The Trib’s Rob Rossi is reporting that the Pittsburgh Penguins plan to keep defenseman Olli Maatta on their roster for longer than a nine-game audition.
The Penguins will allow Maatta, a 19-year-old defenseman, to play in more than nine games, multiple sources told the Tribune-Review.
That decision was reached before Maatta’s pivotal role on the tying goal in the Penguins’ 4-3 shootout victory over Vancouver at Consol Energy Center on Saturday afternoon.
The number with more meaning for the Penguins regarding Maatta is 40, sources said.
That is the number of games in which Maatta can play for this to count as an accrued season. Playing an accrued season could allow Maatta to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2019-20 season, when Maatta would be 25.
Maatta has scored a goal, recorded two assists an averaged 15:14 of ice time through eight games with the Penguins.