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Latest Pens Buzz

[More Trouble for Murray]
[Riikola to debut]
[Ottawa front and Center in monitoring Maatta situation?]
[Reason behind Grant placed on waivers]

The Penguins on Tuesday revealed that goaltender Matt Murray has been diagnosed with a concussion, spelling more trouble for Murray who has opened the season allowing 11 goals in 2 games.

The short and long-term concern for Murray’s personally is that this is now his 3rd known concussion since April 2016.

Murray was bumped a few times in Saturday’s game, but indications are the injury happened in Monday’s practice when a Penguins forward Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

Predicting how anyone will respond from a concussion is a crapshoot, but the way Murray is already responding has the Penguins optimistic that it won’t be a long-term absence by any means, sources said late Wednesday morning. Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

As for Tristan Jarry, it’s an earlier than expected opportunity for him to put some good NHL tape out there.

The Carolina Hurricanes interest in Jarry from early in the summer has waned, but the New York Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

Olli Maatta was informed prior to Tuesday’s practice he will be a healthy scratch vs Vegas and the coaching staff has gone over with him on what he needs to improve.

Maatta is taking the scratch in stride and while this is expected to be a short-term situation with him out of the top-6, Juuso Riikola could change those plans.

Pittsburgh feels the Golden Knights speed game is an ideal situation for Riikola to be inserted into the lineup. The organization truly doesn’t know what they have in Riikola but there is great intrigue from some higher-up’s that this is a player whose style of play is built for today’s NHL.

If Riikola plays well out of the gate and keeps Maatta in the press box, calls into the Penguins from clubs about Maatta’s availability are going to be a daily occurrence.

On news of Maatta’s pending scratch, one Eastern Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

While Maatta’s trade stock has significantly fallen from where it was say three years ago, there are some coaches out there who would love to their get hands on Maatta and there’s a sense among scouts that Maatta needs to play in a Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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