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Penguins trim roster heading into season opener

McLean, Bissonnette, among six players assigned to ECHL squads. Two others released.

WILKES-BARRE TWP. – With big-time help on the way from Pittsburgh and Edmonton and their exhibition schedule complete, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins cut eight players from their AHL roster on Monday.

Center Kurtis McLean and defensemen Paul Bissonnette, Grant McNeill and Curtiss Patrick were all assigned to the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers.

Edmonton prospects Troy Bodie and Liam Reddox were sent to the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder.

Tryouts Mathieu Roy and Michal Sersen were also released.

Roy will return to junior for an overage season while Val d’Or. Sersen, a Slovakian-born defenseman, will return to Europe.

Of the almost 20 tryouts in camp a week ago, only Jordan Morrison and Tim Wallace remain. And maybe not for long.

That’s because Pittsburgh sent four forwards and a defenseman down from the NHL on Monday too.

The Penguins assigned left wings Daniel Carcillo, Libor Pivko and Ryan Stone, center Maxime Talbot, and defenseman Noah Welch to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

None of the five are required to pass through waivers on the way to the AHL. Goaltender Dany Sabourin, who remains with the NHL Penguins, would have to clear waivers to be sent down.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opens its eighth AHL season tomorrow night against the Maitoba Moose in a 7:05 p.m. game at Wachovia Arena.

PENGUINS ROSTER

Goaltenders: Jeff Deslauriers, Andrew Penner.

Defense: Matt Carkner, Micki DuPont, Tom Gilbert, Ryan Lannon, Alain Nasreddine, Wade Skolney, Noah Welch.

Forwards: Dennis Bonvie, Kyle Brodziak, Daniel Carcillo, Erik Christensen, Stephen Dixon, Jonathan Filewich, Connor James, Tyler Kennedy, Jordan Morrison, Libor Pivko, Rob Schremp, Tim Sestito, Ryan Stone, Maxime Talbot, Tim Wallace.

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