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The Pittsburgh Penguins made another round of cuts today, sending down phenomenal defenseman Brian Dumoulin.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins announced another round of roster cuts today, trimming the Training Camp Roster down to 28.

The Penguins has assigned Brian Dumoulin and Bobby Farnham to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in addition to placing Jeff Zatkoff on waivers. We must wait until noon on Sunday in order to see if Zatkoff can be assigned to WBS.

The current Training Camp roster is now down to 2 Goaltenders, 10 Defensemen, and 16 Forwards. The team said they plan to start the season with 21 active players, and with Beau Bennett and Robert Bortuzzo injured it means they could be looking at an additional 7 players getting cut before the deadline on Tuesday. However, a lot of the decision hinges on the health of Evgeni Malkin and Olli Maatta who would need to be temporarily replaced if they are unable to play at the beginning of the season.

UPDATE

Penguins have also placed Zach Sill, Andrew Ebbett, and Taylor Chorney on waivers, but have not released them from the NHL Training Camp Roster. If they clear they are allowed to stay on the NHL for up to 30 days, or 10 NHL games, before they need to clear waivers again. So they may be planning to use them as short term solutions until the injured players are able to return to the lineup.