The Pittsburgh Penguins (30-19-1) returned to the ice this morning as the team prepares for a two game homestand that begins Tuesday night. First up for Pittsburgh will be the surging New York Islanders (22-19-8) who won for the fourth straight time this afternoon beating the New Jersey Devils 4-0, behind a 20 save shutout performance from goaltender Rick DiPietro. Former Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick Matt Moulson added goals 18, 19 for the Islanders in their 4-0 win. With Dipietro playing today, he will not play tomorrow night against Pittsburgh and neither will Marc Andre Fleury (fractured finger). A rundown on latest Penguins injury news * As reported earlier, Fleury was limited today, wearing a skaters glove for protection instead of his regular mit. Fleury will not be available to play for at least the next two games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins officially finalized a two year deal today with goaltender John Curry. The deal is a two way deal and will pay Curry $105,000 in the minors and $500,000 (per season) in the NHL. A deal with Curry has been expected but negotiations lasted longer than expected as Curry’s camp claimed the two sides were discussing “many different concepts” of a potential deal as Curry was seeking a one way contract. Curry will battle veteran goaltender Brent Johnson in camp to be Marc Andre Fleuruy’s backup but Johnson is on a one-way contract. Curry will likely begin the season as Wilkes Barre’s #1 goaltender.
The Stanley Cup is back in Pittsburgh today as Eddie Johnston has his day with the Cup. Johnson has been a fixture in the front office since the 1980’s and will continue to have a role in the organization for atleast one more season or until he decides to retire. A number of players, team personnel have already had their day with the Cup. Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby will have the Cup last. Malkin will have the Cup on August 17-18 and plans to throw a big party in his hometown. *** The Penguins are very pleased on how free agency has gone. With Jay McKee in the fold, the teams #1 priority is adding a veteran goaltender to battle John Curry in training camp and either serve as the #2 or #3 goaltender. Two names that continue to garner interest are
Following this mornings practice the Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned goaltender John Curry and forward Chris Minard to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL). Goaltender Marc Andre Fleury will be active for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.