The Penguins claimed former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon off waivers on Tuesday.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 11, 2016
Condon previously played for the Penguins’ East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) affiliate Wheeling Nailers in 2013-14, though he was a prospect of the Montreal Canadiens. After Carey Price was sidelined for the remainder of the Canadiens 2015-16 season, Condon was thrust into the starting role. In 55 games, Condon had a .903 save percentage and a 2.71 goals against average.
Penguins goalie prospect Tristan Jarry, who served as Marc Andre Fleury’s back-up this preseason as Matt Murray recovers from a broken finger, will be reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL). Jarry was impressive in the preseason and recorded two shutouts.
The Penguins begin their Stanley Cup defense, Thursday against the Washington Capitals at PPG Paints Arena.
OTHER WAIVER NEWS
–P.A. Parenteau, who was beginning his second tenure with the Islanders, had his welcome back campaign cut short after being claimed by the New Jersey Devils. The 6’0”, 193 pound Canadian seemed to be a front-runner to make the Islanders roster, and after signing a one year, $1.25 million contract with the Islanders, the move surprised many.
–The Minnesota Wild have claimed coveted former Red Wings forward Teemu Pulkkinen off waivers. The 24 year old Finnish forward has been a tremendous scorer in the AHL, scoring over 30 goals twice with the Grand Rapid Griffins. Pulkkinen has yet to translate his play into NHL success, scoring only 11 goals and 20 points in 70 NHL games, but is a low-risk claim for the Wild.–Two former shot blocking defenseman for the Penguins, Rob Scuderi and Zbynek Michalek, have been waived by the L.A. Kings and Arizona Coyotes respectively. Rob Scuderi, a two time Stanley Cup Champion, could be at the end of his career. Lackluster play over the past few seasons, which included two trades, Scuderi has cleared waivers.
Michalek, in his third tenure with the Arizona Coyotes, was the odd-man out in a growing Coyotes defensive pool. With defensemem like Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Connor Murphy, Alex Goligoski, and Michael Stone on the roster, there wasn’t room for Michalek and his $3.2 million cap hit. According to General Fanger.com, the Coyotes have around only $800,000 in projected cap space. The Coyotes will attempt to bury the 33 year old’s salary for cap relief.