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Penguins' Phil Kessel has hand surgery: report

Pittsburgh forward expected to recover in time for training camp

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Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel had surgery on his hand Friday and expects to be ready for training camp in September, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Saturday.

"It was something he dealt with all season," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford told the newspaper. "It bothered him. He took care of it. He's not expect[ed] to miss any time."

Kessel did not miss a game last season, his first with the Penguins, playing 106 games in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has played in 528 consecutive regular-season games.

After scoring 26 goals in the regular season, Kessel led the Penguins win 10 goals and 22 points in the playoffs, helping Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2009.

Kessel was acquired by the Penguins, with forward Tyler Biggs, defenseman Tim Erixon and a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, from the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Scott Harrington, forwards Kasperi Kapanen and Nick Spaling, and two draft picks, on July 1, 2015.

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