Asham joins Crosby, Tangradi as Penguins with concussions
It turns out that three Penguins players have suffered concussions over the past six weeks.
Right wing Arron Asham joined Sidney Crosby and Eric Tangradi on the sidelines with concussion symptoms. Asham hasn't played since Feb. 1 against the Rangers. The Penguins have maintained over the past couple of weeks that Asham had sustained an "upper-body injury," and indeed he had. It does not appear likely that Asham will return to the lineup anytime soon.
"Day-to-day is not accurate at this point in time," Bylsma said. "He has been progressing. He hasn't gone to exercise. That's where Arron's at."
Asham attended practice Friday, along with a number of injured Penguins.
Dustin Jeffrey, out with a knee injury, was in attendance at Southpointe. So, too, was Evgeni Malkin. The star center underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee a week ago and was all smiles while hobbling around on crutches in the locker room.
Bylsma said that Malkin's recovery period is expected to be six months, which would put him in line to be ready for next season's training camp in September.
Crosby remains out with a concussion, and Bylsma said there is no further update on his condition. Tangradi has not practiced since being ambushed — and concussed — last Friday on Long Island.
• Left wing Chris Kunitz and center Mark Letestu appear to be making progress with their respective injuries. They took the ice at the conclusion of yesterday's practice, each hearing applause from teammates. Bylsma acknowledged that it was nice to see them on the ice but said neither Kunitz, Letestu nor Jeffrey would be available in Chicago.
• Add another Penguin to the injury list. Right wing Nick Johnson, who made a terrific play on Jordan Staal's game-tying goal Wednesday in Colorado, left practice early with an upper-body injury. Bylsma was unsure of the injury's severity but said that Johnson will not play in Chicago. The Penguins are likely to recall a player from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to replace Johnson, though Bylsma is unsure which player that will be.
• Left wing Matt Cooke has been permitted to practice with the Penguins during his four-game suspension and is eligible to play Sunday in Chicago.
• Former Pirates first baseman Sean Casey attended yesterday's practice at Southpointe. He befriended LW Mike Rupp and LW Max Talbot when the three visited earthquake-ravaged Haiti last year.
"He looks like a man among boys, because I'm playing him with (Brett) Sterling and Chris Conner."
Dan Bylsma, Penguins coach, on C Jordan Staal against Colorado
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