The Penguins exposed David Warsofsky to waivers yesterday after he successfully completed a conditioning assignment with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Penguins, and they were likely hoping to return him to their AHL club permanently once Justin Schultz was able to report to the team. Unfortunately for the Pens, those hopes were dashed when the New Jersey Devils claimed Warsofsky off waivers. Ray Shero adds another former Penguins to his collection in New Jersey, but unlike the others Warsofsky's time with Pittsburgh didn't overlap with Shero's tenure with the team. Warsofsky was signed a two-way deal this past offseason by Jim Rutherford as a free agent from Boston. He had played 10 games over the past two seasons with the Bruins, but the majority of his time was spent in Providence, where he proved to be a capable offensive defenseman at the AHL level.
Warsofsky played 12 games for the Penguins this year, and his place in the lineup and time on the top power play unit under former head coach Mike Johnston seemed to be a protest against the other struggling defenders on his team. Warsofsky had a goal and an assist on the season before sustaining a concussion in an on-ice collision with referee Tim Peel, though he did have success in driving possession with a 55.4 SACF% vs 49.2% with him off the ice. Wasofsky didn't have much of a place in the Pittsburgh lineup after Derrick Pouliot was recalled, and once Schultz was acquired from Edmonton the writing seemed to be on the wall. It ends up being a bigger blow to the Baby Pens than it does to the NHL club, and he'll join a Devils club that's 3 points out of the playoff picture.