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Penguins Set 23-Player Roster, O’Connor Re-Assigned; Boyle Not Included…Not Yet

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The Pittsburgh Penguins set their 23-man roster on Monday afternoon in accordance with the NHL deadline before the start of the 2021-22 NHL regular season. There are no surprises on the roster, but even though it’s official, it may not be final.

The reason the roster may not be official is big 6-foot-6 Brian Boyle is not yet signed.

On Monday, head coach Mike Sullivan indicated Boyle was in negotiations to join the team. He attended the Penguins training camp on PTO, which technically expired today when the team submitted their official roster without him.

Multiple reports indicated Boyle was expected to sign a contract on Tuesday, which will affect the Penguins roster ahead of their regular season debut against the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night at Amalie Arena. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. for the ESPN TV audience.

Monday morning, the Penguins demoted Radim Zohorna to the WBS Penguins of the AHL. Anthony Angello, who cleared waivers on Sunday, was demoted, as was training camp standout Drew O’Connor.

The Penguins roster has 14 forwards, including four who will not play on Tuesday: Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Zach Aston-Reese, and Jake Guentzel.

Also, the team has not yet officially put Malkin on LTIR. According to Puckpedia.com, Malkin is still on the active roster and counting over $9.5 million against the Penguins salary cap.

GM Ron Hextall recently confirmed Malkin was out for at least two more months.

The team may have to recall one of the re-assigned players to fill 12 forwards on Tuesday and Thursday night in Florida, in addition to confirming Boyle’s signing. O’Connor and Angello were on the ice with the Penguins during practice on Monday morning.

Sam Lafferty also made the team out of camp.

Pittsburgh Penguins 14 forwards:

No. Player
9 Evan Rodrigues
12 Zach Aston-Reese
16 Jason Zucker
17  Bryan Rust
18 Sam Lafferty
23 Brock McGinn
42  Kasperi Kapanen
43  Danton Heinen
49 Dominik Simon
53 Teddy Blueger
59 Jake Guentzel
71 Evgeni Malkin
77 Jeff Carter
87 Sidney Crosby

Defensemen:

2  Chad Ruhwedel
5 Mike Matheson
6 John Marino
8 Brian Dumoulin
28 Marcus Pettersson
52 Mark Friedman
58 Kris Letang

Goalies:

1 Casey DeSmith
35 Tristan Jarry

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William Maloni
William Maloni
10 days ago

Malkin and Sid opening on the shelf should mean some cash space for Hextall to sign a body, right?

Jay95
Jay95
10 days ago
Reply to  William Maloni

Malkin yes. Sid will probably be ready within 2-3 games so he won’t save them any cap space.

Rich Filardi
Rich Filardi
10 days ago

Simon over O’Connor. One predictability of Sullivan, loves his chumps.

Jay95
Jay95
10 days ago
Reply to  Rich Filardi

O’Connor will get plenty of chances this season. Most likely on Tuesday night unless they choose Angelo instead. Sullivan traditionally plays young Ayers unlike Bylsma. Also, the under appreciation of Simon is ridiculous. Not just you, but by the fans. He’s an NHL player and a good piece in the bottom 6.

Rob
Rob
10 days ago
Reply to  Jay95

Simon in the bottom six at a league minimum contract is not hurting anything, i agree

Chase Ranson
Chase Ranson
10 days ago

No doubt about it this roster is poor not even close to last year what’s up with Malkin put that dud on I R this a terrible GM and he never improved the goalies and physical presence they will have very poor start of season

Jay95
Jay95
10 days ago
Reply to  Chase Ranson

He has to submit the roster then Geno goes on IR. Boyle and either Angelo or O’Connor will be in the opening night lineup…that’s definitely more of a physical presence. There really wasn’t anyone to improve the goalies with. DeSmith is a solid backup and Jarry should regress to being at least a league average starting goalie (though, he’s probably better than that). Also, they did address the depth at goalie.

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
10 days ago

Simon on the roster at the expense of any living human is a joke.

mike384
mike384
10 days ago

I really don’t understand what’s Lafferty still doing with the team. Why didn’t they send him to minors. There were so many possibilities to do better than stuck with him.

moe
moe
10 days ago

The Malkin haters are already on board. Give him a break. Let him come back rejuvenated for a shorter season, and see how he tears into the opposition defence.
Lafferty is an unbelievable move to be kept on the roster. Angello would atleast be a crash and burn big powerful guy. Simon is Simon, leave him alone. He did score in the pre-season.

Evgeni Hulkin
Evgeni Hulkin
10 days ago

If you’re going to give your two cents on covid let everyone else give there’s too. Dont turn the comments off everytime you give some controversial opinion. Be a man Dan.

Rob
Rob
10 days ago
Reply to  Evgeni Hulkin

Don’t need any more misinformation spread. Turning off comments was the right choice. No one cares about the opinions of others and no one is going to change anyones mind in a random comment section

Frank
Frank
10 days ago
Reply to  Rob

Agree with that Rob. Only in what is left of a decaying US could someone climb up
a mountain of 700,000 corpses of fellow Americans and somehow manage to keep a straight face when claiming “nothing to see here.”

Evgeni Hulkin
Evgeni Hulkin
10 days ago
Reply to  Frank

Wtf are you even saying guy?

Evgeni Hulkin
Evgeni Hulkin
10 days ago
Reply to  Rob

Don’t bring it up then. Who are you to say what is misinformation and what isn’t. If you don’t want to hear from anyone else don’t open your mouth. Turning off comments just let’s you make unchallenged claims. Dan brings up Suter suffering from covid side effects but doesn’t mention the other two players who’s careers are over because of vaccine side effects.

Rob
Rob
10 days ago
Reply to  Evgeni Hulkin

You only prove his point

Evgeni Hulkin
Evgeni Hulkin
10 days ago
Reply to  Rob

Whatever you say pal

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