Veteran winger Miroslav Satan was put on re-entry waivers by the Penguins yesterday and will rejoin the team if he clears by noon today.
Satan was assigned to Wilkes-Barre of the American Hockey League at the March 4 trade deadline for salary-cap purposes, but because of technical issues, there now is room for him under the team's cap for the weekend. The cap is not in play during the playoffs.
He can't appear this season, including the playoffs, for any NHL team that might claim him and is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, but someone could claim him to block the Penguins from having him for the postseason.
The Penguins signed the former New York Islander last summer with the hope he would mesh with center Sidney Crosby, but the two never developed great chemistry. Satan had 17 goals, 36 points in 65 games before being reassigned.
For their regular-season home finale against the Islanders last night, the Penguins joined the effort to help families in the wake of the fatal shootings of three Pittsburgh police officers Saturday.
In addition to collecting donations from fans entering Mellon Arena for the Fallen Heroes Fund, the players, coaches and management made contributions.
For their annual postgame "Shirts off our Backs" promotion, players put on the popular memorial T-shirts being sold by the police to benefit the same fund.
"It's a sad situation, and it's good that not only our team but the whole city has rallied behind this and tried to help people out," said Crosby, who found out about the shootings Saturday along with the rest of the Penguins in North Carolina that day.
"We were pretty shocked to hear that," he said.
"It's pretty scary. Hopefully, we can help the families out a bit. ... I can't imagine what those families are going through. I think everyone jumped on board to help out."
The team also held a moment of silence before the game.
In the year-end team awards, center Evgeni Malkin won the MVP and A.T. Caggiano Memorial Booster Club Cup for three-star honors.
Winger Eric Godard won the players' player award and the Edward J. DeBartolo Community Service award. Center Jordan Staal was the defensive player of the year. Crosby and defenseman Brooks Orpik shared the Baz Bastien Good Guy Award for media cooperation.
Penguins defenseman Philippe Boucher was in the lineup for the first time since Jan. 30 after recovering from foot surgery. Defenseman Hal Gill and forward Max Talbot were scratched for what the team described as rest. ... The Penguins are holding a "Beard-a-thon" where fans can grow playoff beards or sponsor others, including players, who grow them. Proceeds benefit the Mario Lemieux Foundation. For information, visit www.beardathon.com/penguins.
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