Pens Points: Riikola hits the waiver thread


By all accounts, Juuso Riikola has had a pretty good training camp. But he is still eighth in the defenders standings and was suspended on Friday. That doesn’t necessarily mean he needs to be assigned to minors if he clears, but with two forwards with COVID issues, the Penguins might only be able to carry seven defenders to start the season. [Twitter – Chris Johnston]

One of those attackers with COVID, Zach Aston-Reese, skated alone yesterday at Cranberry in a first step towards normalcy. [Tribune Review]

While Jake Guentzel stays on the sidelines and seems to wait for consecutive negative tests to begin his own comeback. Bryan Rust said he spoke to the chilling Guentzel, but may be bored while waiting for his clearance. [Twitter]

Mike Sullivan is not yet ready to say whether Aston-Reese and / or Guentzel will be able to play the season opener on Tuesday, but neither are officially ruled out. [Twitter – Wes Crosby]

Mike Matheson left training early yesterday with what Sullivan called a persistent lower body injury that didn’t look very serious [Twitter – Pens Inside Scoop]

The son of a plumber, The American err Franco-Canadian dream Nathan Legare makes his dreams come true by becoming a professional hockey player, dad. [Post-Gazette]

Kris Letang’s conditioning and physical condition are legendary. The defender even played 28 minutes in his last preseason game and is even showing at 34 that he will be more reliable than ever this season for the Pens. []

Last night, in the preseason game in the AHL, the Wilkes-Barre Penguins lost 5-4 to Hershey. Jan Drozg scored two goals for the Pens. [Twitter – WBS Pens]

The Milestone watch is activated. Sidney Crosby is 14 out of 500 and 75 out of 1,400. He’s already going to run out of time to start the season so we’ll see how it goes. Old friend Marc-André Fleury is eight wins out of 500. []

And from all over the league.

Alex Ovechkin left the Capitals’ final preseason game last night with an injury and has not returned. His status is huge, and another Pittsburgh / Washington parallel with Crosby / Evgeni Malkin and Nicklas Backstrom all waiting for the start of the season, will Ovechkin join them? [NHL]

Looks like Dawson Mercer, 19, the 18th pick overall in 2020, is trying to make his NHL debut for the Devils this season. [All About the Jersey]

Last night’s Islanders / Devils game was called off due to a power outage. It’s also the preseason for buildings, apparently. [ESPN]

The Blackhawks have made a few cuts, and one of their new defensemen, Caleb Jones, is out for six weeks with a wrist injury. [Second City Hockey]

As part of the announcement of the Olympic teams’ top three players, Malkin was not on Russia’s first wave of names, but if his health permits, he should still be their first center. [NHL]

Brady Tkachuk is still not signed as the season quickly approaches and pressure mounts to find a transition deal that works for the player and the team in Ottawa. [Sportsnet]

Aleksander Barkov has a rich eight-year-old, $ 10.0million cap next season, but compared to other centers in the $ 10million range, Barkov could still be a steal for the Panthers. . [Sportsnet]

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