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Pens waive D’Agostini

Nov 26, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins placed journeyman forward Matt D’Agostini on waivers Tuesday, just hours after he played over 11 minutes in last night’s 4-3 OT loss to Boston.

D’Agostini, 27, has appeared in eight games for Pittsburgh this season, recording one assist. He had been in and out of the Pens’ lineup for most of the year, missing three weeks with a lower-body injury while sitting out a handful of games as a healthy scratch.

The Pens signed D’Agostini in July to a one-year, $550,000 deal in the hopes he’d discover the form showed early in his career. He has two very solid NHL seasons on his resume — n 2008-09, he scored 12 goals and 21 points in just 53 games for the Canadiens, and appeared in three postseason contests.

In 2010-11, he posted a career-high 21 goals and 46 points in 82 games with the Blues, finishing third on the team in tallies behind David Backes and Patrik Berglund.

The last two years, however, have been filled with disappointment.

D’Agostini fell out of favor in St. Louis during the 2011-12 campaign, and was shipped to New Jersey.

He failed to make much of an impact with the Devils, scoring just four points in 13 games, and wasn’t tendered a qualifying offer by the club in late June.

  1. ibieiniid - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    is there some deadline today or something? some significant date coming up that teams are dropping serviceable players for? or has D’Agostini really fallen off? I haven’t really seen him much since St.Louis.

    • hockey412 - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      No deadline today bud…I’m curious on this one too…Pens have some people hurt and the people being called up don’t look like keepers, so I’m curious as to the timing here. We’ve already lost a forward to waivers, too.

  2. jpelle82 - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    good move. now if they could get kobasew back and find a way to send a better message to dupuis. the last 3 games he’s been plagued by bad plays. he cant even keep the puck on his stick, definitely a rough patch not just in the goal scoring department, he’s just sloppy all over the ice.

    • hockey412 - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      Not sure if I agree…so they waived Jeffrey and D’Agostini now, just sent Gibbons down today…Kobasew is hurt, Bennett is hurt, Sill didn’t play all that badly but is not a threat to the opposition, and Ebbett just made the team, well, smaller. D’Agostini made better plays than Sill and Gibbons and I’m not even sure Ebbett touched the puck. I’m wondering if something else is going down?

      • jpelle82 - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        gotta be another injury somewhere, dont see a trade coming. good news is pens have seen 25 different skaters suit up so far in 25 games already and the usual expected drop off in play has been negligible. whoever they stick in there has been doing fine, guys like gibbons, megna – come in score a big goal or two, go back down, another guy comes up. they are making it work. dagostini has done nothing…1 assist in 8 games.

    • hockey412 - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      But I totally agree on Dupuis (Jokinen’s been a little sloppy too). Dupuis looks like he’s either playing injured or is having significant hand/eye coordination and motor skills issues.

      • claudegirwho - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        Dupuis has been by far the biggest dissapointment this year. He looks sloppy and almost allergic to the puck and can’t even make the simple plays. He has been invisible on the first line other then when he’s turning the puck over or a pass is bouncing off his stick. I just don’t get it he looks like a completely different player then last year.

      • jpelle82 - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        maybe the pressure is getting to him, he was playing stress free with a 1.5 mill cap hit before, now he has to live up to that vote of confidence he got from shero this offseason to the tune of 3.75 per year. i was easy on him for not scoring a lot of goals so far because he was rocking a + 7 and was doing everything right on the pk…now he’s just not making simple hockey plays and his fundamentals are lacking. he needs coached up or benched. they did have him listed as day to day a couple weeks ago though, not sure if he’s got something lingering but that could be an explanation. who knows…something’s gotta give. not finishing is one thing, costing your team chances and turning the puck over all over the ice is another.

  3. hazlydose - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    This move is a little confusing. D’Agostini hasn’t been playing the greatest, but with all of our injuries at forward you would think he could find a spot. Unless Kobasew is coming back, but I haven’t heard anything. The only other thing I can think of is a trade. Canes are offering up Tlusty and/or Ruutu for a puck moving D man. Maybe they realize there’s no room for Niskanen after his contract is up this year? That would hurt as Niskanen has been playing well this year.

    • hazlydose - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Scratch that, word is coming out that Martin may be missing some time with an injury. This move could be freeing up a spot for a defenseman. With all these injuries piling up, its time to dig deep.

  4. nj666 - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    How about damien brunner for a 1st?

    • ibieiniid - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      lol they coulda had him for nothing in the offseason. no way he gets traded with that ridiculous cap hit.

      I’m eating my words on Brunner though. I thought it was a “genius” signing by Lam. not so much so far.

    • lowenni - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      If you think Brunner is worth a first round pick you’re out of your mind.

  5. shamu1the1whale - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    It’s too bad the Pens did the whole Iginla trade last year. The Pens could have had someone like the talented Sean Monahan on their team starting this year if they hadn’t given up their ’13 first round draft pick for Iginla. Mony’s doing well in Calgary as a rookie. Maybe if the Pens had gotten Mony, he could be solving of the Pen’s current probs…

    • shamu1the1whale - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      oops i meant to write he could have been solving *some* of the Pen’s current probs…

    • hockey412 - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      I’m confused on so many levels…Calgary didn’t get Monahan with Pittsburgh’s pick, you know this, right? He was like 5th overall…

      …how is the young and talented Morgan Klimchuk doing? That would have been the pick….

      • shamu1the1whale - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        oops, hangover lapse right there. for some reason i thought they had given up a higher ’13 draft pick. not sure how Klimchuk’s doing now

  6. brockohol - Nov 26, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    I was surprised that he didnt have some success in Pittsburgh. Was always a pretty good player in STL and showed he could put the puck in the net. Great shot and speed, just never knew when he was going to disappear for a few games at a time. Just though he would be a Dupuis type guy that picked up his 20 goals simply by being on the ice with Crosby/Malkin

  7. stcrowe - Nov 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    I have always liked this guy. Not a star, but not a minor-leaguer. I hope he finds a niche somewhere.

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