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Gruden, Tokarski Sent Back to Wilkes-Barre



The Pittsburgh Penguins have returned goalie Dustin Tokarski and forward Jonathan Gruden to their American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre.

Tokarski had been recalled after the Penguin learned Tuesday that No. 1 goalie Tristan Jarry had suffered an unspecified injury, but he did not get into either of the two most recent games for which he was on the NHL roster.

He appeared in two games with the Penguins earlier in the season, going 1-1, with a 2.67 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.

Tokarski, 33, presumably will be brought back if Jarry does not have medical clearance to play when the Penguins return from the extended break that began today.

Gruden, 22, did not have a point in any of the three NHL games for which he dressed, but performed credibly on the fourth line. He had 11 goals and five assists in 32 games with Wilkes-Barre before being summoned to the major-league roster in the middle of this month.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are in the first day of their extended time off, courtesy of a bye week and the NHL all-star break. They are not scheduled to practice until next Sunday and do not have a game until Feb. 7, when Colorado will visit PPG Paints Arena.