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Penguins breakdown day notes: Brian Dumoulin was a playing with torn PCL

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We find out some injuries and some player perspective as they get ready to start their summers

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The Penguins had their last media session of the season.

Brian Dumoulin missed the last two weeks of the regular season and wasn’t great in the playoffs, though he still did play 21 minutes a game in a first pair role. Turns out there was a good reason he wasn’t all that comfortable on the ice - he had a major knee injury.

Jake Guentzel was pretty quiet in the playoffs too, only scoring one goal in the four games after a 40-goal regular season. Also had a significant injury. Jared McCann (missed Game 2) had a bum shoulder.

Phil Kessel, like us all was disappointed with how things turned out and pointed out that things could have been different but now the team needs to regroup.

The NHL’s oldest player Matt Cullen wouldn’t confirm retirement is imminent, but it seems that is the way he’s leaning. Then again, for many years he always seems to favor not coming back and always comes back, so we’ll see. Either way, probably time for the Pens to move forward for 2019-20 without Cullen in a playing role.

Bryan Rust acknowledged he wasn’t 100% from a high ankle sprain but remained fairly defiant, calling the team’s post-season more self-inflicted than last year and adding:

Zach Aston-Reese sounds ready to improve, after he too was way too quiet and unnoticeable after returning from an injury.

Speaking of too quiet, Patric Hornqvist barely scored this season after suffering two concussions, yet the winger was not blaming his health and instead just a slump.

Erik Gudbranson acknowledged what was pretty obvious, getting out of Vancouver and a fresh start with a better team ended up helping him and his confidence immensely.

Sidney Crosby will not be going to Slovakia next month for the IIHF World Championships.

And while you would never expect Sidney Crosby to say anything critical of his front office, it’s clear he knows management needs to make changes to this team to improve it.

Coach Mike Sullivan and GM Jim Rutherford are expected to speak in an hour or so.