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Daniel Carcillo Released from PTO

The Pens release veteran forward Daniel Carcillo.

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

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From the Pens:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have released forward Daniel Carcillo from his professional tryout contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Pittsburgh’s training camp roster now has 31 players remaining (17 forwards; 11 defensemen; 3 goaltenders).

Unfortunately for him, Carcillo was hampered throughout camp with a foot injury from last season. And even though he could appear in a preseason game last night, he didn't look that effective and a step slow.

If he's still hurting now from an injury months ago, that's a sign there's more rest/rehab/treatment in his future, and the Pens probably don't have the roster or salary cap space for all of that for a marginal player.

That said, it's a lose/lose to bring a veteran in on the PTO. If he performs well and can help the team, they get an experienced player for cheap. If he can't help the team, he's back out the door. So ends the second stint of Daniel Carcillo in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.

At the bottom of the roster now, there are still 2-4 cuts to make among: Bobby Farnham, Zach Sill, Oskar Sundqvist, Kasperi Kapanen and Andrew Ebbett. With Beau Bennett and (probably) Evgeni Malkin not ready for the season, the odds for the former names to make the team just got a little better with the news of the Carcillo release.