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    Pittsburgh Penguins' Olli Maatta Set to skate with Ben Lovejoy on Thursday

    Maatta will skate with Ben Lovejoy at the start of Thursday's game in Dallas, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.Maatta returned to the Pens' roster Thursday after a procedural salary-cap move sent him to the minors Tuesday. Maatta did not have a particularly strong training camp but he is loaded with both offensive and defensive ability. Pittsburgh is simply looking for the 21-year-old Finn to stay healthy and let his talent take over.

  • Assigned to minors

    News: Olli Maatta has been assigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
    Analysis: The Pens made the move in order to get forward Oskar Sundqvist up with the parent club. Just 21 years old, Olli Maatta has already experienced multiple shoulder injuries and dealt with a cancerous tumor in his thyroid last year. Hopefully the Finn can finally stay healthy as he comes with plenty of upside as a big-bodied blueliner who works well on both ends of the ice.
  • Skates with new partner Tuesday

    News: Olli Maatta skated with Ben Lovejoy during practice Tuesday.
    Analysis: It was thought that Olli Maatta and Kris Letang would form a super pairing but the team might decide spread out its two top defenders (making it tougher for opponents to game plan). Maatta also practiced on the team's second power-play unit along with Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Plotnikov, Patric Hornqvist and Daniel Sprong on Tuesday. The Pens are still trying different even-strength and power-play units and have more moving parts than in recent seasons. When the dust settles, look for Maatta to take on a key role in whatever success Pittsburgh enjoys in 2015-16.
  • Pens' Maatta Cleared For Camp

    News: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said that Olli Maatta (shoulder) has been cleared to participate for the start of training camp Friday.
    Analysis: Olli Maatta endured no serious setbacks in his recovery from January shoulder surgery and will look to reestablish himself as a regular top-four defender for the Penguins after a slew of injuries and illness derailed his 2014-15 campaign. The 21-year-old has already compiled an impressive 10 goals and 28 assists over 98 career games, so if health permits this season, he could be a top breakout candidate from the blue line.
  • Pens' Maatta Trending Toward Return For Camp

    News: Olli Maatta (shoulder) says he's regained the weight and strength he lost while battling a shoulder injury, a case of the mumps, and a cancer diagnosis last season, the London Free Press reports. "All I want to do is be ready Sept. 17 when training camp starts and show the Penguins I can be the same player -- and even better -- than I was before," Maatta said.
    Analysis: Despite being just 21 years old, Olli Maatta has already logged 98 career NHL games, though that number would likely be far higher if not for some rotten luck on the injury front in 2014-15. With his shoulder now healed and the cancer scare in the rearview mirror after a tumor was removed from his neck, Maatta could be primed for a breakout. When he's been able to take the ice, Maatta has shown plenty of offensive potential, and should be in line for heavier minutes with Christian Ehrhoff and Simon Despres having since left town.
  • Pens' Maatta Making Progress

    News: Olli Maatta (shoulder) says his recovery from surgery is on schedule and he believes he'll be ready for training camp, the Penguins' Web site reports.
    Analysis: Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford sees Olli Maatta in a top-pairing role with Kris Letang. The 20-year-old Finnish blueliner, who has already undergone two shoulder surgeries and beat a bout with cancer, has totaled 10 goals and 38 points in 98 games in parts of two NHL seasons. The Pens are counting upon him to play a big role in 2015-16, provided his shoulder holds up.
  • Pens' Maatta A Couple Weeks From Skating

    News: Olli Maatta (shoulder) remains a couple weeks from skating, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
    Analysis: Olli Maatta continues to recover from a season-ending shoulder surgery in January, but appears to be making progress. Assuming he doesn't suffer setbacks in the offseason, the blueliner should be ready to go come the start of the 2015-16 campaign.
  • Shoulder Surgery Ends Season For Pens' Maatta

    News: Maataa will undergo shoulder surgery Wednesday, ending his season.
    Analysis: Word surfaced over the weekend that Olli Maatta was not progressing with his rehab program as quickly as the Penguins had anticipated, so the organization decided it was in the blueliner's best interest to shut things down for the season. It's the second shoulder surgery in less than a calendar year for Maatta, who previously underwent the procedure last May and barely recovered in time for the start of the season. Maatta shouldn't be in any danger of missing the beginning of the 2015-16 campaign, during which he'll aim to reestablish himself as one of the top young defensemen in the game.
  • Pens' Maatta (Upper Body) Likely Done For Season

    News: Olli Maatta (upper body) is expected to miss the remainder of the season because of a shoulder injury, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
    Analysis: Olli Maatta's potential season-ending injury would be a big blow along the blue line for the Penguins and fantasy owners hanging onto hopes for his return. He started the season on a good pace for a defensemen, posting nine points (one goal, eight assists) with a plus-one rating over the first 20 games. He hasn't officially been ruled out for the season yet, but it appears the injury hasn't responded adequately to the rehabilitation efforts, and the decision of whether or not he will sit will come within a few days. If the youngster does end up missing the rest of the season, he is expected to undergo an operation on the shoulder in preparation for 2015-16.
  • Pens' Mattaa Continues To Work Out

    News: Mattaa (upper body) took part in an on-ice workout Thursday morning, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
    Analysis: Since Olli Maatta still isn't practicing with the rest of the team, it looks like he could still be a couple weeks away from playing again. Fortunately, it doesn't appear as though he's hit any setbacks in his recovery along the way, which qualifies as good news in any injury-plagued season for the Penguins.