Penguins Re-assign Vitale, Jeffrey and Strait…

The Penguins have re-assigned Dustin Jeffrey, Joe Vitale, and Brian Strait to Wilkes Barre-Scranton.

The Penguins are getting healthier and expect several of their wounded birds to make their triumphant return to the line-up in the very near future. Some of which (Paul Martin) will take the ice as soon as Wednesday evening when the Penguins head back to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs.

The fact that the team is due to get some bodies back, coupled with the fact that they aren’t going to be playing any games for three days prompted them to send a couple bodies back to Wilkes Barre-Scranton this afternoon. The most shocking of which being Dustin Jeffrey, who had just returned to the line-up last night with a big goal for team.

The other bodies heading back down to the farm as Joe Vitale and Brian Strait.

There is always the chance that Jeffrey could be recalled for Wednesday evening’s game if need be. The team has a habit of making these kind of moves with their tweeners when they have a long lay off.

Here is the official release from the team…


The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned Dustin Jeffrey, Brian Strait and Joe Vitale to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.


Jeffrey has eight points (5G-3A) in 15 games with Pittsburgh this season.


Strait has played in three games for Pittsburgh this year. He made his NHL debut Feb. 21 vs. Washington.


Vitale has notched one goal and two points in nine contests with the Penguins. He posted his first career NHL goal Feb. 16 at Colorado.