The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Sunday that defenseman Trevor Daley will miss the remainder of the postseason with a broken ankle, sustained in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.
The injury occurred when Daley went into a board battle against Tampa’s Ryan Callahan. Callahan’s skate appears to put some pressure on the back of Daley’s driving it awkwardly into the boards.
The hit removed Daley from the game, and he was seen later that night on crutches in a walking boot.
"Trevor Daley has a broken ankle and he’ll be out for the remainder of the season."
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 22, 2016
“I feel badly for Trevor,” said coach Mike Sullivan. “I know how important this is to him and what it means to him and what he’s brought to this team.”
Daley has been a great success story for the Penguins, after struggling to gel with the Chicago Blackhawks early in the year. He was traded to Pittsburgh and found some success, showing his value when the team was without Kris Letang due to suspension earlier in the postseason.
— #BurghProud (@taylastivka) May 21, 2016
It’s expected that Olli Maatta will draw into the lineup to replace Daley. Maatta has been a healthy scratch in the two prior games.
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