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Penguins send down Zolnierczyk and Samuelsson

Dec 24, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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After filling in admirably for five games, a pair of young Pittsburgh Penguins are headed back to the farm.

The Penguins announced they’ve reassigned forward Harry Zolnierczyk and defenseman Philip Samuelsson to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the AHL.

Both players played in the past five games for the Pens between Dec. 16 and Dec. 23. Zolnierczyk made the most of his return to the NHL scoring a goal against Calgary on Saturday.

Question here is: Are they headed down just for the holiday or will any of their numerous injured players be returning after Christmas?

  1. drone501 - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    they may be back. unless a lot of our guys come off injured list. they did a great job.

    • c9castine - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      hey those guys did great and probably moved forward in their development way faster in the last 2 weeks than the sat year probably.

      but hopefully this means we are getting glass, and scuderi back friday. hopefully geno in the next week too. injuries are starting to get ridiculous we can keep winning for only so long like this.

      • dirt2013 - Dec 24, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        Glass and Orpik i believe.

  2. erbaker67 - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    I’m surprised that Z got sent down. I thought he played extremely well last night and his time up. That kid plays with passion.

    • wettwork - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      Just means Glass is comin back to lineup Friday , is what in guessing hopefully Gino as well !!
      🐧Go Pen’s🐧….

    • lindbergh9 - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      I agree with Z but Samuelsson is not ready 4 NHL. I can’t wait to see a healthy lineup but that seems like a long time from now. Can’t believe the Sen’s last night pretty much played with a completely healthy team! What’s that like?

      • hazlydose - Dec 25, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        Ottawa went through their own amount of staggering injuries last year that’s why Maclean won the Jack Adams. And Samuelsson has looked more NHL ready than Dumoulin. Although he will probably be the better defenseman in the future, Dumoulin looked hesitant at times and couldn’t decide when to pinch or drop back.

  3. killerpgh - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    The way one of the local reporter made it sound yesterday was that Glass and Scuderi are very close to returning and he thought glass had a chance to play last night.

  4. jpelle82 - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    my guess is scuderi and glass are coming back, still will need another forward if dupuis is out though

    • c9castine - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      must mean malkin is ready too.

      • jpelle82 - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        thankfully. will be nice to have that line healthy at least with malkin neal and jokinen. will be interested to see who they put on line 1 with crosby and kunitz though.

      • c9castine - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        my guess is connor. actually plays a similar game to dupuis with less of a shot.

  5. zico25 - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    It is Glass and Orpik coming back Friday, not Scuderi. Read it in the local Pittsburgh paper.

  6. steelers88 - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    It means Glass and Orpik are coming back. Malkin is not coming back Friday. He hasn’t even practiced yet with the team. He probably needs a few practices before he can comeback.

    • jpelle82 - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      so who replaces dupuis then genius?

  7. steelers88 - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    They will have to make a trade. Maybe Bennett when he comes back.

    • jpelle82 - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      so they send zolnierczk down so they are forced to make a trade? you have got to be kidding me kid…

  8. joey4id - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    From Pitt;
    “Left winger Tanner Glass, who has missed the past 13 games because of a broken right hand, could be back in the lineup when the Penguins visit Ottawa tonight and defenseman Brooks Orpik, out since Dec. 7 with a concussion, believes he will be ready to play when the Penguins go to Raleigh, N.C. Friday to face the Carolina Hurricanes.”

    “Engelland will be eligible to return Dec. 27 at Carolina.”

  9. steelers88 - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Engelland, Orpik, and Glass will be back Friday. I think what the Penguins will do is they move Neal up to the top line at least until Malkin comes back. I think if Dupuis is out for the year which I think he is than the Penguins will have to make a trade. They could Bennett on the 1st line but then the 3rd line won’t have anything. I think the Penguins will have to trade for a forward. Even when everyone is healthy the Penguins forward depth is not that great. My guess is Niskanen gets traded to bring in a forward.

    • dirt2013 - Dec 24, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      That forward had better be good and cheap or I hope your guess is bad.

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