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Blue Line Buzz: D-Men of the Week

Jason Chen

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What will the Penguins do? With Olli Maatta out for six weeks after undergoing surgery on his hand and Justin Schultz out indefinitely with a concussion, there’s a gaping hole on their blue line, and if they weren’t in the market for a defenseman before, they certainly should be looking for one now.

The bigger loss is Schultz, who has finally lived up to the billing as an offensive defenseman. In Pittsburgh, with a limited role and easier minutes, he has become a far more effective player and his 39 points were tops among Pens’ rearguards. Kris Letang has missed 18 games this season, and his absence would’ve been more profound had Schultz not...

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