Penguins mull trade options amid injuries to Maatta, Schultz

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Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford acknowledged recently that he would like to add a defenseman before the NHL trade deadline March 1.

And that was before he lost two of them — Justin Schultz and Olli Maatta — to significant injuries Thursday.

But while being without Schultz and Maatta for a while might add some urgency to the hunt for a defenseman or two, Rutherford said Saturday that he won’t necessarily be able to make a deal sooner simply because they are out.

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Pens beat Avalanche, 4-1

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Patric Hornqvist scored twice and Matt Murray made 27 saves as the Penguins beat the Avalanche 4-1.  Sidney Crosby failed to record a point, so he sits at 998 career points.  The (34-13-6) Penguins visit Arizona tomorrow night at 8.

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Malkin attended Pens practice yesterday

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Evgeni Malkin attended the Penguins’ practice yesterday, a sign that his stay on the injured reserve list may be nearing an end.  Malkin hasn’t played since January 24.  Pens’ coach Mike Sullivan said the team needs to see how Malkin holds up in a full-contact workout before he can be cleared.  The (33-13-5) Pens host (27-25-3) Calgary tonight at 7.  Join 106.3 The River & the Trinity Health System Stream at 6:30 for the pregame.

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Pens host Blue Jackets tonight at 7pm without Sheary, Malkin & Cullen

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Penguins’ forward Conor Sheary is out four to six weeks due to an upper-body injury.  Center Evgeni Malkin is out indefinitely with a knee injury and forward Matt Cullen remains out with a broken foot.  The (31-13-5) Pens host the (33-12-4) Blue Jackets tonight at 7.  Join 106.3 The River & the Trinity Health System Stream at 6:30 for the pregame.

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