Wild forward Nino Niederreiter will not be suspended for shoving Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta into an open door on the Minnesota bench. The Star Tribune’s Michael Russo confirmed that this morning.
Despite the injury suffered by Maatta, the NHL likely agreed with Niederreiter that it was an “unfortunate” result that would not have occurred if the door had remained closed. (Update: Yep, that was the reasoning.)
“I pushed him and went for a change and I think he toe-picked the same time and the door was open,” Niederreiter said. “You never want to see anything like that. Obviously I feel bad.”
As for Maatta, here’s the latest on his condition, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta remains in an area hospital following a hit from Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niederreiter Tuesday night during the Penguins’ 4-3 win at Consol Energy Center, general manager Jim Rutherford said Wednesday morning.
Team physician Dr. Dharmesh Vyas is in the process of performing surgery on other patients, Rutherford said, and the Penguins hope to learn more about Maatta’s condition later today.
We’ll pass along more information when it becomes available.
Update from the Penguins:
Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta suffered an upper body injury in Tuesday’s game and spent the night in the hospital.
He remains in the hospital today for observation and will be re-examined later in the day.
The upper body injury is not related to previous injuries Maatta has suffered.
And another one, from TSN’s Bob McKenzie:
Injured Pittsburgh Penguin defenceman Olli Maatta did not sustain any internal injuries, as was first feared when he was shoved through an open bench door by Minnesota’s Nino Niederreiter Tuesday night, but there’s enough soft tissue and muscle damage to his mid-section that he’s likely to be considered more week-to-week than day-to-day.
It’s still too early, though, to put a precise timeline on his absence from the Penguins’ lineup