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Juuso Riikola: Headed back to Europe

Riikola agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Swedish club IK Oskarshamn on Wednesday. Riikola played in 80 games for the Penguins over the last four years in which he generated three goals, 10 assists and 178 hits while averaging just 15:05 of ice time. At 28 years of age, the Finnish defenseman could still make his way back to North America if he puts together a strong campaign overseas.
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Minor league report: Juuso Riikola, Penguins edge Islanders

Defenseman Juuso Riikola recorded a career-best four assists for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 6-5 home win against the Bridgeport Islanders at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday. Forwards Drew O’Connor, Valtteri Puustinen and defenseman Mitch Reinke each had a goal and an assist for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (33-29-4-4) while goaltender...
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Penguins Recall Defenseman Juuso Riikola to the Taxi Squad

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Juuso Riikola to the taxi squad, it was announced today by general manager Ron Hextall. Riikola, 27, has split the 2021-22 season between Pittsburgh and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League. With Pittsburgh, Riikola has recorded one assist and is plus-2 in five games this season. The defenseman has tallied 12 points (1G-11A) in 17 games with WBS, which ranks second among all team defensemen.
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Penguins' Juuso Riikola: Assigned to AHL affiliate

Riikola was demoted from the taxi squad to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday. Riikola will rejoin AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where he has distributed 11 assists and lit the lamp once over 17 appearances in 2021-22. The 28-year-old did not receive an additional promotion to the active roster since his initial elevation Tuesday and as a result, he did not appear in a sixth NHL contest.
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Penguins' Juuso Riikola: Added to taxi squad

Riikola was elevated to the taxi squad Tuesday. Riikola has been limited to just five appearances for the Penguins this season in which he has registered one assist, seven shots and 13 hits while averaging just 13:23 of ice time. The decision to bring Riikola up to the taxi squad ahead of Tuesday's matchup with the Capitals could be an indication there is an injury on the blue line.
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Penguins' Juuso Riikola: Assigned to AHL affiliate

Riikola was demoted from the active roster to AHL Wilkes-Barre on Monday. Riikola did not make an NHL appearance during his recent stint on the active roster. He has averaged 13:23 of ice time -- 1:43 during the power play -- and tallied one assist over five NHL appearances this season. The 28-year-old will rejoin AHL Wilkes-Barre where he has distributed six assists over 10 appearances in 2021-22.
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Penguins' Juuso Riikola: Promoted, scratched Saturday

Riikola was recalled to the Penguins' active roster Saturday but won't play in Dallas, Seth Rorabaugh of TribLive.com reports. Riikola has bounced between rosters throughout the season but has only played in five games for the Penguins. He'll serve as a depth defenseman and could slot into the lineup if any regular blueliners become unavailable in the near future.
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Penguins' Juuso Riikola: Recalled to taxi squad

Riikola was promoted to Pittsburgh's taxi squad Tuesday. Riikola has logged five games for the Pens this season in which he has tallied one assist, seven shots and 13 hits. With both Mike Matheson and John Marino in the league's COVID-19 protocols, Riikola figures to have the inside track to step into the lineup against Ottawa on Friday, though he will need to be added to the active roster first.
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Penguins' Juuso Riikola: Sent back to AHL

Riikola was reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday. Riikola has played in five NHL contests this season, chipping in an assist and 13 hits over 13:23 of average ice time. He was sent down. With Chad Ruhwedel and Marcus Pettersson clearing COVID-19 protocols Sunday in corresponding moves on the Penguins' blue line, Riikola will head back to the minors for now.
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Penguins recall defenseman Juuso Riikola, goaltender Louis Domingue

Juuso Riikola’s return to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton did not last that long. Barely even one day, in fact. On Friday, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced they recalled the reserve defensemen less than 24 hours after he was assigned to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. Riikola’s recall is on an emergency basis. Such...
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Penguins' Juuso Riikola: Back with Penguins

The Penguins recalled Riikola from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday. A day after being sent down, Riikola rejoins the NHL club, presumably to replace Marcus Pettersson (COVID-19) in the lineup. Riikola has played in four straight games with the Penguins and has tallied one assist while averaging 12:57 of ice time.
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Penguins' Juuso Riikola: Off active roster

Per Seth Rorabaugh of TribLive.com, Riikola is no longer listed on Pittsburgh's active roster, indicating he's been assigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Riikola's demotion indicates Chad Ruhwedel (not injury related) and Marcus Pettersson (not injury related) will both likely be available for Thursday's game against the Panthers. Riikola's picked up one helper through four top-level games this campaign.
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Penguins defenseman Juuso Riikola trying to maximize a rare opportunity

Tuesday’s road game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center wasn’t all that significant in the grand scheme of things for the Penguins and reserve defenseman Juuso Riikola. It was Game 11 of 82 for the Penguins. And for Riikola, it merely was his fourth game of the season.
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Penguins defenseman Juuso Riikola plays first NHL game in nine months

On a night All-Star forwards Sidney Crosby and Jeff Carter rejoined the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lineup, there was a slightly less celebrated return on the team’s blue line during Saturday’s home game against the New Jersey Devils at PPG Paints Arena. Reserve defenseman Juuso Riikola played in his first regular-season game...
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Penguins Recall Juuso Riikola from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Juuso Riikola from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by general manager Ron Hextall. Riikola, 27, attended Pittsburgh's training camp and played in four preseason games with the Penguins. This season, the defenseman has played in three games...
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Penguins Recall Juuso Riikola While Letang in Protocol

On Saturday morning, Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan admitted a call-up was likely on Saturday afternoon as the team received news Saturday morning that top defenseman Kris Letang tested positive for COVID and entered the NHL protocol. Letang is out for Saturday night while Letang undergoes confirmation tests. Saturday,...
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