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Penguins notebook: Scuderi making progress in wake of broken ankle

| Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, 8:18 p.m.

Might the Penguins receive a Christmas present in the form of defenseman Rob Scuderi?

It certainly seems possible.

Scuderi, one of the NHL's finest defensive defensemen, suffered a broken ankle in Toronto on Oct. 26. At the time, the Penguins were informed by doctors that Scuderi would miss six-to-eight weeks. Nothing that has transpired since that point indicates that Scuderi is behind schedule.

“Rob was three weeks post surgery yesterday,” coach Dan Bylsma said. “He's rehabbing at a moderate rate right now. Hopefully in the next seven days or so, he'll move on to a little more rehab as he progresses.”

Bylsma said it is too early to pinpoint a return date for Scuderi but sounded optimistic that the rehabilitation is going nicely.

“Generally we gave it six to eight weeks when he got injured,” Bylsma said. “There's no definitive update on that.”

• Bylsma ran an optional practice on Thursday at Southpointe. Five players took part, including defenseman Robert Bortuzzo, goaltender Jeff Zatkoff and forwards Matt D'Agostini, Brian Gibbons and Zach Sill. The practice was a relaxed one, and the final 20 minutes saw the five players have a contest seeing which could hit the empty net from the opposite side of the rink with the most frequency.

• Bylsma said that goaltender Tomas Vokoun, out since September with a blood clot problem, remains on blood-thinning medication and that there is no update on his health. Vokoun said he is out three-to-six months, with the three-month figure representing an extremely optimistic forecast.

• Forward Chuck Kobasew, who has been out three weeks with a lower-body injury, has skated three times during the past week and could be getting close to practicing with the Penguins.

— Josh Yohe

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