The Pittsburgh Penguins made their training camp roster smaller earlier today by sending 11 players to AHL affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Forwards included in the cuts are Chris Conner, Nick Johnson, Brett Sterling, Joe Vitale, and Tim Wallace. The defensemen that were sent down include Robert Bortuzzo, Corey Potter, Brian Strait and Steve Wagner. Goaltenders John Curry and Brad Thiessen were also assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Out of the 11 cuts six of the players will have to clear waivers by Thursday at noon before they can join the Baby Pens… Those players who need to clear are Conner, Curry, Potter, Sterling, Wagner, and Wallace.
The Penguins have 30 players remaining on their roster after the cuts. 18 forwards; 10 defensemen; and two goaltenders.
I fully expect a team like Philly or Minnesota take a chance on John Curry as both teams have keepers who are hurt and Curry is coming off of a decent training camp. Also, the New York Islanders could potentially be a candidate for a player like Brent Sterling after losing Kyle Okposo until December.