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(UPDATED) Penguins Guentzel & Blueger Status, Recall Poulin & Caggiula

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EDMONTON  — Pittsburgh Penguins winger Jake Guentzel missed the Penguins’ 6-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. The team played with only 11 forwards but fixed that problem on Sunday afternoon.

Guentzel did not join the Penguins’ practice Sunday afternoon at the Rogers Place practice rink.

UPDATE: Guentzel joined the team after practice in a non-contact sweater. Head coach Mike Sullivan said Guentzel could play on the road trip, but that was the only status update.

Guentzel both absorbed a high, late hit by LA Kings forward Brendan Lemieux on Thursday and was hit by defenseman Kris Letang’s shot in the third period. Head coach Mike Sullivan confirmed Guentzel was hit on or near the ear.

The Penguins dressed seventh defenseman Chad Ruhwedel on Saturday.

Last season, Guentzel had 40 goals and 84 points in 76 games. He was also off to a productive start in the 2022-23 NHL season. Guentzel has five points, including three goals in the first four games.

Teddy Blueger, Penguins Recall Poulin and Caggiula

The Penguins’ “other” injury, Teddy Blueger, joined the team but was not at center. He cycled into drills as a left-wing, though the reasoning quickly became evident.

Just after practice began, the Penguins announced they recalled Sam Poulin and Drake Caggiula from the WBS Penguins and placed Blueger on LTIR retroactive to Oct. 11. Blueger must miss 10 games and 24 days from that point. He will miss at least the next five games.

UPDATE: Poulin and Caggiula are en route to Edmonton and will join the team for the game Monday. The earliest Blueger can return is Nov. 5 against the Montreal Canadiens.

Blueger, 28, is one of the Penguins’ primary penalty killers and the fourth-line center. However, he has not yet played a game this season. He’ll also be an unrestricted free agent next summer. It’s been over a week since Blueger resumed skating after an upper-body injury.

Poulin, 21, is waivers exempt. The 2019 first-round pick (21st overall) showed well in the Penguins training camp. So, too, did Caggiula, but he is not waivers exempt.

Blueger’s status change opened nearly $2 million of LTIR cap overage space, which allowed the team to recall two players.

Penguins Lines:

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ lines rolled much as they did against Columbus on Saturday. Chad Ruhwedel rotated into the pairings. However, Blueger took a few shifts on the left wing beside Ryan Poehling.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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hockeyfan68
hockeyfan68
1 month ago

Dan Kingerski, are you surprised at all that the league didn’t even look at the Brendan Lemieux hit on a touch up play. The puck was dead as soon as he touched it, and replay showed his head was point of contact. After the playoffs last year and numerous other hits, it does seem like the league doesn’t have any consistent calls on bad hits. ( especially if your in the New York market)

Alan Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  hockeyfan68

Always a cheap and unnecessary hit! What was the score 5 to nothing? Sorry but the Pens needed a muscle to say oh no you don’t! Don’t care for them but they knocked the Pens out last playoffs with similar dirty hits as well! Suspend them and like Wilson they stop doing it!

Ethan
1 month ago
Reply to  Alan Smith

That is your wing man getting brained and Crosby skates up to C Lemieux like he was getting ready to do-si-do with some gal at a junior high dance. Now Jake misses games and Lemieux keeps playing unpunished. This is the pattern that plagues the Penguins (and the league) and perplexes fans like myself.

Ujn Hunter
1 month ago
Reply to  Ethan

To be fair Jake is missing games due to being panged in the ear by friendly fire… not jackwagon Lemieux.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Alan Smith

I’m sure there’s more dirty play coming and hurt players with no calls and the league letting it slide. After that cross check on Crosby in the Playoffs and No league response I’m surprised they call anything anymore. Guess if it was the Golden Boy in Edmonton they’d do something about it!