Injured Penguins’ defenseman Paul Martin and forward Jayson Megna have reportedly been skating back in Pittsburgh, while forward Beau Bennett is working out minus a cast – according to head coach Dan Bylsma and the team’s Twitter handle.
There is no timetable for any of their returns.
A few updates from Bylsma: Martin & Megna are skating in Pittsburgh. Bennett is working out sans cast, no update on when he’ll return to ice
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 12, 2014
Martin, 32, has been out since Nov. 25 with a broken tibia, and missed his 22nd consecutive contest after tonight’s tilt against Calgary. In 23 games this season, Martin has collected 11 points (2G, 9A) and skated to a minus-1 rating.
Megna, 23, left a game on Dec. 16, after colliding with Toronto Maple Leafs’ goaltender Jonathan Bernier, and missed his 12th consecutive contest tonight. In 15 games this season, Megna has compiled six points (4G, 2A) and skated to a plus-3 rating.
Bennett, 22, has fell victim to the injury bug this season, and missed a total 35 games. Enduring somewhat of a sophomore slump, Bennett has racked-in just three points (1G, 2A), however, seemed to be righting the ship by scoring his first goal before having surgery to repair a hand/wrist injury.
His return to the ice will certainly be a benefit, due to the loss of forward Pascal Dupuis – likely for the remainder of the season. Bennett was playing on the top-line, and although forward Brian Gibbons has filled in nicely, he’ll likely resume skating there once he’s healthy.
Bennett has missed 24 consecutive games.