Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is in Canada with his family to tend to a personal matter and will be away from the team indefinitely.
The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions recalled Casey DeSmith from their American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to serve behind Tristan Jarry. The Penguins host Detroit on Saturday and the New York Rangers on Sunday.
Head coach Mike Sullivan said Friday that Murray will miss at least one game and will be given “as much time as he needs.”
The Penguins are fifth in the crowded Metropolitan Division race heading into the second half of the season. Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to consecutive Cup victories, has been uneven at times this season. The 23-year-old is 15-12-1 with a 2.93 goals-against average.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Dominik Simon from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Casey DeSmith, Andrey Pedan and Garrett Wilson have all been re-assigned to WBS.
Simon, 23, has skated in six NHL games with Pittsburgh this year, collecting a pair of assists. Both helpers came on Dec. 9 against Toronto, the first multiple-point game of his NHL career. Simon has four assists in 11 career NHL contests over the past three years.
The 5-foot-11, 176-pound Simon scored the overtime game-winning goal against the Hershey Bears on December 30 after returning to WBS that day. Simon’s goal brought his season totals in the AHL to four goals, 13 assists and 17 points in 21 games. He has points in 14 of 21 games.
Pittsburgh originally drafted the Prague, Czech Republic native in the fifth round (137th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.