The Penguins have acquired Ben Lovejoy from the Ducks for Simon Despres.
Lovejoy, 31, does everything pretty well, but does nothing great. He returns to the team that he started his career with. He had four goals and 21 assists (25 points) in 98 games with the Penguins from 2008-13. This season he has 11 points (1G / 10A) in 40 games with the Ducks. He should fill Despres spot on the Penguins third pair.
The Penguins have acquired Ian Cole from the Blues for Robert Bortuzzo and a 7th round pick.
Cole, 26, will be a restricted free agent in the offseason. He has the size to be a good defensive defenseman but has shown a little bit of offensive acumen as well. He had nine points (4G / 5A), a plus-16 rating, 42 hits and 63 blocked shots in 54 games this season.
Ehrhoff (undisclosed) skated on Monday after missing Sunday's game.
Ehrhoff was a surprise scratch from Sunday’s game, but was back on the ice for practice this morning. Being back on the ice today is a good sign that he will be available on Wednesday in Colorado. Monitor his status leading up to that.
Ehrhoff returned to the lineup on Wednesday and he was expected to play this afternoon vs. the Blue Jackets. He was on the ice for yesterday’s practice, but was a surprise scratch. You have to think he is maybe still suffering from concussion-like symptoms.
Fleury will be between the pipes on Sunday vs. Columbus.
Fleury allowed three goals on 24 shots in the Penguins 4-3 win over the Capitals on Wednesday. With three days off in between games, Fleury will start again today vs. Columbus. Fleury went 5-3-1 with a 1.55 GAA, .943 SV% and two shutouts in nine starts in February.
Winnik has been cleared to practice with the Penguins on Saturday.
Winnik, who was recently acquired via trade from Toronto, had his Visa issue worked out and he will be in practice on Saturday. Tomorrow’s practice will give us a better idea of who he will play with and who will be a healthy scratch on Sunday.
Ehrhoff (concussion) was held pointless in his return to the Penguins lineup.
Ehrhoff played 18:34 and registered one blocked shot and a plus-1 rating in his first game since January 28th. He was playing over 22 minutes a night before getting injured, so expect those minutes to be on the rise again.
The Leafs have traded Daniel Winnik to the Penguins for a 2016 2nd round pick, a 2015 4th round pick and Zach Sill.
Winnik, 29, is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He has scored 25 points (7G / 18A) in 58 games with the Maple Leafs this season. The Penguins are strapped up against the cap, which is why the Maple Leafs took on Sill’s salary as well as retained 50% of Winnik’s salary for the remainder of the season. Winnik is a versatile forward who works hard in both ends of the rink.
Fleury allowed one goal on 35 shots in the Penguins 5-1 win over the Panthers on Sunday. The win snapped a three-game personal losing streak for Fleury. One of those losses was against the Capitals, who he will take on tonight in Washington. He is 0-3-0 with a 3.05 GAA and .912 SV% vs. the Caps this season.
Ehrhoff (concussion) will be a game-time decision on Wednesday.
Ehrhoff has been out since January 28th, but it looks like he could be back on the Pens’ blue line tonight vs. the Capitals. Before getting hurt, he has three goals and 10 assists in 43 games, which has too be considered disappointing for the 32-year-old. Expect Derrick Pouliot to come out of the lineup if Ehrhoff ends up being good-to-go.
Fleury allowed two goals on 30 shots in the Penguins loss to the Blue Jackets on Thursday. Despite positing a 1.65 GAA and .947 SV%, Fleury has lost each of his last three starts. Tonight he will take on Al Montoya and the Panthers, who he is 1-0-1 with a 1.92 GAA and .952 SV% against this season.
Ehrhoff (concussion) is no longer listed on IR; expected to play on Sunday.
Ehrhoff has been sidelined since January 28th because of a concussion, but it looks like he will be back in the lineup tonight vs. the Panthers. With Ehrhoff back in, it looks like Derrick Pouliot will come out. Ehrhoff has 13 points (3G / 10A) in 43 games this season.