Rachel: Is there a time table on Beau Bennett coming back?
Seth Rorabaugh: None. Head coach Mike Sullivan has termed it a "longer term" injury and has provided few details beyond that. Unlike Evgeni Malkin or Nick Bonino, Bennett hasn't even been skating to my knowledge. So I wouldn't anticipate his return anytime soon.
JamesinNYC: How soon do we see Malkin back?
Penguins winger Bennett discusses possible return to lineup
Penguins winger Beau Bennett, who has been injured, discusses the possibility of returning to the lineup this weekend. (Video by Dave Molinari)
Seth Rorabaugh: Sullivan ruled him out for this weekend's game. So at the earliest, Malkin could play Wednesday in Boston.
JamesinNYC: Do you think there are any moves coming up?
Seth Rorabaugh: I think it all depends on how healthy the Penguins are. They have a few players like Malkin, Bonino and David Warsofsky who appear to be on the verge of returning before or near the trade deadline. I think that will dictate a lot with any potential trades.
JT in Peters: How much blame should be on Penguins staff for allowing Malkin to participate in ASG with this known injury?
Mr. Deeds: Have you heard any recent rumors surrounding trades for the Penguins? I read we could be in the hunt to improve our 3rd line a bit, could Dale Weise be a name they should pursue?
Seth Rorabaugh: I don't get into rumors with trades. They're largely absent of any substance in my opinion.
Rachel: Follow up: do you see Beau Bennett being a Penguin next season. Injuries are rendering him useless.
Seth Rorabaugh: I believe Beau Bennett is a talented player. He has shown flashes of that skill and management generally likes what he can do when he is healthy. But given his history, I can't formulate any sort of argument in favor of retaining him.
Uli: Greetings from Germany everybody! How do you like the Perron - Hagelin trade after a couple of games being played?
Seth Rorabaugh: It seems to have worked out for both teams. Hagelin has the speed Sullivan seems to prefer while Perron's more meticulous style seems to fit the Ducks' physical ways. Perron's been the most productive player by far since the trade but he was never going to have success like that under Sullivan.
Evan: With the call ups from the baby Pens playing so well, what happens when everyone comes back from injury. This is the best the third line has played since Staal.
Seth Rorabaugh: I think there have been some signs of some of the call-ups slowing down a bit prior to last night's offensive outburst. In my opinion, the third line of Bryan Rust, Oskar Sundqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl hasn't been nearly as effective without Eric Fehr. And while the fourth line of Conor Sheary, Kevin Porter and Scott WIlson produced a nice goal last night, it was torched for one of Detroit's goals. Once some players get healthy, I would assume players such as Sundqvist or Kuhnhackl would be among the first to return to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Adam: Once malkin, bonino, fehr, and possibly bennett return, who comes out of the current lineup?
Seth Rorabaugh: As answered above, I would assume Sundqvist and Kuhnhackl would be among the first options for a return to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Uli: What´s the main difference in dealing with Johnston and Sullivan as a journalist?
Seth Rorabaugh: Sullivan can be a little longer in his responses and tougher to transcribe. Johnston was generally quick and to the point. Both are polite and courteous.
Pat: Is it just me or does maatta's speed look like an issue? Looking a lot slower this year than in recent years.
Seth Rorabaugh: I can't say he's looked as sharp as he did in his rookie season or even early in his second season before his health became an issue. I don't know if he's more of a "stay-at-home" option in his current pairing with Kris Letang than he was earlier in his career. But I agree, he does look a step off.
Adam: Who do you see as our 4 centers once everyone is all healthy? Obviously Malkin and Sid will be there. Cullen is too good at faceoffs to move. That leaves bonino v fehr. Based on what we have seen i assume fehr moves to wing, but IMO he operates much better as a center(he has said as much). What are your thoughts?
Seth Rorabaugh: Bonino is strictly a center so whenever he comes back, he'll be a center on the third or fourth line. I would assume Fehr and Cullen would kind of mix in as needed. Fehr is the team's only right-handed faceoff draw so he has a unique value in that regard.
Michael A.: Did you journalists notice any conflicts between Johnston and Crosby?
Seth Rorabaugh: I can't say I ever noticed any.
Dave: Kessel seemed to rise to the occasion when put on Sid's line. Do you think he will stay on the top line or move back down when geno comes back?
Seth Rorabaugh: I'm curious about that myself because Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist have rarely displayed any sort of chemistry together. I'm scratching my head over that one to be honest. For the time being however, Crosby will play with Kessel. Once Malkin returns, who knows?
Adam: What does it take for Cole to get out of the dog house? As a follow up do you think the pens are auditioning Pouliot for a trade/ "seeing what they got" in him as we lead up to the deadline? Or is it simply that they feel he is better than Cole right now?
Seth Rorabaugh: It would take an injury for Ian Cole to return to the lineup. And even then, he might even be below David Warsofsky on the depth chart (Warsofsky's healthy permitting). Regarding Pouliot, unless the return would be considerable, I don't see Pouliot being traded in the near future.
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