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Penguins claim Taylor Pyatt off waivers

The Taylor Pyatt era in New York has come to an end. The Pittsburgh Penguins have claimed the winger off waivers, absolving the Rangers of his $1.55 million cap hit and clearing a spot on the 50 man reserve list. Over his 70 games for the Rangers, Pyatt was a pretty big disappointment, putting together a line of 6-6-12 over the season and a half.

16 Responses to “Penguins claim Taylor Pyatt off waivers”

  1. joe719 says:

    Watch, now he’ll become the new Adam Graves!!!(NOT!!!) We cleared some salary—-that’s whats important.

  2. Hatrick Swayze says:

    My guess is that he is just a short term plug for their injury depleted lineup… but let’s not forget that he was effective for us last year in the playoffs. He played his best hockey in a Rangers uniform in our 12 or so post season games last year.

    That said, I agree and am happy to shed the salary.

  3. Fotiu is God says:

    My first New Year’s Resolution come to fruition: Blueshirt cap-space.

    Do we make that oft-rumored deal for Vernon Fiddler, the checking center upgrade for Dom Moore, Dave (I don’t see Buffalo giving up a more preferable Steve Ott)?

    Or, give young D-man Brady Skjei a look with the big club (now that he’s clocked one of our Russian prospects)?

    • Dave says:

      Bottom six isn’t the issue, and Moore-Boyle-Dorsett is a solid 4th line. Issue is with the top six, more specifically the Richards-Nash-Stepan group. These are the stars that are not producing.

      Brady Skjei plays in the NCAA, he can’t be called up. Doesn’t have a contract either.

      • AD says:

        Bottomsix is not the issue, for sure, but Brian Boyle, who I think is under-rated, does carry a $1.7mm cap hit and is an upcoming UFA. At that price, Boyle becomes questionable value to this team.

        The Wild just released Zenon Konopka who has a $925k cap hit. I think Boyle can fetch a late 2nd round pick from a team planning to make a deep playoff run, thus, I would trade him for the pick and claim Konopka.

      • @Centerman21 says:

        I disagree partially. I personally think we need another righty to add into the top 6. A Forchecker. Right now Stepan is the only Righty in the top 6. However, I think the bottom 6 is off. Or at least the 3rd line. The Rangers need a RW there as well. A guy that can mix it up. A Stempniak type willing to fly around in a game they’re loosing. Maybe some more leadership. I think Callahan is a great Captain but does much of his talking on the ice. He doesn’t strike me as a guy that’ll call out teammates for lazy play. I think a locker room guy is needed. I don’t know who (I have ideas based on hunches) but if it’s true that AV is hands off in the locker room then a veteran RW is needed. Maybe two top 9 guys.

  4. SalMerc says:

    Cap space and roster room! Now if Stepan and Nash can find the back of the net more, we will be in better shape.

    Look for an MDZ move that will clear more space too.

  5. TxRanger says:

    i really feel like this is one of those moves teams make just to get insight on the inner-workings of an opponent. like how the eagles signed felix jones, he is garbage nowadays, but he can offer insight.

    • AD says:

      Umm I don’t think the Pens have viewed the Rangers as a serious competitive threat in quite a long time.

      It probably has a lot more to do with the Pens’ depleted roster.

      • JoeS. says:

        hit thumbs down instead of up, sorry, adjust accordingly

      • TxRanger says:

        quite a long time? wasnt it just the season before last where we won the division and almost the presidents trophy? two years is not a long time.

  6. Chris F says:

    I’ve been looking over the roster today, and the Points Per Game spread among the top 9 forwards is actually pretty interesting. Assuming that all players play out the remainder of the season, and taking into account the games various players have already missed, the top 9 (and McDonagh)batch is set to have some pretty impressive spread of goal production:

    Zuccarello 18-38-56 in 81 games
    Richards 18-36-54 in 82 games
    Stepan 14-36-50 in 82 games
    McDonagh 12-34-48 in 82 games
    Kreider 22-26-48 in 75 games
    Brassard 12-30-42 in 81 games
    Nash 19-24-43 in 65 games
    Hagelin 21-14-35 in 72 games
    Callahan 19-16-35 in 65 games
    Pouliot 14-12-26 in 80 games

    Some observations:

    ~Both Kreider and Hagelin are are pace for over 20 goals, despite missing some games.

    ~While no one stands out as having an explosive year, something that was expected from both Nash and Stepan, the scoring is fairly evenly distributed which is a great sign. 2 players on pace for 20+ goals, another 4 in the 18-19 goal range, and another 4 in the 12-14 goal range.

    ~McDonagh is a stud, on pace to be 4th on the team in points.

    ~Nash on pace for 19 goals in 65 games; not terrible, but he needs to be much, much better.

    ~Kreider on pace for 22 goals (team high) in 72 games; this would be a fantastic rookie season for the kid. He will be a huge part of NY’s future.

    ~Pouliot, despite the inconsistency and at times atrocious play, is actually on pace for 14-12-26. I must say, better than I expected a month ago.

    ~Callahan on pace for 19 goals in 65 games. This guy never fails to find a way to put the puck in the net, despite seemingly endless injuries.

    • Bob says:

      A team of 2nd and 3rd liners. Sweet!

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      I like the optimism, and an even distribution of points is a good thing (usually), but when Mats Zuccarello is on pace to be your leading scorer, that’s a big problem.

      This team needs additional scoring from its top players. Nash and Stepan have to be closer to 1 PPG players right now.

      McDonagh is a stud.

      • Chris F says:

        RFiB,

        I definitely agree. Would love to see a couple 70-80 point players in the mix, which I why I pointed to Stepan and Nash as having underachieved.

        However, you have to believe that these 2 will come around and will be closer to that in the future. With that in mind, the even production throughout the lineup will be a huge asset.

  7. Walt says:

    Good for Pyatt, he now can continue his career for the rest of this season. The Pens have been hurt big time with injuries this year, and this move is to have more bodies in the locker room until their real players can play again!!