The Penguins made several roster moves in advance of a 5 p.m. NHL deadline under which their 23-man roster must be set.
The most eye-catching move was sending winger Beau Bennett to Wheeling of the ECHL. That is most likely a procedural move to make the roster compliant with NHL rules, and Bennett likely will return shortly. General manager Ray Shero on Sunday hinted that something like that might happen, saying the roster that is submitted today might not change before Thursday's season opener against New Jersey at Consol Energy Center.
Defenseman Kris Letang was placed on injured reserve. He suffered what is believed to be a knee or lower leg injury Friday in practice, and initial indications were that it was not serious or long-term. Letang will miss Thursday's season opener, but if the IR designation is retroactive to Friday, he would be eligible to come off of IR before Saturday's home game against Buffalo.
Also placed in IR was goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who has been ruled out for the opener because of a blood clot problem.
Defenseman Derrick Pouliot, a first-round draft pick in 2012, was returned to his junior club, the Portland Winterhawks.
The Penguins also sent defenseman Simon Despres and winger Andrew Ebbett to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Ebbett cleared waivers, and Despres does not need to clear waivers for such an assignment.
Winger Chris Conner also cleared waivers but remains on the roster.
Shelly Anderson: email@example.com. First Published September 30, 2013 9:00 PM