The Pittsburgh Penguins have pared their roster to 24 by sending center Sam Poulin and goalie Filip Lindberg to their farm team in Wilkes-Barre.
Neither player has to clear waivers to go to the American Hockey League.
The Penguins have to have their roster down to 23 or fewer players by 5 p.m. Monday, which also is the deadline for them to get into compliance with the NHL’s $82.5 million salary-cap ceiling.
Poulin, 21, had a strong training camp and, if not for the Penguins’ surplus of NHL-caliber centers — Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jeff Carter, Teddy Blueger and Ryan Poehling — would have been a viable candidate to be in the lineup when they open the regular season against Arizona Thursday night at PPG Paints Arena.
He had two assists in two exhibition-game appearances.
Lindberg, 23, was recalled from Wilkes-Barre Monday, when illness prevented Tristan Jarry from participating in a preseason game at Detroit. He made it into one exhibition game, stopping 14 of 15 shots during a 3-2 overtime victory against Columbus Sept. 25.