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Jordan Staal is on his way back, so naturally Tyler Kennedy’s out for 4-6 weeks

Feb 9, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

Jordan Staal, Tyler Kennedy AP

Sure, other positions have taken blows too, but Pittsburgh Penguins centers have only been slightly safer than Spinal Tap drummers this season.

Obviously you know about Sidney Crosby, but there was also Evgeni Malkin for a while. Jordan Staal must have felt left out because he’s on the shelf, too. Alan Robinson reports that Staal is on his way back from that knee injury, but naturally for the Penguins, every bit of good news must be laced with some bad stuff. In this case, word is that a high-ankle sprain will sideline sometimes-center Tyler Kennedy for 4-6 weeks.

Kennedy isn’t a superstar (six goals and 22 points in 42 games), but he’s been able to slide into different roles depending on injuries, culminating in him achieving career-bests in goals (21), assists (24), points (45) and even games played (80) amid last season’s wave of calamities.

Many believe that the Penguins essentially chose Kennedy over Jaromir Jagr last summer and some will argue that he’s worth it (even if he won’t rack up the same gaudy numbers). Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, it sounds like he’ll miss even more time than the aging Hall of Famer has missed this season.

  1. letangshair - Feb 9, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    When does TK ever play center?

    • James O'Brien - Feb 9, 2012 at 7:50 PM

      He’s listed as a center on NHL.com: http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471311#&navid=nhl-keymatch and I’d say that’s his natural position, he just happens to be on a team that’s fairly deep at the pivot spot.

      • bananaballs - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:59 PM

        I don’t think he’s played a shift at center in a good 4 years or so. He has been a RW for his entire time on the penguins roster. Whether it’s the EA NHL game, or various fantasy hockey outlets it’s annoying how he’s still listed as a Center to this day and not as his RW position which he has basically played longer in a professional sense then he has at his so called natural position.

  2. broadstbully33 - Feb 9, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    who cares

  3. danphipps01 - Feb 9, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Man, they need to shuffle one of their centres out for one who can actually play a full season. I guess the obvious thought is, “How many top-end parts could we get for a potentially-done Sidney Crosby?” A second-line centre, another scoring winger, a better backup goalie… guys who can actually play at least 70 games are in fairly short supply on the Pens and they really don’t seem to be enjoying that situation what with their struggle to regain the dominance they had for those back-to-back Finals apperances. They should do themselves a favour and package up Michalek as well. He and Martin are paid way too much for Letang and Orpik to be the real core of their D. With about thirteen million dollars clear, they won’t have to dump any key depth guys to resign Neal and they’ll be able to make the acquisitions necessary not to spend every season desperately shuffling the lines around and filling the gaping holes in their roster with callups.

  4. sjsharksfan11 - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Who gives a damn. He’s a role player

  5. vismund11 - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Has anyone else noticed that Tyler Kennedy looks like a fruit bat, facially? Check it out when you get time. Just saying.

    • vismund11 - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:58 PM

      *Correction*- Vampire bat.

  6. t16rich - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Kennedy!!!!

    • letangshair - Feb 10, 2012 at 5:44 AM

      YESSS

  7. jpelle82 - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    well at least we dont have to miss him hitting the post twice a game anymore…TK has been cursed all season long. figures this happens after we pay him instead of talbot.

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