Penguins notebook: For a change, medical news largely positive
January 14, 2014 6:34 AM
Coach Dan Bylsma said several injured players will be evaluated Wednesday "to see if they can progress and return to play."
By Dave Molinari / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Penguins held a full-squad workout late Monday morning at Consol Energy Center.
It only looked as if there had been one going on there an hour or so earlier.
In reality, that session simply was some of their many injured players -- specifically, defenseman Paul Martin and forwards Beau Bennett, Jayson Megna, Chuck Kobasew and Andrew Ebbett -- getting in a little on-ice work with conditioning coach Mike Kadar.
Of that group, Martin, Megna and Ebbett apparently are the closest to returning to the lineup. Coach Dan Bylsma said they will be evaluated Wednesday "to see if they can progress and return to play."
Bylsma's other medical updates:
* Forward Joe Vitale "will be out three weeks" because of an unspecified injury he got in the Penguins' 4-3 overtime loss Friday in Edmonton and will not be on the ice for the first week.
* Forward Brian Gibbons, hurt in a 2-1 victory Saturday in Calgary , is "week-to-week" with an unspecified injury.
* Bennett is "four weeks out" and he "is holding a stick, but can't catch a pass yet."
* Kobasew is "more in a day-to-day time frame."
Right winger James Neal was given a "maintenance day," which generally means a player is excused from practice because of a physical issue that won't necessarily prevent him from participating in games.
A twist on northern exposure
While Dan Potash of Root Sports was interviewing Penguins winger Tanner Glass near the visiting team's dressing room Saturday after the game, center Brandon Sutter briefly could be seen naked in the background, generating a frenzy on Twitter and other social media.
He has taken the attention in stride.
"I didn't know what to think at first but I don't think it was as bad I would have originally expected," Sutter said.
"It was in the distance a bit. There's not much you can say about it. It was a freak accident. It is what it is.
"I think we were standing there watching [goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury] do the 'Hockey Night in Canada' interview, and we were just sitting there watching TV. I'm pretty sure I was standing right in front of the shower. I'm not sure how it got in there.
"I think in time, it will just kind of cool off a bit. At first, I didn't know what to think but I think down the road, I'll probably find it kind of funny."
Sutter heard from family and friends after his unscheduled exposure.
"My brother and sister thought it was pretty funny," he said.
"Some people were more concerned. Some people thought it was funny.
"A lot of different reactions, I guess. I think it's something in the future, there will be a lot of jokes about it. I'll just try to run with it."
No update on Bortuzzo
Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo still hasn't learned the fallout from his third-period hit on Flames defenseman Mark Giordano. Bortuzzo was assessed a match penalty for what appeared to be a blow to the head.
He said after practice Monday that "I haven't heard anything [from the league office] yet."
The NHL office did not respond to a request for clarification of Bortuzzo's status.
There has been no word on whether the league will rescind the match penalty Bortuzzo was assessed, which appears to be a possibility.
A Noel fan
Claude Noel coached the Winnipeg Jets against the Penguins 10 days ago. Now, he is out of work.
His firing wasn't a shock, given the Jets' disappointing season, but Glass, who played for him in Winnipeg, believes Noel could resurface before long.
"I think he'll be back on his feet in no time," Glass said. "He's got such a love for the game He's a passionate guy when it comes to the game.
"He brings that attitude to the rink every day. I think he'd be a great addition to many, many staffs."
Seth Rorabaugh contributed to this report. Dave Molinari: Dmolinari@Post-Gazette.com and Twitter @MolinariPG.
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