Role: Two-way forward
Contract Status: UFA on July 1st
Notables: 26 years old, 6-1, 200 lbs., Right handed shot
Season Stats: 62 games played, 20G, 17A, +8, 61 PIM
Playoff Stats: 10 games played, 1G, 4A, +4, 6 PIM
Tim Wallace has played five years with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and is coming off back-to-back 20 goal seasons. He was one of only three to rack up 20 goals this season for the WBS Penguins and appeared in seven games with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
He is set to become an unrestricted free agent tomorrow and it's looking like Wallace will test the free agent market in hopes of finding a better path to playing in the NHL regularly. But don't rule out a Penguins comeback for a guy who has played in 359 games with the organization's AHL affiliate.
Most Penguins fans, me included, would be glad to have Wallace back in Wilkes-Barre for the 2011-12 season. He's a good two-way forward that you can plug anywhere in the lineup and play in any situation. He's great at killing penalties, can score goals on the power play and is a grinder who can cause trouble for opposing teams on the fore check.
I think if Wallace gets interest from another NHL team and feels he has a better chance to make their NHL club, then he'll take it. If not, we could see him coming back on a one year deal. The only thing that would keep Wallace from gaining any attention league wide would be the knee injury he suffered late in the season that caused him to miss the start of the playoffs.
I'll keep everyone posted on where the Penguins UFA's end up. Right now the only three left are Wallace, Corey Potter and Brett Sterling. Other than Wallace, I would like to have Potter back next season to mentor the young but promising blue line the WBS Penguins have put together for 2011-12.
This puts an end to the season reviews of 2010-11. I will put all of the profiles of the players who will be back next season on its own page for reference whenever someone wants to look at them. I will also be adding profiles on any guys that we saw towards the end of the season (Paul Thompson, Brian Gibbons and Alex Grant), or guys who will be new to the team in 2011-12.