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Penguins’ Martin undergoes surgery on hand

Mar 31, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

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Sidney Crosby isn’t the only prominent Pittsburgh Penguins player who underwent surgery this weekend. Defenseman Paul Martin went under the knife on Sunday to repair a broken bone in his wrist, according to the team.

Interestingly, the team places his window of recovery at four-to-six weeks, which is more optimistic than the initial prognosis of “at least” six weeks.

That might seem like splitting hairs until you note that the playoffs will start in about a month. If the 32-year-old makes enough progress to return by the first round, that could be a big deal for Pittsburgh.

After having a tough season or so in Pittsburgh compared to the expectations he came in with by signing a big free agent deal, Martin’s been outstanding in 2013. He has 21 points in 33 games, just three less than he scored in 77 games in 2010-11 and six less than he did in 73 contests last season.

He probably won’t get a chance to improbably equal his numbers in a condensed campaign. The Penguins will settle for getting him back when the games and stats mean more, though.

  1. JoeAvg - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Starting to sound like all hands on deck for the playoffs.

  2. dropthepuckeh - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Sounds to me like his hand will be in a cast for the playoffs.

    One reality of the sport is injuries, especially given the condensed schedule this year. I do not condone rooting for injuries but these recent stories are a healthy reminder to Penguins fans that a lot can happen in the quest for the Cup and just because the team goes on a streak and adds a couple late season players does not mean they have a free lane to the Cup. There is a lot of hockey to play and undoubtedly more injuries on every team. Throw in a couple lucky bounces, a bad call, and streaky no-name player and its anybody’s guess who wins in the playoffs.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      ” a healthy reminder to Penguins fans that a lot can happen in the quest for the Cup and just because the team goes on a streak and adds a couple late season players does not mean they have a free lane to the Cup”

      Who said Pens fans needed the reminder, OR the sermon? I think Pens fans, more than most teams fans, understand how injuries can impact a team. I think that Pens fans, more than most teams fans, are well aware that it doesn’t matter how things look on paper. I think Pens fans, more than most teams fans, are so sick and tired of hearing from other teams fans.

  3. csilojohnson - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Martin’s improved play has been very important. Hope he gets well soon.

  4. billobrienschindimple - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Believe me, after ’92-’93 we are well aware a streak and a star laden lineup does not guarantee a cup.

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