Kris Letang’s injury puts Penguins in tough spot

For the Pittsburgh Penguins, the All-Star break could not be coming at a better time. For the next five days, the Penguins will have time to rest and recoup while trying to figure a few things out. Evgeni Malkin has been hampered by nagging injuries, but should be back when league play resumes. Sidney Crosby hasn’t seemed like his normal, dominant self this year. But the biggest...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Links 1/20/15

Here are your morning links, a collection of stories and news from around the web that are definitely worth a look. ICYMI: Considering the real cost of losing Olli Maatta. (Two Pad Stack) Matt Carle, one of the more important defenseman the Lightning have, will miss 6-8 weeks with a torn abductor muscle. (Puck Daddy) […] The post Morning Links 1/20/15 appeared first on Two Pad Stack.
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Resilient Penguins survive bumpy first-half intact

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins have weathered a difficult first half to claim their usual spot near the top of the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh trails the New York Islanders by one-point in the Metropolitan Division despite a series of injuries or illnesses to several key players. Center Sidney Crosby and a handful of teammates battled the mumps. Defenseman Olli Maatta...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins’ Olli Maatta to undergo shoulder surgery

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Tuesday that defenseman Olli Maatta will undergo shoulder surgery Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season. Maatta, 20, has not played since a Dec. 6 game vs. Ottawa.  He had one goal and eight assists for nine points in 20 games this season. The Penguins beat the Minnesota Wild 7-2 on Tuesday night. Paul Martin, Kris Letang and Chris...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Announce Olli Maatta Will Undergo Shoulder Surgery, Miss Rest of Season

Credit: Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports After tonight’s 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild, the Pittsburgh Penguins confirmed reports that defenseman Olli Maatta will indeed undergo shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the season. The 20-year-old attempted to rehab the shoulder, but that plan failed. It has been an extremely tough year for the young defenseman. In addition...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Olli Maatta out for season

The word coming out of Pittsburgh isn’t good: Olli Maatta could be done for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury. Take it away, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is expected to sit out the rest of this season because of a shoulder injury. Although the decision on that might not be finalized for a few days, a source familiar with his situation...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Looks like Olli Maatta is done for the year.

View image | gettyimages.com via the PG: Although the decision on that might not be finalized for a few days, a source familiar with his situation said the injury that has prevented Maatta from playing since Dec. 6 has not responded satisfactorily to rehabilitation efforts.   We heard this back in December, but the Pens said late last month that Maatta could be back as soon...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Olli Maatta May Be Done For The Season, Pouliot Sent Down

As reported by Dave Molinari in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Olli Maatta may be done for the season due to the injury that he suffered back in early December.At the same time, the Pens sent down Derrick Pouliot to Wilkes-Barre Scranton.
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Olli Maatta Close to Returning

The big news from Mike Johnston’s press conference this morning was that Olli Maatta will not require any additional surgery to his injured shoulder, and may actually return to the ice soon. Johnston says Maatta did not require surgery. — Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) December 27, 2014   Johnston saus Maatta is “continuing to rehab” his injury and should be back within...
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December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Olli Maatta tests positive for mumps

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is the third member of the team diagnosed with mumps. The Penguins issued a statement Friday that Maatta tested positive for the virus and remains in isolation. Goaltender Thomas Greiss and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo tested negative. Teammates Sidney Crosby and Beau Bennett were diagnosed with mumps in the last week. Crosby...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Mumps test continue for Penguins: Fleury, Maatta, and Bortuzzo test for illness

Mumps running wild: #BREAKING: Pittsburgh #Penguins announce: Marc-Andre Fleury, Olli Maatta, and Robert Bortuzzo being tested for mumps. http://t.co/hXyO5az58W — KDKA (@CBSPittsburgh) December 17, 2014  
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

HotTake Tuesday: We got 99 problems and mumps is 1…

Everybody got problems right now. Have you seen twitter today in Pittsburgh. Dear God. James and Nick dive in head first today to get to the real issue at hand in the NHL. Mumps… and the Oilers, but mostly the mumps. Get your breathing masks, yinz! Are the Pens the poster child on how to not publicly deal with problems? Have they created a credibility problem? Seth Rorabaugh...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Maatta goes on IR and rumor has it he could be on it awhile

Jayson Megan to WBS….Olli Maatta to IR. No skate this morning, Mike Johnston will speak at 5pm. -DP — ROOT SPORTS™ | PIT (@ROOTSPORTSPIT) December 13, 2014 FWIW, the injury is believed to be to his surgically repaired shoulder. Outlook doesn’t look good from what we were told.
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December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 23 – Germans beat the Canes, Pens win 3-2

By: Meesh Shanmugam Pens 3  Hurricanes 2 Record: 16-5-2 Goals Kunitz (9) from Malkin, Comeau Bortuzzo (2) from Martin, Ebbett Ehrhoff (1) from Maatta Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Bortuzzo (roughing) – Unnecessary (hooks up Staal from behind in the neutral zone and then also shoves him in the back of the head for a roughing penalty) Megna (roughing) –...
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November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Olli Maatta Returns To Penguins Lineup Two Weeks After Having Tumor Removed

Two weeks after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his neck, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is returning to the lineup. The 20-year-old blue-liner confirmed after the team’s morning skate in Montreal that he’ll play against the Canadiens on Tuesday night. “I look at it as a bump on the road,” Maatta told the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review. “It...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Gameday 17: Pittsburgh Penguins at Montreal Canadiens

Pittsburgh Penguins (12-3-1) at Montreal Canadiens (14-4-1) 7:30 PM – ROOT Sports Bell Centre – Montreal, Quebec A pair of first-place teams will be facing off tonight in Montreal.  Pittsburgh, despite numerous offseason changes to the coaching staff, management and personnel, is a team that was expected to be sitting atop the standings.  Montreal, on the other hand...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Injury Update: Olli Maatta will play tonight

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta will be returning to the lineup tonight to face the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. #458007587 / gettyimages.com Maatta had surgery on November 4th to remove a cancerous tumor from his thyroid gland. He started skating again a week later, but the original prognosis was for Maatta to miss about four weeks, according to the Globe...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins defenseman Maatta back after cancer scare

MONTREAL (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta will play Tuesday night against Montreal, two weeks after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his thyroid. The 20-year-old Maatta underwent surgery earlier this month at the urging of doctors, who detected it during a preseason physical. Maatta returned to the ice a few days after the procedure, and coach Mike...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Puck Dumps 11/15/14

What everyone is talking aboutOlli Maatta was diagnosed with cancer as the season began. He had his tumor removed, and is ready to rejoin the Penguins. There is nothing scarier than cancer, and it’s great to see the young man ready to make a full recovery. Fox, Sporting News.  ScoreboardColumbus 4, Philadelphia 3 - Nice workk by Columbus, getting their first win since Mardi...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Pens' Maatta has cancerous tumor removed; could play again next week

In the latest chapter of hockey players are the toughest athletes in all of sports, we present to you Olli Maatta. The Penguins confirmed on Thursday that the tumor removed from the defenseman's thyroid gland last week was cancerous. Then the team offered an eye-opening prognosis for the 20-year-old. Despite the announcement, the team said on its Twitter account that coach Mike Johnston...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Feature Friday: Olli Maatta

  Throughout the 2014-2015 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Olli Maatta. By: Melissa Esing (Off_thePost)   Photo Credit: Peter Diana/Post-Gazette   Whether you’re a die-hard Pittsburgh Penguins fan, your heart belongs to another team within the NHL, or you enjoy hockey in general, there’s a good chance...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

How Will the Penguins Replace Olli Maatta?

By now, we are all familiar with the fact that Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is expected to miss a month of hockey action after electing to have a tumor (that could potentially be cancerous) from his thyroid. What we don’t know is exactly how the Penguins will attempt to replace him. Robert Bortuzzo Set […] The post How Will the Penguins Replace Olli Maatta? appeared...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

HotTake Tuesday: Maatta, Malkin and More.

Welcome to HotTake Tuesday, yinz! Today we’ll be covering some topics in the beginning of the post and get to your questions in the latter half.  So grab a nice hot cup of coffee, sit back, dig in, and enjoy this week’s serving of HotTakes. How much does Olli Maatta Mean to the Penguins? Richter: What an unbelievable kid. We knew he was poised by seeing him become a full...
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October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Gameday 8: New Jersey Devils @ Pittsburgh Penguins

7:00pm – Consol Energy Center. Pittsburgh, PA. Storylines - Olli Maatta will be in the lineup despite having a tumor that will need to be removed. [ PG ] - Double J returns.  Remember, Pittsburgh is the type of town that will cheer the wife-beating/lifeless James Harrison, but boo the second best player in their franchise’s history. Makes total sense. - The Metro ain...
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October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Olli Maatta to undergo surgery to remove tumor

A somewhat scary situation for Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta came to light on Monday as it was announced that the 20-year-old defenseman will undergo surgery next week to remove a tumor from his neck. Doctors said there is an 85-percent chance that the tumor could be a form of “low-grade thyroid cancer.” The tumor was discovered during preseason physicals and the...
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October 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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