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Pens claim Pyatt off waivers from Rangers

Jan 2, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT

Taylor Pyatt

The Pittsburgh Penguins have added depth to their beleaguered forward group, picking up former Rangers forward Taylor Pyatt off waivers.

Pyatt, 32, is in the final year of a two-year, $3.1 million contract and had no goals and one assist in 22 games with the Blueshirts prior to getting waived. He was a frequent healthy scratch in recent weeks, and hasn’t played since a loss on Dec. 12 against Columbus.

Pittsburgh has suffered a rash of injuries up front this season, so the Pyatt claim doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Forwards Evgeni Malkin, Beau Bennett, Pascal Dupuis, Andrew Ebbett and Jayson Megna are all currently on injured reserve, so Pyatt should have an opportunity for more minutes than he did in New York — at least until the Pens start getting healthy.

 

  1. lowenni - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Don’t think he’ll make much of an impact, but it makes sense with all of Pittsburgh’s injuries. If the Pens were able to claim him that means basically 90% of the other teams in the league (everyone with a worse record than Pittsburgh) passed on him. Says a lot.

  2. runhigh24 - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    The Penguins have been playing the venerable 5′ 6″ Chris Conner for a month now. Someone who has NHL caliber size would be a worthwhile addition.

    • hockey412 - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      Conner’s not doing bad, though – he’s got far more goals than this guy (at 4). I hated to see him back on the team but he’s been tough. Also, Marty St. Louis doesn’t have NHL caliber size, either. This kid was 8th pick overall, a lifetime ago, and has had a 20 goal season…maybe he’ll find a groove (probably the same thing the Rangers said).

      • runhigh24 - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        He does score a timely goal every so often. I think his play is otherwise bad though. Anyway, 10 minutes after my post I read this. What a season filled with injuries. I didn’t even know he was hurt.

      • hockey412 - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM

        haha me neither! I guess that’s how relevant he’s become, eh? I guess they’re looking for warm bodies at this point.

    • jpelle82 - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      pens are pretty undersized up front. guys like gibbons and connor filling in just made that average go down even more. i dont mind them giving him a shot, better than konopka.

  3. daburghdabest - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    The last time I saw him it looked like his legs have left him, and speed hasn’t really ever been his thing either. I imagine his defensive game appealed to New York when they signed him, but it’s negated severely when you can’t get to pucks & are late getting in position. That said, he’s still got good offensive instincts & I assume is still a good bet to get in front of the net & try to tap in some dirty goals & deflections.

  4. nyeagles10 - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    As a rangers fan, Im happy we let him ago. But Penguins took a good gamble with him . I can see him finding his game

  5. killerpgh - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    He is a warm body. Sadly that about all they need right now. Once the Pens start getting healthy he will be back to the waiver wire in all likelihood. Hopefully he doesn’t try to fight while he is here.

  6. xdj511 - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Wow. What surprised me most was that he’s 32. He was playing like he was 36-37 and on his last legs. As other posters said Pittsburgh has several injuries and he’s probably just a warm body.

    (glances at calendar) Well, look at that! Tomorrow Pittsburgh is hosting the Rangers! I wonder if Pyatt will be in the lineup.

  7. steelers88 - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Anytime a player has a chance to with Crosby and Malkin he can turn it around.

  8. steelers88 - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Killerpgh.
    Sadly he could be on the Pens for a while. With all the injuries they have it wouldn’t surprise me. Bennett is still going to be out for a while and Dupuis out for the year, now Connors out 6-8 weeks! At least when Bennett comes back Pyatt will be a healthy scratch. But with all the injuries the Penguins have at forward I could see him sticking till the trade deadline.

  9. muckleflugga - Jan 2, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    possibly the most interesting if not most important move made in the nhl this year…shero is by every measure, pure genius

    will pyatt making penguins supporters forget bold cup-run predictions at trade deadlines past…could he make us all forget jarome…brendan…could taylor be…dare we say it…

    that missing link to go with the other missing links in bylsma’s arsenal…

    stay tuned…time will tell

  10. seniorteacherdot - Jan 2, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Many players get new life when they switch teams. Let’s see how he does. Another forward does seem to be important with so many down and out even for the season! Now if only Malkin gets back soon.

  11. steelers88 - Jan 2, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    I think they said both Malkin and Letang might be game time decisions tomorrow.

  12. bleedrangerblue - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Can’t wait to see that BUM suit up against us. Thank god he’s gone!!!

  13. cameltoews - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Guys he is terrible. He doesn’t use his size and has no speed. You are going to want him in the press box immediately.

  14. banger60 - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    What we’re the Rangers waiting for, should have been gone last year!

    • cofran2004 - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      Last year, in Tort’s system, speed wasn’t common. He was a slow player on a slow line. He was also decent defensively, so he had SOME value. He doesn’t fit the new system at all, as a lot of guys on this years team don’t. But he stuck out like a sore thumb.

      Good luck Pittsburgh, he won’t fit your high flying style of play at all.

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