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Recoveries for Pens' Crosby, Malkin going well

Posted on: June 27, 2011 2:14 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 3:37 pm

Everything seems to be on track in Pittsburgh for injured superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, coach Dan Bylsma said Monday.

Speaking to the media, Bylsma noted that Crosby still has a long recovery to go but, as of now, things are going as planned.

"He's been working out two times a day and progressing along his normal road of summer activity," the coach said. "That’s what Sid has been doing. He's got another two and a half months ahead of doing that."

Crosby was knocked out of the lineup in early January with a concussion after big hits in the Winter Classic against the Capitals and the next game vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Penguins were very cautious with Crosby, in no hurry to try and rush him along so he could play in the playoffs against the Lightning. But Crosby has since admitted he began feeling residual effects, causing a minor setback and keeping him off the ice.

Before the injury, Crosby was having perhaps his most prolific season so far, scoring 32 goals with 34 assists in 41 games. He finished as the team's leading goal-scorer and points-earner despite playing half its schedule.

As for Malkin, his return from ACL and MCL tears has been "going extremely well," Bylsma said. If Pittsburgh had closed out Tampa Bay and advanced to the second round, it was a strong possibility Malkin would have returned.

"We have heard through Sergei Gonchar, actually, that he's never seen Geno working this hard and looking this good and this motivated at this time of the summer," Bylsma said. "So I expect a real motivated, a real focused guy and a guy who is ready to go for training camp -- is probably already ready to go. I think he'll be at full go coming into training camp and really motivated."

Malkin's final game was Feb. 8 against the Sabres when a hit from Tyler Myers put the big Russian on the sidelines. In 43 games last season, he had 15 goals and 22 assists.

Finally, Byslma addressed the Jaromir Jagr speculation and how the 39-year-old would fit into Pittsburgh's picture.

“I’ve been on record a few times with the media about what the attributes of Jaromir Jagr are still really good," Bylsma said. "I think [a reporter] used the word 'hypothetical,' and we've kind of run with that word. There are things that I think he could add to our team.

"In terms of where he fits in structurally, contract-wise, that's another issue as well. Those are all things that are part of that equation and that we've talked about and will continue to talk about over the next few days."

-- Brian Stubits

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:48 pm

Recoveries for Pens' Crosby, Malkin going well

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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2011 8:58 am

Recoveries for Pens' Crosby, Malkin going well

From what I've seen of Jagr at the recent Olympics and Worlds, I'd say he has plenty left in the tank.  Apart from getting destroyed by OV, he was always among the top 2 or 3 players on the ice (both teams included) in any game.  He doesn't have the speed anymore, and I hate to say it but I miss growing up watching him play and seeing that glorious mullet flapping in the wind.  But he still has incredible puck presence, and knows how to get the biscuit into the net. 

One new aspect of his game is his ability down low at the boards; earlier in his career he tended to shy away from contact and from the muck-and-grind game along the boards.  But from what I've seen of him lately (which admittedly is only a handful of games compared to what his body of work over an entire season would be) he isn't afraid to go down there anymore.  I still say that if the price is right, this should be a no-brainer for the Penguins.  When Pascal Dupuis and Tyler Kennedy are your best right wingers, I'd say the possibility of adding a talent like Jagr at a reasonable price couldn't hurt.  And if he sucks, cut him and eat the salary. 

As for the article itself, as a Penguins fan I'm obviously thrilled to see their recoveries going well, even if at this point it's secondhand information.  Malkin has top-3 in the world natural talent, and if he can get his work ethic in order, he could be poised to have another Art Ross-level season.  Sid has always had the work ethic.  And he's always kind of been the "golden" boy.  Now that he's seen adversity, I'm intrigued to see what kind of player he will be for the future. 

Struggles like these are a make-or-break situation in any athlete's career; here's to hoping that both of these incredible talents have the fortitude to overcome and conquer.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: June 28, 2011 12:00 am

Recoveries for Pens' Crosby, Malkin going well

I'm already looking forward to next season.  Crosby and Malkin will more than make up for the ice time they lost this year.  Still undecided on Jagr, I can see me griping about his lackluster play and, with the help of the Lemieux factor,  I can also see the potential benefit.  I didn't expect Recchi to help Boston this year, and with that in mind, Jagr might have a little magic left in the tank to dazzle us again in key moments.  For now, if we get him - fine, if we don't, that's fine also.

Since: Apr 9, 2011
Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:15 pm

Recoveries for Pens' Crosby, Malkin going well

lol excuse me, I meant Czech Sniper!

Since: Apr 9, 2011
Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:12 pm

Recoveries for Pens' Crosby, Malkin going well

NHL look out when the two headed monster is 100% completely. Oh not to mention, I think they will be bringing a certain Russian Sniper back with them!

Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:10 pm

Recoveries for Pens' Crosby, Malkin going well

Youre not very smart are you vegasrugger? Take your time, reread my post and try to comprehend it. I'm a Pens fan you moron. I'm not busting on them. I said when I first glanced at the headline the word "plusses" looked like "pussies". I'm sure there are haters out there who would find humor in that, obviously you're not one of them. Lighten up Francis, did you have a bad day on the slot machines or what.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2011 7:35 pm

Recoveries for Pens' Crosby, Malkin going well

I hear you 1969 I know alot of Pens fans are hoping we sign him but I'm not sure why. His best days are well behind him plus I question how motivated he will play. The wings can have him.
No thanks, I think we'll pass.... well, at least with any luck we will.  Hopefully both the Pens and Wings pass but because of his Penguin organization connections don't be surprised if the Pens sign him.  As for the Wings, we don't need 40 year old one dimensional forwards on the team that can't do the little things it takes to win.  We were only a 1 goal game 7 away from going against the Canucks in the conference finals.... just need to shore up the D a little and need the 3rd and 4th lines to contribute more offensively next time around. For the life of me I don't understand why the Wings didn't just hang up the phone when Jagr's agent called them..... I'm very surprised Holland actually spoke with them multiple times according to the Detroit papers.... 

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2011 6:37 pm

Recoveries for Pens' Crosby, Malkin going well

@Bezeevan--you're about 5 months late with your "ask someone from Crosby's inner-circle" rumor BS

Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2011 6:20 pm

Recoveries for Pens' Crosby, Malkin going well

Of course the coach is saying that things are going well, it helps sell tickets for next season. If you ask anybody who's been around Crosby the last few months they'll tell you the truth, that he is NOWHERE near ready to play again soon. There's even a report that his family has been asking him to retire because mentally he hasn't been the same since. I don't know the Crosby family personally or anything but too many people close to hockey know the truth about his concussion. I would be shocked if he plays at all next season. Too bad cause he's talented no matter who you cheer for.

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