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Thursday WBS UPDATE 1/12

Thursday, January 12, 2012
The WBS Penguins will certainly welcome back leading scorer Colin McDonald.
Some news out of Pittsburgh today that will affect the WBS Penguins:

First, Colin McDonald has been re-assigned to the AHL Penguins. His stint in the NHL was brief, as he only appeared in two games for Pittsburgh, going scoreless with three shots on goal, five hits and a plus-1 rating.  McDonald should be in Newfoundland to play in the WBS Pens games against the St. Johns Icecaps this weekend. Good news for WBS, as they get their leading scorer back for two games against

McDonald might not be the only forward making a return to the AHL. Steve MacIntyre has cleared waivers and  is eligible to be sent down if that's what Pittsburgh chooses to do. UPDATE: MacIntyre will report to Wilkes-Barre Scranton on Monday, which means he will be missing this weekend's games in Newfoundland.  I don't see why they wouldn't send him, being that Dustin Jeffrey and Arron Asham are back in the lineup and recently recalled Eric Tangradi is still in the NHL. The move would still leave Pittsburgh with 13 healthy forwards, with only Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal out of the lineup. I know I just said only.

Another thing I mentioned on the Twitter side yesterday, Simon Despres was put on the injured reserve in Pittsburgh and is scheduled to miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained knee. Bad news for Despres, who was named an AHL All Star last week. He will miss this year's event. The injury to Despres leaves Pittsburgh with just six defensemen, which makes curious minds wonder whether or not WBS might be losing a defenseman by the name of Brian Strait or Robert Bortuzzo for this weekend's games.

Stay tuned. Live in-game coverage of the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins weekend trip to Canada right here on Highland Park Hockey: Your source for all Penguins hockey news.

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