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Evgeni Malkin Has Season-Ending Surgery

The Penguins have announced that star forward Evgeni Malkin will have surgery on his knee, causing him to miss the rest of the season. Sabres defender Tyler Myers fell on Malkin a few days ago in Malkin's return after missing several games due to knee and sinus issues. He'll be out six months.

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That Malkin would be out the rest of the season is no surprise - we knew he had a torn ACL and MCL. If he played another sport, he might be able to rehab those injuries, but it would be really hard to have those injuries and play hockey, given all the cutting and abrupt stopping that's required.

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Meanwhile, it remains to be seen when Sidney Crosby will return. He still isn't back from his concussion, and it may be a while before he is - concussions are serious business. Last night, an acquaintance pointed out the potential parallels between Crosby's situation and that of baseball's Justin Morneau. Morneau ended up missing several months with a concussion, and his team stopped providing daily updates on his status, just as the Pens have with Crosby. It might be a while before we see Crosby again. That's a big problem for the Penguins, who are in desperate need of his talent right now.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.