By Jonathan Bombulie
WILKES-BARRE TWP., Pa. – Heading into his first full season as a head coach, Todd Reirden had conversations over the summer with his two immediate predecessors, Dan Bylsma and Todd Richards, about what kind of player to target when filling out a roster.
Tyler Spurgeon‘s name came up every time.
“It was a situation where we had a lot of forwards and we wanted to allow our young players to play at this level. We had to take a pass on him then,” Reirden said. “With all these injuries, we certainly weren’t going to take a pass on him a second time. His energy and understanding of how we want to play, it’s all positives to add to our mix.”
Spurgeon, who played half a season with the Penguins as an Edmonton Oilers prospect in 2006-07, returned to the club Thursday when he was called up from Idaho of the ECHL. Center TJ Fox was returned to the Wheeling Nailers to make room on the roster.
“It’s exciting,” Spurgeon said after practice at the Wachovia Arena. “When I heard I was coming back here, a lot of good memories, a lot of good times.”