The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Tim Wallace from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. They have re-assigned Janne Pesonen to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and have placed Chris Minard on waivers. Minard will be re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the event that he clears waivers.
Wallace has appeared in 13 games, recording two assists and a plus-one rating during three stints with Pittsburgh this season. He made his NHL debut Dec. 10 at New Jersey and registered his first NHL point, an assist, Dec. 18 at Atlanta. He has 16 points (11 goals, five assists) along with 39 penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating in 39 contests with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.
The native of Anchorage, Alaska recorded 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) and 82 penalty minutes in 74 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season. The 6-1, 206-pound forward also posted eight points (two goals, six assists) along with 21 penalty minutes in 22 playoff contests, helping the Penguins reach the Calder Cup Finals.
The 24-year old forward has played 127 games in the AHL for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, scoring 47 points (21 goals, 26 assists) along with 152 penalty minutes. He has registered 10 points (three goals, seven assists) and 23 penalty minutes in 33 post-season appearances with the Penguins. Wallace signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent on October 4, 2006.
Pesonen, 26, has played a total of seven games during six stints with the Pittsburgh this season, including his NHL debut in St. Louis on November 1. Pesonen ranked second with 49 points (16 goals, 33 assists) and 33 assists on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the time of his recall. He has a plus-eight rating through 47 games this season in the AHL.
Minard has played 20 games for Pittsburgh this season scoring three points (one goal, two assists) while posting an even rating. The 6-1, 190-pound forward led the AHL with 26 goals at the time of his recall. Minard ranks third on the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins with 43 points (28 goals, 15 assists) while leading the team with 28 goals.