Malkin (knee), as expected, was designated for long-term injured reserve Tuesday.

Considering Malkin is set to miss the opening two months of the season, his placement on long-term IR certainly shouldn't come as a surprise. Without Malkin in the lineup, the Penguins will utilize Jeff Carter in a top-six role in addition to Evan Rodrigues, at least until Sidney Crosby (wrist) returns. Over the course of his career, the 35-year-old Malkin remains a point-per-game player and will look to maintain that level once cleared to return.

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