General Manager Ray Shero announced this afternoon that the Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled 26-year old Left Wing Jeff Taffe from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and in-turn assigned 23-year old Center Tim Brent to the AHL affiliate. Taffe, who was picked up as a free agent by the Penguins on July 13, 2007, had just recently been moved from Penguins training camp to the AHL affiliate on September 22, 2007.
Jeff Taffe was a St Louis Blues first round draft pick in 2000, being selected 30th overall that year. He attended the University of Minnesota where he helped lead Minnesota to the 2002 NCAA Championship, scoring the game-winning goal in the semifinal win against Michigan and the game-winning goal in the West Regional quarterfinal against Colorado College. He finished that season ranked second in the NCAA in goals (34) and fifth overall in points (58).
While playing for Minnesota, Taffe’s rights were traded by the Blues to the Phoenix Coyotes. He spent his first season in the NHL playing with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2002/03, and has spent time going back and forth between the AHL and NHL ever since. Almost all of his NHL career has been with the Coyotes. He did have a short stint (3 months, 2 games) with the New York Rangers after a trade involving Jamie Lundmark, but was traded back to Phoenix in a deal for Martin Sonnenberg. Taffe has played in 100 NHL games and netted 28 Points (15G, 13A).
Tim Brent was an Anaheim Ducks third round draft pick in 2004, being selected 75th overall that year. Brent played 15-games for the Ducks last season, his first in the NHL, scoring 1 goal. The Penguins acquired him from Anaheim in a trade for Stephen Dixon on June 23, 2007.
The Penguins continue training camp with 27 players, 4 more than they will have once the regular season starts next week. They currently have 16 forwards, 9 defensemen, and 2 goaltenders for a total of 27 players in training camp.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will play their final two pre-season games this weekend against the Buffalo Sabres, starting at home on Friday night and finishing in Buffalo on Saturday.