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Penguins Recall J.S. Dea; Dominik Simon to IR

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The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled recently reclaimed forward Jean Sebastien Dea, Friday after Dominik Simon was placed on IR, according to Penguins GM Jim Rutherford.

Dea, 24, did not make the Penguins out of training camp and was claimed by the New Jersey Devils on Sept. 28. Dea scored five points in 20 games with New Jersey (3g, 2a). Dea played six games with the Penguins in the prior two seasons. He scored his first NHL goal last season.

However, after an eight-game scoreless drought, New Jersey attempted to send Dea to the AHL and he was reclaimed by the Penguins on Nov. 29.

Dea, 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, had two assists in two games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins since being reclaimed. Dea, a former undrafted free agent, was the WBS Penguins MVP last season after a career-high 50 points in 70 games.

Simon, 24, was injured Tuesday night against the Colorado Avalanche. The winger had become a fixture on the Penguins top line with Sidney Crosby. Simon had 13 points (4g, 9a) in 26 games including Tuesday.

The Penguins also lost Patric Hornqvist to injury, Thursday night. However, there has been no official word on his status. The team is off today.

The Penguins embark on a three-game road trip beginning tomorrow in Ottawa. Monday the Penguins will have a rematch with the New York Islanders and are in Chicago next Wednesday.

With the victory over the Islanders, Thursday the Penguins claimed a third-place tie in the Metro Division with the Islanders. Read more about the Penguins win and PHN report card here.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now will update Hornqvist’s status and corresponding moves as they occur.

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