The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without superstar Evgeni Malkin for the next 1-2 weeks, according to Dan Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The injury occurred during the Penguins win in Toronto on Saturday night and the team is simply describing it as an upper-body injury. How can you tell the playoffs are in the near future.
While some might view the injury as a bad thing for the Penguins, the club is breathing a sigh of relief that Malkin’s injury is not related to the concussion he just returned from after missing four games.
The reigning league MVP has 5 goals and 24 points in 21 games for the Penguins this season and makes an already strong Pittsburgh lineup even better when he’s in it.
The trade rumors are already blowing around Pittsburgh and the talk of trying to acquire Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames. If Malkin should miss any more time than the diagnosed 1-2 weeks, you can bet that the chatter of trading for the Flames captain will only intensify.
Currently sitting in second in the Eastern Conference, just two points back of the first place Montreal Canadiens, the Penguins typically make a few moves at the deadline to bolster their already star studded lineup. Adding a guy like Iginla would have to make them instant favorites to win the cup.
For now, they just hope that Malkin returns sooner than later and helps this club to continue to win.