Injuries have opened up the possibility of carrying Morrow on the roster to open the season. However, bank on the Penguins going the safe route with Brian Strait or Alexandre Picard, if Brooks Orpik is sidelined for start of the season.
Park – Vitale Competition
Buzz in Penguins headquarters is that Joe Vitale and Richard Park are battling for one spot. Tonight both will be in the lineup and both are expected to stick around into the weekend.
Vitale has outplayed Park at the center position but the dileema for the Penguins is that he might not be a regular in the top-12 and they would rather have him playing top-9 minutes in Wilkes Barre, if that’s the case. Vitale though is eligible for waivers.
Park’s play at the center position has been mediocre in preseason play and tonight he gets a look at wing.
MacIntyre has to show he can play
Whether to carry Enforcer Steve MacIntyre on the opening night roster is among the pressing decisions for Penguins GM Ray Shero. Shero in an interview with Joe Starkey of 93.7 The Fan said today that MacIntyre has to show he can play.
The Penguins believe it’s important to carry an enforcer but they also have Deryk Engelland who Shero called the perfect kind of enforcer in the interview, because he can play.
I’m told head coach Dan Bylsma will be a big decision maker in whether MacIntyre makes the team.
Tristan Jarry on Monday was named the NHL’s 2nd star of the week. Jarry who has outplayed No. 1 netminder Matt Murray through the first two months of the season, posted back-to-back shutouts for the week ending Dec 8. On Dec 4 Jarry posted a 28 save shutout vs St. Louis ...