Already down Kris Letang for at least two weeks, the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to have to make due without another important blue liner as well. According to Christine Simpson of Sportsnet, Trevor Daley has an upper-body injury and is considered week-to-week.
The 13-year veteran has registered three goals and 11 points in 30 appearances on the season, averaging 20:40 of ice time per game. His acquisition from Chicago last season, along with a few other savvy moves made by the Penguins, keyed a resurgence in Pittsburgh that culminated in the team claiming the Stanley Cup in June. Pittsburgh was 15 – 11 – 3 when they dealt Rob Scuderi to the Blackhawks for Daley. After the trade the Penguins went 33 – 15 – 5 and skated off the ice with Lord Stanley’s trophy.
Pittsburgh recalled Chad Ruhwedel from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL earlier today when the club placed Letang on IR. Ruhwedel gives the Penguins seven healthy blue liners and it likely means the club will not need to make another call-up in Daley’s absence.
This is the 26-year-old Ruhwedel’s first season in the penguins organization after spending the previous four years with Buffalo. The native of San Diego, California has appeared in 33 NHL games, all with Buffalo, netting two points and four penalty minutes.