Pittsburgh Penguins waive F Ryan Craig, D Andrew Hutchinson as season nears

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Pittsburgh Penguins have waived forward Ryan Craig and defenceman Andrew Hutchinson.

Both players are expected to be assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) if they clear waivers. They were signed as free agents during the off-season.

Craig had 32 goals in 184 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2005-10. Hutchinson appeared in 135 NHL games with Nashville, Carolina, Tampa Bay and Dallas before playing for Texas of the AHL last season.

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The Penguins, who open the season Thursday at home against Philadelphia, also assigned forward Dustin Jeffrey to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.