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Has pretty much split time 50/50 in the NHL and AHL recently. Has a one-way deal, but has already passed through waivers, so likely to just stay in Abby and replace Rathbone in a sense. Rathbone was a LD though, so there might be some shuffling. 


EDIT: Some rumblings are that he'll join the team, so he may replaced Juulsen as a RD. Similar games played to Juulsen, but a smidge more offense. Probably moves better given he's only 5'11", 185lbs.

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From Harm Dayal and Rob Rossi at the Athletic.  


source: https://theathletic.com/4971093/2023/10/17/penguins-canucks-trade-jack-rathbone-mark-friedman/


The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded Mark Friedman and Ty Glover to the Vancouver Canucks for Jack Rathbone and Karel Plasek. Here’s what you need to know.

Friedman has 12 points in 64 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins and has spent most of his career with the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The 27-year-old defenseman was drafted by the Flyers in the third round (No. 86) of the 2014 NHL Draft.
Glover, a 23-year-old centerman, had 12 points in 49 games with the AHL Penguins last season.
A fourth-round pick (No. 95) of the Canucks in 2017, Rathbone, 24, has appeared in 28 games with the Canucks.
Plasek, a 23-year-old forward, spent last season with Olomouc HC of the Czech league and played eight games with the AHL’s Abbotsford Canucks in 2021-22.


What does this do for the Penguins?
GM Kyle Dubas has not been shy about his willingness to swap out parts when it comes to NHL roster or organizational depth. This move is more of the latter.


Neither Friedman nor Glover fit into the long-term plans in Pittsburgh. That doesn’t mean Rathbone or Plasek are locks to be in the lineup, only that they’ll probably be closer to joining it than Friedman and Glover would have been.

Dubas wants depth organizationally and players that can make for a competitive team in the AHL. He has convinced ownership this is a smart way to spend money without being constricted by the salary cap.

Ownership isn’t afraid to give Dubas resources for a competitive AHL affiliate. He had one in Toronto and wants one in Pittsburgh. — Rob Rossi, Penguins writer

Will there be more moves from Pittsburgh?
Surely, but that doesn’t mean any are imminent.

Dubas is going to be active in talks all season. He wants to be aggressive. He also has said he’ll use waivers if it means improving the NHL club.

The Penguins began this season with more new players than at any point since Evgeni Malkin’s rookie season (2006-07). There is going to be tinkering up until the last minute of the trade deadline — and it’ll likely be player-for-player swaps because the Penguins are tight against the cap. — Rossi


Short-term blue-line help
The Canucks really needed additional depth on the right side of the blue line. Noah Juulsen proved last game that he can’t be relied on as a regular NHL defenseman. Carson Soucy’s close to returning to the lineup but the Canucks coaching staff prefers not to play left-handed defenders on the right side, so that didn’t really solve the right defense issues. Vancouver’s next option was probably Cole McWard, who’s promising but raw, inexperienced and could probably benefit from logging big minutes in the AHL. This is where Friedman, a right-shot who has 65 games of NHL experience and has split time between the big leagues and AHL, gives Vancouver another depth blue-line option. — Harman Dayal, Canucks writer

A fresh start for Rathbone
Rathbone was once one of the Canucks’ top blue-line prospects. He was a standout at Harvard with his impressive skating and puck-moving combination. Rathbone’s development was hindered by a lack of game reps due to a combination of COVID-19’s impact on shutting down leagues and various injuries. He struggled to process the game quickly enough as a puck-mover and defend reliably enough to establish himself with the Canucks but, given his talent and pedigree, could have some upside with a fresh start. — Dayal

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17 hours ago, Singing Chef said:

After watching the game against Philly, if the coaches have the balls to do it they should park Myers and put Friedman in against Tampa.  

Myers certainly looked bad against Philly, however the Juulsen experimennt has to come to an end. He's not NHL playser and likely at his age never willbe.

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Just now, Bobby James said:

Have a feeling he'll be a high energy hard checking guy (despite not being huge). 


Similar play style maybe to guys like Burroughs and Biega. 


Biega might end up being the most accurate comparable. Would be nice if so.

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Down to Abby on a conditioning stint, which likely means he'll be back up soon. Not sure if that means he's gonna play soon or if it's just to keep in shape and get a few games in.

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21 hours ago, -AJ- said:

Down to Abby on a conditioning stint, which likely means he'll be back up soon. Not sure if that means he's gonna play soon or if it's just to keep in shape and get a few games in.


Yeah, he will be back up with the big club soon. A "Conditioning Stint" lasts for a maximum of two weeks. He continues to be part of the Vancouver Canucks 23 man roster. He would need to clear "waivers" to stay longer in Abbotsford.


Friedman will benefit from some real quality game time to stay sharp and in game shape.


Smart timing for this move as it coincides with our up upcoming homestand. If necessary, Friedman could be back with the club in two hours.

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Always forget that he's in the depth chart... goes to show how deep our defence group has all of a sudden become...









Friedman (all of the guys from here above are capable NHL defencemen)






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