Player News - Penguins

Date: Team: Pos:

Olli Maatta (shoulder) should resume skating in about two weeks.

With the Penguins eliminated from the playoffs, Maatta has plenty of time to recover before the start of training camp. He also had to get a cancerous tumor on his thyroid gland removed and was limited to 20 contests in 2014-15.
Apr 27 - 7:25 AM

Kris Letang (concussion) expects to be fine for the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

Given that Letang recent resumed skating and he's got months left to recover, we imagine he'll be available for the start of training camp. That being said, each road back from a concussion is unique so it's impossible for us to say with 100% certainty that Letang will be able to practice and play without limitations right from the beginning of camp.
Apr 27 - 7:23 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins don't have any intention of trading Evgeni Malkin.

That might seem obvious, but it has been brought up since Pittsburgh's first round exit. The idea of trading Malkin does have some merit. After all, Pittsburgh's cap is very top-heavy and moving Malkin would be one way to free up space so the Penguins can become a more well-rounded squad. Malkin might also start to decline in value quicker than anticipated given the soon-to-be 29-year-old's lengthy injury history. That being said, it's not at all surprising that the Penguins intend to keep the two-time Art Ross Trophy winner.
Apr 27 - 7:20 AM

Scott Wilson has been assigned to the Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins in the AHL.

Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate currently has a 2-0 series lead against the Syracuse Crunch. Getting reinforcements from the NHL will only help their playoff run. The 23-year-old had no points in three playoff games in 2015.
Apr 26 - 2:41 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned Brian Dumoulin to the AHL.

Dumoulin played relatively well when called upon with the big club. He will now head to Wilkes Barre for their AHL playoff run. The 23-year-old had one point in eight regular season games, and no points in the post-season for Pittsburgh.
Apr 26 - 2:39 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned Taylor Chorney to the minors.

Chorney was inserted into the Penguins playoff lineup because of the many injuries they had on defense. The 27-year-old had no points in five playoff games for Pittsburgh. He will help the Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins in their first round series against the Syracuse Crunch.
Apr 26 - 2:36 PM

Sidney Crosby will play for team Canada at the World Hockey Championships.

The Penguins were eliminated from the playoffs on Friday night, and we now find out that Crosby has committed to play for his country. Obviously, this is a huge boost to Canada's roster and their chances of winning the gold medal have increased significantly. Canada already had a strong roster with big names such as Tyler Seguin and Matt Duchene, but Crosby's arrival will drop everyone down a notch on the pecking order. The 27-year-old finished the 2014-15 season with 28 goals and 84 points in 77 games. He had two goals and four points in five playoff games.
Apr 26 - 11:45 AM

Evgeni Malkin said he still isn't sure if he will play for Russia at the World Hockey Championships this spring.

Malkin said that he enjoys playing for his country, but his health may prevent him from going. The Russian forward didn't register a point in five playoff games. He said that he and the Penguins still haven't had a conversation about his World Championship eligibility.
Apr 26 - 11:18 AM

Derrick Pouliot said he will go back to the minors now that the Penguins have been eliminated.

Pouliot didn't suit up in the playoffs because he was dealing with an upper body injury. When he's ready to return to action, he will help Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins in their AHL playoff run.
Apr 26 - 11:11 AM

Paul Martin is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Martin does want to return to the Penguins but there is no word on whether the Pens want him back. The 34-year-old defenseman had three goals and 20 points in 74 regular season games this year.
Apr 26 - 8:17 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins were pleased with the play of rookie defenseman Brian Dumoulin during the playoffs.

The defenseman, along with his partner Taylor Chorney, were not on the ice for a Rangers goal in all five games and that is quite an accomplishment for the two blueliners. "It was tremendous to get in and play in the Stanley Cup playoffs," Dumoulin said. "People go their whole careers without getting an opportunity. Very fortunate to get in and play. I just didn't want to come in and play. I wanted to make an impact." Look for Dumoulin to make a bigger contribution next season as he has played in only 14 regular season NHL games to this point.
Apr 26 - 8:14 AM

Pittsburgh Penguins CEO David Morehouse said that they aren't firing GM Jim Rutherford and head coach Mike Johnston.

There's been some speculation that the team might part ways with the front office members after their first season with the franchise, but it appears that is not the case. This might not quell rumors that the organization is dysfunctional, though.
Apr 25 - 2:43 PM

Derrick Pouliot (upper body) was unable to play in the playoffs.

Pouliot was hoping to be ready for the start of the playoffs after suffering the injury in the last week of the regular season. But the rookie was unable to go. He should be a fixture on the Penguins blueline for years to come and should hit the 40 point mark in a couple of seasons.
Apr 25 - 9:07 AM

Evgeni Malkin ended up pointless in the playoffs.

Well, that was bad news for poolies who took him, never mind for the Penguins who are now out of the post-season after the Rangers took the opening round series in five games. Malkin apparently was dealing with an undisclosed injury and that should be known shortly.
Apr 25 - 9:03 AM

Marc-Andre Fleury was outstanding in Friday's tilt against the New York, but the Penguins still fell 2-1 to the Rangers in overtime.

The Penguins have now officially been eliminated from the playoffs. Despite going down in five games, Fleury was still very good for most of the series. The same held true in game five, as the Penguins would have never even made it to overtime had it not been for their goaltender. The 30-year-old stopped 34 of 36 shots on Friday, but he will probably want to have Carl Hagelin's overtime winner back. Fleury was heavily criticized coming into the season, but he responded by having a solid year in 2014-15. He finishes the playoffs with a 1-4 record with a 2.12 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage. The most impressive thing about Fleury's numbers is that he posted them without his top three defensemen playing in the series (Letang, Ehrhoff, Maatta). It should be an interesting off-season in Pittsburgh.
Apr 24 - 10:42 PM

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