Happy trails Biz-Nasty

The Penguins got the son of a legend, but lost some grit and strength via waiver transactions today.

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The Penguins placed Paul Bissonnette on waivers Tuesday in an attempt to send him down to Wilkes-Barre. However, he didn’t clear and was picked up by the Phoenix Coyotes.

It’s sad to see Bissonnette go. He was vying for a starting spot in Pittsburgh and had become a fan favorite in Wilkes-Barre, earning the name “Biz-Nasty” for his rugged, drop-the-gloves style of hockey as a left winger. It’s safe to say he’ll get a better chance at significant NHL time in Phoenix.

In response, the Penguins picked up Chris Bourque — son of Raymond Bourque — off waivers from the Washington Capitals.

Bourque’s career stats are as follows, as well as a goodbye quote from Bissonnette …

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Bourque — Washington’s 2nd round pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, 33rd overall — has 1 goal and 0 assists in 12 career NHL games. He found his way in to the lineup in Washington last year for 8 games, registering his first NHL goal.

The video of the goal is a little grainy, but he finds a rebound following the play right in the slot and sends it in.

He’s been steadily improving ever since he was drafted in 2004 and was eyeing this year as his chance to finally make the Capitals.

His comments as Washington’s training camp open, courtesy of the Patriot-News

“I’m going to try to make it hard for them to send me down,” Bourque said. “I’ve just got to work hard like I try to do all the time.”

He has increased his point totals each of the last four season in Hershey, peaking at 73 last season (21 G + 52 A).

He’s moving from a team that is deep in forwards to a team that is deep in forwards … probably not the ideal choice for him. However, it’s ideal for the Penguins as they add a solid piece to the puzzle in Wilkes-Barre with Bourque.

                                           --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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2004-05  Boston University           NCAA   35   10   13   23   50
2004-05  Portland Pirates            AHL     6    1    1    2    2  --  --  --  --  --
2005-06  Hershey Bears               AHL    52    8   28   36   40   1   0   0   0   0
2006-07  Hershey Bears               AHL    76   25   33   58   49  19   2   6   8  18
2007-08  Hershey Bears               AHL    73   28   35   63   56   5   1   3   4   8
2007-08  Washington Capitals         NHL     4    0    0    0    2  --  --  --  --  --
2008-09  Hershey Bears               AHL    69   21   52   73   57  22   5  16  21  30
2008-09  Washington Capitals         NHL     8    1    0    1    0  --  --  --  --  --
2008-09  Washington Capitals         NHL    Statistics Unavailable
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         NHL Totals                         12    1    0    1    2

As for Bissonnette, he has no hard feelings, saying he felt privileged to get to play in Wilkes-Barre, courtesy of the Citizen Voice:

“I just want to thank everybody for always making me feel welcome. Wilkes-Barre is a special place to play in the AHL. Whenever I talk to guys, I tell them that you’re going to play in front of a packed house every night and the people there treat you like gold. I’ve never played anywhere else in the American League, but when I talk to people who have, they say, ‘You know, it’s not the biggest town or the biggest nightlife, but it’s a place you want to play and you want to come back.’ It’s a one of a kind place, second to none.”

Chris | PPT

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