SCUDERI TO BE OUT A WHILE
The Pittsburgh Penguins snapped a three game losing streak Monday night with a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes but the night wasn’t filled with all good news as the team received an official diagnosis on defenseman Rob Scuderi.
The Penguins early Monday were said to have been anticipating Scuderi to be sidelined for at least six week to eight weeks and a visit with team doctors in Pittsburgh revealed late Monday that Scuderi has a broken ankle and the injury is feared to be worst than first believed as Scuderi needs surgery on the broken ankle.
Some doctors will say a broken ankle is better than a high ankle sprain and is normally a four to six week injury but Scuderi needing surgery makes a timetable for a return an unknown and is why the team is not revealing a timetable at this point.
Potential complications make it tricky to pinpoint how Scuderi’s rehab will go.
Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma noted Monday that the Penguins are equipped to fill the void of losing Scuderi due to the Penguins depth on the blueline but Bylsma obviously knows Scuderi will be missed. “Obviously we’re going to miss the things that Rob Scuderi brings to the lineup,” Bylsma said of the Penguins top defensive defenseman.
Depending on the roster situation, the Scuderi injury could see Simon Despres get a callup at somepoint in the next month or so, but there’s no sense yet at this point that is coming.
Despres has 3 assists and a +6 rating in seven games for Wilkes Barre/Scranton.