The Pittsburgh Penguins traded long-time Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Alex Grant on Monday to the Anaheim Ducks organizations for forward Harry Zolnierczyk.
Grant, 24, was drafted by Pittsburgh in the fourth round of the 2007 draft. He split the 2009-2010 season between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Wheeling and missed most of the following year with an arm injury.
In 2011-2012, Grant finally got a chance to play full-time and posted 10 goals, 37 points and 73 penalty minutes in 61 games, leading all Penguins blueliners.
This past season, due to a glut of depth on defense, Grant spent much of the first part of the year as a healthy scratch. He got into the lineup on a regular basis in the second half and responded with four goals, 20 points and 73 penalty minutes in 46 games. He also added two goals in 13 playoff contests this season.
Over the last four seasons, Grant appeared in 125 games with the Penguins, posting 17 goals, 62 points and 174 penalty minutes.
Zolnierczyk, 25, split the 2012-13 campaign between the Anaheim and Philadelphia Flyers organizations. He played in seven NHL games with the Flyers, recording one assist and 36 penalty minutes.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Zolnierczyk spent a majority of the ’12-13 season in the American Hockey League with the Adirondack Phantoms and Norfolk Admirals, collecting 11 goals and 19 points with 68 penalty minutes in 61 games between the two teams.
Pens open at home in October
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced their six guaranteed home dates for the 2013-14 season. The Penguins’ Home Opener is slated for Saturday, Oct. 12 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The complete list is as follows:
Saturday, Oct. 12
Friday, Nov. 29
Saturday, Dec. 14
Friday, Dec. 27
Saturday, Jan. 4
Saturday, Jan. 11
The Penguins will once again take the ice during the Thanksgiving (Nov. 29) and Christmas holidays (Dec. 27). Opponents for all guaranteed dates and the full Penguins schedule will be announced with the release of the complete American Hockey League schedule later this summer.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins season tickets packages are now available for the 2013-14 season by calling 208-PENS.