It was a relatively quiet trade deadline day as it related to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but much more eventful for the local club. Here’s a look at the moves made today, and how they’ll affect the team.
- TRADE – Sergei Plotnikov to the Arizona Coyotes for Matthias Plachta: Plotnikov never showed the offensive prowess the Penguins had hoped for. Plachta, also in his first season in North America, had seven points (2+5) in 46 games with the Springfield Falcons this season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton assistant coach Jay Leach coached Plachta with the Mannheim Eagles in Germany last year, where the then 23-year old posted 35 points (14+21) in 47 games to rank second on the team in scoring.
- WAIVERS – David Warsofsky claimed by New Jersey Devils: Warsofsky spent the first month and a half of the season in Wilkes-Barre, recording six points (2+4) in 13 games, before being called up to Pittsburgh. He saw regular ice time with the NHL club during December, but a concussion suffered in January kept him on the sidelines until a recent conditioning assignment. When Pittsburgh attempted to re-assign him after his conditioning stint expired, he was swept up by the Devils.
- REASSIGNMENT – Conor Sheary to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: It never hurts to have one of your leading scorers return to the lineup. Sheary has 36 points (7+29) in just 30 games with the AHL Penguins this season, and has chipped in with five points (3+2) in 27 games with Pittsburgh this season. But the return of several regulars to the Pittsburgh lineup meant a small roster shift, and Sheary was returned to Wilkes-Barre. Additionally, Bryan Rust, Scott Wilson, Matt Murray and Derrick Pouliot were all assigned to Wilkes-Barre and recalled by Pittsburgh, making them eligible to play for the AHL club in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs.
- TRADE – Matia Marcantuoni to the Arizona Coyotes for Dustin Jeffrey, Dan O’Donoghue and James Melindy: a HUGE move for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Marcantuoni appeared in just 17 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, recording five points (2+3). Jeffrey, on the other hand, is one of the organization’s all-time scoring leaders, and is currently 10th in the AHL in scoring with 46 points in 45 games. He represented Springfield at the 2015 AHL All-Star Game. O’Donoghue (center) and Melindy (defenseman) provide depth for the Penguins down the stretch. Both were assigned to the Wheeling Nailers upon completion of the trade.