Penguins Recall Harrington and Dumoulin for Playoffs

Scott Harrington

No team in the NHL is more thrilled that the salary cap is gone for the playoffs than the Pittsburgh Penguins. After being forced to play with five defensemen for several games at the end of the season due to injuries to Kris Letang, Christian Ehrhoff and Derrick Pouliot, Pittsburgh’s defense was down to Paul Martin, Ian Cole, Rob Scuderi, Ben Lovejoy and Taylor Chorney. Chorney was the only defenseman the team could recall because he was the only one who made the minimum NHL salary. After that, Pittsburgh could not afford to call anyone else up due to how close they were to the cap. Luckily, the Penguins are now able to call anyone up since there is no salary cap for the playoffs. They did just that today by recalling Brian Dumoulin and Scott Harrington from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Dumoulin and Harrington are the team’s top two defensive prospects other than Pouliot. Both players (Dumoulin and Harrington) spent the majority of the season in the AHL, but also had a stint or two in Pittsburgh due to injuries. Dumoulin played 8 games with the Penguins, recording his first NHL goal and an even plus-minus rating. In 10 games with Pittsburgh this season, Harrington recorded 0 points and a -10 plus-minus rating. Both players were instrumental in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton giving up only 153 goals this season, which was the fewest in the AHL. Dumoulin led WBS defensemen in assists (29) and points (33) in 62 games. In addition, his plus-minus of +25 was the fourth highest rating in the AHL. In 48 games with WBS this year, Harrington notched 2 goals and 10 assists in addition to a +19.

The Penguins are hoping to get Ehrhoff and Pouliot back for the start of the playoffs, but there is no guarantee just yet. Luckily for Pittsburgh, Harrington and Dumoulin are two defensemen they believe in that have young legs to help out these defensive units who are probably exhausted.