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Malkin Starts Skating

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
Evgeni Malkin is back on the ice.

The Penguins star center has been doing some light skating sessions - about 30 to 40 minutes - the past few days at Southpointe, beginning on Thursday.

It is the first time Malkin has been on the ice since suffering a torn ACL/MCL in his right knee in a Feb. 4 contest against Buffalo. There is no timetable on a possible return, but it is a positive step in his progress following surgery in mid-February.

"I think he’s somewhere at nine weeks into his prescribed 4-6 months of rehab," head coach Dan Bylsma said. "So he’s doing well, he’s working hard, but getting on the ice for him right now is really more to get his skates on and test the ice. It’s not really a part of him getting back into game shape.

"It’s just part of his rehab, so it’s good for him to be getting on the ice. But again, it’s nine weeks into a long haul for Geno, so he’s been working hard and he’s been working diligently. To get on the ice is probably more for his mindset then it is to get him ready for a practice situation or anything to that accord."

Malkin, 24, the 2009 NHL scoring champion and Conn Smythe Trophy winner as MVP of the playoffs, had 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points in 43 games this season.

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