Evgeni Malkin has been officially ruled for tonight’s game vs the Ottawa Senators, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan announced this evening at his pre-game media session. Sullivan also said Malkin will not play tomorrow night vs the Toronto Maple Leafs, saying he believes for now the injury is “short-term”. Sullivan would not divulge the specific area of injury but two sources told Inside Pittsburgh Sports prior to Sullivan’s media availability that Malkin is dealing with ‘significant’ swelling in his hand that prompted the team to send Malkin for some imaging early Thursday afternoon. The good news is scans on Thursday showed no broken bone, per sources, but the team isn’t 100 percent certain yet of how long Malkin will be sidelined. Further evaluation is planned in a few days once the swelling subsides.
PENGUINS PERSONNEL SHIFT HAS BEGUN PIT Receives: Nick Bjugstad, Jared McCann FLA Receives: Derick Brassard, Riley Sheahan, 2019 2nd RD Pick, 2019 4th RD Pick (PIT), 2019 4th RD Pick (MIN) There was growing momentum in league circles when Derick Brassard was scratched Wednesday night that he had played his last game as a Penguin. Indeed that became the case when Jim Rutherford today shipped Brassard, Riley Sheahan along with three draft picks to the Florida Panthers for Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann. This is a deal the Penguins internally are thrilled about. As discussions over the summer began of an organizational shift in acquiring players with more size, effectiveness along the wall, Nick Bjugstad became a top target even prior to the 2018 draft. Pittsburgh thinks so highly of Bjugstad that the Penguins even approached Florida about a deal centered around Phil — Is Bjugstad the Penguins long-term thirdRead More »
Penguins center Evgeni Malkin who did not practice on Thursday, was sent for imaging to be done at UPMC Sports Medicine on Thursday, two sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports. Malkin arrived at the Penguins facility Thursday morning with swelling, believed to be from the Steven Stamkos fight, that led to the Penguins sending him out to get some scans done as a pre-caution, a source says. Malkin had 2 assists in the Penguins 4-2 win over the Lightning. The Penguins are home tonight against the Ottawa Senators and did not have a morning skate due to the weather.
Nick Bjugstad (6-6, 215 lbs), C/RW. Age 26 2010 1st Round Pick (19) Career | 394 GP – 87 Goals – 104 Assists – 191 Pts 2018-2019 Season | 32 GP – 5 Goals – 7 Assists – 12 Pts – + 2 – 50.99 FO% 5 vs 5 Production | 4 Goals – 5 Assists – 51.49 CF% – 48.5 SCF% *2017-2018 Season: 19 Goals – 30 Assists – 49 Pts (career-high) *Career-high 18 — 5-on-5 Goals — *Career-high 24 Goals in 2014-2015 Scouts Buzz: ‘Massive length, wingspan, effective wall player. Plays a methodical passive game away from the puck. Center/Winger capable, higher upside at wing, proven to mesh well with skilled centerman. Productive even strength player. Lacks consistency to get to the tough areas’. Jared McCann (6-1, 198), C/W, Age 22 2014 1st RD Pick (24, VAN) Career: 212GP – 27 Goals – 44 Assists – 71 PtsRead More »
Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford appeared on 937 The Fan this morning. Here are some takeaways from the interview with The Fan Morning Show: On Derick Brassard: Rutherford was asked early in the interview about Brassard’s future and when you have a player actively involved in trade talks like Brassard is right now, you’re going to coy as Rutherford was. “He’s
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PENGUINS 4 – LIGHTNING 2 Talk about making the most of limited opportunities early on. In an opening period the Penguins (27-17-6, 60 pts) were at 18% in possession and out-shot 16-5, Pittsburgh scored three goals on just five shots in the first period, including goals 16 seconds apart from Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby to storm out to a 3-0 lead, 8:21 into the game. Kris Letang then tied Paul Coffey for the most goals (108) in Penguins history with a second period goal off the rush as the Penguins built up a 4-0 lead over the league-leading and secured a 4-2 victory on Wednesday night. Letang with a goal, assist in the win, posted a +3 rating and 4 blocked shots while playing 27:28. Matt Murray also turned in a strong bounce-back performance. He was squaring up shooters much better than Monday night and kept Tampa Bay scorelessRead More »
Derick Brassard will not play tonight vs the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Penguins say Brassard’s absence is injury related and he is officially listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Teddy Blueger will make his NHL debut and start the game as the 4th line center with Riley Sheahan and Garrett Wilson on his wings. Matt Cullen will slot in to the third line center spot.
Derick Brassard at the forefront of significant trade talks the Penguins are currently involved in, did not take part in the Penguins optional skate this morning. It was somewhat newsworthy for Brassard’s case because he is not normally one of the players that takes the option. Mike Sullivan said after the morning skate all players who took the option (Brassard, Crosby, Dumoulin, Kessel, Maatta among the notables) are available to play tonight. Brassard who is bracing for a trade out of Pittsburgh, based on conversations his camp has had with the Penguins’ brass, netted his ninth goal of the season Monday night vs the Devils.