Yesterday Taylor Pyatt was placed on waivers by the New York Rangers. The veteran left winger’s contract was set to end at the completion of this season and was costing the team $1.55 million. Despite the entire team starting slow, the Rangers decided Pyatt would not have the opportunity to get his feet under him after returning from a concussion sustained earlier this season against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have claimed Pyatt off waivers in the hopes of filling some much needed roster space. The Penguins have been riddled with injuries and are in need of size and strength; Pyatt provides both. Perhaps best known for being a “big bodied forward” who knows how to use his size to his advantage, Pyatt is also a penalty killing advantage. This is Pyatt’s 13th NHL season, who has played in five different leagues since 1996. Pyatt was drafted eighth overall in the 1999 NHL entry draft by the New York Islanders. In his previous 12 NHL seasons, Pyatt has registered seven double-digit goal scoring seasons and eight 20 points or higher seasons. In 803 career NHL games, Pyatt has tallied 136 goals for 275 points. In seven post seasons, Pyatt has played in 69 games and registered 10 goals for 24 points.
Pyatt heads to Pittsburgh one day ahead of the Rangers and could, very well, face the Rangers tomorrow night with his new team. The Edmonton Journal ran a piece detailing Pyatt’s abilities which gives the indication that Pittsburgh was not the only team aware of Pyatt’s upside. Given the Penguins’ place in the standings, Pyatt just made a huge step up in his career. This could be the best chance at a Stanley Cup in his career. Wouldn’t that be a kick in the pants for the masses who exude negativity?