Penguins send Jean-Sebastien Dea back to AHL as forwards get healthy
With a couple of key forwards closing in on a return from injury, the Pittsburgh Penguins sent forward Jean-Sebastien Dea back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL and placed winger Garrett Wilson on waivers Tuesday.
Patric Hornqvist and Dominik Simon skated on their own before the Penguins held their morning skate Monday. Coach Mike Sullivan said Hornqvist, out with an upper-body injury, was “getting a lot closer” to a return. Simon, out with a lower-body injury, is considered day-to-day.
The Penguins visit the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.
Dea played three games after being called up Dec. 7 when Simon was placed on the injured list. He scored a goal Dec. 8 at Ottawa.
Wilson has played six games in his most recent NHL stint, recording an assist. If he clears waivers, he could be assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday.
An NHL holiday roster freeze begins at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday and extends through Dec. 28. During the freeze, players may not be traded and may be sent to the minors only under specific circumstances.
Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jonathan at email@example.com or via Twitter @BombulieTrib.