Pittsburgh Penguins: Bennett And Fehr Practice, Rust Injured, Farnham Waived

By Larry Snyder

The Pittsburgh Penguins roster took some interesting turns Sunday. Here are some quick bits about the latest comings and goings for the Black and Gold.

Beau Bennett was on the ice during practice at the UPMC Lemieux Complex, for the first time since his undisclosed injury Saturday, Oct. 3 in the 3-2 loss against the Montreal Canadiens.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound forward had one goal in three regular season contests before the injury. The 23-year-old from Gardena, California tied for the team with fellow right-wing Phil Kessel with three goals in four preseason match-ups.

“I feel pretty good and felt really good on the ice,” Bennett said afterward to Michelle Crechiolo on the team’s website. “Hopefully it just progresses into playing next game.”

Bennett went on to say, “Today was the last step, just pushing and shoving and battling. We battled for 30 minutes out there, me and Eric Fehr. Didn’t notice anything off. Felt really good in the corners and felt up to speed and up to tempo, so that’s all the main keys.”

It was also good to see that it was the 30-year-old Eric Fehr, who was the one in Cranberry battling with Bennett. The 6-foot-4, 212-pound center has been unavailable since June 3 when he had elbow surgery. He started practicing Thursday, Oct. 15 with the team.

The Winkler, Manitoba native signed a three-year deal Tuesday, July 28 with the Penguins. He told Crechiolo, “I feel strong. I feel better than I did the second half of last season. I want to play when I get off of injured-reserve. That’s my goal right now and I definitely think that’s a possibility.”

One of the players missing was Bryan Rust, who was not on the ice for practice a day after blocking a shot from Predators defenseman Seth Jones in Saturday’s 2-1 overtime victory in Nashville. The 5-foot-11, 192-pound right-wing appeared in five games this season with the Pens. The Pontiac, Michigan native was one of six players to make their National Hockey League debut last season with the Black and Gold joining Bobby Farnham, Scott Wilson, Scott Harrington, Dominik Uher and Derrick Pouliot.

Head coach Mike Johnston suggested on the team’s website that the injury to the 23-year-old could be long term, “Rusty is going to be out. We haven’t determined a timeframe on it but he’s going to be out. It’s not going to be day to day. I should have a probably better timeframe on it in the next day or two.”

It was disclosed that forward Bobby Farnham, 26, was waived Sunday afternoon. The 5-foot-10, 188-pound right-wing had no points and five penalty minutes in three games this season.

If the North Andover, Massachusetts native clears by noon Monday, he could be assigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League. The Brown University product had seven goals and seven points along with 226 penalty minutes in 62 contests with WBS last season.