Player News - Penguins

Date: Team: Pos:

Kris Letang (upper body) is a game-time decision for Saturday's match against the Flyers.

Through 41 games this season Pittsburgh's top defender has posted five goals and 34 points with 70 blocks and hits.
Feb 24 - 6:14 PM

Justin Schultz (concussion) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's match with the Flyers.

Through 74 games now with the Penguins dating back to last season he has 10 goals and 47 points along with 50 hits and 81 blocks.
Feb 24 - 6:12 PM

If GM Jim Rutherford has it his way, Justin Schultz won't be going anywhere this summer.

We have not [discussed an extension with Justin Schultz], but he will definitely be a priority for us in the offseason." A restricted free agent this summer, the 26-year-old has been resurgent with Pittsburgh. Through 74 games now he has 10 goals and 47 points along with 50 hits and 81 blocks. He's been a boon to their power play behind Kris Letang, posting a goal and 13 points this season with the man-advantage. Making just $1.4M this season, Schultz should see a nice raise for his contributions to the club.
Source: Sam Werner
Feb 24 - 3:09 PM

Ron Hainsey has played in more games without a playoff appearance than any other active player.

Hainsey has participated in 891 career games. The lack of postseason action on his resume is about to change though after being acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday. "It's not just a playoff team, right? It's a team that obviously won last year, and I hope I'm not overstepping my bounds by saying it's a team that expects to win this year," Hainsey said. "That's certainly the most exciting part of it. (Carolina GM Ron Francis) told me this morning it was Pittsburgh, and if you could pick a spot where you say, ‘If we don't win the Stanley Cup, we're going to be disappointed,' this would certainly qualify."
Feb 24 - 7:13 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins aren't likely to trade Marc-Andre Fleury.

While Fleury isn't expected to be part of the Penguins' long-term future anymore, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford would rather have the goaltending depth going into the playoffs. "I'm going to say what I've said all along. I'd prefer to keep him," Rutherford said. "We play a lot of games in March. You don't know when players are going to get hurt. He's handled the situation very well. I'm going to have some communication with him in between now and the [deadline] and see exactly where he sits and how he feels. That will play a part in the final decision. But I'm not going to get too far ahead of myself because he very well could be a part of our team going down the stretch." This situation will likely be dealt with in the summer as the Penguins will want to protect Matt Murray in the expansion draft and they don't have the option of protecting both goaltenders.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 23 - 4:51 PM

Ron Hainsey should join the Penguins in time for Friday's practice.

That might set the stage for Hainsey to play for the Penguins on Saturday. He was acquired by Pittsburgh from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 2017 second-round selection and Danny Kristo. With the Penguins' blueline decimated by injuries, Hainsey will be a very welcome addition.
Feb 23 - 3:45 PM

Justin Schultz (concussion) took part in Thursday's practice.

Schultz is hoping to get the green light to return on Saturday. He's missed the Penguins' last three games.
Feb 23 - 1:53 PM

Kris Letang is dealing with an upper-body injury.

The Penguins didn't offer any further details other than to say that Letang is day-to-day. Unfortunately injury troubles are nothing new for Letang and this season has been no exception as he's been limited to 41 games so far. The Penguins are also missing blueliners Justin Schultz, Trevor Daley, and Olli Maatta though, so the timing of Letang's injury is particularly brutal. The silver lining is that the Penguins acquired Ron Hainsey, so at least they have a much needed reinforcement.
Feb 23 - 12:53 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Ron Hainsey from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 2017 second-round selection and Danny Kristo.

The Hurricanes will retain half of Hainsey's remaining $2,833,333 annual cap hit. Hainsey is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has four goals and 14 points in 56 contests this season and has averaged 22:20 minutes per contest. He'll be a big help to the Penguins given that they're missing defensemen Justin Schultz, Trevor Daley, and Olli Maatta due to injuries.
Feb 23 - 10:32 AM

Trevor Daley has undergone knee surgery and will miss six weeks as a result.

Daley was hurt during Tuesday's game. He has five goals and 19 points in 54 games this season. The Penguins' defense was already depleted due to the loss of Justin Schultz and Olli Maatta. With that in mind, the Penguins also acquired blueliner Ron Hainsey from Carolina.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 23 - 10:29 AM

Bryan Rust (upper body) is still in the early stages of his recovery.

He is taking things day-by-day, but he hopes to be back as soon as possible. That doesn't sound like he is making much progress yet. Rust hasn't played since Feb. 9 due to an upper-body injury.
Feb 22 - 6:09 PM

Trevor Daley suffered a lower-body injury during Tuesday's contest.

Daley has five goals and 19 points in 54 contests in 2016-17. The severity of the injury wasn't immediately known. The Penguins were already missing defensemen Justin Schultz and Olli Maatta, so missing Daley for any period of time would put significant strain on Pittsburgh.
Feb 22 - 5:26 AM

Matt Murray stopped 29 of 30 shots in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Murray made a number of solid saves in this one. He now has just one regulation loss in his last eight games. Murray has a 22-7-3 record with a 2.27 goals-against-average and a .926 save percentage this season. He'll continue to be a top five fantasy goalie down the stretch.
Feb 21 - 10:11 PM

Sidney Crosby found the back of the net in Pittsburgh's 3-1 win over Carolina.

It was his league-leading 33rd goal of the 2016-17 season. Crosby's power play goal at the 16:21 mark of the second period proved to be the game-winning marker. The Penguins captain finished the game with four penalty minutes, five shots on goal and one hit in 22:05 of ice time. Crosby has 66 points in 53 games this season. Scott Wilson and Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Pens.
Feb 21 - 9:59 PM

Cameron Gaunce will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against Carolina.

Gaunce has two assists in four games this season. Nick Bonino (illness) will also miss the game.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 21 - 6:59 PM


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