Pittsburgh Penguins injuries

For the latest news on NHL injuries by team, PuckPedia is your source. Stay up-to-date on your favorite NHL teams with information on player injuries and their status.

When a player is injured, his team can either retain him on their active roster, counting towards the 23-man active roster limit, or place him on the Injured Reserve List (IR).

NHL Injuries
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Expected Return Thu Sep 15, 2022
Bryan Rust - OUT - Knee
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Expected Return Thu Sep 15, 2022
Brian Boyle - OUT - Knee
Mon May 16, 2022
Brian Boyle | Boyle underwent surgery on his left knee Monday and is facing a six-week recovery timeline.

Sun May 15, 2022
Brian Boyle | Boyle (lower body) is week-to-week and will not play in Game 7 against the Rangers on Sunday.
Fri May 13, 2022
Brian Boyle | Boyle is being evaluated for a lower-body injury after leaving early during Friday's loss to the Rangers, Wes Crosby of (NHL).com reports.
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Expected Return Thu Sep 15, 2022
Brian Dumoulin - OUT - Knee
Tue May 17, 2022
Brian Dumoulin | Dumoulin clarified that he suffered a grade-3 MCL tear in his knee during Game 1 against the Rangers on May 3, telling reporters Tuesday, "I injured my MCL. It was a grade-3 tear. It happened on that disallowed goal. My knee hit the post and hyperextended."

Wed May 11, 2022
Brian Dumoulin | Dumoulin (lower body) still hasn't begun skating and will miss Wednesday's clash with the Rangers. Coach Mike Sullivan told reporters, "Dumo hasn't skated yet, but he's making progress off the ice."
Mon May 9, 2022
Brian Dumoulin | Dumoulin (lower body) has yet to resume skating and won't be available versus the Rangers for Game 4 on Monday, Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Sat May 7, 2022
Brian Dumoulin | Dumoulin (lower body) won't play Saturday's Game 3 versus the Rangers, Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Thu May 5, 2022
Brian Dumoulin | Dumoulin (lower body) will not be available against the Rangers on Thursday.
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Expected Return Thu Sep 15, 2022
Casey DeSmith - DAY-TO-DAY - Abdomen
Surgery
Tue Jul 5, 2022
Casey DeSmith | DeSmith (core) signed a two-year, $1.8 million AAV contract with the Penguins on Tuesday.

Fri May 6, 2022
Casey DeSmith | DeSmith had core muscle surgery Friday and will miss the remainder of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Thu May 5, 2022
Casey DeSmith | DeSmtih (lower body) will not be in the lineup against the Rangers on Thursday.
Wed May 4, 2022
Casey DeSmith | DeSmith is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports.
Tue May 3, 2022
Casey DeSmith | DeSmtih will tend the twine for Tuesday's Game 1 road clash with the Rangers, Dan Rosen of (NHL).com reports.
Tue May 3, 2022
Casey DeSmith | DeSmith (lower body) exited Tuesday's Game 1 versus the Rangers in the second overtime, Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Expected Return Thu Sep 15, 2022
Ty Smith - OUT - Undisclosed
Sat Jul 16, 2022
Ty Smith | The Devils traded Smith (undisclosed) and a 2023 third-round pick to the Penguins in exchange for John Marino on Saturday, PuckPedia reports.

Fri Apr 29, 2022
Ty Smith | Smith (undisclosed) will not play Friday against Detroit, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
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Expected Return Mon Oct 3, 2022
Drake Caggiula - OUT - Back
Not Specified
Wed Jul 13, 2022
Drake Caggiula | Caggiula (back) signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Penguins in July of 2022, per PuckPedia.

Thu Feb 17, 2022
Drake Caggiula | Caggiula will have season-ending spine surgery for a herniated disc Thursday and is facing a 6-8 month recovery timeline, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Wed Dec 1, 2021
Drake Caggiula | Caggiula (upper body) has been designated for injured reserve, per the (NHL) media site.
Fri Nov 26, 2021
Drake Caggiula | Caggiula is listed as week to week with an upper-body injury.

Injured Reserve List (IR)

If a team opts to put their player on the Injured Reserve List, the following requirements must to be met:

  • First, a team may place a player on the Injured Reserve List if the said player has been injured, incapacitated, or ill and will not be able to perform his duties as a hockey player after having passed the team’s preliminary physical examination for that season.
  • Second, a player with an injury that prevents him from playing for at least seven days from the date the injury was incurred can be placed on the team’s Injured Reserve List. Once a player is placed on the IR list, the team may replace said player on its NHL roster with a player from the minors.
  • Third, a player who has been placed on the Injured Reserve List will not be eligible to compete in NHL games for a period of no less than seven days.

Players on the Injured Reserve List may attend team meetings and meals, travel with the team, and join their practice sessions.

Long-Term Injured Reserve (LTIR)

If a player has an injury that will prevent him from playing for at least 10 NHL games and 24 days in the NHL season, the team may place him on Long-Term Injured Reserve (LTIR), which can be used to exceed the salary cap.

Once a player is put on LTIR, the player’s cap hit stays on the team’s cap payroll. The club will not be given additional cap-space savings to be saved for use in the future. However, LTIR offers relief in case the club's averaged salary, or payroll, starts to go over the upper limit. How much relief the club will get is computed based on the date the player is put on LTIR.

Three equations can be used to decide how much LTIR relief will be given. The first, or basic equation, is used during the season and the off-season, while the second is the training-camp equation, which is used on the last day of the off-season in order to prepare for the first day of the following season. The third equation is used if the player is already on LTIR.

Once a player is cleared to play again, the team activates the player.

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