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Trevor Daley Out For The Playoffs With Broken Ankle

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Pittsburgh Penguins announced after their morning skate on Sunday morning that defenseman Trevor Daley will miss the remainder of the playoffs after breaking his ankle during the teams 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

During the second period of game 4, Daley was hit by Lightning forward Ryan Callahan. Daley entered the defensive zone chasing after the puck when Callahan hit him along the boards. As he was being hit, Daley’s ankle was pinned between the boards and Callahan’s leg. He fell to the ice and struggled to get back up, but moved himself to the front of the net to keep himself involved in the play. After the whistle blew, Daley was helped of the ice by his teammates and trainers, and left the stadium on crutches following the game. He had a MRI and it was reveled he had broken his ankle, ending his season.

Since acquiring Daley in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks, he has taken on a huge role with the team. As one of the top defenseman in minutes, he has become a key player for the teams playoff run. According to Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan losing Daley makes winning this series much tougher.  “He’s a tough guy to replace, he’s really made our team a better team. He’s a mobile guy. He can move the puck. He’s got real good offensive instincts. He’s a real solid two-way defenseman and it’s hard to replace those guys, but we’ve done it all year and we’ll deal with it again.”

With Daley out of the lineup, young defenseman Olli Maatta will likely step into the open spot on the Penguins defense. Maatta was scratched in game 1 of the series, but Sullivan feels that him being scratched will serve as a reset for the young defenseman. “Olli is a really good player. He’s played in key situations for us all year. He’s been a top-four defenseman for us for most of the year. We believe in him. We have a lot of confidence in him.”

 

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