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Penguins’ Kennedy has concussion-like symptoms

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Penguins will be without forward Tyler Kennedy, who is experiencing concussion-like symptoms, for their game tonight against the Winnipeg Jets and, in all likelihood, tomorrow in Minnesota.

Kennedy appeared in all six games, including the team’s loss Saturday to Buffalo, without missing a shift. Coach Dan Bylsma said Kennedy first reported his symptoms to the team late Sunday night in Winnipeg.

Bylsma said Kennedy will be tested soon, but he was tight-lipped beyond that.

“We were first informed of Tyler’s symptoms last night,” Bylsma said after the team’s skate this morning at the MTS Centre.

The Penguins already are missing forwards Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Dustin Jeffrey, and defenseman Brooks Orpik. None of those made the trip.

Arron Asham, a Manitoba native who will be playing in front of dozens of family and friends, will take Kennedy’s place on the forward line with Mark Letestu and Matt Cooke, Bylsma said. The coach added that forwards Craig Adams and Joe Vitale also could see increased roles.

Marc-Andre Fleury will be in goal for the Penguins tonight, with Brent Johnson the likely starter tomorrow.

Winnipeg, which is 0-3 and has scored only five goals, will be without its most dangerous forward, Evander Kane, because of an injury, Jets coach Claude Noel said this morning.


  1. CWalton_67 says:

    Need, Better. Helmets.

  2. CWalton_67 says:

    Also on the hockey concussions subject–would be interested in your thoughts on larger ice surfaces, DK. Yours as well as other blog readers. I’m a proponent, believe that a larger ice surface would give players more room and greater time to evade the bigger hits. I’ve heard some say that a larger surface would only allow players to gain greater speed and hit even harder, but I don’t buy it. I think player quickness, trumps speed. Anyone else have an opinion?

  3. Officer Mancuso says:

    “Bylsma said Kennedy will be tested soon, but he was tight-lipped beyond that.” In that I hear a lawyer’s voice presented to Blysma in the form of an order from on high. Hot issue, and we play on ice, not turf.

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