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Mike Sullivan Provides Update on Bryan Rust Following Win

Published February 25, 2024 at 8:12 PM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins had quite the game today as the defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in a crazy, back-and-forth 7-6 victory. However, one key player is still being evaluated after getting hurt during the game.

Penguins Forward Evaluated For Upper-Body Injury



Bryan Rust has been a huge part of the Penguins this year, including tonight. On the season, the 31-year-old has 18 goals and 36 points. That included two goals a helper that he recorded tonight in the Penguins' 7-6 victory over the Flyers.




However, the forward left the game during the 3rd period with an apparent injury and he did not return. This has sparked concern among Penguins fans as he is a key contributor to the team's offense.



Head coach Mike Sullivan confirmed after the game that he is being evaluated for an upper-body injury. However, he could not provide any more details on that.

Coach Sullivan on Bryan Rust: «Right now, he's being evaluated for an upper-body injury. We'll see after his evaluation if he travels or not.»


Penguins Face Tough Decisions Ahead Of Trade Deadline



The team was in a tough spot before Rust went down, but if he misses significant time that is just one more nail in the coffin for the team. The win moved the team past the Islanders and they now sit 6th in the Metro division, but they are still 8 points back of the second wildcard spot.

All recent signs seem to point toward the Penguins selling at the trade deadline. general manager Kyle Dubas as expressed a desire to make the team younger without moving any of the biggest names on the team.


As such, players like Jake Guentzel and Rielly Smith could be on the move as both players have been involved in trade rumors throughout the season. Should the team move those players, it could give them a chance to improve their draft position as their 1st round pick, traded in the offseason, is top-10 protected. In any regards, it will certainly be an intriguing stretch run to watch for Penguins fans, even if playoff hopes are dwindling.
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