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Double whammy: Pens’ Maatta to undergo shoulder surgery as well

May 21, 2014, 7:18 PM EDT

This hasn’t exactly been a banner offseason for the Pittsburgh Penguins — and it’s only a few days old.

Following the firing of GM Ray Shero and news that prospect Derrick Pouliot would miss 4-6 months after undergoing shoulder surgery, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that another young defensive talent — Olli Maatta — will be sidelined indefinitely following shoulder surgery of his own on Thursday.

Maatta, 19, just wrapped his first full NHL campaign and did it in style, finishing third among rookie d-men in goals (nine) and tied for third in points (29). Maatta also finished fourth among first-year blueliners in minutes played, despite the fact he was the NHL’s 10th-youngest skater this season.

The 22nd overall pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Maatta — along with fellow ’12 draftee Pouliot — is expected to be a big part of Pittsburgh’s blueline. While it’s unclear exactly how much time he’ll miss following surgery, one wonders if the health of he and Pouliot will force the Pens to re-examine what they do with pending UFAs Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen and Deryk Engelland.

  1. steelcity333 - May 21, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Took a whole hour for them to announce yet another injury. Where did the Penguins get such good luck?

    • hockey412 - May 22, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      It’s been something else…so basically all three kids that they really needed to bulk up and train HARD this summer won’t be able to do squat (or squats, for that matter). Pouliot/Maatta/Bennett really needed this summer. Letang is also shut down for a good bit of the summer. Shero’s gone, without a replacement, half the defense has no contract, and the third and fourth lines need a complete overhaul.

      Looking like a crazy summer.

  2. thesportsjudge - May 21, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    This MAY prevent Pierre from accepting the GM job.

    • pdmjr - May 21, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      Pierre said no

  3. 950003cups - May 21, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    What’s a “shouldery”

  4. r8rbhawk - May 21, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Did Mike use the term “double whammy” in regards to Pens injuries as a way to troll Whammy87 and Whammy71? I sure hope so.

    • whammy71 - May 22, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      The title of this article offends me. Ha!

  5. elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 21, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Iam sorry but did you say WHAMMY !

  6. ravanator - May 21, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    LMFAO! The Caps passed on Maatta & Pauliot because they are never was and injury prone. It’s great to be a Caps fan. We have a bright future and the Pens are on the decline! Cheers!


    • thesportsjudge - May 21, 2014 at 9:57 PM


    • mangoman1966 - May 21, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      I look for your sad ass caps to be even worse next year. Get tired of watching the pens have their way with them. For the last 20 years

      • Slapshot - May 22, 2014 at 1:16 AM

        They couldn’t even make the playoffs this year with that “talented” roster. And that #8 can really play defense, eh?

    • c9castine - May 22, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      because they are never was?


  7. broadstreetbeatdown - May 21, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Pens also announce Sidney Crosby will be having exploratory surgery to look for his spine.

    • Slapshot - May 22, 2014 at 1:13 AM


  8. sjrulz17 - May 21, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    There’s no chance they let Niskanen walk, especially after this news. Remember at one point during this season he was basically the only good defenseman they had playing healthy.

  9. kcbruinsfan - May 21, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Not a fan of either team, but not sure what ravenator is talking about. Caps couldn’t pass on Pouliot because he went before they had a pick. With their 1st pick Caps took Forsberg who they promptly traded for Martin Erat (not seeing that as a wise move), then took Tom Wilson over Maata. Wilson had all of 10 points in 82 games this year, Maata was in the mix the discussion for Calder and won a bronze for Finland at the Olympics. Not seeing how this is winning for the Caps, and maybe a good reason they are in need of a new GM.

    • c9castine - May 22, 2014 at 12:20 AM

      yeah he doesnt make any sense. Pouliot’s torn labrum sucks but only because of the time frame. I have had a torn labrum for quite some time now (unfortunately) and i still play hockey and golf with it. (just adult league hockey you know). I say that to make the point that its not like, career threatening or even threatening to his season next year. just going to be a late start. only reason i havent had artho on it is the time frame – 2-3 months is a lot of work for me to miss.

      but for a paid pro (or so to be) like Pouliot, just part of the deal. my doctor told me a lot of people feel like their shoulder is stronger than ever after this procedure. Maatta, they didnt say exactly what his was for or how long so well see.

    • Slapshot - May 22, 2014 at 1:11 AM

      What do you expect from fans out of the Washington/Maryland area? They’re feeling left out because they’re too far south of Philly, Boston and New York and have many, many less championships too.

  10. pitpenguinsrulez - May 22, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Glad to see that idiot ravanator has made it over from ProFootballTalk.

    • theageofquarrel - May 22, 2014 at 4:02 AM

      Took him long enough

  11. timmons94 - May 22, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Cheers little ravenator. Caps are irrelevant . Flacco stinks. Ray rice hits women. And u r still a dooshbag

  12. pjblake2redwings - May 22, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Nooo. I want the Penguins to let Niskanen go to free agency so the Wings and pick him up

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