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Penguins Roundup: Malkin Skates, Injury Updates

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins

Team USA coaches Dan Bylsma and Tony Granato and Russian center Evgeni Malkin were the first of the Penguins Olympians to return to team practice after the Games ended Sunday, skating on Tuesday at CONSOL Energy Center.

Team Finland members Jussi Jokinen and Olli Maatta were at the arena and spoke to the media during practice, but did not skate. They will likely return to practice Wednesday along with the other remaining Olympians, Canadian forwards Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz and U.S. defenseman Brooks Orpik.

The other participants remained the same: Chuck Kobasew, Tanner Glass, Brandon Sutter, Taylor Pyatt, James Neal, Craig Adams, Joe Vitale, Brian Gibbons, Matt Niskanen, Rob Scuderi, Deryk Engelland, Robert Bortuzzo, Simon Despres, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jeff Zatkoff, and Tomas Vokoun.

Bylsma provided a long list of Penguins injury updates following the skate. They are as follows…

Paul Martin broke his hand at the Olympics. It will be put in a cast at this point in time and 4-6 weeks for Paul.

Beau Bennett (hand/wrist) has had a setback in his recovery and rehab. More of a bump in the road than a wall, but his timetable is probably in the 3-4 weeks (range). He’s been rehabbing and taking it careful here for the last seven days or so. More like 3-4 weeks for his timetable at this point in time.

Tomas Vokoun (blood clot), as you’ve all seen, has passed his tests, been cleared to practice and has been practicing. There’s no timetable at this point in time for his return to play. Still in that progress.

Taylor Pyatt (lower body) and Joe Vitale have both returned to practice and should be full go’s starting back up against Montreal.

Chris Conner (broken hand) is out for approximately one more week before he can move to practice and onto a game.

Pascal Dupuis (ACL) had surgery and it’s gone well. He’s rehabbing now. He’s back there every day and his time frame is 6-8 months for a full recovery. That puts us somewhere between August 15 and October 15.”

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