In news that Kris Beech may not make the NHL roster after all, the Penguins have brought back center Jeff Taffe on a one year, two-way contract.
Taffe played admirably enough as a 4th liner last season in Pittsburgh. He's not that skilled and doesn't check that much, but he's got good size and is a decent enough skater and player away from the puck to be effective in a limited capicity.
Also Taffe is an excellent scoring option in the AHL if the Penguins want to send him down (and no other team claims him on waivers). It seems like, waiver permitting, that one of Beech or Taffe will be in Wilkes-Barre opening night which is good news for the farm team's firepower.
Now with Tim Brent out of the picture, here's an updated look at the dogfight that will ensue for the last two or three forward slots on the roster...
Safe bets (11): Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Petr Sykora, Miroslav Satan, Rusty Fedotenko, Maxime Talbot, Matt Cooke, Pascal Dupuis, Tyler Kennedy, Eric Godard
Wild card* (1): Janne Pesonen
Bubble players (7):Beech, Taffe, Jonathan Filewich, Connor James, Chris Minard, Ryan Stone, Bill Thomas