Player News - Penguins

Date: Team: Pos:

Oskar Sundqvist is out with an undisclosed injury.

Sundqvist skated before the start of practice and should be skating with his teammates in the not to distant future. He only appeared in 18 NHL games last season so he easily could start the season in the minors, especially if Matt Cullen is healthy.
Sep 25 - 10:34 AM

Matt Cullen missed practice on Saturday.

The veteran center has an undisclosed injury but there is little concern so early in training camp. The 39-year-old will have little-to-no fantasy value but is a solid fourth line center for the Penguins.
Sep 25 - 10:31 AM

Derrick Pouliot has come into camp much slimmer than last season.

Pouliot is trying to make the team and also seems to have a renewed confidence at the start of camp. "Maybe that was one of the things holding me back last year from performing at my best," Pouliot said of his physical transformation. "It’s my third year professionally now. I’m starting to learn how to learn how to be a professional and do the little things." Pouliot worked with Gary Roberts in the off-season and that seems to have worked. Pouliot has plenty of offensive upside but curb those thoughts a bit this season and expect a 7-10 goal season and 30 points from the former eighth overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Sep 25 - 10:28 AM

Bryan Rust missed practice on Saturday for the second straight day.

No word on the injury but it's not expected to keep him out of the lineup for any significant period of time. Rust had a great playoff for the Penguins as the rookie had six goals and nine points in 23 games after 11 points in 41 regular season outings. Looking forward, he should be in the 25-30 point range if he is a bottom six forward.
Sep 25 - 10:26 AM

Encouraging news for Matt Murray, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and their fans.

According to General Manager Jim Rutherford, Murray won't need surgery to repair his broken hand. He's still expected to miss three-to-six weeks, and we'd expect the youngster to get all the time he needs considering it'll be Marc-Andre Fleury in net.
Sep 24 - 2:04 PM

With Matt Murray set to begin the season on the shelf with a broken hand, Marc-Andre Fleury will get first rights at Pittsburgh's crease.

Murray suffered a broken hand during Team North America's bout with Team Russia, and will be out "three-to-six weeks" according to the Penguins. Fleury meanwhile is looking to have his third straight season of improvement. He's entering his age-32 season but the veteran netminder has arguably never been better than he's been over the last two campaigns. Pittsburgh was demonstrably hockey's best team in the 2017 portion of the calendar, and it's hard to imagine why that would change.
Sep 24 - 12:27 PM

The Penguins have announced that Matt Murray will be out "three-to-six week" with a broken hand.

The injury came during Team North America's bout with Team Russia, which may help explain why he gave up four goals in a little over six minutes during the second period. Needless to say, Marc-Andre Fleury will enter the season as Pittsburgh's starter. Expect Murray to return between mid-October and early-November.
Sep 24 - 12:22 PM

Phil Kessel (hand) participated in Friday's practice.

Kessel's aim is to be ready for the Penguins' season opener. He's recovery from surgery in July.
Sep 24 - 6:44 AM

Matt Murray (thumb) won't be in the lineup for Wednesday's World Cup match versus Sweden.

He was wearing a splint/wrap on his blocker-hand thumb after practice on Tuesday. Murray wasn't concerned by the injury after he was hurt on Monday night against Russia. Perhaps he will be back in the crease in the next round of the tournament, but for now he should be considered day-to-day.
Sep 21 - 12:59 PM

Phil Kessel took a swipe at USA Hockey for their World Cup snub.

Minutes after the United States' hopes of winning a medal ended with a 4-2 loss to Canada, Kessel tweeted, "Just sitting around the house tonight w my dog. Felt like I should be doing something important, but couldn’t put my finger on it." It was Kessel's third tweet all year, which might emphasize just how much he wanted to make his feelings on the subject known. Of course his exclusion from Team USA ended up being moot because he would have probably missed the tournament anyways after having bone chips removed from his hand back in July, but it still was a curious decision to snub him in the first place though it was likely part of their general emphasis on grit, which of course didn't pay dividends. Either way, USA Hockey has some reevaluation to do after how the World Cup played out.
Sep 21 - 5:29 AM

Trevor Daley's ankle has responded well to his training over the last three or four weeks.

Daley missed the last nine games of the Penguins' playoff run after breaking his ankle. "I feel great," said Daley. "I don't feel like I've missed a step at all. I feel good about my game, and I'm just excited to get it going." He's in a bit of an interesting position as this is the second campaign in a row that he'll be opening the season with the defending champions. Though he wasn't part of Chicago's 2015 Stanley Cup-winning run, he was part of the Blackhawks at the start of 2015-16, so he got to see firsthand the challenges that come with being on the team that everyone's looking to dethrone.
Sep 21 - 5:23 AM

Matt Murray hurt his blocker-hand thumb midway through the second period of Monday's World Cup match against Russia.

"It's something pretty minor, I just jammed my thumb a little bit," he said after the game. It wouldn't be surprising if he was back between the pipes on Wednesday against Sweden.
Sep 20 - 1:55 PM

Phil Kessel (hand) expects to be ready when the regular season begins.

He had a bone chip in his hand and could be limited at the beginning of training camp. Kessel may skip some practices as a result, but he still believes he will be ready to go when it counts.
Sep 20 - 12:31 PM

Matt Murray allowed four goals on 19 shots before being pulled in the second period of Team North America's 4-3 loss to Team Russia in a World Cup game in Toronto Monday night.

Murray was replaced by John Gibson, who stopped all six shots he faced. Murray seemed a bit tired after a fine performance in a 4-1 World Cup win over Finland Sunday night. He made 24 saves in that one.
Sep 19 - 11:44 PM

Matt Murray will be back between the pipes for Team North America on Monday night.

He stopped 24 shots in a 4-1 win against Finland Sunday night. The North American squad will face Russia in their second game of the tournament.
Sep 19 - 12:32 PM


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