman1944 - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:23 PM

        Classy…….real classy……..Take shots at the guys head.

        Pitt has a guy with head issues correct?????

  2. hockey412 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    This is truly a sad day. Not that he isn’t the better of the two players, but really…there is some trash that no team needs. Not sure what roll he is expected to fill, but I hope it’s not the one he’s been filling so far in his career…or his life, for that matter.

  3. micklethepickle - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Good move – child pornographers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Zolnierczyk#Personal_life) fit right in with the locker room they’ve got there in PIT.

    • hockey412 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      Yeah…they’re so horrible…

      http://penguins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=57568

      However, to your point about HZ…he’s trash, that’s correct. I don’t think there’s any fan that thought this was a good idea.

      • micklethepickle - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        It’s the hockey equivalent of signing Michael Vick (or Aaron Hernandez, pick your poison), just without the athletic talent.

      • hockey412 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        I’m going to agree with you. Tentatively. The Pens have turned Cooke into a great hockey player (does that hurt?) so maybe they see something in him that I don’t. Actually I think Nick Cousins would be a worse pick-up, though.

    • dolphincult - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      I still cant believe that any nhl team can overlook the fact he was proven to be a pervert in his bchl days here in British Columbia

  4. Stiller43 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Whyyyy?!

  5. yougotgirouxed - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    I always liked Harry Z. Instantly the most likable Penguin

    • hockey412 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Well played, you bastard. Well played.

  6. btlpper68 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    This Phili pit rivalry just got a bit more interesting

    • ibieiniid - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      ya maybe Phantoms/BabyPens.

  7. pdmjr - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    This is just the beginning for the Pens, they are getting better each and every day. Flyers are doomed. Alex Grant doesn’t exist

    • jaredphi - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      Philly wasn’t involved in this trade. Did you actually read the article above?

  8. jimw81 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    flyers are so screwed that they have to go against a career fourth liner/ahl player

    • jaredphi - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      *Snort* O.k. Harry (or Harry’s mate)…whatever you say. *rolls eyes*

  9. ml3939 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    I would expect nothing but outrage and disgust from all of the Penguins fans who trashed this “typical” Flyer.

    • hockey412 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      I am outraged and disgusted.

  10. jaredphi - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Here in Northern DE, my fellow Flyers fans and I got so irritated with him that we turned his surname into verbal slang.

    “You’ve been Zolnierczyked!” is often uttered when someone f**ks someone else over unjustifiably and then ends up hurting themselves more than the victim as a result.

    As an example, if you stole the last piece of pizza from a pie and ate it….but then got food poisoning from that last slice…..well, you’ve been Zolnierczyked.

  11. jpelle82 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    well i just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

  12. jpelle82 - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    matt cooke’s replacement?

    • jaredphi - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Now that could be a possibility. I mean, he does fight and he can play PK (as hockey412 pointed out).

      Just pray he doesn’t take stupid penalties b/c he did that a lot in Philly.

      • jpelle82 - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        he’s got a reputation and a face only his mother could love, agitator…. sounds like cookie…while cheaper, he’s no equal as far as his play on the ice though. i really hope i’m wrong, we’ll find out july 5.

    • hockey412 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      I’m actually thinking Adams’ replacement, which is why I was bringing up penalty kill. He’s the only fourth liner (outside of D. Jeffrey) who’s contract is up which would justify bringing in another fourth liner…except for some of the guys that were never going to see a pens jersey in the AHL, like Warren Peters.

  13. bardown66 - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Ugh, we already have out city pervert limit with roethlisberger. Don’t ruin one of the two teams I’ll still fanatically support by adding people with sex offenses. No one knows the whole story but him so I probably shouldn’t judge. There is the saying “where there is smoke there is fire” though. Hopefully he plays hard and keeps himself clean.

    • bardown66 - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Our city*

  14. ironcity6pak - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    This doesn’t sound good for cookes future

  15. burgh916 - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Well, I know his charge obviously sets off red flags, rightfully so.
    I’m a bit disgusted by it all after first reading about (heard it in the past but wasn’t so sure it was him.) However, can someone tell me the story? It mustn’t have been “that bad.” As in, besides the fact he only distributed it (which is just as bad.) but from the sounds of it the girl might have lied about her age? I’m just thinking if it was something very serious there’d be no way he’d be in the NHL, let alone out of prison.
    I can’t wrap my mind around how this may affect teammates. Especially ones with kids. Anyways, I’m pretty upset with bringing someone with this amount of baggage to the team, so I’m just openly discussing the scenarios with myself haha. Does anyone have the true story?

    • jaredphi - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      In 2008, he was charged for distribution of child pornography for sharing a video of his teammate having consensual intercourse with an underage girl. This was when he was playing on the Junior-A Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

      From the beloblog.com from 2008:

      Harrison “Harry” Zolnierczyk, a forward with the Brown University hockey team, has pleaded guilty to charges that he secretly made a sex tape, according to a story in The Vancouver Sun. Canadian prosecutors said the surreptitiously recorded video involved an underage girl, and was posted on YouTube.

      Zolnierczyk is pleading guilty to secretly recording sexual activity and making available voyeuristic recordings. The “video voyeurism” charges are new in Canada, according to the newspaper story, and there is a lack of sentencing precedent. Prosecutor Gordon Baines told the newspaper that the sentence for Zolniercyzk could be “anywhere from discharge to six months in jail and three years probation.”

      Prosecutors agreed to stay more serious charges of producing and distributing child pornography, charges which would have carried a minimum jail sentence.

      • burgh916 - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        Wow, thanks.. Disgusted in this, just why? Why bring this scum to Pittsburgh as a city? Wow. I’m not a parent, but if the players with kids didn’t know about this, and especially the ones with daughters how can you even “work” with this guy?

    • jpelle82 - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      there’s no real glimmer of hope or “bright side” in the story/charges. as a penguins fan you have to just shake your head and hope he doesnt pan out so you dont have to root for his scum ass while you’re disappointed with management for the aquisition in the first place.

      • burgh916 - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        Ugh……. What were they thinking?
        At first I was a little excited because he is a pest. A cheap pest too. The Pens need to shakeup the roster and get some fresh faces around, too much underachieving going on the past few years with the same guys.
        But then, I hear the story and I don’t even know what they were thinking.

  16. isithockeyseasonyet - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    I hope he makes the roster, it’ll be like throwing a little more gas on the fire that is flyers-pens

    • hockey412 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      I don’t gather that the Flyers fans give a rats as* about this, though…they seem to be enjoying this news….

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