The Pittsburgh Penguins claimed Phoenix Coyotes center Cal O’Reilly on re-entry waivers today. O’Reilly has appeared in 27 NHL games this season, collecting 2 goals and 6 points and a minus-7 rating.
O’Reilly is on a one-way contract with a $1.05 million cap hit at the NHL level. The Penguins will take a $137,500 cap hit for the acquisition. He is a restricted free agent at seasons end.
The 6-foot-0, 190-pound forward is not known for his physical ability but is regarded for good speed and vision with the puck, in addition to being a hard worker.
O’Reilly though has never appeared in more than 38 NHL games in a season.
His career high in points is 18 with the Nashville Predators in 2010-2011.
O’Reilly was the Predators 5th round pick in 2005 when GM Ray Shero was the team’s assistant general manager.
The claim is believed to be nothing more than a depth move and I wouldn’t get too excited over the move.