When discussions among pundits started over the summer about whether the Penguins should move one of their core players, namely Evgeni Malkin, a hot topic of why the Penguins should consider selling high on Malkin as he nears 30 years old was his body the last couple seasons started to break down during the second half of seasons.
Now I’m not saying at all that the Penguins should have traded Malkin or should be considering it, but Malkin unable to stay healthy throughout the long grind of a season is something that can’t be overlooked.
In 2012-2013, Malkin missed 17 of 48 games. In 2013-2014 Malkin missed 22 of 82 games. Last season Malkin missed 13 of 82 games, a two week stretch in late January through early February and another two week stretch in March that he never recovered from as he was not healthy at all during the post-season.
This season Malkin is a good bet again to miss 10+ games.
Missing his third straight game Monday night, Malkin is not close to returning to the lineup and has been ruled out for the rest of the week.