February 25, 2012; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek (4) handles a loose puck ahead of Tampa Bay Lightning center Trevor Smith (24) during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE
Pittsburgh Penguins' defenseman Zbynek Michalek had successful hip surgery and is not expected to miss the start of the 2012-13 season.
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek underwent hip surgery on Wednesday. There had been no indication from the club that Michalek was playing injured at the end of the season or in their first round series against the Philadelphia Flyers. Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tweeted the news, via @EmptyNetters:
Zbynek Michalek underwent hip surgery. That would explain some issues.— Seth Rorabaugh (@emptynetters) May 10, 2012
The operation was performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville and the procedure was reportedly successful. According to Josh Yohe, the team indicated that Michalek should be ready for the start of the 2012-13 season in the fall.
Michalek played in 62 games during the 2011-12 season, scoring two goals and tallying 11 assists playing for Dan Bylsma on the blue line.