Monday, July 21, 2008

Shake that Laffy Taffe-y

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


hipcheck said...
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hipcheck said...

Bill Thomas could be a true nhler if he 1)keeps his head up and 2)gets a little toughness to him.

He was one of my favorite players and I was so sad that he didn't make the Coyotes last year. He just showed up to camp and had taken a huge step back from the previous year.

Congrats on the signing and I wish him luck!

(Sorry, had to delete the first one when I missed a type-o!)