April 2, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) skates with the puck as Buffalo Sabres center Kevin Porter (12) and right wing Brian Flynn (65) defend during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Buffalo Sabres won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Malkin To IR With Concussion


Well it’s official, Pens superstar Evgeni Malkin is out with a concussion and will be placed on injured reserve retroactive to February 22nd – according to Sam Kasan of the Pens’ website.

Malkin originally sustained the injury when he crashed awkwardly into the boards, snapping his neck back last Friday night against the Florida Panthers.

Head Coach Dan Bylsma addressed the media on Sunday – per Kasan:

“After the hit Evgeni suffered some short-term memory loss and therefore was diagnosed with a concussion. He’s had no other symptoms. He’s feeling fine and his memory is returning.”

With that being said, Malkin will not be with the team when they begin their three game road trip and it is unclear at this time when Pittsburgh will see their reigning MVP again.

It is also good to point out that Bylsma sounds as if Malkin won’t miss a long time. And if that’s the case, Pens fans can breathe a sigh of relief, because they definitely know what’s like to lose a superstar (Crosby) to concussion.

But with the way NHL coaches like to stay quiet and unspecific about player injuries (as a game strategy), who knows what to believe.

Pens play the Florida Panthers tomorrow in Florida at 7:30 p.m.

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