News:Eric Tangradi scored his first goal as a member of the Jets in Thursday's 2-1 win over Tampa Bay.
Analysis:Eric Tangradi's goal was his first point of the season. Although he had some promise as a prospect coming up through the Ducks' system, subsequent trades to the Penguins and now the Jets haven't translated into any consistent production. As such, Tangradi can't be considered a fantasy-worthy option until he delivers some more offensive production.
News: The Penguins have traded Eric Tangradi to the Jets for a 2013 seventh-round draft pick, the team's official site reports.
Analysis:Eric Tangradi has managed just five points in 45 career games with the Penguins, but perhaps a change of scenery/role will lead to a boost in production in Winnipeg for the 2007 second rounder.
News:Eric Tangradi, who has served as a healthy scratch in five straight games, has six hits and zero points in five games.
Analysis:Eric Tangradi proves that not everyone can score on a line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal. Tangradi played a bit better as part of Pittsburgh's fourth line prior to being scratched, but it's safe to say there are likely more productive fantasy options available in most leagues.
News:Eric Tangradi served as a healthy scratch Tuesday night against the Islanders.
Analysis:Eric Tangradi has played a little bit better in his last two starts, but remains pointless in five games. He's out of options, otherwise Pittsburgh would've likely sent him back to Wilkes-Barre by now.
News:Eric Tangradi skated just over eight minutes (8:18) in Pittsburgh's shootout victory Sunday, finishing plus-1 against the Senators.
Analysis: He was on the ice with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal when the Pens netted their lone goal of the game. Eric Tangradi looked pretty good Friday on the fourth line and it's possible that he shuttles between lines going forward.
News:Eric Tangradi practiced on the Pens' fourth line during Thursday's practice, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: With zero points and decreased ice time, Eric Tangradi's stock is at a season low. It's unknown when and if he'll get another shot with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal. He has one NHL goal in 43 games. Tyler Kennedy took his spot next to Malkin on Thursday and will likely get a shot there Friday in Winnipeg.
News:Eric Tangradi totaled less than five minutes (4:27) of action in Wednesday's game against Toronto.
Analysis:Eric Tangradi's ineffective play at both ends of the rink could tighten his leash and push him back to Wilkes-Barre in a hurry. GM Ray Shero has stated he wants to see what the big forward can do in an extended run, but his patience has to be wavering.
News:Eric Tangradi, who has yet to point in either of Pittsburgh's first two games, saw under 10 minutes (9:32) of action Sunday.
Analysis: Pens coach Dan Bylsma recently said that the only way to find out about Eric Tangradi is to give him a run of games, but his patience has to be wearing thin. The fact that Pittsburgh is winning takes some of the heat off Tangradi, but he could find himself benched rather quickly if he doesn't begin producing.
News:Eric Tangradi has made the Penguins' 23-man roster heading into the regular season.
Analysis: Pittsburgh kept Eric Tangradi over Beau Bennett, but the power forward will likely be on a short leash. Dustin Jeffrey has also played well in the week-long training camp and could see time with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal.
Pens' Tangradi Misses Out On Golden Opportunity Wednesday
News:Eric Tangradi failed to take advantage of his opportunity to skate on Evgeni Malkin's line Wednesday, missing out on several scoring opportunities close to the net.
Analysis: The fact that he got those chances bodes well for him, but power forwards unable to finish don't stick around in the NHL for too long. Eric Tangradi all too often looks a step slow in the Penguins' system.
Pens' Tangradi Gets First Crack With Malkin And Neal
News:Eric Tangradi will get the first audition on Evgeni Malkin's line, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis:Eric Tangradi has a short history of playing well alongside Malkin, as he did so a couple preseasons ago. If he's able to succeed, his fantasy value soars. As of now, he's still the player who's scored one goal in 40 NHL games. He must show he has the speed to keep up in the league.
News: The Penguins have invited Eric Tangradi - along with Simon Despres, Beau Bennett and Jayson Megna - from AHL Wilkes-Barre to compete in training camp, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis:Eric Tangradi scored 10 goals and 18 points in 34 games for the Baby Penguins, but slumped badly over the last month. Still, he has a shot at making the team and if that happens, he could become fantasy relevant. The power forward has one goal in 40 NHL contests spread across three seasons.
News:Eric Tangradi has five goals in seven games for AHL Wilkes-Barre.
Analysis: He's put up big Baby Penguins numbers before, only to flop at the NHL level. That said, he's a possible top-six forward option if and when the lockout ends.
News:Eric Tangradi agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Penguins, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis:Eric Tangradi appeared in 24 regular season games with the Penguins in 2011-12 but had his strongest showings in the team's first-round playoff series against the Flyers. Tangradi's deal is worth $726,000.
News:Eric Tangradi has been sent down to AHL affiliates Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Penguins Official Website reports.
Analysis: Following the Penguins' first-round playoff exit against the Flyers, Eric Tangradi has been sent down to play in the remainder of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton playoff series against the Hershey Bears. Tangradi recorded two points in 24 games for the Penguins this past season.
News:Eric Tangradi is expected to get a rare start Saturday in New Jersey, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis:Eric Tangradi, who has played only two times in March, has one assist in 18 games. He's already shown an ability to succeed at the AHL level, but securing an NHL slot has proven to be another matter thus far. Poolies should hope Tangradi gets moved to another system that doesn't rely upon speed, as does Pittsburgh's.
News:Eric Tangradi went pointless in more than 10 minutes of action in Pittsburgh's 8-1 win Saturday afternoon.
Analysis: The 23-year-old power forward has zero points in 14 games with Pittsburgh. To his credit, he did a nice job of controlling the puck in the Bolts' end Saturday. Eric Tangradi has been a frequent source of trade talk, mostly because of his supposed lack of speed within the Pens' system, but he still could have a bright future with the right organization.
News:Eric Tangradi was recalled Monday from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Penguins' official site reports.
Analysis:Eric Tangradi has appeared in 12 NHL games this season with Pittsburgh, going scoreless with 12 penalty minutes.
News: The Penguins have re-assigned Eric Tangradi to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Penguins' official site reports.
Analysis:Eric Tangradi has played in 12 games for the Penguins this season, averaging just over nine minutes per game. He ranks third on AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with 14 goals in 30 games.
News:Eric Tangradi is pointless in four games since his recall a week ago.
Analysis: He saw more than three minutes on Pittsburgh's power play Sunday, but his chances might come to a close if he can't show some finishing skill. Eric Tangradi's latest audition with the Pens isn't anything more than ordinary.
News: The Penguins recalled Eric Tangradi on Monday, according to the Penguins' Web site.
Analysis:Eric Tangradi may be looking at regular minutes due to injuries to Jordan Staal and James Neal. The big forward, who scored 11 goals and 25 points in 30 games for the Baby Pens, figures to see time on the man advantage. Tangradi's star has dimmed in the last couple years, but he might not get a better a chance to show what he can do, starting Tuesday against Ottawa.
News: The Penguins assigned Eric Tangradi to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday, according to the team's official website.
Analysis:Eric Tangradi appeared in four games with the Penguins but did not record a point. However, he totaled 20 points (10 G, 10 A) in 24 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, so he'll likely be among the top candidates next time the Penguins need to add a forward.
News: The Penguins have recalled Eric Tangradi, according to the team's official site.
Analysis: In 18 career regular season NHL games, Eric Tangradi has only three points (1G, 2A). He could see time on Pittsburgh's second power-play unit and is worth keeping an eye on. In 20 games for AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, he has 20 points. The 22 year-old might not even play Friday, depending on the status of Jordan Staal and Joe Vitale, but he gains invaluable experience, on and off the ice, with every recall.
News:Eric Tangradi was reassigned to the AHL Wednesday, the Penguins' official Twitter reports.
Analysis:Eric Tangradi was scoreless in his two NHL games while Steve MacIntyre spent some time on a conditioning assignment. The Pens must feel a higher need for an enforcer as Tangradi has had more successful in the AHL and relatively equivalent success in the NHL.
News:Eric Tangradi will get a chance to show what he can do on the team's power-play unit Friday, according to coach Dan Bylsma, the Penguins' Web site reports.
Analysis: "He's playing strong down low," Bylsma said of Eric Tangradi's work in the AHL. "He's really improved his puck management in the neutral zone. That's something that he's been inconsistent on in the past. We're looking for him to continue that and be a force in the offensive zone, hold on to the puck, get to the net. He'll get an opportunity tonight as net-front on the power play." With Tyler Kennedy and Sidney Crosby not far away from returning, Tangradi will need to make a quick impression at the NHL level or risk a demotion back to the Baby Pens.
News: The Penguins recalled Eric Tangradi from Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, according to the Penguins' Web site.
Analysis:Eric Tangradi has heated up for the Baby Pens, potting a pair of goals Wednesday. For the season, the power forward has netted seven goals and 12 points in 12 contests. The team hasn't said where he'll play, but it's likely he serves on a third or fourth line and sees some time on the Pens' No. 2 power-play unit.
News: The Penguins sent Eric Tangradi to AHL Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday.
Analysis:Eric Tangradi got off to a slow start in training camp and played a bit better as the camp went on. His prospect tag has dimmed, but it's important to note that he's still only 22 and power forwards sometimes take longer to develop.
News:Eric Tangradi will start on the Pens' top line Tuesday with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal.
Analysis:Eric Tangradi, who is in a battle for a roster spot, displayed a physical presence in his last start. A good showing Wednesday could boost his chances over Nick Johnson and Colin McDonald.
News:Eric Tangradi didn't score Thursday but created a couple of scoring chances against the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Eric Tangradi was at the bottom of contention for an Opening Night roster spot prior to Thursday's game. He's in competition with Nick Johnson -- who had a big game against Chicago with linemates Tyler Kennedy and Jordan Staal, and also Colin McDonald -- who slacked off after a nice game Wednesday. Tangradi's star has dimmed in the last year but he figures to get a look as a midseason callup.
News: Tangradi played well for Pittsburgh on Wednesday, logging just over 15 minutes (15:21) of ice time.
Analysis: Tangradi screened Tampa Bay goalie, Dwayne Roloson, on Tyler Kennedy's power-play score. He could play again Saturday even after Chris Kunitz returns from his one-game suspension.
Pens' Tangradi Or Mike Comrie To Replace Kunitz Wednesday
News: Tangradi or Mike Comrie will replace the suspended Chris Kunitz in Wednesday's lineup, the Penguins' Web site reports.
Analysis: Tangradi is thought to be the front-runner to replace Kunitz, but Comrie has more playoff experience than Tangradi and could help out an ineffective power play. Coach Dan Bylsma said he will make a game-time decision on Kunitz's replacement.
News: Tangradi (concussion) saw his first action since Feb. 11 on Sunday, picking up an assist in 13:44 TOI against the Thrashers.
Analysis: He provided a pretty screen on Tyler Kennedy's power-play goal. Even so, it's unlikely Tangradi dresses much in the playoffs, barring injury. He lacks experience and recent game action other teammates offer.
News: Tangradi (concussion) returned to practice Wednesday but will not rejoin the lineup Thursday against Philadelphia, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Tangradi's ability to practice is certainly a good indication that he is making headway in his recovery from a concussion. But even when he returns, fantasy owners will want to temper their expectations from the young center, who has only appeared in 15 NHL games.
News: Tangradi (concussion) has been cleared for full practice, the Penguins' official site reports.
Analysis: Tangradi, who has two points in 14 games to date, last suited up Feb. 11. There's no firm timetable for his return to action, but given that he is cleared to practice fully, it shouldn't be too long before he's back.
News: Tangradi (concussion) accompanied the Pens on their trip to Ottawa but isn't close to returning, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: He skated in full gear during practice but hasn't played since receiving a concussion from Trevor Gillies on Feb. 11.
News: Tangradi (concussion) is still dealing with symptoms and has no timetable for a return, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Tangradi continues to miss out on an opportunity for regular playing time in Pittsburgh. He hasn't done anything with his limited NHL time -- two points in 14 games -- and his name has been bantered about in trade talk.
News: Tangradi (concussion) will not play Wednesday, the Penguins' Web site reports.
Analysis: Tangradi hasn't practiced since he was assaulted in New York over the weekend. "Tangradi still has concussion-like symptoms and is resting today," coach Dan Bylsma noted.
News: Tangradi (concussion symptoms) will not play Sunday against the Rangers, the Penguins' official site reports.
Analysis: The Penguins may also soon be hit by a series of suspensions stemming from Friday night's free-for-all, so they'll likely turn to the AHL for reinforcements. Tangradi's next chance to play will come Wednesday against the Avalanche.
News: Tangradi may be suffering from concussion-like symptoms after a fight Friday, according to coach Dan Bylsma.
Analysis: The Penguins are looking more AHL than NHL right now and will likely have to dig into the depleted system once again.
News: The Penguins have recalled Tangradi from their AHL affiliate, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Tangradi has scored one goal and notched an assist in 13 games with Pittsburgh this season.
News: Tangradi was assigned to the AHL on Wednesday, PittsburghPenguins.com reports.
Analysis: Tangradi only has two points and eight PIMs in 13 showings this year while averaging about 11 minutes of ice time per contest. Given those numbers, it's quite unlikely that he'll be a fantasy factor in many formats, at least in the short term.
News: The Penguins recalled Tangradi from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Tangradi has appeared in nine games with Pittsburgh this season, recording one goal and two points. He's been outstanding in the AHL, racking up 18 goals and 14 points in 42 games.
News: Tangradi was named the AHL player of the week for the period ending Sunday, scoring five goals and seven points in three games.
Analysis: He has 10 goals and 15 points in 21 games since being sent down to the Baby Penguins. The Pens have shown a propensity to recall whomever is playing the best hockey in the AHL, so Tangradi's strong play puts him back on the radar screen for a later callup.
News: Tangradi was sent down to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Monday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Tangradi was a victim of Penguins' players getting healthier. He's still the organization's top prospect at forward, and he managed to score one goal and one assist in his nine games with the team so this likely won't be the last time we see him in a Penguins' uniform this season.
News: Tangradi tallied his first NHL goal Friday night in a 3-2 overtime win against the Islanders.
Analysis: Tangradi whirled and threw a shot along the ice that nicked off an Islanders player's skate in the crease for his first score. Tangradi will get a chance to add to his "ugly goal" total Saturday, when he gets to face the Flyers in his hometown for the first time. Tangradi has also proven to be a source of hits -- he has 14 through five games for Pittsburgh.
News: Tangradi picked up his first NHL point, an assist, in Monday's 3-1 win over New Jersey.
Analysis: The Pens are breaking the rookie in slowly, but Tangradi's performance Monday could earn him more trust with coach Dan Bylsma.
News: Tangradi is expected to be in the Pens' starting lineup Thursday night, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Analysis: There was no immediate word on why Tangradi was sent to the ECHL for a night, but it probably had something to do with the salary cap. Tangradi is expected to see time alongside Evgeni Malkin. A hot start by Tangradi would solidify his role as a net-front presence for Pittsburgh. If he goes cool, then the organization has plenty of other options chomping at the bit in Wilkes-Barre.
News: The Penguins sent Tangradi to the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL on Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: It's believed that the move is procedural and Tangradi should be back with the team shortly. There's no indication the odd move was the result of any disciplinary issue. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to find out why the team demoted Tangradi, who was playing next to Evgeni Malkin and Mike Comrie, while recalling fifth-string goalie Patrick Killeen. Tangradi offered no explanation on his Twitter page www.twitter.com/EricTangradi.
News: Tangradi assisted on linemate Evgeni Malkin's first-period goal Tuesday night.
Analysis: Tangradi screened the Chicago netminder on the goal. Pittsburgh has been looking for a net-front presence since Ryan Malone left and Tangradi has impressed in camp. It wouldn't be surprising to see Tangradi open the regular season with Malkin and Mike Comrie, but he'll have to perform with Jordan Staal due back in late October or early November.
Tangradi Will Get Chances to Show He Belongs in Pittsburgh
News: The Pens believe Tangradi has the ability to play on one of the team's top two lines, according to coach Dan Bylsma, the Penguins' Web site reports.
Analysis: The biggest question at this point is whether Tangradi will break camp with Pittsburgh. "Tangradi is a guy we think can be a top-six guy or a winger with a good center-man and another good winger, and he's getting that opportunity," Bylsma said. Tangradi didn't do anything special at the rookie prospects tourney earlier in September, but will get his chance to shine starting Wednesday, when the Pens host Detroit.
Tangradi Expected to Get Chance to Make Pens in Camp
News: The Penguins will give Tangradi a shot at replacing Billy Guerin as the team's net-front presence on the No. 1 power play during training camp, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Analysis: Tangradi, who collected a goal and two assists in three rookie tourney games over the weekend, spent most of 2009-10 playing in the AHL. He scored 17 goals and 39 points in 65 games, but labored with a sprained AC shoulder joint for much of the year. Tangradi will need help to start the season out with Pittsburgh, but management believes he's got a shot. "I think he's going to be in a competitive environment and push for a spot," assistant to the GM Tom Fitzgerald said. "Why can't he?"
News:The Sports Xchange reports LW Eric Tangradi, a Penguins' prospect, is expected to be ready at the start of camp after a hand injury has kept him sidelined. Tangradi severed a tendon in his left hand when he was severely cut by a goalie's skate during an OHL playoff game in April. He fully recovered from initial surgery, but will have a follow-up procedure to help with the flexibility of his hand.
Analysis: Tangradi was a key piece of the trade that sent Chris Kunitz to Pittsburgh and brought Ryan Whitney to Anaheim in February. He is considered by some the top prospect in the Pens' system. Tangradi has only begun to scratch the surface with his potential and is continuing to develop as a scorer. He totaled 38 goals and 88 points in 55 games with Belleville of the OHL in 2008-09. Tangradi could spend another season in junior hockey or begin his pro career in 2009-10, but he remains more of a long-term Fantasy keeper.
News: The Pittsburgh Penguins traded defenseman Ryan Whitney to the Anaheim Ducks for forward Chris Kunitz and junior prospect Eric Tangradi, less than two seasons into a 6-year, $24 million contract that was supposed to make Whitney a key part of the Penguins' future.
Analysis: Tangradi is a 6-foot-4, 221-pound forward who played for Team USA in the 2009 World Junior Championships in Ottawa. He's in his third season in the Ontario Hockey League and was Anaheim's second-round pick (42nd overall) in the 2007 draft. He has 38 goals and 49 assists in 52 games this season with the Belleville Bulls in the Ontario Hockey League. He is not expected to make an immediate impact with the Penguins and might only debut as early as 2009-10. Tangradi is nothing more than a long-term Fantasy keeper.
News: The Orange County Register reports the Ducks have signed C Eric Tangradi to a three-year, entry-level contract. Tangradi, a second-round pick in the 2007 draft, was recently named to the U.S. squad for the 2009 World Junior Championship.
Analysis: Tangradi has 46 points in 32 games this season with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL. He's likely a few years away from the NHL though, so continue to ignore him in all formats for now.
News: The Anaheim Ducks sent Bobby Bolt, Joe Callahan, Stephen Dixon, Andrew Ebbett, Brett Festerling, Mike Hoffman, Shane Hynes, Matt Keith, Dan LaCouture, Jean-Philippe Levasseur, Brendan Mikkelson, Brian Salcido and Clay Wilson to Portland of the AHL on Wednesday.
Analysis: The team also released Tyler Bouck and assigned youngsters Maxime Macenauer to Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL and Eric Tangradi to Belleville of the OHL to the juniors. None of the players mentioned above are worthy of any Fantasy consideration.