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Pens’ Bennett (hand) suffers setback, out 3-4 more weeks

Feb 25, 2014, 8:34 PM EDT

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Aside from a promising update for Tomas Vokoun, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ injury news has been pretty glum. The latest negative update is that forward Beau Bennett suffered a setback in recovery from hand/wrist surgery, prompting the team to add three-to-four weeks to his rehab outlook.

This makes for a day of bad news in that area, as defenseman Paul Martin‘s broken hand is expected to sideline him four-to-six weeks.

Bennett, 22, suffered the issue in November. Like several other Penguins including Martin, it seems like the young forward simply hasn’t enjoyed much luck health-wise this season.

If there aren’t any other setbacks, it’s plausible that Bennett would be able to shake off the rust for the 2014 playoffs. The 2010 first-rounder (20th overall) has three points in 12 games at the NHL level this season. Overall, he has 17 points in 38 NHL games, with 2012-13 representing his rookie campaign.


Vokoun cleared

Martin’s injury is a broken hand

Kris Letang suffers stroke

Pascal Dupuis undergoes successful knee surgery

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Feb 25, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    I literally have zero faith/hope in Band-Aid Beau! This kid is nothing but injury prone. Yeah he has the pedigree of a first round pick but he’s yet to live up to it. He’s nothing more than “Eye Candy” to all the girls cause he’s got that Southern California flare.

    • c9castine - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      dude. relax. he’s like, 20 years old.

  2. penguins87and71 - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    This is a pretty big blow.

  3. c9castine - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    tough luck. this might be a game changer for the Pens. he was going to play right wing with Sid and Kuni, and as talented as he is he was a sketchy option. There is really not much else that can play there going into the playoffs. Brian Gibbons is a nice little player but we are going to win a Stanley Cup with him playing 1st line right wing.

    now, we might see a real trade.

    • hockey412 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      I really think you’re right. Beau is great to watch, and he will benefit from maturing as a player and getting a bit tougher (he missed most of his last college year before 2012-2013 also, I think with a wrist injury). Shero’s even eluded to it, when Duper went down.

      The problem is, they were stacked at D, but now they are also injured at D…Martin was tradeable, but now injured – with him out they need Despres (and I really hope they plan to keep Despres anyway). Letang wasn’t going to be traded, but with him down Niskanen isn’t tradeable. They aren’t letting Mattaa or Pouliot go, I wouldn’t think…and they gave up enough draft picks at the last deadline to make me skeptical of giving up more. How on earth do you even make a trade right now?

      • c9castine - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        i can see Pouliot going only because we haven’t invested a whole lot in him yet. He is still in junior not even playing AHL pro hockey yet. Despres is like, if we trade him now we did all the work for the team he goes to. If they were gonna trade him i feel they would have done it last year.

        only way you make a trade is letting a couple pieces like Jayson Megna or Pouliot or Dumolin (my opinion Dumolin is the most expendable asset in the organization)

        but yeah there isn’t a whole lot to work with. draft picks were used last year so, i don’t think shero is gonna give more of them away this year.

  4. tkprivate - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Duhhhhhh….like maybe go with higher cuff gloves Beau?! This seems to be your Achilles heel.

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