The Pittsburgh Penguins claimed veteran left wing Taylor Pyatt off waivers from the New York Rangers on Thursday. Pyatt’s salary cap hit is $1.55 million, and he is eligible to be an unrestricted free agent after this season. They signed forward Taylor Pyatt off waivers from the New York Rangers not long before coach Dan Bylsma announced that winger Chris Conner will need surgery for a hand injury and will miss six to eight weeks. Pyatt, 32, is a 6-foot-4, 230-pound veteran who has 136 goals, 276 points in 825 games with five NHL teams. Two Penguins could be close to returning from injury, and they are prominent ones. He played all 48 games for the Rangers last season, which was shortened by a lockout, collecting six goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-5.