The Penguins sent Porter to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. The veteran cleared waivers and will start the season with the Baby Pens. Porter collected three assists in 41 games for Pittsburgh in 2015-16 before undergoing season-ending surgery.
Porter was waived by the Penguins on Friday for the purpose of reassignment, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Porter was expected to play a bigger role for the Pens last season before being sidelined by injuries. The 30-year-old saw his spot on the depth chart filled by the like of veteran Matt Cullen and youngsters Tom Kuhnhackl and Bryan Rust. If Porter clears waivers, he will be reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton where he can provide some much needed veteran leadership.
Porter (ankle) will be in the lineup for Tuesday's preseason matchup with Detroit, Seth Rorabaugh of DK on Pittsburgh Sports reports. After missing the start of the year with an elbow injury, Porter was bit by the injury bug again during the 2015-16 campaign and missed the final 43 games of the year including the postseason. Healthy again, the veteran will look to prove why he was brought in last season in the first place. Word of warning to fantasy owners, the center has never played an 82-game NHL season, as he topped out at 74 outings with Colorado during 2010-11.
Porter (ankle) agreed to terms on a new one-year, two-way contract with the Penguins on Monday. Porter missed the team's playoff run after breaking his ankle in early March. The 30-year-old will get his name engraved on the Stanley Cup after competing in exactly 41 contests, the required minimum, during the regular season. In those outings, the winger tallied a mere three helpers while averaging 11:19 in ice time per game. Porter's primary contribution to the team comes on the penalty kill as he logged just under two minutes of shorthanded game action when he was healthy. It remains unclear where the veteran will slot in with the emergence of Bryan Rust and Tom Kuhnhackl, which should give fantasy owners pause heading into the 2016-17 campaign.
Porter (ankle) was placed on injured reserve according to the team website. Porter is out at least 12 weeks after having surgery on his ankle, but was not ruled out for the post-season. The winger has recorded a mere three points on the scoresheet this season, but has been crucial to the Penguins' lineup because of his veteran leadership, something that doesn't translate into fantasy value.
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