Penguins Place Kulikov on LTI List
Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, one of three players the Pittsburgh Penguins added as the NHL’s trade deadline approached, has been placed on the Long-Term Injured list, retroactive to March 12.
That will allow the Penguins to recall a defenseman from their farm team in Wilkes-Barre, if that is necessary.
Two defensemen, Jeff Petry and Jan Rutta were hurt during their 6-4 loss to Montreal and there has been no word yet on the nature or severity of the injury to either.
If they do bring up someone from the American Hockey League, Mark Friedman and Ty Smith would seem to be the most logical candidates.
Because Friedman is a right-handed shot, as are Petry and Rutta, and the Penguins have just two others who play that side who are healthy, he might be the favorite to get the nod.
The Penguins already had one spare healthy defenseman, Chad Ruhwedel, on the major-league roster, and he presumably will play if Petry and/or Rutta is not available for their game against the New York Rangers Thursday at 7:08 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.
Kulikov, who must sit out at least 10 games and 24 days, appeared in four games with the Pittsburgh Penguins after being acquired from Anaheim. He earned one assist.
The other two players the Penguins added near the deadline, forwards Nick Bonino and Mikael Granlund, also have missed time since being acquired.
Granlund sat out one game because of illness, while Bonino is recovering from a lacerated kidney and is listed as week-to-week, as is Kulikov.
Isn’t Ty Smith still out week-to-week with his facial injury?
it just keeps getting worse…..
Every NHL team has issues this team was to compete this year Hextall put us in this position i can’t see him being retained we need a new GM next year that can reconstruct this organization with younger players the Pens at this point should not be struggling to get in playoffs hope the new owners see this.
Yes doe sure
Hextall sure knows how to pick ’em.
lol Hextall done a bad job but we are blaming him for injuries now?
He was a Flyer, and they are notorious for causing injuries 🤔 lol some people are ridiculous
Why should this come as a surprise? As I emphasized eight months ago, older teams break down physically more often than younger ones. Good luck with Friedman an Ruhwedel this week . . .#Hexed