PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward Alex Galchenyuk on injured reserve after he aggravated an undisclosed injury that limited him during the preseason.
Galchenyuk joins center Evgeni Malkin and forwards Bryan Rust and Nick Bjugstad on IR for the Penguins, who are off to a 1-2-0 start. Galchenyuk, acquired in an offseason trade with Arizona, has two assists in three games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, the Peduto administration and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh have reached an agreement they say will increase investments in the Lower Hill District including affordable housing at the former Civic Arena redevelopment site.
The agreement, which builds on a previous Community Collaboration and Implementation Plan with the Penguins, will provide for a mixed-use development and parking garage and longer-term guarantees for affordable housing that will be developed by Hill District development group Intergen, which is overseeing the development of the residential part of the plan. The preliminary phase of plans from Intergen are scheduled to be voted on at Thursday afternoon’s URA meeting.
“Seeing the cranes in the air outside PPG Paints Arena already working on the construction of the Cap Park, we are excited to now move forward with the first two developments — construction of the first phase of housing, and a garage and live music venue — to move closer to fulfilling the promise of connecting downtown with the Lower Hill District,” said Pittsburgh Penguins President and CEO David Morehouse in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
The provisions include the capitalization of the Greater Hill District Reinvestment Fund, business incubation space and a Partner4Work center at the Civic Arena redevelopment. The Penguins also will build a new EMS station inside the parking garage to allow it to move from its current Boulevard of the Allies location; redevelop a computer lab, basketball court and playground at Ammon Rec Center; and finish the Curtain Call legacy project.
Twenty percent of the housing units being built by Intergen will be available for 20 years to people with 50 percent to 60 percent of the area median income using project-based vouchers from the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh.
In return, the project will get $3 million to help build the parking garage, $1 million affordable housing grant, tax abatements and a proposed 75 percent parking tax diversion for development costs. This funding will come from a combination of the city, the URA and the Sports & Exhibition Authority.
Councilman Daniel Lavelle, who also sits on the URA board, hailed the new agreement as building upon the One Hill Community Benefits Agreement and the Community Collaboration Implementation Plans that were previously reached with the Penguins.
“Now we have the opportunity to provide even more benefits on top of those two agreements that the community can begin to realize immediately,” Lavelle said in a statement.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said the agreement will bring equity and inclusivity to the site.
“These new plans contain commitments that are beneficial to all, including support of local small businesses, affordable housing and workforce development,” Peduto said in a statement.
Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena, the Penguins defense did not show up well enough in front of goaltender Matt Murray, allowing the Winnipeg Jets to score four times en route to a victory over the home team, who are 1-2 after three games played.
What is going on with this team defensively? (aside from the lack of quality defenders in the lineup).
Did Matt Murray have a flat-out bad performance? Did the defense hang him out to dry? Was it a little of both? Let’s take a look.
On the first Winnipeg goal of the game scored by Ville Heinola, the Penguins found themselves chasing the puck, with four players on one side of the ice. In a scramble to get back in position, Heinola was met with a fantastic pass from below the dots and put a shot on net that Matt Murray had clear sight of and should have stopped. The defensive alignment ended up allowing Heinola a clear look at net, but it was in Murray’s sights the whole way.
On Winnipeg’s second goal that was scored unassisted by Nikolaj Ehlers, a horrific zone exit pass was the main flaw here, sending him into the zone untouched where he was able to get a great shot past Matt Murray. What in the world were you thinking here, Zach Aston-Reese?
Ehlers played the angle perfectly, using the screen to his advantage against Murray, and wiring a clean shot inside the post.
Next up: an unmitigated tire fire! On this goal scored by Tucker Poolman (who may or may not be a real person), the Penguins were chasing the puck left and right, back and forth, any and every which way.
Jesse Marshall, of The Athletic Pittsburgh, broke this down a little more detail.
Here’s the Penguins defensive effort in a nutshell. An entire five man unit just puck watching. Poolman entirely unaccounted for as he sneaks in a scoring area. No attention to detail.
Lastly, on the final Winnipeg goal of the night, Neal Pionk was able to get all up in Murray’s business without any pushback from any of the Penguins around him.
All in all, the Penguins need to do an inherently better job in front of and around Matt Murray, but the fact of the matter is until the personnel changes, I’m not sure you can expect much better.
Pittsburgh forward Patric Hornqvist sat out practice on Wednesday. Hornqvist left a 4-1 loss to Winnipeg on Tuesday night after getting hit by a shot off the stick of teammate Kris Letang.
The Penguins recalled forward Adam Johnson from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.
Pittsburgh wraps up a season-opening four-game homestand on Thursday night against Anaheim.