Roster moves include Tangradi going to AHL
By Rob Rossi, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, October 25, 2010
Last updated: 12:56 pm
TAMPA — The Penguins started getting healthy last week, and that development was bad news for a couple of players who helped them survive an injury-riddled stretch.
Left wing Eric Tangradi and defenseman Andrew Hutchinson were re-assigned to the AHL today.
Tangradi, the organization's top forward prospect, had played in each of the Penguins' nine games. He scored a goal and recorded one assist to go with a minus-1 rating. His ice time had dipped dramatically the last five games. He played fewer than 10 minutes in his last three contests.
Tangradi, 21, did not need to clear waivers.
Hutchinson, 30, had appeared in five games for the Penguins, recording an assist and a minus-3 rating.
The Penguins (5-3-1, 11 points) are off today. They play at Tampa Bay on Wednesday night, the final game of a three-game trip.
Right wing Aaron Ashram is expected to play in that game. He has yet to play this season because of a left-shoulder injury. He was injured in the penultimate preseason game at Chicago on Oct. 1.
At practice on Sunday 25 players were on the ice, including three extra forwards and two additional defensemen. Defenseman Brooks Orpik played Saturday night at St. Louis for the first time since Oct. 9, and the Penguins are carrying seven defensemen on their active roster with the re-assignment of Hutchinson.
Zbynek Michalek, out at least another two weeks with a right-shoulder injury, is not known to have been placed on the injured reserve or long-term injury list.
Center Jordan Steal (right foot) remains on the injured reserve list, though he has resumed practicing.