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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Malkin News and Waiver Moves

Saturday morning's are supposed to be the thing of laziness but the Penguins clearly disagree.  Big news this morning regarding several Penguins players, most notably Evgeni Malkin.

The big news regarding Malkin came out first.  The ever reliable Bob McKenzie sent out this tweet igniting the hopes of many Penguins fans.

However, as of the start of practice there's been no sign of Geno.

"Light skating" is not something that would, generally, take place during regular practice meaning there's little reason for concern.  For now.  Officially little is known of his condition or issue but this is a sign of progress for what ever it may be ailing the Penguins star center.  For what it may be worth, our friend Dejan Kovacevic says on his website that there is nothing to worry about.

• The Evgeni Malkin drama is nothing, I’m assured. He’s around the team, he’ll be ready to skate soon, and that will be that. The Penguins made a conscious decision to keep it quiet and follow regular-season norms with that sort of thing. Nothing else.

UPDATE: Coach Johnston talked to the media after Malkin's skate and updated them on his condition.

In other Penguins news the goaltending battle between Thomas Greiss and Jeff Zatkoff is, for all intents and purposes, settled as Zatkoff was placed on waivers with a designation for WB/S should be not be claimed.  Either way Thomas Greiss is your new back up to Marc-Andre Fleury and, in the minds of quite a few, his successor.

The common feeling amongst the mediasphere is that Zatkoff will not clear waivers.  That will leave a three way battle between Eric Hartzell, Matt Murray and free agent try out Nolan Schaefer in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  Hartzell is the likely odd man out.  The status of Zatkoff will be known by noon Sunday when waivers claims are released.

The other moves, Brian Dumoulin and Bobby Farnham being sent to WB/S, further point to Scott Harrington getting a taste of the NHL to start the season with injuries to Olli Maatta leaving a roster spot open.  Though Coach Johnston says that may not be the case:

It's Saturday, guys.  Calm down.

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