We're hearing whispers around the internet (most notably on the Pensblog) that Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is in bad shape with his shoulder. Maatta has been placed on IR and missed the past week with a loosely disclosed upper body injury.
Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta will seek a second opinion this week in hopes of avoiding a second shoulder surgery, multiple sources said Sunday.
Maatta is on injured reserve because of shoulder soreness. It is the same shoulder on which Maatta had surgery in May to repair a labrum tear, the sources said.
General manager Jim Rutherford declined to provide specifics Sunday, but he confirmed Maatta would have a second opinion. The Penguins do not yet know whether a potential surgery would require Maatta to miss the rest of the season, including the playoffs, the sources said.