News:Brad Thiessen signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Penguins on Saturday, PittsburghPenguins.com reports.
Analysis: He'll initially be listed on the team's NHL roster rather than the AHL. His numbers were ugly last year, both in the NHL and AHL, but the team could get decent depth value out of him if he can show the AHL production he did from 2009 to 2010, both of which were seasons where he posted save percentages of .914 or better.
Thiessen Plays Well For Pittsburgh In Relief Tuesday
News:Brad Thiessen made seven saves without allowing a goal after relieving Marc-Andre Fleury on Tuesday.
Analysis: The rookie goalie's performance didn't mean too much in the overall game -- Pittsburgh lost by the score of 5-3 -- but he needed a confidence booster after giving up eight goals to Ottawa on Saturday.
News:Brad Thiessen will start against Ottawa on Saturday, Penguins.NHL.com reports.
Analysis:Brad Thiessen (3-0) has an unimpressive save percentage (.897) on the year, but his excellent supporting cast makes him a good bet to get a win most of the time.
News:Brad Thiessen stopped 26 of 30 shots in Tuesday's victory over Winnipeg, his third win of the season in as many starts.
Analysis: It's nice when you receive eight goals from your teammates, but Brad Thiessen probably would have wanted the win with less goals sneaking past him. Regardless, Thiessen will be used in spot starts to spell Marc-Andre Fleury and will not play much.
News:Brad Thiessen will start for the Penguins on Tuesday night against Winnipeg, according to the Penguins' Twitter Feed.
Analysis:Brad Thiessen has won both of his starts for Pittsburgh. The Pens have lost one home game since Jan. 10, making the rookie goalie a good play.
News: With Pittsburgh skating 14 times in the next 24 days, Brad Thiessen could see several starts.
Analysis: Usual backup Brent Johnson still hasn't returned to practice. Brad Thiessen has won both of his starts in a Penguins sweater and might make for a decent pickup in deep leagues.
News:Brad Thiessen is starting for the Penguins in their game against the Leafs on Wednesday, according to Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio.
Analysis:Brad Thiessen made 22 saves on 24 shots in his first NHL appearance. He'll try to pull off another solid effort in appearance number two.
News:Brad Thiessen stopped 24 of 26 shots to beat Columbus in his NHL debut Sunday. He also suffered a bloody nose from the post-game celebration, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis:Brad Thiessen stepped in nicely after Brent Johnson was sidelined with an illness, but this promotion likely is a short-term one.
News:Brad Thiessen will start Sunday's game against the Blue Jackets, the Penguins' Twitter Feed reports.
Analysis:Brad Thiessen will be making his NHL debut Sunday and on paper, it looks like a good spot for him, as the Penguins are coming off an 8-1 thumping of the Lightning on Saturday and the Blue Jackets rank last overall in the NHL.
News:Brad Thiessen could make his NHL debut for Pittsburgh on Sunday, according to coach Dan Bylsma, the Penguins' Twitter Feed reports.
Analysis: "It's certainly a possibility," Bylsma said of Brad Thiessen's chances of starting against the Blue Jackets on Sunday afternoon. Thiessen hasn't stood out in the AHL like he did last year -- he's got a 20-14-2 record, 2.88 GAA, .885 save percentage -- but he has played better lately. Thiessen might be a decent pickup against the lowly Blue Jackets.
News: Pittsburgh recalled Brad Thiessen on Friday, PittsburghPenguins.com reports.
Analysis:Brad Thiessen was brought up to serve as backup in the event that Brent Johnson (illness) can't play against Tampa Bay on Saturday.
News: The Penguins have re-assigned Brad Thiessen to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the team's official site reports.
Analysis:Brad Thiessen, who was recalled by Pittsburgh on an emergency basis, serving as a backup Tuesday, was around just long enough to score a Primanti Bothers sandwich, but his NHL playing debut will need to wait.
News: Pittsburgh recalled Brad Thiessen on Tuesday, Penguins.NHL.com reports.
Analysis: No injuries have been reported regarding Marc-Andre Fleury or Brent Johnson, so Brad Thiessen presumably doesn't stand a good chance of seeing the ice on this call up. He has yet to play in an NHL game.
News:Brad Thiessen has rebounded from his struggles to put up a 4-0 record with a 2.50 GAA and .915 save percentage in his last four games for the Baby Pens, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Analysis:Brad Thiessen won only three games from Nov. 11 to Jan. 7, going 3-8-2. He'll be a free agent after the season and will need a big finish to boost his value. Whether he sticks with Pittsburgh likely depends on his performance in the next couple months.
News: The Penguins sent Brad Thiessen to the AHL on Wednesday.
Analysis:Brad Thiessen is stuck behind Marc-Andre Fleury and Brent Johnson on the depth chart. He played well in camp, giving the organization confidence in him should something happen to Fleury or Johnson.
News:Brad Thiessen played well Saturday, stopping 16 of 17 shots in a 4-1 win, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis:Brad Thiessen is set to start the season in the AHL so long as Marc-Andre Fleury and Brent Johnson remain healthy. "Marc-Andre Fleury is, will be and has been our No. 1 goalie, and Brent Johnson has been a very capable and veteran backup," coach Dan Bylsma said. "It's tough to get by that, unless there's an injury." Johnson was named the AHL's Baz Bastien winner as the top tender last year, leading the league with 35 wins and seven shutouts. He also posted a 1.94 ERA and .922 save percentage.
News: The Penguins have re-signed Thiessen to a one-year contract, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: In 46 games for AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Thiessen recorded a 35-8-1 record, 1.94 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. Keeping him in the fold helps give the Penguins some nice goaltending depth behind Marc-Andre Fleury.
News: The Penguins reassigned Thiessen to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Thiessen served as the backup goalie for the last three games, but this move serves an an indication that Brent Johnson (neck) is ready to return to that role.
News: Pittsburgh recalled Thiessen on Thursday, PittsburghPenguins.com reports.
Analysis: Thiessen was called up due to Brent Johnson suffering an upper-body injury. He's been killing it in the AHL, but Thiessen is unlikely to get much work for the Penguins.
News: With four wins and five starts, Thiessen was named the AHL's player of the week for the Baby Penguins.
Analysis: Thiessen stopped 99 of 102 shots overall, earning a franchise-record fifth shutout among his four victories. For the season, Thiessen holds a 22-5 mark with a 1.87 GAA and .925 save percentage.
News: Thiessen started and lost an intrasquad scrimmage on Monday by the score of 2-1, the Penguins' Web site reports.
Analysis: Thiessen overtook John Curry as the team's No. 1 goalie at Wilkes-Barre last year and could see time in Pittsburgh if either goalie ahead of him gets hurt.