Straight from the team's press release:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Simon Despres from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, and re-assigned defenseman Alexandre Picard to WBS, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.Not sure exactly why the move was made but there are a number of possibilities. The most plausible reason looks to be that Picard would not be waiver exempt 30 days after his first call up on November 3rd, and today would be the 29th day so that could have been it.
The money issue is a dead end because Despres' cap hit is actually higher than Picard's. Maybe Shero and company wanted to see what Despres could do in NHL game action to track his development. Either way, Despres will likely be paired with a somewhat familiar face in Robert Bortuzzo for Pittsburgh's game against Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.
I haven't forgot about November Grades Part 2: The Defensemen & Goaltenders. That should post late tonight. Until then... Go Penguins!