McClement (lower body) joined his group on the ice for training camp Friday. If McClement doesn't suffer any setbacks from his lower-body ailment that ended his 2016-17 campaign early, he stands a good shot of securing a permanent spot in Pittsburgh considering how top heavy it is at center. However, the 34-year-old's chances of making the 23-man roster could take a huge hit if the Pens bring in the third-line center they have been hoping to acquire throughout the offseason.
McClement (lower body) signed a professional tryout contract with the Penguins on Friday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The veteran was reportedly pondering his future early in the offseason, but will apparently give it another go -- with the defending champs, no less. McClement will attempt to prove his worth in training camp to earn a spot as a bottom-six forward. Given his current age and declining output the last few seasons, it's unlikely the veteran will gain fantasy relevance in 2017-18 even if he earns a roster spot with the potent Penguins lineup.
McClement, who missed the last 15 games with a lower-body injury, told the media he's "not too sure what's going to happen" for him hockey-wise this offseason. Now at the end of a two-year contract extension, McClement will become an unrestricted free agent this summer but may not garner much interest at the ripe old age of 34. McClement registered just eight points in 65 games and remains more of a defensive specialist whose primary tasks are winning faceoffs and killing penalties. At this point, it remains to be seen whether he will re-sign with another team or decide to retire after 12 seasons in the NHL.
McClement (lower body) is projected to be sidelined for the next two weeks, per coach Bill Peters. The Hurricanes will have to account for McClement's absence in their bottom six, but considering he's notched just two points in his last 25 games, the veteran forward's injury isn't likely to make much noise in the fantasy realm. Rookie Lucas Wallmark could benefit from more playing time while McClement remains sidelined.
McClement was forced out of Tuesday's game against the Islanders due to a lower-body injury and did not return. McClement is a bottom-six forward who doesn't put up much in the way of offensive or defensive stats, so this news won't affect too many fantasy owners.
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