Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Chris Conner, who was close to returning from a broken hand, will now reportedly miss the next 4-6 weeks with a broken foot – according to head coach Dan Bylsma and the Pens’ Twitter handle.
Coach Bylsma on Chris Conner: “Yesterday in practice he blocked a shot. X-rays today say it’s a broken foot. He will be out 4-6 weeks.”
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 11, 2014
This morning, the Pens’ reported that Conner participated in the team’s optional skate, which is odd, indicating he must have took the ice with his foot already broken, considering Bylsma said he suffered it in practice yesterday.
#Pens optional skaters: Bennett, Vitale, Conner, Gibbons, Jokinen, Goc, Adams, Stempniak, Despres, Borts, Engo, Maatta, all 3 goalies
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 10, 2014
Regardless, it’s a tough break – no pun intended – for Conner. It will more than likely end his season, barring a fast recovery.
Following tonight’s game, Conner brought his total to 22-straight missed outings. He hasn’t suited up since Dec. 31.
In 19 games this season, Conner recorded five points (4G, 1A) and skated to a minus-3 rating.