By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh)
With the flowing locks of Kris Letang spending a significant amount of time on the IR this season and family man Pascal Dupuis undergoing surgery for an ACL injury, General Manager Ray Shero had to do something for this team. Add in an injury to a player often looked over, Chris Conner, and Shero had an open spot to add a player to this team.
What player could combine Letang’s looks, the heartwarming personality of Dupuis, and the uselessness of Conner? Why, it was Taylor Pyatt, formerly of the New York Rangers.
The Rangers placed Pyatt on waivers on Wednesday and he was claimed by the Penguins on a snowy Thursday afternoon. Why is it important that it was a snowy Thursday afternoon? Because the snowflakes simply glistened in his eyes.
Is Pyatt the type of player that can really replace Kris Letang though? Sources suggest that not only can he replace Letang, but he will provide better longevity for the team and the fans. Hair is a beautiful thing, but it is often covered by helmets and eventually lost by many men. Eyes though. Eyes are the window to one’s soul. If Pyatt’s soul is that pretty, that could be the cleansing effect that this team needs.
Pyatt provides a pure, mystifying presence while other dirty, nameless players on the roster don’t even wash their hair every day.
Oh what’s that Shawn Thornton? You want to fight for a player’s honor? Go tell that to Taylor Pyatt. What’s that, you got lost in his eyes? You just want to look at him? Conflict settled.
Ray Shero is a master of judging the value of a player in the long run. Pack your bags Letang, your “flow” is no longer necessary. The future is clear, thanks to the beautiful reflection in Taylor Pyatt’s eyes.
Even married men are convinced:
— RH (@Ham0nRy) January 2, 2014
Taylor Pyatt is dreamy
— Tim Bowers (@TimBowers62) January 2, 2014
Okay, seriously though, quick legitimate analysis here:
Taylor Pyatt was a 1st-round pick (8th overall) by the Islanders back in 1999. He’s 32 years old and 6’4, 230 lbs. Over the course of 825 regular season games, he has scored 276 pts (136g, 140a) and recorded 420 PIM. In the playoffs, he has added 24 points (10g, 14a) in 69 games, with 26 PIM.
As you can see, he’s a big body but not just a pure fighter. He *can* put up points every so often and play a decent role on the team. He immediately becomes the biggest player on the team, and the biggest forward by TWENTY POUNDS.
In my recap of the Ottawa game, I talked about how this team was playing small and was getting knocked around too much. The same thing happened against New Jersey as well. The added size is quite necessary at this point, and this was essentially a no-cost way of trying Pyatt out in that role until Shero finds a trade partner if necessary.
Pyatt has certainly had a rough season so far. He missed time with a concussion and only has 1 assist in 22 games, with 10 PIM. He is the type of player that could benefit from the Penguins’ system though and just a change of scenery in general.
He averaged 1:35 of PK time per game for New York (2nd PK pairing) and that should help the Pens out so they don’t have to place Kunitz on the PK like they did against New Jersey. Per NHL stats (not my favorite), he only had 1 giveaway to 5 takeaways. Basically, he has the potential to be a solid 4th line/PK role player that brings size and toughness to a team that gets injured every three seconds.
On a personal note for him, he has suffered through one of the sadder stories we have seen in the NHL. The reason you will see “Taylor Pyatt girlfriend” come up on Google first is because he lost his fiancé in a car accident back in 2009. The man has certainly been through a lot.
He’s an unrestricted free agent after this season and he currently makes $1.65 mil. ($1.55 mil cap hit). This move gets a thumbs up from me.
You can either get stuck in the darkness….
Or you can see the light: