Penguin Needs More Seasoning

Penguins demote Fleury to minors

The Pittsburgh Penguins returned goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Monday.
Fleury posted an 0-1-1 record and 4.05 goals-against average in three games with Pittsburgh after going 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA in two AHL starts.

Sabres to retire Gare and LaFontaine’s numbers, Oilers to hoist Coffey’s 7 to the rafters

Eight years after their bitter feud, Pat LaFontaine and the Buffalo Sabres officially put their differences aside.
The team announced Monday it is retiring LaFontaine’s No. 16 jersey, as well as former right wing Danny Gare’s No. 18, and the two will be honored in separate ceremonies later this season.
The 44-year-old Hall of Fame defenceman will have his No. 7 retired and raised to the rafters at Rexall Place when the Phoenix Coyotes – and former teammate Wayne Gretzky, now Phoenix’s head coach – come to town.

Finally, signs of the Pitkanen we expected

“When he first came in, he was really being built up in the Philly papers,” said Mark Howe, who played for the Flyers for 10 years and now is a scout for the Detroit Red Wings.
“He played so well early on, the quote was he was going to be ‘the Finnish Larry Robinson.’ I thought, ‘Wait a minute, you’re talking about a Hall of Fame player and a young kid just breaking into the league.’
He played well for about 3 weeksand then he played in a game against Calgary and he got roughed up and didn’t play well again after that; for the last 2 years, really.
“Even last year, with the Phantoms, I didn’t think he played well,” Howe said. “But now he looks like he’s starting to get it back. My report after the last game was that it was the best game I have seen him play in a year-and-a-half.”

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