This morning, the Penguins did some roster shuffling up and down with their AHL affiliate, the WBS Penguins.
Assumptions lead to thinking that Matt Murray has been fully cleared from his concussion if the Penguins are sending Tristan Jarry back down to the AHL.
Derek Grant being called back up also isn’t a surprise, as he was sent down last week simply to make room and open up a roster spot.
There has been no status update on the health situation of Justin Schultz and his knee/ankle/whatever when he got injured during the Montreal game on Friday. I would expect an update of some sort soon, but he obviously is not practicing.
Without him in the fold, things look like:
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(Grant did a couple rushes with the 4th line).
The seven defensemen are rotating.
With Schultz potentially being out of the lineup for a significant amount of time, it’s a blessing that Juuso Riikola has fit in so well with the team so far. Still having Chad Ruhwedel as a potential 7th defenseman without needing to make any roster moves on the defensive side of the lineup sure helps.
Derick Brassard on the wing still appears to be a thing, which....sure, why not? It’s the 5th game of the season, have fun with it, now is the time do the tinkering and figuring out what works and what doesn't.
It’s a nice luxury to have 5 healthy centers to use throughout the lineup and have depth down the middle regardless what manner they each get used in and where they end up in each position.