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


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.

Torres suspended pending hearing

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According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.

Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.

“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”

Oilers place Scrivens on waivers

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The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.

Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.

It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.

Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.

He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.

Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.

If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.

The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.

The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.