Rookie defenseman Simon Despres has shown the Penguins enough that they've declined to assign him to their minor league team in Wilkes-Barre, even though he wouldn't have to clear waivers to go there.

He just hasn't shown them enough to secure a steady spot in their lineup.

Despres was a healthy scratch for the Penguins' 5-4 victory Thursday night against Philadelphia, and it's far from certain that he'll dress for their game tonight against Toronto at the Air Canada Centre.

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