Archive

ShareThis Page
Jean-Sebastien Dea returns to Penguins lineup after unexpected detour | TribLIVE.com
Penguins/NHL

Jean-Sebastien Dea returns to Penguins lineup after unexpected detour

Jonathan Bombulie
| Saturday, December 8, 2018 2:03 p.m
522724gtrpens13092318
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Penguins’ Jean-Sebastian Dea takes a back-handed shot from his knees past the Blue Jackets’ Ryan Collins in the first period Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.

OTTAWA – When Jean-Sebastien Dea was claimed on waivers at the end of September, he thought his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins was over.

The New Jersey Devils were willing to give him the NHL roster spot that he couldn’t seem to grab amidst a stacked collection of forwards in Pittsburgh. He was beginning a new chapter in his career.

Standing in the visiting locker room at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday afternoon, Dea was pretty happy he was wrong.

Dea scored three goals in his first four games with the Devils, but eventually fell out of the lineup and went back on waivers. The Penguins reclaimed him Nov. 29 and assigned him to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

He spent only two games in the AHL before being called up. With Patric Hornqvist out day to day with an upper-body injury, Dea was back in the lineup Saturday night against the Senators.

“It’s crazy,” Dea said. “I never thought I’d be back two months later, but it is what it is. I’m really excited.”

If returning to the Penguins organization had meant a longer minor-league stay for Dea, perhaps he would have had time to wonder if everything had truly worked out for the best. As it stands, he has no such misgivings.

“I’m obviously happy it was quick,” Dea said. “You never wish for injuries, but you’ve got to take advantage. I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to have another shot. Hopefully I’ll make a good impression again.”

Follow the Pittsburgh Penguins all season long.

Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jonathan at jbombulie@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BombulieTrib.

Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review NHL/Penguins reporter. You can contact Jonathan via Twitter .

Categories: Penguins
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.