Ailing Pens reacquire well-traveled Beech

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins reacquired forward
Kris Beech on a waiver claim Saturday, the fourth NHL team for
Beech this month.

Beech, first picked up by the Penguins in the 2001 trade that
sent Jaromir Jagr to Washington, was claimed on waivers from the
Capitals. Beech began the season with the Blue Jackets' Syracuse
farm club before being called up by Columbus, getting four goals
and five assists in 16 games before being waived.

Beech was claimed by Vancouver on Jan. 10, only to be waived
again Tuesday. He was claimed again by Washington, but did not play
any games with the Capitals, who were attempting to send him to
their Hershey farm club.

Beech, who turns 27 next month, had one goal and one assist in
four games with Vancouver.

The 6-foot-2, 209-pound Beech was the No. 7 overall pick by
Washington in 1999, but has not lived up to his potential. He
scored 10 goals in 95 games with Pittsburgh from 2001-04 and has 25
goals and 42 assists in 193 career NHL games.

The Penguins are short on forwards with Sidney Crosby (high
ankle sprain), Gary Roberts (broken leg) and Tyler Kennedy
(mononucleosis) currently sidelined.