PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – Pens Head Coach Dan Bylsma met with the Pittsburgh media for the first time since the Olympics and had some unpleasant news to share on the injury front. Our own Jim Colony was there tweeting out the news as it broke.
Winger Beau Bennett was expected to be coming back post-Olympics after having hand/wrist surgery, but has recently suffered a setback which will cost him another 3-4 weeks. Meanwhile, we received an update on Paul Martin’s hand injury, which he suffered during the Olympics and will now keep him out 4-6 weeks.
General Manager Ray Shero weighed in on all of this as well and talked about the impact it could have on the team as the trade deadline approaches. Shero said when it comes to replacing Pascal Dupuis and Beau Bennett, it’s probably “far-fetched at this point” citing the lack of sellers and the high asking prices.
Pens Tribune-Review Beat Writer Josh Yohe joined Starkey and Mueller to discuss what he heard from Bylsma and Shero today as well as what he’s hearing behind the scenes about where the team goes from here.
Yohe told us, “Ray Shero was asked about the trade deadline and what he might do for a winger for Sid, a third line winger and that kind of thing. Ray made it pretty clear that nobody should be expecting anything like what we saw last year.”
Yohe also went on to tell us where the Pens stack up against the other teams in the east and how the team is moving forward right now with the expectations that Kris Letang will not play again this season.
For some good news on the Pens though, be sure to read our story on the news that Tomas Vokoun is cleared to play again this season.
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