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Letestu eyes possible weekend return.


Some quick hits form the Penguins’ morning skate:

= C Mark Letestu said he could play this weekend. He has not played since Jan. 25, and he was injured Feb. 1 at New York when his left skate caught a rut on the ice at Madison Square Garden. He had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus about a week later, and was scheduled to miss between four and six weeks. He told me today that doctors have cleared him to play when he feels good, and that he will start taking contact as soon as Thursday. “I don’t think this weekend is out of the question,” he said of a comeback. “(By) next week, I don’t doubt it. That’s a modest goal.” A rookie, Letestu has scored 10 goals for the Penguins.

= LW Brett Sterling will work one of the points on the power play for the game tonight against the San Jose Sharks, according to Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. Ds Matt Niskanen and Zbynek Michalek will also be in that mix.

= Had a chance to speak with LW James Neal, but the Sharks room just opened and I need to track down Dan Boyle. Look for a Q&A with Neal in Thursday’s print edition.





Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

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