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Coach Bylsma Expects Jeffrey to be Ready for Start of Season

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said that he "anticipates" forward Dustin Jeffrey being ready for the start of the 2011-12 regular season, but added it isn't known when he'll be able to start practicing.


Jeffrey, who signed a two-year contract with Pittsburgh in the offseason, missed the end of last season and the playoffs after injuring his knee March 24 at Philadelphia.

"I anticipate Dustin Jeffrey being ready for the start of the season," Bylsma said. "However, when he's able to compete at full in training camp, we're not sure yet. We'll see how that goes and he progresses."

Bylsma added: "He's going to see the doctor this week."

Bylsma had no update on captain Sidney Crosby's status.

The Penguins open the regular season Oct. 6 at defending Western Conference champion Vancouver. The team reports for training camp Friday and will hold its first practice Saturday morning.

Jeffrey, 23, is coming off a season where he saw the most extensive NHL action of his professional career. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound forward established NHL career highs across the board in games played (25), goals (7), assists (5) and points (12) before his season was cut short.

Prior to his injury, Jeffrey was coming off of a pair of multiple-point efforts over his previous eight games, including the first two-goal performance of his NHL career March 5 at Boston. Jeffrey’s second goal that night was the overtime game-winner.










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