Dec 31, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Chris Conner (23) skates with the puck while being defended by New Jersey Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas (22) during the second period at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Pens' Conner Nearing Return; Kobasew Clears Waivers

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Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Chris Conner is reportedly nearing a return to game-action – according to head coach Dan Bylsma and the Pens’ Twitter handle.

Conner was said to be a week from being re-inserted into the lineup last Tuesday – according to Michelle Crechiolo of the Pens’ website.

Originally given a timetable of 6-8 weeks for recovery following surgery to repair a broken hand, Conner has been out since Dec. 31, and missed the last 18 games.

In 19 contests this season, Conner’s garnered five points (4G, 1A) and skated to a minus-3 rating.

In other news, forward Chuck Kobasew, who was placed on waivers yesterday, cleared them today – according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Through 31 games this season, Kobasew’s collected just two goals and skated to a plus-1 rating.

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