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Malkin has knee surgery, could miss start of next season for Penguins

Center will be unavailable for training camp, out for 23 games this season @NHLdotcom

Evgeni Malkin had surgery on his right knee and the center will be unavailable for Pittsburgh Penguins training camp.

Malkin was injured March 16 against the Boston Bruins and missed the last six weeks of the regular season (23 games), and Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup First Round against the New York Islanders. He played the last four games of the best-of-7 series loss.

"'Geno' was dealing with a knee injury and he fought really hard to get back into our lineup," Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said May 28. "He was not 100 percent. I think I'm probably stating the obvious when I say that, but he fought really hard to get back in the lineup to try to help us win."

It is unknown if Malkin will be ready for the start of next season. The Penguins said they're hoping to have a time frame in September.

Malkin scored 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists) in 33 regular-season games and five points (one goal, four assists) in four playoff games. He scored 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in his final 13 games of the regular season.

Malkin turns 35 on July 31 and would play the final year of his contract next season.

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