The injuries are piling up for the Penguins. On Monday evening, head coach Dan Bylsma announced that forward Beau Bennett had surgery on his wrist/hand and will be out 8-10 weeks (more on Bennett’s injury here).
On Tuesday afternoon the injury list grew. Forward Tanner Glass suffered a broken hand on Saturday in Montreal and will be out for the next 3-4 weeks. Also, defenseman Paul Martin has a lower-body injury. He is out for Wednesday’s contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Bylsma expects a “further update on him in the next couple of days.”
Meanwhile, the Penguins gave several players a “maintenance day” at practice Tuesday afternoon at CONSOL Energy Center. Sixteen players took part in the skate: Chris Kunitz; Pascal Dupuis; Evgeni Malkin; James Neal; Brandon Sutter; Zach Sill; Joe Vitale; Craig Adams; Andrew Ebbett; Olli Maatta; Kris Letang; Matt Niskanen; Deryk Engelland; and Robert Bortuzzo.
The Penguins made several roster transactions Tuesday…
- F Brian Gibbons re-assigned to WBS
- F Matt D’Agostini was placed on waivers
EBBETT GETS THE CALL
Forward Andrew Ebbett was recalled from WBS late Sunday evening and joined the team in Boston.
Ebbett, 30, ranked third on WBS with 15 points (6G-9A) in 18 regular-season games. He scored the game-winning goal for WBS in Saturday night’s 5-2 defeat of Saint John’s. On Sunday, he was ready to relax when he received a call from WBS head coach John Hynes.
“After treatments at the rink I was on my way back to watch Sunday football,” Ebbett said. “I got the call in the parking lot. It was a nice little Sunday. I’m happy I get the chance.”
Even though Ebbett has yet to suit up for the Penguins, the team still views him as a member of the team.
“When Andrew Ebbett comes up I view Andrew Ebbett as on our team the whole time,” Bylsma said. “He’s played really well in Wilkes-Barre. To get a call up is not just a reward. He’s expected to step in and play. We’ve had that with the development process in Wilkes-Barre.”
Ebbett is the latest on a long list of WBS players that have come to Pittsburgh to contribute to the parent club this season, including Jayson Megna, Harry Zolnierczyk, Chris Conner and Gibbons.
“It’s been a strength of our organization, not only the quality of players, but the development of players,” Bylsma said. “We view the depth of our team as more than the 23 players that we have on our roster. We anticipate and expect players to come up and contribute.”
Ebbett feels the Penguins feel more like a family than any other organization that he’s played on.
“They treat you when you come into camp like everyone is on the same team and all the same family,” Ebbett said. “Even the guys in Wheeling that have come up to Wilkes-Barre felt part of the organization right away.”