The Penguins have confirmed Kris Letang — currently sidelined with a lower-body injury — was not put on injured reserve retroactively, meaning he’ll be out at least and week and miss Pittsburgh’s first two games of the season against New Jersey and Buffalo.
Letang, 26, suffered the injury during practice last Friday and hasn’t been on the ice since. Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma said he doesn’t think the ailment will keep Letang out long-term, and noted the defenseman could be activated from IR as early as Oct. 8.
With the Letang move, Pittsburgh now opens the season with a blueline comprised of Brooks Orpik, Paul Martin, Rob Scuderi, Matt Niskanen, Deryk Engelland, Robert Bortuzzo, Olli Maatta and (temporarily) Harrison Ruopp, who is believed to be back on his way down to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton so Beau Bennett can rejoin the team.
Derek Roy will continue his pro career overseas, as he has signed a contract with Bern in the Swiss League.
Roy attended training camp on a professional tryout with the Washington Capitals, but he was unable to claim a spot on their roster.
The 32-year-old had some great years in the NHL, but since the 2011-12 season Roy had suited up for six different teams (excluding his PTO with the Caps).
His best season came in 2007-08 when he scored 32 goals and 81 points in 78 games with the Buffalo Sabres.
Roy will leave the NHL with 189 goals and 524 points in 738 career games.
He will join former NHLers Cory Conacher, Andrew Ebbett, Chuck Kobasew, Simon Moser and Sean Bergenheim in Bern.
They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.
The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.
In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.
The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.
Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.
The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).
McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.