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PHN Extra: Maatta Seems Close, But Where Will He Fit?



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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta could be close to getting medical clearance to return to the lineup, and he knows what you know – that there could be tough competition for a spot among the top six defensemen.

Maatta, though, embraces that notion.

“I think it’s good for us,” he said Thursday of competition breeding excellence. “I think when you look at whenever we’ve gone far (in the playoffs), you need that depth.

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Shelly is a columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson