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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 has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib


  1. Shawn says:

    If the Penguins are willing to send a late round draft pick to Ottawa for a 38 year old Alexei Kovalev…why not claim 26 year old Nikolay Zherdev for free off waivers from Philly?

    I would love to see a right hand shot in our top 6.

    Any chance Shero tries to claim him?

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