Olli Maatta has a torn labrum on the same shoulder he had surgery on in May and, as expected, surgery is not going to be avoided like the Penguins had hoped.
As reported in December, doctors recommended surgery for Maatta last month, but the Penguins sought a second opinion on Maatta to see if surgery could be avoided or put off.
The Penguins took the rehab route or in a sense, the opinion they wanted to hear, and on December 27th, Penguins head coach Mike Johnston claimed Maatta didn’t need surgery and would be back within four weeks. Johnston, though, on Friday sung a different tune and noted Maatta wasn’t progressing as first believed.
Dave Molinari of the Post-Gazette now reports Maatta is likely done for the season and will have surgery.