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Pittsburgh claims Zach Boychuk

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01-31-2013, 12:22 PM
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My mistake. In that case, the Pens' waiver wire pickups are awesome.
I knew that would change your mind.

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01-31-2013, 12:32 PM
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besides tanguay, iginla and cams i don't think they're all top 9. maybe for the flames though.
Cervenka, Hudler, Backland, Glencross, Stempniak, etc, etc, etc...

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01-31-2013, 12:33 PM
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How on earth can you forget Cal O'Reilly last year?
Who could forget the guy who's most memorable moment as a Penguin was almost having his head cut off by a helicoptering Bruins player?





I've never cared much for Boychuk, but it's obviously worth it to try out a former 14th overall pick who's still young on the 2nd line when our in-house options aren't working. If it doesn't work then he goes back to Carolina once Niskanen comes back.

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01-31-2013, 12:38 PM
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Worth a shot. Teams aren't selling off top 2 line wingers this early in the season so I guess you have to get creative. Pens have tried their own guys (Jeffrey/Tangradi... Glass ) and nothing has worked so far. May as well try this kid for a few games.

Niskanen being out 2-4 weeks should give this kid an opportunity over those 2-4 weeks to make things happen with Neal and Malkin, maybe Crosby instead or at least play well enough to knock someone else off the roster once Niskanen returns.

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01-31-2013, 12:47 PM
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Match made in heaven. Great chance for Boychuk to get his career going

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Good pick up by the Pens

I remember Boychuk being highly touted a couple of years ago but he has fallen from grace a bit since then. Maybe he can revive his career in Pittsburgh

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01-31-2013, 12:54 PM
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Who could forget the guy who's most memorable moment as a Penguin was almost having his head cut off by a helicoptering Bruins player?

Can't stop watching...

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Not such a bad pick-up by the Pens!

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01-31-2013, 12:59 PM
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Can Boychuk play wing ? Because with Crosby , Malkin and Sutter i wonder where they are going to fit him ? Center on the 4th line ?

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01-31-2013, 01:16 PM
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Can Boychuk play wing ?
At the NHL level, he is a winger. No way he could handle center duty.

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01-31-2013, 01:21 PM
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I don't care if he looks like this for us.



In two weeks you send Lovejoy down and keep this guy.

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Garth Snow is livid right now.

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I'm not sure what to think.

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besides tanguay, iginla and cams i don't think they're all top 9. maybe for the flames though.
Hudler,Cervenka,Glencross,Stempniak,Baertschi but yea all 4th liners

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I'm guessing the Devils and Rangers both put in claims, but Pittsburgh is lower in the standings.
I thought they were still using last years standings for waiver priority?

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Does anybody know for sure if the order was based off last year's standings still or have they started going by this year yet?

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01-31-2013, 01:53 PM
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Kirk Muller putting Boychuk on the 1st line for one game when Semin and Estaal hadn't even developed chemistry yet doesn't qualify as a good chance at top 6 duty for me. In a full season, Boychuk would've been given a better chance with the canes... eventually...

That said, Pittsburgh is slowly solidifying their position as my second favorite eastern conference team.

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I think it's a good pickup. He'll get a chance with Malkin and Neal. What more could you ask for? If he doesn't do well with them it's pretty safe to say he's what a lot of people think he is.

If not then Pittsburgh found a gem and the rich get richer.

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01-31-2013, 02:12 PM
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Glad the Pens claimed him. He cant be anywhere close to being as bad as some of the wingers Sid and Malkin have had this year.

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01-31-2013, 02:17 PM
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I saw where some thought that this would be a two week stay until Niskanen comes back. I do not see it even if Boychuk is underwhelming.

Shero made a mistake keeping Lovejoy over Strait, who just got a 4 year contract from the Isle's a couple weeks after being waived. Lovejoy has been beyond bad. And Pittsburgh has defensemen up to their ears throughout the system. The cupboard is pretty bare when it comes to wing. So even if Boychuk struggles a bit, keeping him would be the smart move instead of Lovejoy to give him a real chance to show he can play. I doubt anyone would be stupid enough to pick up Lovejoy if he were sent down, but good riddance either way.

Long and short of it is, I would not hold my breath about Boychuk getting waived again in two weeks, unless Shero is an idiot.

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01-31-2013, 02:23 PM
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Wow, this could turn out real good for the Pens. And without giving up assets. I admit i dont know much about Boychuk but he seems to be a 1st liner in the AHL. 1st round pick + still young and from what i've understood it isnt safe to call him a bust just yet. Im surprised the Canes werent able to get anything for him.

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I like the move considering it's pretty much no-risk. Who knows, he might be able to help out the Geno-Neal line.

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01-31-2013, 02:28 PM
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A little bit of irony in this waiver wire pick up by PIT, as it was on the same day that NYI signs the Pens' earlier waiver casualty, Brian Strait, to a multi-year, one-way deal.

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Didn't see that one coming.

Based on a comment on the Canes board, it sounds like he's getting a tryout until Niskanen comes off IR. After that, he either sticks or gets sent back through waivers with the Hurricanes first in line to claim him back. Kind of a weird situation.
What does Niskanen have to do with Boychuk ?

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