Pittsburgh Penguins Re-Assign Forwards Jeff Taffe and Connor James
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forwards Jeff Taffe and Connor James to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Taffe tallied one assist in three games with Pittsburgh since joining the club on Dec. 10. He began the season with the Pittsburgh Penguins appearing in one game. The 27-year old ranked second on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins with 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) and a plus-8 rating in 24 games at the time of his recall.
The 6-3, 215-pound forward played 45 games with Pittsburgh last season, scoring 12 points (five goals, seven assists) along with eight penalty minutes. Taffe registered 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) and 22 penalty minutes in 27 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2007-08. He has played 146 career games in the NHL over parts of five seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Phoenix Coyotes and New York Rangers, tallying 40 points (20 goals, 20 assists) along with 36 penalty minutes.
The native of Hastings, Minnesota was originally drafted by St. Louis in the first round (30th overall) of the 2000 Entry Draft. He signed with the Penguins as a free agent on July 13, 2007.
James, 26, skated in his first game with Pittsburgh this season on Dec. 13 against Philadelphia. He has scored 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) in 26 games, ranking fifth in points on the Wilkes/Barre Scranton Penguins at the time of his recall. He also ranks fourth on the team with a plus-7 rating this season.
James played a total of 13 games in six recall stints to Pittsburgh during the 2007-08 season. He made his Penguins debut on Dec, 15th 2007 vs. the New York Islanders and recorded his first NHL goal on Feb. 26th vs. the New York Islanders after being recalled earlier that day. The Calgary, Alberta native registered 37 points (nine goals, 28 assists) in 64 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, last season. His 28 assists tied for third on the club. James posted 13 points (eight goals, five assists), including two game-winning goals, in 23 playoff games as he helped Wilkes-Barre/Scranton advance to the Calder Cup Finals.
The 5-10, 180-pound forward originally signed by the Penguins as a free agent on August 9th, 2006.