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Evgeni Malkin says his knee is at 90% now, expects to be ready for training camp

Aug 1, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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When Evgeni Malkin went down with a brutal right knee injury last season, it was a blow to the Penguins lineup they absolutely could not afford with Sidney Crosby already out with a concussion. Losing both of their superstar centers at the same time proved to be something the Penguins couldn’t totally overcome in the end as they were bounced out of the playoffs by Tampa Bay in the first round in seven games.

With the severity of Malkin’s injury and his tenacious work ethic in rehabbing his knee after surgery, the next step for him is to get the knee’s health back to 100%. With the long summer break leading up to training camp in mid-September, Malkin is working hard to get back into action.

Sam Kasan of Penguins.com gets the word from Malkin about how good his knee feels and where he’s at in his rehabilitation process.

Malkin, a former NHL scoring champion and playoff MVP, says his recovery is going well. He expects to be back to 100 percent by the start of Penguins training camp in mid-September, and believes he will not be limited at all during the camp by his knee.

“It feels better everyday,” said Malkin, who turned 25 years old Sunday. “It’s good, but not 100 percent yet, maybe 90. I’m skating it hard, but my knee feels good. Soon I will try (full speed). I push it more each day.”

This is great news for the Penguins as getting Malkin back fully recovered will give them at least one of their big time stars to have at the start of the season. With Sidney Crosby’s progress still slow in coming back from a concussion suffered in early January, the Penguins still aren’t quite sure if they’ll have him at the start of training camp and ready to go.

While the Penguins weren’t overly busy in free agency, getting both Malkin and Crosby back will make all the difference in the world for Pittsburgh offensively. The team learned to become a lot better defensively all around last year with both of them out, but if you can inject their offensive production into that lineup with better defense, the Penguins shape up to be that same juggernaut-like team they were before things blew up on them last season.

  1. hockeyfan1701 - Aug 1, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    I cannot wait for October 7!!!

  2. me6661973 - Aug 1, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    LOL think they should free traded them away open salary cap got new blood. Flyers did well shake it up get rid some trouble makers and added Jagr and new blood. Flyers winning Atlantic and pens having asham and stall as stars but falling short again. Crysby
    like lindros scramble brain.

    • hockeyfan1701 - Aug 1, 2011 at 3:46 PM

      Huh?

  3. jpelle82 - Aug 1, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    learn english before you try to post please, cant understand any of your dribble

  4. capsrockva - Aug 1, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    As a Caps fan I hope he suffers a setback, just as a Caps fan. As a person I hope he fully recovers

  5. me6661973 - Aug 1, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Shove it up you a$$. Understand that? Shytburg will regret not trading these injured prone crybabies. Crysby will be like lindros scramble brains. Last in the Atlantic unless Asham and Stall are your stars.

    • hystoracle - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:08 AM

      Who are they going to trade them to? Using your logic that they are no longer useful players, why would another team want to trade for them? It is probably because, in reality, they are very good players that can help a team win. I’d take them on my team any day. I’m sure most knowledgable Flyers fans would say the same thing. Of all the moves the Flyers made the one you mention is Jagr. A guy that is good for about a 20 sec shift (one cycle) then he’s done. Maybe he can take his walker out on the ice with him.

      Flyers best move was getting Bryzgalov. Will make it more fun to watch the Bolts beat them in the playoffs.

    • hockeyfan1701 - Aug 2, 2011 at 1:58 PM

      Very mature post. You obviously put a lot of time into it. Great job. Id10t

  6. taz101 - Aug 2, 2011 at 2:59 AM

    Your grasp on the English language is phenomenal. Keep reading, little trooper. You’ll be at the 3rd grade level before you know it!

    • me6661973 - Aug 2, 2011 at 4:11 AM

      3rd grade funny. Trust me things I seen my grammar last thing you need worry about penis fan. Your mom said as she was gagging on my huge c0ck that she never had a man so good. Said you and your dad was a short minute man. Just like Milkin and Crybsy you are bust at life too.

      • miketoasty - Aug 2, 2011 at 9:29 AM

        Move along people nothing to see here, just your average everyday troll.

      • blastfurnaceknows - Aug 2, 2011 at 4:02 PM

        me6661973, you are funny to laugh at. Should I feel shame, though? Are you posting from a detention center for the mentally disturbed? If so, how do you type with those rubber gloves on and how do you see with while wearing that Hannibal Lecter mask?

        Also, you sure seem to like to talk about penis a lot. Isn’t there a closet you should be busting out of right about now?

  7. me6661973 - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Well jagr going be retiring a flyer and Tampa bay might but phantoms are going be better team than penis next year. I predict last in Atlantic and east. Flyers will have shot Boston and Tampa might be one them hard to beat yes they have two best goal scorers. Better than milkin and crysby. Jagr will have at least 30 points but star #28.

    • hockeyfan1701 - Aug 2, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      You better hurry up before your parents notice you are using the PC again.

    • hystoracle - Aug 2, 2011 at 3:44 PM

      Both Crosby (aka “crysby”) and Malkin ( aka “milkin”) each had over 30 points in just half a season last year. And the Penguins made the playoffs despite them missing from the lineup. Penguins play a sound defensive game and have good goaltending. They might not light up the scoreboard as much without those two but they can still win games. They return of Malkin will help considerably even if Crosby continues to have concussion problems.

  8. me6661973 - Aug 2, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Wow score all them puck hogg points and rest team had cover when their candy a$$ couldn’t finish. I bet same thing will happen again. Crysby will be sidelined and scrammbled brain for life. while Jagr will retire a Flyer and have score lifetime more of goals more than Crysby ever will!

  9. me6661973 - Aug 2, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Oh yea only thing I ever been behind is lines of war. Never been to jail and has 18 years of service in Air Force. I been middle east 9 time korea 2 times. Most of the time i am working 12 hours on my phone v/s sitting behind a desk at night being a pot head and doing nothing to help protect this country. Nope I hate queers and Milkin and Crysby looks like couple of them. Nothing in my closet but uniforms and cloths maybe few my girlfriends shoes and cloths. So have fun with that. What your excuse why do you get to be on here alot behind a desk what have you done for your country latley? Go Flyers will be your 2012 Stanley Cup Champs while Penis Fans are crying when there 2 stars are a bust at the end of the season leaving them struggling to even get out the first round maybe. New York maybe stealing that because they decided to pick you some new talent to to try to improve instead hoping two busted players was going get better.

    • hockeyfan1701 - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:51 PM

      You really have problems, I am glad you like Flyers. I hope you enjoy them. The facts that you have to lash out at people and call hockey players you have never meet homophobic names says a lot about you. Some day when your all grown up you can look at yourself and see what a small person you were. Best of luck to you.

  10. me6661973 - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    Nothing small here. Grown up and I love the smack talk lol. Nothing makes me madd. Funny to see what smack can be said back. LoL go flyers and who ever plays the pens.

    • blastfurnaceknows - Aug 3, 2011 at 1:04 PM

      Now, I see . . . you’re a Flyers fan. We all should have known when you made it so obvious that you were an unemployed, drunken, drooling illiterate with a cross-dressing fetish and fits of irrational finger-biting rage accompanied by delusions of grandeur. I mean, really, what other professional sports team could someone as “special” as you have supported.

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