Penguins Send Down Tangradi, Hutchinson

In anticipation of Arron Asham's return from a shoulder injury suffered during the pre-season, and with Jordan Staal now skating on his own regularly, the Pittsburgh Penguins have announced that they have assigned forward Eric Tangradi and defenseman Andrew Hutchinson to the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

After a strong training camp which earned him a spot on the opening night roster, Tangradi's production dropped once the regular season began, recording only a goal and an assist in 9 games of NHL duty. At the relatively ripe age of 21, he is arguably better served playing top-line minutes in the minors rather than periodic checking shifts in the 'Burgh, as he'd been doing lately. Hutchinson, recalled after Brooks Orpik injured his groin against Montreal in the Pens' second regular season game, potted 1 assist in 5 games of action during his absence. Orpik returned against St. Louis on Saturday night, pushing Hutchinson out of the proverbial door and back to the AHL.

Arron Asham is expected to make his Penguins debut on Wednesday when the Pens visit the St. Pete Times Forum to take on the revamped Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 PM EST puckdrop). Jordan Staal remains on the injured reserve, but is clearly on the mend and should be returning to full practice fairly soon.