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Friday, July 24, 2009

Some thoughts from the Pens side on Smith and Lannon

Penguins Insider blog covers the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Always nice to get a little perspective on players from the teams they used to play for. Sounds like both are well liked.

18 comments:

AeroFinn said...

Should we be expecting to see more Baby Pens? Or maybe somebody from the Sharks system? For example Connor James would still be available as an UFA. I guess at least Lannon will get a good chance to start with the Wild being on one-way contract and coach's old favourite from WBS?

Ms. Conduct said...

I don't think it's a one-way contract, is it? It's one year...

AeroFinn said...

And I guess now that Brodziak is signed it will push somebody down the pecking order? Maybe not surprisingly Brodziak's best pro season was under Richards in WBS. Nathan Smith got probably signed as a stunt for Brodziak...4th line emergency center? Again Smith put up some nice numbers for Richards in the '08 playoffs.

AeroFinn said...

ok, sorry I must have got the one-way contract wrong then...anyways I still somehow see Lannon given a "good look"....Nathan Smith to me sounds purely a stunt.

AeroFinn said...

hmmm... ok you guys must have had a discussion about this already (?), but there seems to be quite a few sites which say that Ryan Lannon has signed an NHL contracts, while at the same time talking about N.Smith's two-way contract. These of course can be rumours but doesn't "NHL contract" mean that it is one-way? Or is it just lazy journalism in this case?

Ms. Conduct said...

I think the problem is that the press release from the team doesn't specify, but given his history of never having played an NHL game, I can't fathom it would be anything other than a two-way.

Russo reported Smith's deal as 2-way and even reported his minor league salary, so there's clarity there, but I guess nobody's asked on Lannon. Or nobody's answering.

Ms. Conduct said...

Andrew just confirmed to me (via Mill) that it's a two-way contract for Lannon.

AeroFinn said...

OK thanks for that, probably just confusion there like you said. And I realize now that I'm starting to wake-up that one-way would be bit odd...

AeroFinn said...

Just saw the last mail, thanks for the confirmation! Great service here!

Fred Trask said...

And Andrew had it in his Chronicle story on Wednesday.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/hki/aeros/6542621.html

The Minnesota Wild signed center Nathan Smith and defenseman Ryan Lannon to two-way contracts Wednesday, adding depth to those positions in the organization.

Glad we could clear that up.

AeroFinn said...

I feel bad now, should at least read the Chron... I tend to go for the NY Times for the better international coverage... There should be some sort of "Aeros at Chron" warning here so I would know when to start hunting for some extra coins (I prefer the printed version)

Fred Trask said...

Andrew doesn't like to toot his own horn.

He's been scooping the heck out of things this summer.

Anonymous said...

In detail: Smith at $550.000 at Minny, $80.000 in Houston. Lannon has an NHL contract, per Russo.

Fred Trask said...

Smith has an NHL contract too.

All that means is that the NHL team has signed him (it could be a two way or a one way, it depends on the contract) as opposed to the Aeros signing him.

If it were an Aeros contract he could not play in the NHL until he had an NHL contract.

Forecheck said...

Well liked, but can they score?

AeroFinn said...

Doesn't look like it. Have to go for the 2-1, 2-0 win. Or 1-0 SO.

artsnhockey said...

At least you say WINS :)

AeroFinn said...

:-)
Well... I didn't mean to sound so positive. Was trying not to implicate that I'm thinking they necessarily get the win. Only hope is to keep the opponent at 0,1 or 2 goals. This the plan anyways? Very defensive hockey next season?