Forward Rem Pitlick couldn’t break through the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup.
On Thursday, the former Montreal Canadiens was removed from training camp and his name was placed on waivers. This was also the case with defender Xavier Ouellet.
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The Penguins acquired Pitlick in August as part of a trade between the San Jose Sharks and guard Erik Karlsson.
The Ottawa native has 123 games of experience in the National Hockey League, including 92 games with the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge. He also wore the colors of the Nashville Predators and the Minnesota Wild. Pitlick scored 21 goals and provided 33 assists for 54 points in the Bettman Tour.
In 2023-24, Pitlick will sign a two-year contract worth $1.1 million per year. This is a pact offered by Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes in July 2022.
As for Ouellet, the Quebec native is in his second season in the Pens organization. The former Laval Rocket captain played the entire 2022-2023 American Hockey League season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. In 29 games, he collected two goals and 15 assists for 17 points.
The Detroit Red Wings’ second-round pick (48th overall) last stint in the NHL dates back to the 2020-2021 season, when he played six games with Sainte-Flanelle.
Forward Jonathan Gruden and defensemen Ty Smith and Taylor Fedum were also cut.