Eric Tangradi’s time with the “Big Club” is believed to be coming to an end in the next few days and questions remain whether he will make it through the weekend with the team.
Before practice ended today, Tangradi was the first player off the ice and left the ice with head coach Dan Bylsma. Tangradi was off about 10 minutes before the rest of the team and was not available to the media afterwards.
A young player leaving the ice before the rest of the team is not usual. It is believed that Bylsma met with Tangradi after practice.
There has been no official word from the team if Tangradi will be re-assigned before Thursday’s game as winger Arron Asham went through another full practice today and will be coming off of injured reserve after this weekend, if not sooner.
Asham though will not play Thursday night and is regarded as doubtful for Saturday night against St. Louis but is targeting a return for Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tangradi’s role in practice was also odd at times as he played defense against the 1st power play unit during one power play segment.
During line rushes he skated again on the 4th line.
Due to the Penguins wanting Tangradi to get more seasoning in the minors and not being eligible for waivers, it has been widely assumed that he would be the odd-man out when the Penguins got back to full strength which is becoming a reality now.