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Old 02-22-2011, 09:16 PM   #471
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Welcome to Pittsburgh! After a re-route to Newark, NJ and a couple of flight delays, James Neal and Matt Niskanen arrived at CONSOL Energy Center. After the players met with Pens coaches, management and staff, they hit the ice ice for some late day work around 6 p.m.


Neal with Bylsma (left); Niskanen and Neal waiting for instruction (right)


Neal getting some puckhandling in (left); turning back up the ice while doing a drill with Bylsma (right)


Niskanen worked on D drills in the other end with assistant coach Todd Reirden

For even more photos from their twilight skate, check out the photo album on the Pens' official Facebook page.

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Pens' Letestu says weekend return is possible
By Rob Rossi, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Last updated: 11:49 am

Rookie center Mark Letestu said his surgically repaired left knee has healed to the point that playing this weekend for the Penguins is not "out of the question."

Letestu, who hasn't played since Jan. 25, has been cleared by team doctors to "once I feel I'm ready." He will not play tonight against the San Jose Sharks at Consol Energy Center.

Letestu, who has scored 10 goals, was injured during a morning practice on Feb. 1 at Madison Square Garden, where his left skate blade caught a rut in the ice.

He had surgery about a week later and the team prognosis for recover was between four and six weeks.

"It's been 18 days today," he said, "and I don't feel (discomfort in the left knee) anymore."

Letestu said he will skate Thursday even if the Penguins cancel practice, and that his objective is to start taking contact then or Friday during a morning practice before a game at Carolina.

He did not rule out playing at Carolina or Saturday night at Toronto.

"Next week," he said of the latest possible time frame for his return. "I don't doubt it. That's a modest goal."



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Sharks over Pens in OT...4 sec to go.

That was an informative game. Fleury looks OK.

There can be no doubt, Niskanen sucks and Neal looks pretty good.


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Hey, great news though...Pens got a point and Orpik is injured.

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Starkey: Bring on Kovalev
By Joe Starkey, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, February 24, 2011

Same old Kovy.

That was the three-word scouting report from a couple of colleagues in Ottawa on Wednesday, but it wasn’t necessarily meant as an insult to aging Senators winger Alex Kovalev. I actually considered it good news for those who want the goal-starved Penguins to rent Kovalev for the rest of the season.

I'm one of them.

We’re talking about a low-risk, potentially high-reward acquisition — and even at his enigmatic worst, Kovalev, who turns 38 on Feb. 24, couldn’t screw up a team in 20 games.

Not that he’d be a guaranteed upgrade if acquired before Monday’s 3 p.m. deadline. Far from it. Kovalev is eminently capable of making another Alex — Ponikarovsky — look like the deadline deal of the decade.

But have you seen this team try to score lately? It's was a horror show last night, even though the Penguins turned in another commendable effort while losing another game and another player. This time it was defenseman Brooks Orpik, who suffered an apparent hand injury early in a 3-2 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks.

That makes 25 goals in 12 games for the Penguins this month.

We all know the negative connotations of same old Kovy. He is as maddening as he was when he skated into the league 17 years ago. He can look like Mario Lemieux one night, Nils Ekman the next. He makes coaches miserable (just ask Senators coach Cory Clouston, with whom Kovalev has clashed).

He can break your heart.

He can also bust your system. It’s fair to wonder if Kovalev's style would mesh with that of Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. To put the contrast in swimming parlance, the Penguins prefer the freestyle relay — go straight and get there as quickly as possible — while Kovalev is liable to break into a water follies routine at any moment.

As good as Kovalev was during his Penguins years, he was prone to fits of ineptitude and apathy. The first sign of a relapse would see him mindlessly spinning in the neutral zone. One Penguins observer even dedicated a song to Kovalev, using the lyrics and music from David Bowie's “Space Oddity.”

This is ground control to Kov-a-lev.

The good news is that Kovalev can still play. He can still score. He has half as many goals (six) in his past 10 games as any Penguins player on the ice against San Jose — besides newcomer James Neal — had for the entire season.

Kovalev has nine points in 10 games since the All-Star break. He is taking advantage of increased ice time created by an injury to Daniel Alfredsson, trades, and, perhaps, the Senators’ desire to showcase him and clear his salary (about $1 million the rest of the season).

Same old Kovy means Kovalev still has those same soft hands and that same cannon shot. It means he can still get around the ice, too, despite surgery to repair a torn ACL last spring. Those who watch him nightly will tell you he has looked progressively more fluid as the season has progressed.

What do the Penguins have to lose? A conditional draft pick? A Bill Guerin-type return sounds right, a pick based on how far the Penguins advance.

No doubt, Kovalev could help on a power play that was especially brutal last night. He could even play the right point, where he flourished during his Pittsburgh incarnation.

I always believed Kovalev’s heart was in the right place, too. He wanted to win. He was just a bit quirky.

Obviously, this team's post-season fate will depend largely on Sidney Crosby's availability, and each day he stays out is a day closer to the Penguins shutting him down. But even if Crosby is shelved with post-concussion issues, these Penguins have a chance to do some playoff damage. They deserve more help.

The worst that can happen is Kovalev crumbles. The best is that he becomes energized by a return to Pittsburgh, a place he adores, and injects some life into a dying offense.

Same old Kovy?

Could be a good thing.
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The loss of Orpik — Bylsma provided no update after the loss — for any sustained period of time would be another obstacle to overcome.

He did not return after his right arm absorbed a shot from Sharks center Patrick Marleau late in the first period. Bylsma said more would be known about Orpik's status today, but several teammates privately feared the worst — a broken hand or forearm.


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The Pens are on the ice for practice. Brooks Orpik, who was injured in Wednesday's game against San Jose, is not skating. However, Paul Martin is with his teammates. Martin has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury.
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Head coach Dan Bylsma was able to come back and give an update on Orpik's status. Orpik will be out approximately four weeks with a broken finger.

On Brooks Orpik:
The update on Brooks Orpik is that he has a broken finger and will be approximately four weeks (for a) time frame.

On if he knows if Orpik will need surgery:
I do not. It’s not displaced. So I think we’re talking 4-6 weeks, but you’re looking at a layman right now. That’s what I have in front of me, broken finger, four weeks.
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Orpik will be out approximately four weeks with a broken finger.

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