Friedman on Schultz, Stastny injuries

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Vegas Golden Knights are each dealing with bad injury news, so what might that mean for their general managers moving forward?

Justin Schultz is expected to miss four months following a fracture of his left leg, while Paul Stastny may miss two months with a lower-body injury.

“I think the Schultz thing, it’s going to get Olli Maatta out of the dog house,” noted Elliotte Friedman during a Monday afternoon radio hit on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960. “He was a scratch. They weren’t happy with him. I think you were getting close to a situation where maybe he was on the trade block, and obviously that’s not going to happen right now - they’re going to need him.

“So that’s one thing. Jim Rutherford said he’ll try to fix it internally, but you know him - he’s never afraid to make a deal.

“I’m curious about Vegas. As you know, that’s a weird division. Anaheim’s (4-1-1) right now, but they’re not really scaring anybody at this point in time. John Gibson is absolutely carrying them on his back.

“So I don’t know if that means Vegas waits, or they go do something in the time being. You can never have too many centers. But Paul Stastny - two months - that’s a huge loss for them.”

The Penguins are 2-1-1 through their first four affairs, while the Golden Knights are 2-4-0.