Add another name to the scrap heap in Pittsburgh, as Pittsburgh Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist has been sent back home to undergo testing from the team’s medical staff.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Jason Mackey, Hornqvist suffered an upper body injury during the Penguins’ 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday evening. Head coach Mike Sullivan announced prior to last night’s game against the Colorado Avalanche that Hornqvist had been sent back to Pittsburgh to undergo a medical evaluation. There is currently no timetable for his return.
The 30-year-old winger has 11 goals and 21 points in 31 games this season and is a huge part of the team’s leadership group up front. Without him in the lineup, the Pens will have to dig deep to come up with offense. Depending on how long Hornqvist is out of action, could GM Jim Rutherford be forced to make a move? His most obviously card to play is to recall rookie Daniel Sprong from the AHL… but will he be ready to go? The youngster has 15 goals and 22 points in 25 games with the WBS Penguins, so he certainly looks ready.
Don’t be surprised if the Pens make a call up before tonight’s Holiday Roster Freeze. If Hornqvist is out long-term though, expect trade rumors to start making the rounds in Pittsburgh.