The Pittsburgh Penguins this morning have recalled winger Eric Tangradi, the team has announced. Tangradi will be in the lineup tonight for a depleted Penguins team.
It is not clear where Tangradi will fit into the lineup as the Penguins will not hold a morning skate.
Tangradi who made the team out of camp, had one goal and two points in 9 games with the big club during an early stint with the club in October.
Tangradi who struggled when he was first sent down to Wilkes Barre in November, has played extremely well of late.
Tangradi leads Wilkes Barre with 18 goals, while ranking fourth in points with 32 in 42 games played.
The Penguins will be without forward Mark Letestu who has a knee injury and are awaiting word from the league on whether Jordan Staal’s automatic suspension will be rescinded.
Forward Arron Asham’s availability is unknown at this time. He suffered a shoulder injury in last night’s game.
Meanwhile, Evgeni Malkin this morning has joined Sidney Crosby on injured reserve for the time being as Pens try to make roster room.
Bylsma yesterday called Malkin a possibility to play today as Malkin is recovering from a sinus infection. He skated on Monday and Tuesday with the team and looked strong on the ice. Malkin has missed the past four games.
With Tangradi’s callup, the Penguins have 11 known healthy forwards for tonight.
Cooke, Kennedy, Kunitz, Jeffrey, Dupuis, Conner, Rupp, Talbot, Adams, Tangradi, Godard.
Questionmarks are Malkin and Asham.